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Spirituality & Aging

Ligia M. Houben, MA, CT, CG-C

CE Credit: 2 Hours

Target Audience: Psychology CE | Counseling CE | Social Work CE | Occupational Therapy CEUs | Marriage & Family Therapy CE | Nutrition & Dietetics CE

Learning Level: Introductory

Course Type: Online

Course Abstract

Spirituality & Aging is a 2-hour online continuing education (CE/CEU) course that offers an insight into how spirituality influences the lives of elders in our care.

Spirituality and religious beliefs provide coping mechanisms for issues related to aging and have been proven to have a protective factor. Elders with higher levels of spirituality have better mental and physical health, and are less anxious about aging. 

This course provides an accessible tool kit for healthcare professionals to use in attending to the spiritual well-being – as well as the physical, social, and emotional needs – of elders in their care. Included are ready-to-use exercises and techniques for promoting spiritual self-awareness in elders, as well as vignettes from the author’s own years of experience. The author makes a clear distinction between spirituality and religion, emphasizing the importance of helping elders come to terms with the numerous losses they experience in later life. Among the tools described are the spiritual inventory, an assessment of spiritual needs, the value of forgiveness and legacy, a discussion of spiritual deterrents, the importance of cultural sensitivity, how to promote spiritual growth in a group setting, and compassion fatigue among healthcare professionals.

Course #21-28 | 2019 | 34 pages | 15 posttest questions

Learning Objectives

1. Describe the differences between an “elder” and an elderly adult
2. List three spiritual assessment tools
3. Describe the differences between religion and spirituality
4. List three spiritual deterrents and three spiritual tools
5. Name three ways to enhance spirituality in spiritually alienated elders
6. Identify three risk factors for compassion fatigue in healthcare professionals
CE INFORMATION

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Professional Development Resources (PDR) has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5590. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. PDR is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs. Professional Development Resources is also approved as a provider of online (home study) continuing education by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage & Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling (#50-1635); 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-0135); the Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage & Family Therapist Board (#RCST100501); and the South Carolina Board of Professional Counselors and Marriage & Family Therapists (#193).


COURSE DIRECTIONS

This online course provides instant access to the course materials (PDF download) and CE test. The course is text-based (reading) and the CE test is open-book (you can print the test to mark your answers on it while reading the course document).

Successful completion of this course involves passing an online test (80% required, 3 chances to take) and we ask that you also complete a brief course evaluation. Click here to learn more.

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About the Author(s)

Ligia M. Houben, MA, CT, CG-C, has a background of counseling in areas such as grief, loss, healing, and addiction. She has a Master of Arts Degree in Religious Studies and is certified in gerontology, as a grief, loss and healing counselor, and as an addiction specialist. She is a training provider for assisted living facilities, specializing in Alzheimer’s disease. She has affiliations with Barry University’s Older Adults Opportunity Center, the University of Miami’s Lifelong Learning Center, Florida International University’s Center on Aging, Vitas Hospice, and various other centers in South Florida where she has worked and presented.

Disclosure:
Financial: No relevant financial relationships exist.
Nonfinancial
: No relevant nonfinancial relationships exist.



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