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.
In 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Programs today targeting older adults too often rely on outdated models, paradigms that do not reflect current cultural trends, or an incomplete understanding of the deeper issues faced by persons in the later stages of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 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.