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.

Students are required to purchase the following text book prior to the start of class: Faith, Spirituality and Resilience in Recovery, Pascal Scoles, ISBN: 978-1657178557. (Revised in 2020.)

Session List 

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

Course Dates and Times

Date and Times Location Course Cost/Fees

Sept. 14 - Dec. 21, 2021
6 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 


Center for Business and Industry


 Course Hours: 45 Hours

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