DIPLOMA IN PRACTICAL SPIRITUALITY
Crossfields Institute Level 3
Deepen your personal spiritual experience of life with this powerful and pioneering course (Diploma in Practical Spirituality & Wellness) being run for the first time in Birmingham and Kidderminster with Kate Spohrer, experienced educator and certificated Spiritual Companion.
This 90-hour course is run in association with the Spiritual Companions Trust and accredited by The Crossfields Institute (Level 3 Diploma)
WHAT YOU WILL GAIN:
You will strengthen your physical and psychological wellbeing through a daily spiritual practice:
• Deepening your spiritual connection and sense of oneness.
• Self-examining with compassionate honesty.
• Practising strategies of mindful self-care.
You will serve others through:
• A wiser understanding of the relationship between spirituality and health.
• Improved relationship and communications skills grounded in benevolent mindfulness.
Professionally you will:
• Gain a nationally recognised qualification in person-centred and holistic spiritual care.
• Integrate spiritual healthcare into your current career.
• Membership of Spiritual Companions, a professional network with peer support, insurance scheme and ongoing CPD.
• Acquire practical strategies and concepts that can immediately be shared with others.
• A supportive community of peers during and beyond the course.
Our approach is holistic and person-centred. We welcome diversity and people of all faiths and none. There is an increasing need for spiritually competent people whose approach is highly inclusive and emotionally literate.
WHAT DO WE MEAN BY 'SPIRITUALITY'?
We always encourage people to develop their own definition of spirituality. That said, we find that the following definition is helpful in many educational and healthcare environments:
"Spirituality is everyone's natural connection with the wonder and energy of life – and the instinct to explore that experience and its meaning. Spirituality affirms that human development is about the growth of compassion and awareness, heart and mind."
’The Power of Modern Spirituality’ (Piatkus 2011.)
THE COURSE CONSISTS OF FOUR UNITS:
UNIT 1: Science & Context
This unit introduces you to the history, culture and science of the relationship between spirituality and medicine. You look at the evidence base, the physiology and the psychology of how spirituality can benefit health. You are supported in developing and clarifying your own language and terms of reference, so that you can communicate effectively with clients and colleagues in multicultural and interdisciplinary environments. You also reflect on how all of this is relevant to your own personal experience of illness and health.
UNIT 3: Developing Reflective Practice
In this unit you learn about the crucial importance of reflective practice for self-care and development. You will explore the different reflective strategies, choose the approach that best suits you and implement a daily practice of careful and honest self-reflection. This is built on a foundation of mindfulness and the compassionate witnessing of your thoughts and feelings. You will study how reflective practice is a crucial element of self-managed healthcare and psychological wellbeing. You will also look at the psychological and mental health challenges that may be linked to spirituality.
UNIT 2: Person-Centred Spiritual Practice
In this unit you explore and experience the spiritual practices that benefit health and wellbeing. You are supported in clarifying and implementing the approach that best supports your own daily spiritual health practice. In this way you experience for yourself the benefits and challenges. This all takes place within a group of supportive peers and tutors. From this personal experience and observing the diversity of approaches in your fellow learners, you then explore how best you might support others from diverse cultures and with different learning styles to develop their own spiritual health practice.
UNIT 4: Spiritual Care in Practice
This unit builds on the knowledge and practice of the other three units, focusing on the actual giving of spiritual care and enabling others to develop their own spiritual health practice. You will be introduced to and required to practice the fundamental skills of whole-body listening and how to facilitate a developmental conversation, one-to-one and in small groups, around the health and wellbeing benefits of spirituality. You will learn how to lead individuals and small groups into meditation. You will also study the psychological challenges that may arise in an enabling relationship and be introduced to the crucial topic of risk and the procedures for assessing and referral.
Working in association with:
KATE SPOHRER M.Ed. has almost thirty years of experience in teaching, training and enabling people of all ages to realize their potential and dreams. In addition to a formal teacher training she is an NLP Master Practitioner, Soul Advocate and Spiritual Companion. Kate started asking the big questions at a young age and has continued to do so. She believes in sustainable living and that spiritual practice is an essential part of the balance. When not teaching Kate works as a funeral director and celebrant.
