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Online Graduate Certificate in
Spiritual Caregiving Among Vulnerable Populations

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The Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving Among Vulnerable Populations offers chaplains, community ministry practitioners, community development managers, community outreach coordinators, pastoral staff members, and other missional leaders with the following capabilities:

    • ability to create democratic and generative spaces for theological reflection and understanding through interpersonal dynamics of adult learning
      ability to increase capacity of spiritual caregiving to generate personal and social transformation
      ability to develop and implement a customized plan of self-care that fosters an ongoing development and maturation of a strong faith in God
    • ability to provide spiritual care among the elderly by understanding the nuances of spiritual care needs of the elderly in a variety of settings and facilitating transitions during senior lifecycle stages
    • ability to provide spiritual care among the terminally ill and their families by developing a spiritual care philosophy and practice that will equip them to provide spiritual care to the dying
    • ability to provide spiritual care among those with mental illness through spiritually-modified psychotherapies in the context of various programs created by faith-based organizations and others that serve this population
    • ability to provide spiritual care with at-risk youth through appropriate frameworks of spiritual care appropriate to the risk issue

Spiritual care is that care which recognises and responds to the needs of the human spirit when faced with trauma, ill health or sadness and can include the need for meaning, for self worth, to express oneself, for faith support, perhaps for rites or prayer or ordinance/sacrament, or simply for a sensitive listener. Some people find meaning, comfort, hope, goodness and community through their religious practice, beliefs and/or community of faith. Some people do not. Regardless of whether religious faith is a part of a person's life, spiritual concerns, resources and needs can still be very important. Spiritual caregiving provides an opportunity for missional Christians to join in the mission of God who is at work in the lives of others. The Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Caregiving Among Vulnerable Populations equips students to provide spiritual, emotional and relational support to people who are seeking answers to what we call the "big" questions of life by the elderly, those who are terminally ill, those with mental illness, and at-risk youth.

Program Features

  • Integrated practicums allow you to gain valuable real-world experience
  • Learn from academic practitioners from around the world
  • Credits earned in this certificate program can apply to a Missional University Master's degree program

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What Will I Study?

We offer the most comprehensive approach to serving serving spiritual needs in the mission of God.

The nature of theological education within the local missional community is examined. It explores and analyzes the intersection of communicative action, the relationality of the Triune God, and the interpersonal dynamic of adult learning, allowing the missional leader to create democratic and generative spaces for theological training.

What does it mean to be a spiritual caregiver? How does one provide spiritual care in a world increasingly resistant to organized religion and institutional structures? This course engages what it means to be an instrument of Christ in a world with increasing meaninglessness and hopelessness. In this course, students will examine the biblical foundations of spiritual caregiving, the interpersonal development of spiritual caregivers, and the capacity of spiritual caregiving to generate personal and societal transformation. This foundational course prepares spiritual caregivers to go on towards a caregiving specialty.

In order to effectively care for others, the caregiver must also care for self. This course uses the concept of an ongoing development and maturation of a strong faith in God to explore multiple aspects of self-care for spiritual and healthcare providers. Ample opportunities for developing and implementing a customized plan of self-care are included.

Spiritual caregiving and care receiving is often a rite of passage of and by elderly individuals. The context, culture, faith tradition and levels of health and wellness help define how these roles play out for each family and individual. Spiritual caregiving can aid in physical healing, easing spiritual and physical pain. Giving spiritual care is also part of the lifecycle stages of generativity and passing on important information and life goals. Understanding the nuances of spiritual care needs of elderly in a variety of settings is paramount in order to facilitate the transitions and hone skills applicable for all disciplines and walks of life.

This course examines the problem of mental illness. There will be an emphasis on analyzing various programs and approaches to people with mental illness. Students will evaluate spiritual programs that serve this population. There will be an introduction to spiritually-modified psychotherapies and how they may be used in this context. Those who take this course will examine various programs created by churches that serve this population.

In this course, students will examine the nature of terminal illness and the inevitability of death. Looking at the physical and spiritual dimensions of dying, students will develop a spiritual care philosophy and practice that will equip them to provide spiritual care to the dying.

When Can I Get Started?

We offer multiple start dates each year to give you flexibility in your education, life and work schedules.

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Chaplain, Chaplain-Pastoral Care, Chaplain-Spiritual Care Services, Community Life Coordinator, Coordinator of Pastoral Care, Director for Church Life and Pastoral Care, Director of Pastoral Care, Associate Director of Pastoral Care, Director of Spiritual Care, Director Pastoral Care, Family Support Coordinator, Manager of Pastoral Care, Manager of Pastoral Services, Manager of Spiritual Care, Pastor of Pastoral Care, Pastoral Administrator, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Care, Pastoral Associate for Congregational Life, Pastoral Care Coordinator, Pastoral Care Director, Pastoral Care Program Coordinator, Pastoral Counselor, Pastoral Member Care Specialist, Pastoral Services Supervisor, Spiritual Care Advisor, Spiritual Care Assistant, Spiritual Care Associate, Spiritual Care Chaplain, Spiritual Care Coordinator, Spiritual Care Director, Spiritual Care Lead, Spiritual Care Provider, Spiritual Coordinator, Spiritual Life Coordinator

 

 

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How Much Will it Cost?

We offer tuition based upon country of residence.  According to the Human Development Index, all countries around the world fall into one of four categories:
  • (Tier 1) - Very High Human Development
  • (Tier 2) High Human Development
  • (Tier 3) Medium Human Development
  • (Tier 4) Low Human Development
Our tiered global tuition makes higher education affordable for everyone world wide.

TIER COUNTRIES

100% Tuition

 

$395
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$1185

TIER COUNTRIES

80% Tuition

 

$316
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$948

TIER COUNTRIES

60% Tuition

 

$237
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$711

TIER COUNTRIES

40% Tuition

 

$158
per credit hour

 

3 credit course
$474

Tiered tuition based on country of origin and scholarships available.  Find your country of residence here for more information.
Tuition may be further reduced by participating in the Sponsorship Program.