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Exploring Spiritual Connection in Everyday Life

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Exploring Spiritual Connection in Everyday Life

Friday, November 4, 2016 | 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Dr. Lynn Underwood | 3.5 CE credits offered (no partial credit will be given)

Attendance at the entire program and completion of the evaluation form are required to obtain CE credits. CE credits for Licensed Psychologists, Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, Professional Counselors, Registered Nurses, and Certified Registered Nurse Practitioners. 


In this program, Dr. Underwood will explain how the 16 questions of the DSES (Daily Spiritual Experiences Scale) can be used in a variety of settings to improve quality of life, enhance communication, and deepen connections. The scale has also been used as an evaluation tool in settings such as social work, business organizations, ministry, psychological practice, chaplaincy, coaching, and health care, as scores can change over time. The language used in the scale bridges differences for people who are deeply religious from different faiths and for those not affiliated with any religion, and can be used in both religious and secular settings. She will provide a brief summary of how the DSES questions have been shown to be reliable, valid and predictive. She will then discuss a variety of uses of the instrument by practitioners. The program will include an opportunity to personally explore selected questions from the DSES in depth, using ordinary examples from your own life, in order to better understand how to use them in professional settings with others. There will also be time for discussion and questions.


Objectives: Participants will be able to:

1. Describe how the DSES set of questions can reach breadth and depths of experience for many different kinds of people and can be useful in the caring professions, in organizations, and in ministry;

2. Discuss research-supported applicability of use of the DSES, including its limitations in psychological, health care, and pastoral settings; and

3. Identify some ways to use the questions in an open-ended format.


Schedule--University Center, Webb Room | Located on East 14th Street between Melrose and Walnut

8:15 AM: Registration (Breakfast graciously provided by the Widener Nursing Simulation Department)

9 AM: Session 1

10:30 AM: Break

11 AM: Session 2

1 PM: Adjournment 


Lynn has published widely in areas such as quality of life, cancer, stress, compassionate love, and the understanding of ordinary spiritual experience in a multicultural context. Originally trained in medicine, she holds a PhD in epidemiology, and is an elected member of the Academy of Behavioral Medicine. She was awarded a Kluge Fellowship at the Library of Congress, and was a part of an interdisciplinary project on the nature of the human person in Greece. Underwood has directed foundation programs and developed projects with the World Health Organization and the National Institutes of Health. She lectures and facilitates workshops on compassionate love, spirituality, and flourishing in dire circumstances, and advises people throughout the world who use the Daily Spiritual Experience Scale. She is currently a consultant on projects for Harvard University, the Cleveland Clinic, the University of Connecticut and a variety of social services organizations, and is a Senior Research Associate at the Inamori International Center for Ethics at Case Western Reserve University.


For questions regarding program content, please contact Martha Robbins, ThD at mrobbins@pts.edu or (412)-924-1423 . 

For questions regarding online registration, please contact Karly Siffin at clinicalpsychologypgc@mail.widener.edu or (610) 499-1083. 

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