CHRISTIAN MEDITATION: EASTERN APPLICATIONS
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This course is designed to teach the student Meditation practices with a Christian focus, based on Eastern applications. The Christian Counselor is a source of spirituality for his or her clients. He does not only advise, heal, and guide, but enriches the soul he counsels. SC 605 covers the supplying source for this spiritual spring which is prayer. In particular, the course delves into Christian Meditative prayer. It primarily utilizes Fr. Keating’s book on centering prayer, “Open Mind, Open Heart”. Keating mixes many of the Eastern traditions of meditation with Christian notions in developing a deep prayer life for Christians that goes beyond the mere vocal prayers of the Church. In addition to this, the course also studies various Christian mystics, their works, and their meditations. Through this brief run through history, you will enrich your knowledge of the mystics and the saints but also become more familiar with their story, their writings, and their meditations. Course Code: SC 605. Contact hours of education = 50.
Note: Students in the Christian Spiritual Counseling program, may elect to take this course in place of SC 600: Contemplative Prayer & Meditation. This course is based on eastern religious traditions and applications. This course may also be taken by those who are currently certified by the AIHCP, Inc. in Meditation Instructor certification and the Spiritual Counseling certification (without Christian focus).
This is a guided, independent study CE Course. You are to study and progress at your own rate. There is one objective examination and one written assignment for this course.
TIME FRAME: You are allotted two years from the date of enrollment, to complete all of the courses in the spiritual counseling program. There are no set time-frames, other than the two year allotted time. If you do not complete the courses within the two-year time-frame, you will be removed from the course and an "incomplete" will be recorded for you in our records. Also, if you would like to complete the courses after this two-year expiration time, you would need to register and pay the course tuition fee again.
TEXTBOOKS: There are two (2) required textbooks for this course:
Open Mind, Open Heart: The Contemplative Dimension of the Gospel by Thomas Keating. Continuum International Publishing Group Inc., 1986. ISBN: 0-8264-0696-3
Christian Mystics: Their Lives and Legacies throughout the Ages. By Ursula King. Hidden Springs, 2001. ISBN # 1-58768-012-2
AIHCP Online Bookstore: AIHCP provides an online bookstore stocked with all of the required textbooks, and/or materials required for its CE courses. To purchase this book online, click the access store link, go to the table of categories, right upper hand corner, and click on "Spiritual Christian Counseling." Access AIHCP Store: click here
GRADING: You must achieve a passing score of at least 70% to complete this course and receive the 50 hours of awarded continuing education credit. There are no letter grades assigned. You will receive notice of your total % score. Those who score below the minimum of 70% will be contacted by the and options for completing additional course work to achieve a passing score, will be presented.
BOARD APPROVALS: The American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc. is a licensed Continuing Education Provider in the State of California, Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # CEP 15595. Access information
Additional CE Option: this course is co-sponsored by CCMS, Inc., which is an approved provider with NBCC (National Board of Certified Counselors). CCMS, Inc., is also a continuing education provider with NAADAC,, CASAC (California), OASAS, the states of Wyoming, Montana, Arkansas, Idaho and many others. CCMS, Inc. offers our students the option of applying for and receiving a CE certificate for this course. Their CE certificate means that your course will show evidence of NBCC approval, as well as the other approvals which CCMS, Inc. provides. The fees for CE certificates with course approvals from CCMS, Inc. are very reasonable. Full information is provided in our online classrooms for enrolled students.
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* Chat Rooms: each specialty has it's own unique "chat room." Inside of the classroom there is a schedule for "chat time" with students in your specific specialty practice. Participating in "chats" is voluntary. The chat sessions are used as means for students to come together and discuss course content or anything related to the courses and/or certification specialty.
* Examination Access: there is link to take you right to the online examination program where you can print out your examination and work with it. All examinations are formatted as "open book" tests. When you are ready, you can access the exam program at anytime and click in your responses to the questions. Full information is provided in the online classrooms.
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* Online Evaluation: there is a link in the classroom where you may access the course evaluation. All students completing a course, must, without exception, complete the course evaluation.
* Faculty Access Information: you will have access to your instructor's online resume/biography, as well as your instructor's specific contact information.
* Additional Learning Materials: some faculty have prepared additional "readings" and /or brief lecture notes to enhance your experience. All of these are available in the online classrooms.
COURSE OBJECTIVES: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:
To understand the nature of Contemplative Prayer
To identify the key steps in Centering prayer and apply them
To utilize the practices of prayer into daily life
To share these practices with future students or clients
To possess a summary knowledge of Christian Mysticism
To compare and contrast different mystics and their teachings
To demonstrate knowledge of a particular mystic that relates to their spirituality
To choose a spiritual paradigm of prayer that best fits your spiritual needs
To enhance the overall spirituality of the counselor for counseling purposes
A brief abstract of course content:
Dimensions of Contemplative Prayer
First Steps in Centering Prayer
The Sacred Word as Symbol
The Wanderings of Imagination
The Birth of Spiritual Attentiveness
More Subtle Kinds of Thoughts
Unloading the Subconscious
An Intensive Centering Prayer Retreat
Summary of the Centering Prayer Method
What Centering Prayer is Not
An Overview of Contemplative Prayer in the Christian Tradition
Guidelines for Christian Life, Growth, and Transformation
Practices that Help to Translate the Effects of Centering Prayer in Daily Life
The Active Prayer Sentence
The Weekly Support Group
The Method of Centering Prayer
Background and Themes of Christian Mysticism
Early Christian Mystics