Simply Sane

The Spirituality of Mental Health

About the Course:

This course is about connections between psychology and spirituality. It offers reflections on trust, solitude, prayer, and other aspects of living. “Dr. May reminds us that human beings are not objects to be fixed or improved… We need to quit worrying about who we are, try to relax and be our natural selves…” (The Washington Post)

Author

Gerald May, M.D.

About the Author:

Gerald May, M.D. was a practicing psychiatrist for 25 years and is currently a full-time staff member of the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation in Washington, D.C. He has written seven books, including Addiction and Grace and The Awakened Heart.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for health care professionals, especially addiction counselors, psychologists, mental health counselors, social workers, and nurses who seek knowledge about spirituality and its relationship to mental health. It is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

  1. Describe and critique Dr. May’s perspectives on spirituality and psychology.

  2. Apply connections presented between psychotherapy and spirituality to mental health practice.

  3. Identify the major insights offered regarding mental health.

  4. Discuss the relationship concepts commonly considered to be either spiritual or psychological.

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