POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN SPIRITUAL DIRECTION
Mode of Study
This programme is suitable for those interested in becoming or developing themselves in an existing role as a Spiritual Director. Students learn how to:
- Know how to support and encourage someone in deepening their relationship with God through an enriched understanding of prayer
- Be able to identify faith shifts, transitions and crises, and help people navigate their journey of spiritual development and transformation
- Gain self-awareness in relation to their own faith development and relationship with God through a series of experiential exercises
- Explore their understanding of how God works in and through relational processes
Description of modules
Framework, skills and ethics
This core module, along with the module Approaches to Spiritual Formation, forms the theoretical framework and practical perspective. It facilitates the application of both theory and relational skills to the practice of pastoral care, chaplaincy, spiritual direction and mentoring/coaching.
Approaches to Spiritual Formation
An approach which underpins all else in our lives, providing focus; a clearly articulated process and a practice designed to heighten our awareness of God. This module explores and progresses that awareness in our daily lives.
The scope of this topic is wide and includes theology, historical antecedents and ways in which our ‘faith journey’ can be conceptualised. The topic includes the practice of both regular ongoing direction and retreat direction. This module will enable students to use spiritual direction as the main focus of their ministry; it will also equip those with other ministries to use the skills of spiritual direction.
Students are required to undertake a 3 day self-funded retreat as part of the module.
Dates and fees
Students will also have to fund the following items:
- Accommodation costs whilst staying at the college
- Books and other study material
- A three day retreat as part of the Spiritual Direction module