DIOGENES MOCK M.A. - Growing up in the woods has been the grounding for seeking spiritual practice. Diogenes has thirty years of practical experience and research connecting art and creativity with people in communities and education. His broad experience in practical therapeutic education has prompted him recently to train as a psychotherapist. He is inspired to kindle the inner fire, open up to change and hold the space to build new relationships.
WILLIAM BLOOM PhD, is one of Britain’s leading authors and educators in modern spirituality and a holistic approach to individual and community wellbeing. His bestselling books include The Endorphin Effect, Feeling Safe and The Power of Modern Spirituality. He is director of the Spiritual Companions Trust and recently created the first UK Ofqual accredited Diploma in Practical Spirituality and Wellness. He spent 30 years on the faculty of the Findhorn Foundation.
CHRISTINE SMITH BSc PGCE, has been profoundly interested in what makes us tick as human beings for the last 30 years. This exploration has seen her qualify as a Homeopath, a Reflexologist, and a Teacher as she has delved deep to follow her own spiritual journey. She recently trained with Spiritual Companions Trust and William Bloom. She also has an active career in Selling & Digital Marketing and enjoys helping others market their products and services in a powerful, yet spiritually mindful way.
William recently outlined ten of the key benefits spiritual practice
can bring to both physical and mental health.
Live Longer: Research at Duke University’s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health in th USA, which has reviewed over 3000 scholarly papers on the health benefits of spirituality, clearly indicates that it supports people to live longer, healthier lives.
Strong Immune System: The practice of ‘Loving Kindness’ meditation (directed to self and others) – as well as benefiting others in our lives – reduces the hormones of anxiety and increases the cocktail of wellbeing hormones. This boosts the immune system making you more resilient against viruses and other health threats.
Healthy Gut and Stomach: Spiritual practices for grounding put the enteric nervous system, sometimes called the gut brain, at ease. This balances acidity and supports healthy gut bacteria. Recent research also shows that a healthy gut benefits mental health and conditions such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s.
Less Heart Attacks and Strokes: Yoga breathing exercises enable our heart rate variability (HRV) to become integrated and harmonious, reducing the risk of heart attacks and strokes.
Heals Nervous Exhaustion: Meditation takes our brains, nervous and endocrine systems into the same regenerating state as when we are sleeping and relaxing. This calms and strengthens us.
Boosts Confidence: The lifestyle and self-management practices of spirituality give people a more secure sense of being in control of their lives. This boosts self-confidence.
Reduces Risk of Mental Illness: Belief in a spiritual aspect to life brings comfort, reassurance and a sense of meaning. This reduces the risk of mental illness and supports recovery.
Lightens Depression: Believing that the purpose of human life is to develop compassion and wise consciousness brings hope and relief.
Combats Loneliness: Having friends and a community are good for people’s general health. A spiritual lifestyle also encompasses finding a sense of community and connection with the natural world. This is sometimes called biophylia or nature-based spirituality.
Reduces Stress: The most important elements of spirituality — belief, community, lifestyle, caring — all reduce existential anxiety. This then works through neural networks and the endocrine system to calm people physically and psychologically. Being at ease with life strengthens physical and mental health.
COURSE DATES (2019)
HOW TO APPLY
Please complete the Application Form and send to Kate (details on form). If you have any queries beforehand,
you can contact Kate using the contact form below or by phone (0780 6301328).
COST & PAYMENT DETAILS
The fee for the course is £1500 which includes the learner registration fee of £350.
Early bird payment in full £1400 by 1st January 2019
Full payment of £1500 needs to be made by 1st March 2019
Or you may pay by 3 installments: 1 Feb £525, 1 June £525, 1 Sept £525
Monthly payments may be made by negotiation
Bursaries for students/unwaged and seniors available depending on circumstance
Worcs DY11 5SZ
Tel: 07806 301328