Spiritual Crises in the Autumn of Life (JHU Certificate on Aging elective course)

Johns Hopkins University, Homewood Campus
Johns-Hopkins - Homewood, Baltimore, MD, USA

Start Time
09/27/2017 6:30 pm
End Time
11/08/2017 8:30 pm

Spiritual Crises in the Autumn of Life, and Ways of Addressing Them (COA elective course)

Spiritual crises occur throughout life, but several issues seem to be more associated with aging and with end-of-life than with other periods. This course will examine six commonly encountered spiritual crises that may occur as individuals face later life, and ways of addressing them. We will discuss in turn the following crises associated with aging: Facing What Never Was; Experiencing Pains of Aging; Experiencing Limitations and Becoming or Being a Burden; Fearing Abandonment; Fearing Being Forgotten; and, of course, Fearing Dying. Each week will focus on a crisis and on helpful ways of addressing it (e.g., journaling, ritual, oral history, relaxation techniques, and spiritual practices) so that students might emerge from the class with an expanded repertoire of helping strategies.

Pat Fosarelli, M.D., D. Min., is a physician on the adjunct staff of The Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and a theologian at The Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary's Seminary and University, where she serves as Associate Dean. She is an author of numerous books in the fields of medicine and ministry.

916.236.01 Homewood Campus

$210 (12 hours) 6 sessions

Wed., Sept. 27-Nov. 8, 6:30-8:30 p.m. No class Oct. 25.

This course is approved by the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists for 12 hours of category A CEU's and 12 hours of Category 1 credit as defined by the Maryland State Board of Social Work Examiners.  

Certificate on Aging (COA) courses may be taken individually or as part of the JHU Certificate on Aging Program. 

Register online or call 410-516-8516.

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