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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.

Program Brochure

Download a program brochure by clicking here.

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

Continuing Education Contact Hours

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

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers {#SW-0012}.
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: 11/11/16 - 11/11/19. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.  Social workers participating in this program will receive 14 continuing education contact hours.

New York University Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Mental Health Practitioners as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed mental health counselors {#MHC-0083}.

For Mental Health Practitioners: Please check with your state, if you are not licensed in New York, to determine if these credits will be accepted for licensing renewal.

2017-18 Program Calendar (Subject to Change)

Semester 1

Tuesday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
  • *September 26 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
  • October 3, 17, 24, 31
  • November 7, 14
  • *November 21 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)

Semester 2

Tuesday Evening (6:00 pm to 8:00 pm)
  • *January 23 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)
  • January 30
  • February 2, 13, 20 , 27
  • March 6
  • *March 13 (5:00 pm - 9:00 pm)



The application for this program is no longer available. Please check back for the fall 2018 application in spring 2018.

Special Accommodations & Grievance Guidelines

Special Accommodations:
Students requiring accommodations have the opportunity to make these known upon registering or by writing to

Addressing Grievances:
For information on our Grievance Guidelines, please click here. If you have questions or concerns contact (212) 998-9099.