The Spirituality and Aging Certificate program, developed in tandem with NTS West and Human Good, 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Programs today targeting older adults often rely upon outdated models, paradigms that do not reflect current cultural trends, or an incomplete understanding of the deeper issues faced by persons in the later stages of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 2018 with a retreat, followed by four classes
The program goes as follows:
- Orientation Retreat
- Class: Aging Defined
- Class: Spirituality & Aging
- Class: Culture, Spirituality, and Aging
- Class: Practical Approaches to Address Aging
The Certificate program provides continuing education credit for those seeking hours for:
- Continuing Educational Certificate for Denominational Requirements
This course on spirituality and aging has been outstanding! It accomplished its purpose—to enlighten and expand one’s understanding of aging from physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual perspectives. I have benefitted personally and professionally, and my clients benefit from both my enhanced perspective and from the project I have designed.
I have learned much from the excellent instruction, the depth of the content (all relevant to my work), and my own parallel process. This parallel process—learning about myself as I learned the content and how I can utilize it to better serve others—has been the most delightful discovery. Thank you!”
~ Beth Camera, White Sands, a HumanGood community
The Spirituality and Aging Certificate Program was incredibly educational and eye opening. This class provided insight and understanding about aging from a spiritual perspective that I did not receive in my graduate courses. I greatly enjoyed the assigned reading and felt that each book perfectly aligned with the lecture. The professor engaged all the students and opened the discussion for lively debate and conversation. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is working with seniors. I am from a younger generation working with the senior population and do not have the real world experience to say I personally understand their struggles. This course has provided insight and perspective, which allows me to work my clientele more meaningfully. I also hope to share the benefits of this course with my coworkers and clientele when I implement my final project.
~ Ashley Lundgren, Redwood Terrace, a HumanGood community