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Course: Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy
edited by Froma Walsh, PhD

CE Credit Hours: 13
Fee: $65

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Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy provides a treasury of resources to the clinician. In the broadest and then the most specific of terms spirituality is defined. Various experts, in their unique perspectives, address the beliefs and the practices that are deeply personal and the means within various communities of faith where they are experienced. Spirituality and religion provide comfort and resilience that the therapy hour has often neglected. Numerous studies provide the backdrop for the insights and observations shared by this text into the often ignored but important blend of psychotherapy and spirituality.

No specific ideology or theology is presented alone. Dr. Walsh provides a network of worldviews that at their core reflects an enlightened experience. The end view is to tap into all that is available in the client's life to foster health and healing.

Remember, if your order the book for this course it is based on the 1st edition (1999), paperback printing 2003.

Educational Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the clinician will be able to:

  • Understand and identify the components of the Illness Beliefs Model
  • Understand and identify ways to apply the Illness Belief Model to alter, challenge or modify constraining beliefs to assist with alleviating or diminish suffering in families.
  • Identify the key elements of spirituality that facilities resilience within families.
  • Identify and list Doherty's Three Domains of Language and Meaning, be able to recognize the key words and phrases that identify each domain and be able to know those words and phrases that overlap between domains.
  • Learn Doherty's quintessential moral intervention.
  • Identify the three stages in Trepper and Barrett's model for working with trauma, understand the means that they outline to convey hope, inspiration, and comfort.
  • Recognize the elements essential within therapy that lead to the non-judgmental use of a clients spirituality.

Syllabus / Course Instructions

  • The Course consists of reading the selected book, successfully completing an online post test and filling out a course evaluation.
  • The book is not included. It must be purchased separately. We have supplied a link to for your convenience.
  • Purchasing your course will give you access to both a printable copy of the test and an online version. Print the test to use as a companion as you read the book and answer the questions.
  • You cannot exit the online test once you begin, so have your answers available.
Additional Resources On This Site for CE

Additional Resources Not On This Site

  • Walsh, F., & Pryce, J. (2002). The spiritual dimension of family life. In F. Walsh (ed.), Normal family processes (3rd ed). New York: Guilford Press.
  • Walsh, F. (2001). A family resilience framework for intervention and prevention. In A.R. Roberts & G.J. Greene (eds.), Social workers' desk reference. New York: Oxford University Press.
  • Canda, Edwards R. & Furman, Dyrud Leola,(1999, 2003), Spiritual Diversity in Social Work Practice, The Heart of Helping, New York: Free Press
  • Spirituality and Religion in Social Work (2002) Edited by T. Laine Scales, Terry A. Wolfer, David A. Sherwood, Diana R. Garland, Beryl Hugen, & Sharon Weaver Pittman
  • Published by The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

Bio: Froma Walsh, PhD

Froma Walsh is professor in the School of Social Service Administration and the Department of Psychiatry, Pritzker School of Medicine, at the University of Chicago. In addition, she is co-director of the university-affiliated Center for Family Health.
Professor Walsh earned a B.A. with honors in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, a M.S.W. from Smith College, and a Ph.D. in Human Development from the University of Chicago. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco and has offered training and consultation for mental health services internationally.

Professor Walsh has published extensively in the areas of family systems and family therapy. Her books include: Strengthening Family Resilience, (Guilford, 1998); Spiritual Resources in Family Therapy (Guilford, 1999); Normal Family Processes, 3rd Edition, Guilford, fall 2002); Living Beyond Loss: Death in the Family, (W.W. Norton, 1991/1995); Women in Families, (Norton, 1989/1993); and Chronic Disorders and the Family, (Haworth, 1988).

A recognized authority, Professor Walsh is a frequent speaker at conferences, seminars, and workshops worldwide.