S&A Certificate Program


The Spirituality and Aging Certificate program, developed in tandem with NTS West and the be.group, enables participants to gain an understanding of the essential role of spirituality and how spirituality enhances the efficacy of other health care and congregational services to and with older adults.

Programs today targeting older adults often rely upon outdated models, paradigms that do not reflect current cultural trends, or an incomplete understanding of the deeper issues faced by persons in the later stages of life. Today’s research shows that what is often lacking in older adult programming is an emphasis on the spirituality of aging.

This certificate program will focus on developing an awareness of spirituality in aging, allowing participants to engage the spirituality of the older adults whom they serve as well as their own spirituality in a manner that is wholistic and is sensitive to spiritual formation and human development.

The Spirituality & Aging Certificate Program will be offered starting in September 2017 with a retreat, followed by four classes.All courses will be held at Westminster Gardens, Duarte, CA from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. no lunch but two breaks.

The dates of the program are:

  1. Orientation Retreat: Saturday, September 16, 2017
  2. Aging Defined: Saturday, October 21, 2017
  3. Spirituality & Aging: Saturday, November 18, 2017
  4. Culture, Spirituality, and Aging: Saturday, January 20, 2018
  5. Practical Approaches to Address Aging: Saturday, February 24, 2018

The Certificate program provides continuing education credit for those seeking hours for:

  • BRN
  • RCFE
  • NAB


To find out more about this program, click here.

To enroll into the certificate program, click here.