Overview of Content
The program will include a variety of input, lectures, workshops and guided processes designed to invite participants to engage seriously in the personal transformation required of those called to the ministry of spiritual direction.
Spiritual Direction Theory and Praxis
Focuses on the spiritual and psychological processes of transformation which are the centre/heart of spiritual direction.
Explores an overview of the history and tradition of the ministry of spiritual direction.
Offers participants the opportunity to nurture contemplative awareness. At each workshop, participants are involved in leading prayers. Diverse forms of worship are experienced over the three years.
Art of Direction
Integrates insights from the tradition and ministry of spiritual direction with the experience of companioning a directee as well as examining specific issues that can arise in a direction session.
During the first two years, participants are involved in supervised quadrads. These quads are groups with a staff supervisor and consist of a director, directee and an observer.
Inner Work Practice Days
In the third year, participants work with outside directees and have individual supervision plus peer group supervision. These days consist of prayer and reflective activities which may involve spiritual direction practice, other inner work and supervision experiences.
The third and final year of the Soul Companions Program is considered an internship (supervised practicum) during which each participant is required to find 1-2 people to guide for 8-10 sessions each of spiritual direction.
In the first 2 years participants are required to submit a personal reflective response paper after each workshop and a book review each semester, and there are additional assessment items appropriate to each year. In the third year, verbatims, a supervision log and a final integration paper are required.
Certificate of Completion
Upon satisfactory completion of all components of the program participants receive a program transcript and Certificate of Completion.