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For the safety of students and staff, the Main Campus and the Northeast, Northwest and West Regional Centers will close on Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019. The College will reopen on Thursday, February 21 at 7 a.m.

Faith and Spiritual-Based Counseling

More than five years ago, the Philadelphia Department of Behavioral Health and Intellectual disAbility Services (DBHIDS) embarked on a quest to change the way behavioral health services are delivered to Philadelphia’s men, women, children and families. One of the most powerful and long-lasting forms of that healing is inherent in the faith and spiritual communities indigenous to our neighborhoods.

Recently, DBHIDS formed a very important partnership with Community College of Philadelphia and, together with input from the faith community, the two organizations created the concept of a noncredit certificate in Faith and Spiritual-Based Counseling.

The Faith and Spiritual-Based Counseling certificate is a 45-hour noncredit workshop that gives behavioral health providers and spiritual leaders the skills necessary to help people living with behavioral health issues from a faith or spiritually-based perspective. Rather than focusing on any one tradition or philosophy, the Faith and Spiritual-Based Counseling workshop is inclusive.

Students are required to purchase the following text book prior to the first class: Faith, Spirituality and Resilience in Recovery, Pascal Scoles, ISBN: 978-1305288416. (Revised in 2015.)


Certificate Program

Session 1:
Introduction to Faith as a Healing Practice

Sessions 2:
Community Empowerment in Behavioral Health

Sessions 3:
Trauma and Healing

Sessions 4:
Resilience and Flow in Recovery

Sessions 5 & 6:
Soul Healing, Spiritual Traditions and Beliefs

Sessions 7:
Cultural Competence and Healing

Sessions 8:
Ethics, and Helping Relationships

Sessions 9:
Spirituality and Jungian Healing Practices

Sessions 10:
Wilber's Four Quadrant Approach to a Theory of Consciousness

Sessions 11:
How People Change in a Recovery Oriented System of Care

Sessions 12:
Behavioral Interventions in the Change Process

Sessions 13:
The Brain and Vitamins

Sessions 14:
Holistic Healing Practices: Acupuncture and Massage

Sessions 15:
Holistic Healing Practices: Meditation, Exercise, Yoga


Date and Hours                               Location Cost

Fall 2019, Dates TBD
6 - 9 p.m. (45 hours )


Main Campus, Center for Business and Industry $275

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