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Certificate Description

Spirituality, religion, and culture play an important role in health and healing. Health care systems and health care professionals must recognize and understand a variety of spiritual and religious values, beliefs, and practices and their impact on health and healing. To meet the needs of a spiritually and culturally diverse client population, today’s health care system is evolving in its approach.

Courses Included

While theorists and researchers have yet to agree on a single, universally accepted theory or definition of spirituality, few would deny its existence or impact on health and healing. Spirituality has a profound impact on health and it is important for health care providers to understand this impact.
The relationship between health care provider and client can provide both with a sense of strength, healing, inner peace, and an interconnectedness that gives meaning to the relationship. This relationship is examined in this course as well and health care providers are provided with an understanding of the types of spiritual care generalists and specialists, as well their roles and responsibilities in providing spiritual care.
The spiritual rituals of prayer, meditation, guided imagery, gratitude, spending time in nature, and art can all help people connect to their inner being, to others, and to a divine spirit or higher power. A part of spiritual and cultural traditions, rituals help to provide awareness, meaning, intention, and purpose in life. This course will explore these healing spiritual rituals.
Religion and spirituality are distinct yet related concepts. An individual’s spirituality, religious beliefs, and religious practices can all have a profound effect on his or her health. This course explores the relationships between spirituality, religion, and health, examines the major spiritual elements and rituals of Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity and discusses the role of health care providers in supporting their clients’ spiritual and religious beliefs.
Health care professionals and spiritual care providers face many challenges in becoming prepared to administer holistic, respectful, culturally, and spiritually competent care for their patients and clients. This course introduces the health care professional to the relationship between spirituality, culture, and health, discusses major health belief and health care systems and examines spiritual and health care practices of the major ethnic groups in the United States.
Spiritual care is an important and necessary part of appropriate patient care, yet many health care professionals feel ill equipped to provide it to their clients. This course is designed to help health care professionals understand the elements of spiritual care and a spiritual assessment, understand the importance of providing this aspect of care, and learn strategies that can ensure a successful spiritual assessment. Several models will be discussed and considerations for the appropriate planning, implementation, and evaluation of spiritual care will be examined.
The therapeutic interventions of music, art, dance, humor, and animal-assisted therapy can be integrated into mainstream medicine and should be considered as complements, not replacements for, mainstream medical treatments. The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is evaluating these therapeutic interventions and research is demonstrating that they are not only safe but effective as well. This course provides an overview of these mind-body-spirit healing interventions and discusses their therapeutic uses and benefits.
Modern nursing was founded on the concepts of healing environments. Florence Nightingale was one of the first to realize the importance of nature, light, noise, and sensory stimulation in healing. Much more about healing environments has been learned since her day. This course provides health care professionals with an introduction to the power of healing environments and the elements that contribute to a healing environment.
The dying experience is unique for each individual. For many individuals, death is not an end to life. It is simply a passage to another dimension, sometimes called heaven, the spiritual world, another plane of existence, or nirvana. As knowledge of issues involved in death and dying increases and positive attitudes are promoted, the spiritual care and support for people who are dying will improve. This course provides spiritual, psychological, social, and cultural healing strategies that can assist health care providers in the spiritual care of the dying.
Dealing with loss and grief is one of the great spiritual challenges of life. Individuals experience grief differently, depending on their inner resources, support, and relationships. Grief is subjective and can have psychological, social, and spiritual responses. Although cultural expressions of grief may vary, the deep sense of loss and sorrow is almost universal. This course reviews the grieving process and explores grief reactions, the role of grief counseling and the elements of healing.
Spirituality is a dynamic, evolving process that begins in infancy and continues throughout life. The spiritual development in children is especially important because of its impact on the rest of the child’s life. This course provides an overview of spiritual and religious development in children. Spiritual distress, methods of providing spiritual care to children, and specific care concerns for children with a chronic or terminal illness are also presented.
Aging presents unique challenges to an individual’s spiritual growth, development, and expression. This course examines the process of spiritual development in the aging individual, including the relationship between loss, hope, love, sexuality, religion, health, and spirituality, the roles of spirituality and religion in helping the aging adult cope with personal difficulties, and the importance of cultural wisdom and spiritual elders.

The goal of this course is to provide an overview of the characteristics of spirituality, the connection between spirituality and healing, and the essential elements of spirituality.

Certificate Objectives - Upon completion you will be able to do the following:

  1. Describe the characteristics of spirituality.
  2. Discuss the power of healing environments and the elements of a healing environment.
  3. Identify the elements of spiritual care and a spiritual assessment.
  4. Examine healing strategies that can assist in the spiritual care of the dying.
  5. Describe the process of spiritual development in the aging individual.
  6. Describe different forms of spiritually healing rituals.
  7. Discuss the grieving process and grief reactions.
  8. Examine the relationship between spirituality, culture, and health.
  9. Identify religious and spiritual development in children.
  10. Explore the relationship between religion, spirituality, and health.
  11. Describe the types of spiritual care generalists and specialists and their roles in providing spiritual care.
  12. Examine mind-body-spirit healing interventions such as art, dance, and humor and the therapeutic benefits

Certificate Content

Target Audience

Nurses, health care professionals, and interested individuals

Criteria for Successful Completion

Complete the course post exam (CE Test) with a score of 80% or greater. Complete all fields of the course Evaluation Form.

Certificate of Completion is provided for individual courses once the course post exam is passed per criteria above.

Certificate of Completion is provided for certificate programs once all of the courses within the certificate program have been successfully completed per criteria above.

Practice Level (For Occupational Therapy Only):  Intermediate

Content Focus (For Occupational Therapy Only):  Occupational Therapy Process

Commercial Support No commercial support has been received for this activity.

Advance Practice

Brain Health


Complementary and Alternative Health

Cultural Competency

Holistic Health

Home Health


Integrative Health

Men’s Health

Mental Health


Occupational Therapy


Pain Management

Palliative Care


Psychiatric Health

Social Work


Stress Management


Women's Health



Health Care Administration

Health Education

Marriage and Family Therapy

Massage Therapy



Occupational Therapy


Physical Therapy


Respiratory Therapy

Social Work

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