CSPH 5201 - Spirituality and Resilience

Course Description:

Links between resilience and spirituality. Applications of resilience/health realization model to students' personal/professional lives. Review of literature, theory, and research.

Objectives include literature critique, examination of personal resilience and protective factors, analysis of historical relationship of resilience and spirituality, experience and description of the principles of health realization, development of criteria and standards for assessing resilience in self and others, and synthesis of the understanding into professionally appropriate applications for each student's situation. Students from last term report the class as "life-changing" and "meaningful."

The concentrated small seminar schedule offers an "immersion experience" in this interesting and important topic.  Various options for course reading materials accommodate different learning styles, personal interests and stimulate meaningful group dialogue.

Two graduate or undergraduate credits offered by the University of Minnesota Center for Spirituality and Healing.

  • Personal growth and reflection fostering personal and professional wellbeing
  • Professional development in health care, coaching, education, prevention, human services, business and other disciplines
  • In-depth exploration of resilience theory and spirituality 
  • Specific applications of the Resilience/Health Realization model to students lives, professions and helping relationships.  
  • Scheduled so working professionals may attend
  • Graduate Minor elective

Course Objectives:

  1. Discuss the relationship between spirituality and resilience.
  2. Critique selected resilience research themes and best practices.
  3. Analyze selected historical and current spiritual writings in relation to resilience theory.
  4. Examine his/her personal experience of resilience and contributing protective factors/mechanisms with a focus on spirituality.
  5. Examine a conceptual framework for tapping resilience in individuals and systems.
  6. Describe and apply the principles of resilience and health realization in personal and professional settings.
  7. Propose criteria and standards for assessing resilience and spiritual development in oneself and others.
  8. Synthesize understanding of resilience and spirituality by designing applications of the resilience/health realization approach and drawing upon personal beliefs and experience as well as research evidence.

Course Details

Course Format: 
In person
Course ID: 
CSPH 5201
jr or sr or grad student
Semesters Course Offered: 
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