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Course 4:

Principles & Practices of Spiritual Care II

Online part 1: July 17, 2021

Online part 2: July 24, 2021

Debriefing session: August 7, 2021


Already in Course #2 we introduced Principles and Practices of Spiritual Care for the Aging, looking especially at Honour, Visitation, and Listening.  This Course (#7) is Part 2 of Principles and Practices of Spiritual Care for the Aging.  Having familiarized ourselves with the joys and challenges of various stages of aging, as well as the situations in which the aging are living, including various institutions (LTC and Retirement) and also the aging living in their own homes, communities, and/or neighbourhoods, we now revisit Principles and Practices of Spiritual Care.  We will again attend to Listening, as it is a major key for all ministries, indeed, all relationships.  We will also look at two special challenges for the Spiritual Care for the Aging, Dementia and Palliative Care/Death & Dying.

“The righteous … flourish in the courts of our God.
They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
to declare that the LORD is upright”
(Psalm 92).


Dr. Tom McCormick
Tom McCormick enjoys the interrelationships among several disciplines. He has a BA in philosophy and mathematics, an MA in Bible (Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia), a PhD in Humanities (Linguistics & Philosophy, University of Texas, Arlington), and a PhD in Philosophy (Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto). Tom also integrates praxis with thought, serving as a chaplain at Long Term & Residential Care Homes, teaching ESL, helping coordinate services for immigrants, assisting minority language groups overseas with literacy, development, and Bible translation, while helping to train consultants and literacy workers. He has taught mathematics, linguistics, reading theory, orthography design, philosophy, theology, education, qualitative research methods, and language acquisition. His books include Meditation: a Practical Guide to a Spiritual Discipline; 2 books on Nursing Home Ministry; Theories of Reading in Dialogue; Science, Imagination and God; Towards a Christian Philosophy; The Field and the Spirit; Meditation: a Biblical Study. Tom has been working with those in Long Term Care Nursing Homes for more than 40 years and has taught at both graduate and undergraduate institutions, including conducting workshops both in North America and overseas.


Conference attendance – There will be a $50 fee for attending the conferences only.
Audit – There will be a $100 fee for auditing the module.
Certificate Level – There will be a $150 fee for each module or $750 if preregistered for the entire program ($650 for chaplains).
Bachelors/Masters Level – Please contact the Word and Spirit Institute for tuition of Bachelor and Masters courses
There will an additional cost for the purchase of required reading material.


  • Biblical Foundations of Ministries with the Aging
  • Principles and Practices of Spiritual Care for Seniors (I)
  • Aging, Stages of Human Development, and Spirituality
  • Principles and Practices of Spiritual Care for Seniors (II)
  • Reaching out: Institutional settings; Families and Caregivers for Seniors
  • Reaching out: The Church and the Community; Families and Caregivers for Seniors
  • Cultural, Gender, and Religious Diversity; Global Aging

Please e-mail wsinstitute@outlook.com for information, to register and/or to receive a course syllabus


July 17, 2021
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Dr. Tom McCormick

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