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SC 500 – Prayer & Meditation in Spiritual Counseling


This continuing education course focuses on the concepts of prayer and meditation. The course is presented as a foundational course and provides students with an opportunity to examine prayer and meditation as used in spiritual practice and in assisting and teaching clients. First presented is comprehensive study on “meditation” and meditative practices. Students will learn what meditation is, how to practice various types of meditation, how to assist clients in using meditation and how meditation is integrated into spiritual practices. Students then study the concepts of prayer with an emphasis on the development and use of a “positive” prayer practice and the use of affirmations as a prayer tool. The spiritual laws that are associated with prayer are examined and student’s develop a skill set of using these laws, positive prayer and affirmations which can then be taught to clients. Course Code: SC 500. Contact hours of Education = 50.

This course is particularly designed for those who would like to apply for Certification as a Certified Spiritual Counselor by the American Institute of Health Care Professionals, Inc,.

This is a guided, independent study CE Course. You are to study and progress at your own rate. There are no written assignments. It is recommended that you follow this process for completing the course:

Instructor/Course Author:  Dominick L. Flarey, Ph.D, MBA, RN,BC, CH-C, SC-C

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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 textbook for this course and 2 CDs.

Book 1: The Relaxation Response. By Herbert Benson. New York:Avon Books: 1975. ISBN # :0380006766.

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Book 2: The Beginner’s Guide to Meditation. 2 audio CD set. By Joan Borysenko, Ph.D. The Hay House: California: January 15, 2006.

Note: this 2 CD set is now available directly from the publisher as an immediate purchase and download for $ 9.48.   Pleaes access this link to purchase the download: click here

Book 3: The Dynamic Laws of Prayer. By Catherine Ponder. Marina Del Ray;DeVorss & Company: 1987. ISBN # :0875165834.

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You are required to order your own copies of the textbooks and CD audio set. Please be sure to order your books and CD set as soon as possible so that you can begin your course of study.

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 (The Provider) is approved by the California Board of Registered Nurses, Provider number # CEP 15595 for 50 Contact Hours. Access information

This course, which is approved by the Florida State Board Of Nursing (CE Provider # 50-11975) also has the following Board of Nursing Approvals, for 50 contact hours of CE

The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Arkansas Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the Georgia Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the South Carolina Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the West Virginia Board of Examiners for Professional Registered Nurses. CE Provider # 50-11975.
The American Institute of Health Care Professionals Inc: is a Rule Approved Provider of Continuing Education by the New Mexico Board of Nursing. CE Provider # 50-11975.

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* 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.

Student Resource Center: there is a link for access to a web page “Student Resource Center.” The Resource Center provides for easy access to all of our policies/procedures and additional information regarding applying for certification. We also have many links to many outside reference sites, such as online libraries that you may freely access.

* 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:

1). Define Prayer.
2). Understand the Relaxation Response.
3). Discuss the physiological mechanisms involved in meditation.
4). Define meditation and its use as spiritual practice.
5). Discuss prayer and types of prayers, as a communication with the Divine.
6). Develop effective prayer for intercessions.
7). Discuss the spiritual awareness from personal prayer.
8). Discuss and Define various types of meditative practices.
9). Instruct others in meditative practice.
10). Define spiritual principles of prayer.
11). Define spiritual principles of meditation.
12). Author a meaningful prayer journal.
13). Author a meaningful journal of meditative practices and outcomes.
14). Begin to develop prayer as metaphysical treatments.


1). Benson’s Relaxation Response.
2). Breath and Physiology.
3). Eliciting the Relaxation Response.
4). Benefits of the Relaxation Response.
5). Meditation.
5). The History of Meditation.
6). Types of Meditation.
7). Eliciting Meditation Practices.
8). Mindfulness Meditation.
9). Simple Methods of Prayer.
10). The Truth About Prayer.
11). When Prayers Have not Been Answered.
12). The Prayer of Relaxation.
13). The Prayer of Cleansing.
14). The Prayer of Protection.
15). The Prayer of Decree.
16). Advanced Methods of Prayer.
17). The Prayer for Miracles.
18). The Prayer of Concentration.
19). The Prayer of Meditation.
20). The Prayer of Silence.
21). The Prayer of Realization.
22). Prayer Partners.
23). After Prayer