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Program Requirements

To receive the certificate in Spiritual Direction, students will need to complete 18 units within three years. A one-day retreat experience is also required each year.

Foundations in Spiritual Direction (Year I: 6 units)

Content Covered

Foundations of Biblical Interpretation

Foundations of Theology

Foundations of Psychology

History of Spiritual Direction

Models of Spiritual Direction

Ignatian-Salesian Framework of Spirituality

Theory and Practice of Spiritual Direction (Year II: 6 units)

Content Covered

Toward a Holistic Christian Spirituality

Spiritual Direction in Context (sex, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, culture, etc.)

The Practice of Discernment

The Doing of Spiritual Direction and the Qualities of the Spiritual Director

Integration and Practicum (Year III: 6 units) 

Content Covered

Tending to the Holy Around the World and Across Traditions

Images of God in Spiritual Direction

Tools of Spiritual Direction

Ethical and Legal Issues in Spiritual Direction

Supervision as Mentoring the Spiritual Director into a Worldview

Individual Supervision and Practicum


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