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Niagara University, Samaritan Counseling Center offer course on spirituality in counseling

by jmaloni
Mon, Jul 25th 2011 09:15 am

Niagara University's College of Education and the Samaritan Counseling Center of Western New York announce a new graduate course designed to integrate training for "faith-based" healing in counseling education. The course, spirituality in counseling and vocation, will commence this fall and take place at Niagara University's Academic Complex.

"We are excited to collaborate with the Samaritan Counseling Center to offer a program that provides a component for addressing the spiritual healing needs of the individual or family," stated Dr. Debra Colley, dean of NU's College of Education. "For many people, there is a disconnection between their spiritual life and their professional life as a counselor, client and/or leader in their field. We look forward to working with community members to make this connection."

"This course will acquaint counseling students with how spirituality and faith can be incorporated and applied during their client counseling sessions and within their lives as educators and vocational leaders," affirmed Dr. Frank E. Bartscheck, executive director of the Samaritan Counseling Center. "We are very encouraged with the enthusiasm that has been shown toward bringing more faith-based counseling tools to the Western New York community."

Through the analysis of case studies and personal reflections, students will develop a holistic perspective regarding modern American society's feeling of disconnect between faith, spirituality, religion, life, work and theory, and practices in education and counseling. Developmental theories from James Fowler, Erik Erikson, Lawrence Kohlberg and Donald Super will be studied and integrated into a comprehensive blueprint for learning.

Co-taught by Roselind Bogner, Ph.D., LMHC, an associate professor in NU's College of Education, and the Rev. David Wurster, Ph.D., LMHC, the pastoral director and director of student education at the Samaritan Pastoral Counseling Center, the course will take place on Tuesdays from 1:40-4:20 p.m. between Sept. 6 and Dec, 20, 2011.

Participants may choose to take the course for three graduate credits ($1,000) or to earn a non-credit professional development certificate ($650).

To register, call 716-286-8309 or email [email protected] before Aug. 19.

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