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Spirituality and Social Work

Program Overview

This certificate program explores contemporary issues in spirituality and social work. It examines the importance of spirituality in addressing presenting issues and demonstrates the importance of spirituality in the clinical setting. Specific spiritual methods and interventions will be highlighted and applied to practice. Spirituality will be viewed as a dimension in the biopsychosocial assessment and treatment planning process. The program utilizes didactic and experiential components, which will include role playing, narratives, storytelling, and other pragmatic methods.

The program’s primary goal is to develop knowledge and sensitivity to spiritual concepts, practices and values. Students are expected to demonstrate interest and awareness in how spirituality impacts the lives of clients and the values of agency policies and actions. Students need not be spiritual themselves but it is expected that the diverse views and life experiences of the student body will enrich the learning experience of all.

From the Director: Interview with A. Meigs Ross, ACPE, BCC, LCSW

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Program requirements

This certificate requires the completion of two semesters between January and June. Each course will be comprised of twenty (20) two (2) hour sessions. Assignments include weekly readings and a final learning assessment in the form of a project or test.

The program meets Tuesday evening from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm on a weekly basis from September through April for 20 sessions except where indicated below.

Continuing Education Contact Hours

  • 40 NYSED-approved contact hours will be awarded for this program.

This organization (NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/15 - 11/11/16. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in the post-master's course will receive 40 continuing education clock hours.

Program Highlights

  • Intersection of spirituality, mysticism, and religion
  • Relational spirituality, community, and alienation
  • The intersection of mind and body: Eastern spiritual philosophy and practices
  • Spiritual approaches to wholeness and transformation of self
  • The intersection between spirituality, religion, and culture
  • Spirituality across the life cycle
  • The contribution of spirituality to social change and social policy
  • Spiritual assessment and transformation
  • Case seminars

Program Brochure

Download a program brochure by clicking here.

2016-17 Program Calendar

Semester 1

Tuesday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
  • *September 27 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
  • October 4, 11, 18, 25
  • November 1, 8
  • *November 15 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Semester 2

Tuesday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
  • *January 24 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
  • January 31
  • February 7, 28
  • March 7, 14, 28
  • *April 4 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)



To apply for this program, please click on the application link below.

You will be taken to a new page and prompted to set up an application account. Once you create an application account, you will be able to begin an application for one of our certificate programs.  Make sure to select the application for "Spirituality and Social Work" from the list of available applications.

NOTE: If you have an NYU email address, you should not use this email address when creating the application account.

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