Spiritual Issues Within Treatment for Psychosis and Bipolar
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Spiritual Issues Within Treatment for Psychosis and Bipolar

Explore Spiritual and Existential Meaning That Can Be Found in "Madness," and Pathways to Healing
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Created by Ron Unger
Last updated 5/2020
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This course includes
  • 6 hours on-demand video
  • 13 articles
  • 36 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
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  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Utilize cultural competence in addressing spiritual issues within a recovery oriented approach to bipolar and psychosis while working with individuals from a variety of traditions and subcultures
  • Identify ways to integrate spiritual language and metaphors with scientific and psychological language and approaches
  • Explain how the core issues in trauma, extreme moods and psychosis are commonly framed in spiritual terms, and how these relate to basic human dilemmas
  • Click "see more" for details on Continuing Education Credit
  • Assess extreme moods and psychosis as possibly involving attempts to resolve basic human dilemmas using ways of thinking and feeling that step outside the terms of “mundane” reality, and compare approaches to helping people complete these attempts successfully
  • 6 hours of Continuing Education Credit is provided by Commonwealth Educational Seminars for the following professions in the US (Please note: It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards to verify CE requirements for their state):
  • Psychologists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Commonwealth Educational Seminars maintains responsibility for these programs and their content.
  • Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) awards CEs for Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists in the following states: ​AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MS, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY.​​ Please note that it is the responsibility of the licensee to check with their individual state board to verify CE requirements for their state. ​CES maintains responsibility for these programs. In addition, CES is an approved CE provider for Florida Marriage & Family Therapists (CE Provider # 50-9633) and an approved Continuing Education Provider for Texas Marriage & Family Therapists (Provider Number 558).
  • Social Workers: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) awards Social Work CEs in the following states: AL, AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DE, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA, MA, ME, MD, MI, MN, MS, MO, MT, NE, NH, NM, NY, NC, ND, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WV, WI, WY. Please note that it is the responsibility of the licensee to check with their individual state board to verify CE requirements for their state. Social Workers-New York State: Commonwealth Educational Seminars is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #SW-0444.
  • Licensed Professional Counselors/Licensed Mental Health Counselors: Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) awards CEs for the above listed professions in the following states: AK, AZ, AR, CA, CO, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, HI, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, LA, ME, MD, MA, MI, MN, MO, NE, NH, NJ, NM, NC, ND, OK, OR, PA, RI, SC, SD, TN, TX, UT, VT, VA, WA, WI, WY. Please note that it is the responsibility of the licensee to check with their individual state board to verify CE requirements for their state.
  • Nurses: As an APA approved provider, CES programs are accepted by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). These courses can be utilized by nurses to renew their certification and will be accepted by the ANCC. Every state Board of Nursing accepts ANCC approved programs except California and Iowa, however CES is also an approved Continuing Education provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing (Provider # CEP15567) which is also accepted by the Iowa Board of Nursing.
Requirements
  • No prerequisites
Description

Mental breakdown, in the form of “bipolar” or “psychotic” episodes, may often be experienced as having aspects of “breakthrough.” Even amidst severe distress and disruption, attempts at deep healing may be detected. Many avoid discussing this for fear of “romanticizing” disturbed states, but such reluctance can lead to “awfulizing” experiences instead and can impair engagement in treatment and reduce its effectiveness.

Research suggests that in the US, approximately 25-39% of people diagnosed with schizophrenia and 15-22% of those diagnosed with mania/bipolar disorder have beliefs that mental health professionals call "religious delusions." But when people are told that their experiences and beliefs have no value and are simply due to an illness, they tend to either fight back and defend their perspectives in a rigid way, or they shift to attempting complete suppression of what they now see as their “sick” perspectives and experience. Unfortunately, neither of these two reactions have been found likely to lead to lead to recovery.

If reality, and our brains, were simple, then simplistic approaches to mental health would probably succeed more frequently.

This course is designed for people who are open to considering more complex possibilities. What if it’s often not possible to clearly distinguish dangerous and unhelpful states of mind from states that may be spiritually significant and helpful, or part of an attempt to heal from past traumas? Is there a way to approach these questions in a less black and white way, helping people to find their own answers, and/or ways of living with questions that don’t seem to have answers? Might that work better than trying to impose dominant cultural viewpoints and ways of being organized, which themselves may be flawed?

