HDS 2966

Change and Spiritual Resilience

Chris Berlin


Change, whether unexpected or desirable, can impact one's spiritual life in challenging ways. Fear, resistance, and the need for permanence can hinder the potential in change to deepen one's faith and turn mere coping into an opportunity for spiritual growth. By drawing on Buddhist principles of impermanence and the nature of mind, as well as considering recent advances in positive psychology, this seminar will explore how spiritual counselors or others in caregiving roles can apply these perspectives in theory and practice to interfaith counseling settings and support those experiencing life change by fostering spiritual resilience. We will also discuss the obstacles to meaningful change and will seek to identify how spiritual resilience is linked to finding meaning in the midst of suffering, helplessness, or an absence of faith. Instructor's permission required.

Enrollment Limited: Limited to 12 students. Instructor's permission required.
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Fall 2013
Mon 4pm-6pm
Divinity Hall Room 211

Relationship to Program Requirements

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