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Certification Training Class

Spiritual Counseling Course Overview

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Introduction to Our Spiritual Counseling Course

The Guild offers a four-tier training program. Each certification course leads to a higher skillset and knowledge base. The first level of certification is Initiate, the second level is Adept,  the third and highest clinical level is Master, and the fourth, Master Teacher, is for those who wish to become teachers within the Guild. They need to be taken in order, and each builds upon the other. Each course is 24 hours and is held in an online format over two weekends, although in-person participation is available. (See Curriculum below.) We use Zoom as our online platform and Canvas as our teaching platform. The textbook for the course is A Fresh Cup of Counseling: A Handbook of Spiritual  Counseling. It is available on Wipf and Stock Publishing, Amazon, and all major booksellers.

In addition to the training courses, there will be ongoing individual and peer group mentoring for graduates. A community forum platform will also gather together the best spiritual counseling and coaching professionals to further advance the field.

Certification Requirements for Spiritual Counseling Course

Professionals with a minimum Master's Degree in counseling and coaching or a related field. Graduate students in Masters or Doctorate programs in counseling or coaching or a related field. This would include psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, mental health counselors, psychiatric nurses, marriage and family therapists, educational psychologists, life and career coaches, and so on.

Spiritual Counseling Training Expectations

We treat this training as graduate-level work, so we expect that you will take these courses as seriously as if it was part of your Master's or Doctorate program. We expect you to read the required books, book chapters, and movies, because all provide an essential foundation for your work. We expect you to be on time and model the professional behavior required for this important work through your attendance and participation.

Our Spiritual Counseling Course Curriculum

Spring 2024
Level 1 Training: Initiate

This course introduces the practitioner to the basics of holistic spiritual counseling and coaching. It brings in Chinese. Hindu, and Native American spiritual traditions that can be used in counseling. The curriculum includes:

Day 1: Module I
Holistic Spiritual Counseling Foundations
  • The Story of The Guild

  • The Spiritual Counselor Defined

  • Psychotherapy and Spiritual (Transpersonal) Counseling

  • Obstacles in the Field

    • Disease Model vs Holistic Healing Model

    • Diagnosis, Drugs, and Insurance

  • Becoming the Spiritual Counselor

  • Past and Present Life baggage

  • Spiritual Counseling Ethics

  • What is your Higher Purpose?

  • Exercises and Case Studies

  • Spiritual Tools

    • Yin Yang

  • Guided Meditations

Day 2: Module II Curriculum
The Spiritual Side of Things
  • Perspectives on God/Goddess/Great Spirit/The Way

  • Shaman’s World

  • Energy Work

  • The Meditation Way  

  • The Native American Medicine Wheel

  • Exercises and Case Studies

  • Guided Meditations

Day 3: Module III Curriculum
Spiritual Foundations and Dysfunctional Families
  • Spiritual Foundations

    • Karma

    • Ahimsa

    • Law of Attraction

  • Dysfunctional Families

  • Exercises and Case Studies

  • Recommended Books and Movies

 

The price for this course is $500. Payment plans are available. $50 discount for early registration.

Summer 2024
Level II Training:
Adept

This course moves the practitioner to a higher level of understanding and awareness and covers a variety of case types that are part of our practice. It introduces Buddhist and Judeo-Christian spiritual traditions that can be used in counseling. The curriculum includes:

Day 1: Module II Curriculum
This Life Work
  • This Life Timeline

  • Emotional Baggage and Trauma History

  • Blueprints for Love, Marriage, Parenting, Friendship, and Prosperity

  • Attachment Theory

  • Defining and Healing the Inner Children and Developing the Adult/Wise Elder

  • Exercises and Case Studies

  • Guided Meditations

 

Day 2: Module IV Curriculum
Clinical and Spiritual Applications
  • The National Epidemic of Codependency

  • Working with Victims

  • Working with Addictions

  • Working with Abusers and Offenders

  • Exercises and Case Studies

  • The Noble Eightfold Buddha Path

  • Guided Meditations

  • Recommended Books and Movies

Day 3: Module III Curriculum

Clinical and Spiritual Applications

  • Working with Illness, Disability, and Bereavement

  • Working with Diversity

  • Working Internationally

  • The Moses Way

  • The Jesus Tapes

  • Exercises and Case Studies

  • Guided Meditations

  • Recommended Books and Movies

The price for this course is $750.

Payment plans are available. $50 discount for early registration.

Fall 2024
Level III Training: Master

This is the final and highest clinical course level. It introduces Shamanic, Buddhist, Hindu, and New Age spiritual traditions that can be used in counseling. The curriculum includes:

 

Day 1: Module V Curriculum
Reincarnation and Past Life Work
  • The Case for Reincarnation

  • The Reincarnation Experiments

  • Past Life Timeline

  • Previous Life Lessons, Traumas, and Themes

  • Light and Dark Past Lives

  • Resting Place: The Past Life Healing Place

  • Your Client, Past Lives, and You

  • Past Life Regression

  • Case Studies

  • Guided Meditations

  • Recommended Books and Movies

Day 2: Module VI Curriculum

Going Further Out and Multidimensional Healing

  • Star Origins

  • Connection to Spiritual Guides

  • The New Kids: Indigo, Rainbow, Star, and Crystal Children

  • The Far Side: Talking to the Other Side

  • Welcome to the Galaxy

  • Case Studies

  • Guided Meditations

Day 3: Module III Curriculum

Multidimensional Healing

  • Spirit Releasement

  • Shamanic Healing

  • The Many Faces of Yoga

  • Case Studies

  • Guided Meditations

  • Recommended Books and Movies

 

The price for this course is $1000. Payment plans are available. $50 discount for early registration.

Fall 2025
Level IV Training:
Master Teacher

This course is for those practitioners who wish to become teachers within the Guild. The curriculum includes:

Day 1: Module VII Curriculum

Creativity and Curriculum

  • Spiritual Foundations

  • Your Toolbox

  • What do You Want to Teach?

  • Curriculum Development

  • Guild Training Guidelines

  • Case Studies

  • Guided Meditation

Day 2: Module VIII Curriculum

Training the Trainer

  • Train the Trainer

  • In-Person Presentation Skills

  • Online Presentation Skills

  • Leading Guided Meditations

  • You are the Teacher

  • Canvas Platform Essentials

  • Technical Tool Helpers

The price for this course is $1500. Payment plans are available. $50 discount for early registration.

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