HDS 2932

Advanced Spiritual Counseling: Taking Care of Others, Taking Care of Self: Seminar

Cheryl A. Giles


This field-based course is designed to explore the role and advanced practice of spiritual counseling for those interested in chaplaincy, counseling ministries, or other interfaith caregiving settings. Class will take place at Youville House, an assisted living center for seniors in Cambridge. Class will be held from 12-4pm. Students will participate in weekly visits with residents. Readings will focus on the theory and practice of spiritual counseling and living with chronic illness and aging. Emphasis will be on four primary areas: counseling practice, relational wisdom, and self-awareness as providers of spiritual care, and practicing meaningful self-care. Class format includes group process, case presentations and verbatims. Enrollment is limited to 10 students. Previous experience in counseling, CPE, or other spiritual care courses preferred. Instructor permission required, please e-mail the instructor if you are interested in participating in the course. This course was held previously at Boston Medical Center.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 10 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes

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0.50 credits
Spring 2015
Thurs 12pm-4pm
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
  • Women, Gender, Sexuality, and Religion
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Non-Tradition Specific
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
Language Course Designation(s) None