Whatever your spiritual perspective may be, or even if you see yourself as definitely non-spiritual, you can learn to acknowledge that there are deep questions about human existence that are often seen as spiritual, and to recognize the ways mental and emotional crisis often involves confusion around these questions. Then, with that awareness in mind, you can learn how to support people to possibly find their own way to shift from distress and confusion to deep healing and integration.

The course will take 6 hours to complete.

6 hours of continuing education credit is available for psychologists and nurses in the US, and also for social workers, licensed professional counselors and marriage and family therapists in many states in the US. (See the “What am I going to get from taking this course" section for details on CE credit.)

Ron Unger LCSW and Commonwealth Educational Seminars (CES) seek to ensure equitable treatment of every person and to make every attempt to resolve grievances in a fair manner. Please submit a written grievance to: Ron Unger, 4ronunger@gmail.com Grievances will receive, to the best of our ability, corrective action in order to prevent further problems.

Who this course is for:
  • This course will primarily be of interest to mental health workers of various professions who work with people who have the kind of issues typically labeled as psychotic or bipolar disorders.
  • This course may also be of interest to people with lived experience of difficult mental states, and to family members and others who would like to better understand how spiritual issues intersect with mental health problems as well as better ways to talk about the issues that arise at that intersection.
Course content
Expand all 47 lectures 05:58:51
+ Distinguishing Mental Disorders from Spiritual Experiences and Concerns
3 lectures 11:06
Navigating Cultural Dilemmas Around Spirituality, Religion, & "Mental Illness"
00:26
Reflections on the Cultural Dilemmas Video
00:31
+ The Up Side of Going Out of One's Mind
4 lectures 22:27
The Importance of Breakdowns and Mental Revolutions
00:02
Introducing the Renewal Model of Mental Breakdown and Psychosis
07:36
History: From Seeing Madness & Spirituality as Intertwined, to Role Differences
08:46
+ Madness, Mystery, and Contested Meanings
3 lectures 33:21
Finding the Space Between Dogma and Being Lost in the Mystery
12:07
Contesting Concepts, Contesting Meanings
07:41
A Personal Story of Questioning Everything, Revolution and Renewal
13:33
+ Spiritual and Existential Paradoxes and Polarities
6 lectures 44:48
Feeling We Will Be OK No Matter What Happens: Helpful & Big Trouble!
09:32
Recognizing the Down Side of Balance and Stability
08:15
Extreme Spiritual Views: Sometimes Helpful, Sometimes Not
08:13
Polarity Diagrams, Love vs. Hate, Good vs. Evil
10:10
When Paradoxes Aren't Acknowledged, Rigidity Becomes a Problem
08:35
A Chinese Tale About "Good," "Bad," and "Maybe"
00:03
+ Trauma, Dissociation, and the Role of Loose Associations in Healing
3 lectures 35:42
Expanded Sense of Meaning and Spiritual Opening
11:17
Trauma, Dissociation, and Opening to the Light
14:03
The Renewal Model, In More Depth
10:22
+ Metaphor, Imagination, and Self Organization
3 lectures 25:29
Mania, Metaphor, and Possibilities for Healing
00:13
Self Organization, Metaphor, and the Complementarity of Sanity and Madness
16:56
Imagination, Madness, and Spirituality
08:20
+ The Fundamentals of Being Helpful
5 lectures 57:39
First, Avoid Common Mistakes that Cause Harm
10:00
An Overview of What Helps: Taking Spiritual Issues Seriously
15:21
Obstacles to Talking About Spiritual Issues Within Treatment
04:56
Encouraging Multiple Viewpoints: Becoming Dialogical & Archetypal Amplification
16:36
Personal Vulnerability vs. Spiritual Transcendence: Avoiding "Spiritual Bypass"
10:46
+ Using Mindfulness & Compassion Focused Approaches
5 lectures 30:13
Getting in Touch with the Part of You That Has Never Been Hurt
00:02
Compassion, Contradiction, and Healing
13:58
Invoking Multiple Dimensions of Compassion
08:30
A Compassion Focused Visualization
07:15
Compassion for Voices
00:28
+ Supporting Some Other Key Dimensions of Healing
3 lectures 26:10
The Rediscovery of Meaning, Purpose, and a Natural Order
09:49
Developing Discernment
08:03
Appreciating the Dialectical, Avoiding Domination
08:18