Exploring the Relationship between Spirituality and Disability

Tuesday, October 16, 2007
9:00 am ct - 4:00 pm ct
Location: Chicago, IL


University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East
705 S. Halstead Street, Room 304
Chicago, IL 60607


Registration Fee

$119.00 (fee includes Spirituality and Me: A Spiritual Gifts Assessment, a $38.95 value, as well as lunch)

Workshop Description

This workshop provides the tools and strategies to address the unmet spiritual needs of persons with disabilities. This hands-on, interactive workshop will provide you with videos, games, various spiritual assessment tools, and techniques for identifying and supporting individual spiritual beliefs, practices and needs.


At the end of this workshop, you will:

  • Have a spiritual resource list.
  • Understand how history has influenced the spiritual and religious beliefs, practices, and treatment towards individuals with disabilities.
  • Be familiar with a spiritual assessment.
  • Recognize that spiritual accessibility requires more than a ramp.
  • Identify and propose strategies to resolving barriers to spiritual accessibility.
  • Differentiate between spirituality and religion.
  • Generate an action plan specific to your own work in the area of spirituality.


Who should attend?


People with disabilities, QMRP's, NHA's, Clergy, Chaplains, Lay Leaders, Social Workers, Educators, Counselors, Psychologists, and other interested persons.

Persons with developmental disabilities and their families can apply for a stipend through the ARC of Illinois. For more information, please visit http://www.thearcofil.org/document.asp?did=35.


Continuing education units for Nursing Home Administrators (License# 139.000032), Licensed Clinical Social Workers and Licensed Clinical Professional Counselors (License #159.000216) will be issued through ICAN . The $20 fee for CEU's will be billed by and paid directly to ICAN. CCE units are approved by the Association of Professional Chaplains.

About the Presenter


Workshop presenter Maryam Mostoufi, D.Min., also serves as the facilitator and coordinator for Spiritual Voices. Dr. Mostoufi has been working in the field of Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities since graduating from high school in 1966.

To register, download the Conference Brochure