Soul Journey Companions Spiritual Direction Training

The Program

Course Outline

Years 1 and 2

Spiritual Direction Theory and Praxis
Soul Companions 001

Exploring Spirituality

Worship/Prayer

Art of Direction

Practicum

Year 3

Intern year- a supervised External Practicum with individual supervised and monthly group meetings

Prerequisites for the Program

There are a number of desirable prerequisites for the program. It is recommended that those applying for the program show evidence of the following:

  • their giftedness and sense of call to the ministry of spiritual direction;
  • capacity to listen empathetically and sensitively;
  • sufficient life experience to enable them to respond with wisdom to people from different walks of life and with different levels of experience;
  • an openness to learning from their own and others’ experience;
  • mature Christian faith and an openness to other faiths;
  • a love of and a commitment to prayer;
  • receiving spiritual direction themselves for a period of time.

As well as these prerequisites, it is expected that during the three years of the program participants will:

  • continue in on-going spiritual direction with a director from outside the program
  • engage in directing others where possible.
  • be in regular supervision if they are directing others

It is also strongly encouraged that:

  • Each participant makes a retreat each year.

Program Outcomes

This program is designed to assist both lay and ordained people in their spiritual lives and to form them in the important work of being soul-friends to others in their journey into the mystery and justice of God.

The elements of the program seek to foster a contemplative attitude in the participants and as well as training in specific skills of spiritual direction.

By the end of the program, participants will have:

  • deepened their own faith journey through lectures, worship and sharing in community
  • integrated theological and spiritual insights with listening skills in relation to the art and practice of spiritual direction
  • learnt specific skills in spiritual direction and practiced these skills in a supervised setting
  • become aware of their own strengths and growing edges as they engage in the ministry of spiritual direction
  • further developed gifts and experience already gained, to create increasing levels of expertise in spiritual direction
  • discerned whether they are called to the ministry of spiritual direction
  • become critically aware of the influences of cultural identity and contexts on the expression of the spiritual quest for meaning
  • acquired an awareness of the ethical issues in spiritual direction.