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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.


Certificate Program

Session 1:
Recovery/Resiliency as Transformational Processes: The Community Empowerment Model

Sessions 2 & 3:
Spirituality, Religion, Multiculturalism and Spiritual Beliefs in Counseling

Sessions 4 & 5:
Religious and Spiritual Beliefs in Counseling

Sessions 6 & 7:
Helping Relationships, Cultural Competence and Ethical Practice

Sessions 8 & 9:
Self-Help and the Healing Process

Sessions 10 & 11:
Spirituality and Jungian Counseling

Sessions 12 & 13:
How People Change in a Recovery/Resilience-Oriented System of Care

Sessions 14 & 15:
Cognitive Behavioral interventions in Recovery/Resilience Management.

Date and Hours Location Cost

45 hours
Sept. 8 - Dec. 15, 2015
6 - 9 p.m.

Main Campus, Center for Business and Industry $275
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