University of Redlands

San Francisco Theological Seminary, University of Redlands collaborate in joint certificate program

The San Francisco Theological Seminary (SFTS), based in Marin County, and the University of Redlands (U of R), located in Southern California, recently launched a joint continuing studies program.

Developed within SFTS’s Applied Wisdom Institute (AWI) and U of R’s School of Education, the Mental Health and Spirituality Certificate program will teach and guide community leaders, building knowledge and competencies in mental health, spiritual care, and community engagement. Graduates will be able to apply their skills to ethical, inclusive, and effective initiatives in mental or spiritual health or community engagement.  

“The Mental Health and Spirituality Certificate will build greater spiritual awareness in our emerging leaders, helping them to connect with people of all faiths,” said Floyd Thompkins, creator of the Applied Wisdom Institute and director of the Center for Innovation in Ministry at SFTS. “In close partnership with the University of Redlands, the program will focus on the connection between spirit and health, preparing mission-based leaders for important conversations with people in tough situations, at critical moments in their lives.”

Andrew Wall, dean of University of Redlands’ School of Education, said, “Our School of Education focuses on educating the next generation of teachers, mentors, and counselors, with a focus on social justice. This certificate enhances this programming and introduces a new pathway to benefit our students. I look forward to partnering on this and future endeavors with SFTS.” 

Designed for working professionals, the new certificate program will consist of five immersive online seminars taken over the course of six months. Coursework will begin by examining the connection between spirit and health; students will then progress to exploring topics including chronic illness, bereavement, healing, and clinical practice.

The certificate program will be jointly administered by AWI and the U of R’s School of Continuing Studies. For more information on the Mental Health and Spirituality Certificate visit or