HLT6700 Spiritual Caregiving and Mental Illness

Course Overview

Educational Level: Graduate, Master
Credit Hours: 3 Credits
Instructor: Prof. Scott Dixon

Course Description:

This course examines the problem of mental illness. There will be an emphasis on analyzing various programs and approaches to people with mental illness. Students will evaluate spiritual programs that serve this population. There will be an introduction to spiritually-modified psychotherapies and how they may be used in this context. Those who take this course will examine various programs created by churches that serve this population.

How This Course Benefits Students:

Research indicates that people with a mental illness will often go to clergy before going to a mental health professional. Therefore, church leaders need to be equipped and ready to work with this vulnerable population. The utilization of religion and spirituality in mental health is associated with positive outcomes. This would allow students to provide necessary spiritual services for people with mental illness in their community.

Why This Course Is Important:

There has been an awakening in the field of social work to the importance of religion and spirituality in the lives of those they serve. This course is unique in its encouragement of the role of the church as well as the involvement of individual Christians in the lives of those with serious mental illness. It is practical, hands-on, and will provide the student with the tools, skills, and knowledge to serve the mentally ill population in their community.