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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:
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

45 hours
Coming Fall 2016
6 - 9 p.m.

Main Campus, Center for Business and Industry $275
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