Upon successful completion of this unit, it is expected that students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a working knowledge of the code of ethics and professional practices for spiritual companions.
- Critically reflect on the basic spiritual practices including analysis of faith and doubt, revelation, conversion, divine images, and personal transformation for spiritual companioning practice.
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the stages of spiritual development and how they relate to the experience of people participating in spiritual companioning.
- Identify and analyse a variety of contextual issues such as gender, sexuality, familial, cultural and religious backgrounds that influence the practice of spiritual companioning.
- Critically reflect on their own experience of spirituality and its influence on how they companion those who attend spiritual companioning.
- One essay (5,000 words) (40%)
- One book review (3,000 words) (15%)
- One reflection journal (3,000 words) (15%)
- Ten verbatim reports – 500 words each (5,000 words) (30%)
Set texts recommended for purchase are highlighted in blue
- Carretto, C. I Sought and I Found: My Experience of God and of the Church. Maryknoll, N.Y.: Orbis Books, 1984.
- Edwards, D. How God Acts: Creation, Redemption, and Special Divine Action. Minneapolis [Minn.]: Fortress Press, 2010
- Fowler, J. Stages of Faith: The Psychology of Human Development and the Quest for Meaning. New York: Harper Collins Publishers, 1995.
- Fowler, J. Becoming Adult, Becoming Christian. Revised edition, San Francisco: Jossey Bass, 2000.
- Hagberg, J. and R. A. Guelich. The Critical Journey: Stages in the Life of Faith. Dallas: Word Pub., 1989.
- Liebert, E. Changing Life Patterns. St Louis: Chalice Press, 2000.
- Liebert, E. The Way of Discernment: Spiritual Practices for Decision Making. Louisville, Ky.: Westminster John Knox Press, 2008.
- Ruffing, J. Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings. New York: Paulist Press, 2000.