SCG6210EN - Spiritual Caregiving in Group Therapy

Course description

The course leads the student through an in-depth study of the tools necessary to integrate spirituality into the practice of group therapy. Upon completion the student will be professionally able to fully participate fully in psychological treatments an in-depth concentration on spirituality. The student will be a participant in a small group from week one through eight. Under the supervision of a licensed therapist, the student will lead a small group from weeks three through eight.

How this course benefits students

There are two ditches that therapist slide into during the process of therapy. One the one hand the therapist takes the position that because he/she is a Christian then ipso facto the therapy they are providing is spiritually based. The ditch on the other side of the journey is for the therapist to “spiritualize” every issue that is presented as a therapeutic concern. Upon completing this course the student will be able to articulate at least two example of spiritual care that was provided as a group participant. The student will be able to demonstrate four examples of spiritual care giving that the student provided under supervision. The student will be able to articulate the importance of Spiritual care-giving as a core competence for a therapist. The student will be able to do so within the guidelines of the student’s state licensure board.

Why this course is important

As stated earlier, these courses will equip the student to have an understanding of spirituality as the theories and practice of providing spiritual care. The master’s level course will provide depth and experience beyond that of the under graduate course.

Credit hours
3 hours
Subject area
Spiritual Caregiving
Educational level
Learning type
Upcoming terms
* Schedule subject to change. Please contact the Registrar's office with schedule questions.

How this course relates to missional core values

Biblically based

Hebrews 3:13 But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called “Today,” so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin. 1 Thessalonians 5:111 Therefore [encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

Missionally driven

This course will equip and prepare the student to provide the healing presence of Christ to damaged emotions and unhealed memories

Contextually informed

The students will be experiencing and trained to bring spiritual care within the context of the clinical experience.

Interculturally focused

Students will have the skills to listen, analyze, synthesize and evaluate and address spiritual and counseling dynamics across cultural relationships.

Practically minded

The course includes a practicum.

Experientially transformed

The students will both experience and provide spiritual care in the clinical setting.