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Integrating Spirituality and Clinical Care (6 CEU's)

Date: January 29, 2017
Time: 9:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. (6 CEU’s)
Location: Gratz College
Complimentary lunch

Overview: Spirituality is an essential element of human experience. Spirituality represents the part of us that searches for meaning, seeks out transcendent experiences, and recognizes that a force exists beyond the material world. Although many important spiritual resources come from religious practices, spirituality and religion are not the same. This interactive workshop will help the clinician to understand and join with clients to whom spirituality is an important source of guidance and strength. Spiritual tools will be presented to the clinician as another means of therapeutic intervention. Concrete spiritual resources and an overview of many common spiritual issues will be discussed along with issues of spiritual development, spiritual trauma, and the nurturing of healthy belief systems. Although the program will focus on Jewish teachings and tradition, all spiritualities and religious practices will be open to exploration.

Participants will learn how
1) to understand and support the spiritual issues of their clients
2) to use different modes of spiritual practice (such as prayer, meditation, and text study) as a means of therapeutic intervention
3) to help clients access their own spiritual resources
4) to identify and work with healthy and unhealthy belief systems
5) the importance of spiritual self-care as a clinician.


9:00-10:00       The spiritual dimension of human experience and its relevance to the clinical setting

10:00-11:00     Understanding spiritual development and spiritual types

10:00-11:00     Identifying and supporting healthy belief systems

11:00-11:10     Break

11:10- 12:00    Exploration of spiritual resources

12:00 -1:00      Complimentary Lunch

1:00 - 2:30       Spiritual support groups

2:30- 2:40        Break

2:40 - 3:30       Role plays of possible scenarios

3:30 - 4:00       Wrap up

Learning Methods: lecture, small group discussion, case study, text study, and other experiential learning modalities.

Instructor:  Rabbi Elisa Goldberg, M.A.H.L., was the Director of Chaplaincy Services at Jewish Family and Children's Service (JFCS) from 2001 until 2014.  In that capacity, she supervised JFCS' professional and volunteer chaplains and provided individual spiritual counseling to JFCS clients facing challenging life transitions.  She offered bereavement support groups, provided consultation to the clinical programs throughout the agency, and developed a para-chaplaincy training program and rabbinic internship program.  In addition, she has served as a Spiritual Director to students at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College for the past fourteen years.

Rabbi Goldberg has been an ordained Reconstructionist rabbi since 1999.  In addition to her rabbinic studies, she completed 1600 hours of Clinical Pastoral Education, a non-denominational, nationally accredited clinical training program for chaplains.  She has worked as a chaplain in acute and long term care for fifteen years providing pastoral care to people with life-threatening and life-limiting illnesses, and their families.

Rabbi Goldberg is past president of the Board of Rabbis of Greater Philadelphia, a member of the Philadelphia Religious Leaders Council, and active with the Faith and Spiritual Affairs Advisory Board at the Department of Behavioral Health & Intellectual Disability Services of Philadelphia.  In 2014, she published A Guide to Leading Spirituality Support Groups in Behavioral Health Care Settings with Drexel University’s School of Public Health.

For more information or to register, please contact Lori Cohen at or 215-635-7300 x182.