WAVERLEY CERTIFICATE IN SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

This course is no longer recruiting students for the academic year 2024/25

Course overview

Duration

Up to two years part-time. Students taking this award study alongside students in the Spiritual Formation Programme, which means the duration of the course may vary dependent upon the point at which a student joins the course.

Mode of Study

Part-time – most modules are delivered in two blocks of three days each.

Entry Points

Course content

Students taking this course take three taught modules:

  • Framework, skills and ethics
  • Approaches to Spiritual Formation
  • Spiritual Direction

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.

Spiritual Direction

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.

Further details

Level

Whilst not formally validated by a university this course is pitched at levels 6 and 7 of the Higher Education Framework

Assessment

Students are required to keep a personal journal throughout the duration of the course and this will be submitted at the end of the course. Students will also have to prepare work for presentation to their fellow students on each of the modules.

Students will also be required to undertake a number of interventions to practice the various skills that they will learn throughout the course.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry qualifications for this course.

Location

Waverley Abbey College, Waverley Abbey House, Waverley Lane, Farnham GU9 8EP

Further information

Book a Personal Discovery Call today and a member of our friendly team will discuss your financial options with you and answer any other questions you have.

If you require further information on this, or any of our programmes, email student.services@waverleyabbeycollege.ac.uk or call on 01252 784 784.

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