Spirituality and Aging Program – Hoag Location

A course integrating faith and practice for those working with and caring for older adults developed by the Southern California Coalition on Spirituality and Aging in partnership with New Theological Seminary of the West and the be.group, a senior living organization.

ntswestsaprogramIn this unique course, you will:

  • Learn about the aging process from medical, psychological, social, and spiritual perspectives
  • Explore the personal, social, economic, spiritual, and other factors that impact the experience of aging
  • Gain skills to engage older adults in conversations about the aging experience
  • Learn leadership and organizational principles needed to develop and implement programs that address spirituality in older adulthood

The spirituality and aging certificate program – which includes five Saturday half-day sessions – will be offered at the Melinda Hoag Smith Center for Health Living in Newport Beach in 2017 with the generous support of the Hoag Memorial Hospital Community Benefit Program.

Programs today targeting older adults too often rely on outdated models, paradigms that do not reflect current cultural trends, or an incomplete understanding of the deeper issues faced by persons in the later stages of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

This certificate program is designed to empower participants with an understanding of the essential role of spirituality in older adulthood and how it enhances the efficacy of health care, congregational, and other services. In this certificate program, you will develop an awareness of spirituality in aging, enabling you to engage your own spirituality and that of the older adults you serve in a manner that his holistic and sensitive to spiritual formation and human development. To learn more, visit https://ntswest.org/academics/degree-programs/spirituality-and-aging-certificate-program

Program Dates and Format

The spirituality and aging certificate program begins with a half-day retreat on Saturday, April 22, 2017, 9:00am – 1:00pm, followed by four courses on Saturday, May 20, June 17, July 15, and August 26, 2017, also from 9:00 am -1:30 pm, with two breaks. A continental breakfast and snacks will be served.

Continuing Education

Continuing education credits are available for BRN, BBS, RCFE, NAB, and to meet denominational requirements.


A generous grant from the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Community Benefits Program is making it possible to offer the spirituality and aging certificate program at a significantly reduced cost of $200 plus a $10 registration fee, for those who qualify.

To determine if you qualify for this special rate, contact Dr. Cordula Dick-Muehlke, at 714-293-2066 or cordulacares@gmail.com, prior to registering.

Registration Form

NTS West: Certificate Program - Spirituality and Aging Registration Form

This is the registration form for the Spirituality and Aging Certificate Program, as detailed here. Be advised that this is for the full length of the program, and not portions of it, nor for auditing purposes.

  • Tuition for Certificate Program:
    PER PERSON: $1,000 for the entire Certificate programĀ  (limited scholarship assistance available)
    GROUP RATE: If you are with a group (from one address) or cohort please contact NTSWest at info@ntswest.org or call (626) 765-9500 for a discount rate.
  • Certificate Program will consist of: Orientation and four class meetings

Checks can be sent to:

New Theological Seminary of the West

626 Foothill Blvd.
La Canada, CA 91011

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