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The William Blevins Institute

The William Blevins Institute for Spirituality and Mental Health
The William Blevins Institute for Spirituality and Mental Health is dedicated to exploring the relationship between spirituality and mental health. The Institute serves healthcare professionals, teachers, students, organizations, and all interested persons by providing education, information, research, training, and services to improve holistic health in our area. In addition, the Institute supports and encourages dialogue between clinicians, clergy, and all others interested in the connection between spirituality, religion, and mental health as these promote individual growth and well-being.

All of our programs are based upon the conviction that spirituality is an integral dimension of our mental health and quality of life. Each program focuses upon particular spirituality skills that enhance an understanding of People's problems, facilitate recovery and coping, and enable persons to become more resilient in handling life's difficulties.

The Continuing Education (CEU) programs are designed to meet the education and training needs of mental health professionals, as well as others in allied health, service, and education fields.
Required texts will be mailed to course participants when registered; you will be required to mail your name and address to


The Blevins Institute for Spirituality & Mental Health at Carson Newman University offers a non-credit certificate program in spirituality. This program is designed for persons interested in the study and practice of spiritual traditions and practices. Participants will be introduced to the major aspects of spiritual formation and how spiritual practices can nurture personal growth and strengthen holistic well-being. This program will also provide guidance in facilitating the spiritual formation of others, as well as effective skills in caring for persons in crisis and need. The certificate will be awarded to participants who successfully complete seven adult education courses offered by the Institute. Hidden Grace: Growing Through Loss and Grief is the first of these courses. Others will be added to the curriculum in the near future and participants can choose the courses that meet their own needs and interests.


Newest Course: Caregiving:Three Different Perspectives, beginning July 1


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