Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Articulate the distinctive parameters of the ministry of spiritual direction
- Critically define similarities and differences between spiritual direction and other helping professions
- Demonstrate a capacity to critically self-evaluate his or her spiritual direction practice particularly relating to listening skills
- Identify and analyse key elements of discernment in the practice of spiritual direction
- Demonstrate a personal and practice awareness of the diversity of human experiences of God
- One essay (4,000 words) (40%)
- One book review (2,000 words) (15%)
- One reflection journal (2,000 words) (15%)
- Ten verbatim reports – 400 words each (4,000 words) (30%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Barry, W. & W. Connolly, The Practice of Spiritual Direction, 2nd edn, revised, New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 2009.
- Buckley, S. M., Sacred Is the Call: Formation and Transformation in Spiritual Direction Programs. New York: Crossroad Pub., 2005.
- Dyckman, K.M. & L.P. Carroll, Inviting the Mystic, Supporting the Prophet, Mahwah, NJ: Paulist Press, 1981.
- Edwards, D., Human Experience of God. New York: Paulist Press, 1983.
- Green, T.H., Weeds Among the Wheat: Discernment: Where Prayer and Action Meet, Notre Dame, IN: Ave Maria Press, 1990.
- Guenther, M., Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction, London: Darton, Longman and Todd, 1992.
- Kidd, S. M., When the Heart Waits: Spiritual Direction for Life’s Sacred Questions. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 2006.
- May, G., Care of Mind, Care of Spirit: A Psychiatrist Explores Spiritual Direction. San Francisco: Harper San Francisco, 1992.