Are you a mental health provider who wants to more effectively work with the increasing spiritual and religious diversity in your clients? Do you want to know how to help clients who encounter spiritual and religious distress? Or how to harness clients’ spiritual resources to support positive therapeutic outcomes? If so, this course is for you.
Individual course: $89
Course duration: 5 weeks
Time commitment: 2-3 hours each week
Experience level: Advanced
Learning partner: University System of Maryland
Course type: Instructor-led on a course schedule
Subjects: Health, safety, medicine, and social sciences
Spiritual Competency Training in Mental Health is a program designed to train mental health providers in basic spiritual and religious competencies. Taught by instructors who are experts in the field of religion/spirituality and mental health, this course will equip providers with greater confidence and competence helping clients with religious and spiritual issues. The program focuses on core spiritual competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) that underlie effective mental healthcare and are common to mental health disciplines and therapeutic orientations. Basic competency in spiritual and religious issues in mental health is an ethical requirement for most professional boards and associations related to mental health clinical practice. Yet, few of us received this training in our graduate programs. This program bridges the current training gap.
The program consists of eight modules and takes about six to eight hours to complete. The modules consist of engaging learning activities, such as watching brief videos, reading text screens, listening to audio clips, and completing short reflection questions and knowledge check questions.
Mental health professionals (MD, Ph.D., master’s level, and trainees) of all disciplines are welcome to participate. Therapists who complete the program will be eligible for 6 CE credits.
Topics of study
How to integrate spirituality and religion into clinical practice
Common stereotypes about religion/spirituality (RS)
The diversity of RS expressions (e.g., spiritual/religious beliefs, practices, and experiences)
Why it is important to address RS in treatment
The importance of the therapist’s own RS attitudes, beliefs, and practices
How to assess RS in clinical practice
How to help clients access RS resources
How to respond to RS problems that arise in treatment
Completed or currently enrolled in a professional graduate program for mental health (e.g., master’s, Ph.D., MD, or trainee)
Who can take this course?
Unfortunately, learners from the following countries or regions will not be able to register for this course: Iran, Cuba, and the Crimea region of Ukraine. While edX has sought licenses from the U.S. Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) to offer their courses to learners in these countries and regions, the licenses they have received are not broad enough to allow them to offer this course in all locations. EdX truly regrets that U.S. sanctions prevent them from offering all of their courses to everyone, no matter where they live.
Does this program qualify for continuing education (CE) credits?
Yes! Upon completion of this program, you will be eligible for 6 CE credits. This program is co-sponsored by the Maryland Psychological Association and the Maryland Psychological Association Foundation. The Maryland Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Maryland Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. It is the responsbility of participants to check with their professional licensing board to see if these CE credits are applicable in their jurisdiction.
About the University System of Maryland
The University System of Maryland (USM) is Maryland's system of public higher education. Its members include all public universities in the state, with the exception of Morgan State University and St. Mary's College. In addition to its 12 degree-granting universities, the USM includes one research institution and three regional higher education centers. Its 12 institutions offer more than 1,400 academic programs to more than 176,000 students at multiple sites throughout the state and worldwide.
Since its inception, the Kirwan Center has been supporting USM institutions in making strategic forays into online learning. “Online learning” in this context is defined as any learning environment that makes substantive use of a web-based component that enables collaboration and access to content beyond the classroom. Online learning strategies across the USM range from fully online degree/certificate programs, to MOOCs, to hybrid and "flipped" courses.
To advance this work, the Kirwan Center has launched USMx to help institutions leverage the affordances of online learning to give students the flexibility to interact with content, faculty, and learning communities in the ways that best meet their needs.
The USMx mission is to provide both access to innovative e-learning technologies as well as the resources, support, and planning necessary for strategic implementation of online learning. This, in turn, helps its institutions achieve their mission of providing access to high-quality, affordable higher education to a diverse student body both in Maryland and across the globe.
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