This introductory class will identify and discuss the variety and frequency of spiritual experiences in which an afterlife is perceived. In addition, we will review the critical reasons for mental health providers to assess afterlife beliefs and spiritual experiences as part of their religiosity/spirituality assessments. Lastly, attendees will receive a multitude of potential resources for persons who have had a spiritual experience or for those who want to explore the science and philosophy of the continuation of consciousness.
You are a mental health professional
You would like to learn about addressing afterlife beliefs
You are simply curious about the subject
Beth Christopherson, LCSW at Forever Family Foundation
Beth Christopherson, LCSW, is a licensed clinical social worker and psychotherapist in Houston, TX. Her practice and published work focuses on integrating spirituality into the client's healing process. She has written about the ethics, options, and challenges for mental health providers in assessing and addressing afterlife beliefs and spiritual experiences in articles such as The Elephant in the Room of Grief and The Spiritual but not Religious: What Social Workers Need to Know. She also developed and presented the workshop “Ethically Integrating Afterlife Beliefs in Therapy” at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. Because she values both the academic and spiritual aspects of grief and loss, Beth serves as an ad hoc reviewer for the Journal of Death and Dying; she is also a member of the Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC), the International Association of Near-Death Studies (IANDS), and the Forever Family Foundation. One of her passions is teaching and encouraging others to succeed; therefore, Beth frequently presents at local universities and medical schools on a variety of topics related to mental health and quality-of-life issues.