This unit introduces the ministry of Spiritual Direction in theory and in practice and provides a context in which to test a sense of call to this ministry. The seminars include teaching on the history of the tradition, characteristics of the ministry, common misconceptions, issues of discernment, the human experience of God, important psychological considerations, development of listening skills and growth in prayer and faith. There will be practical sessions on giving and receiving spiritual direction and personal and peer supervision, as well as one residential weekend.

Unit Code: DD8202W

Points: 48.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spiritual Direction

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


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 practical awareness of the diversity of human experiences of God

Unit sequence

Applicants should have some experience in receiving personal spiritual direction. Each candidate will be required to undergo an interview prior to acceptance into the unit. Successful completion of The Art of Contemplative Practice (DS9201W) would be an advantage


Lectures, personal reflection, sharing in triad groups, supervised practice


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Book review – 2,000 words

2000 15.0

Reflection Journal – 2,000 words

2000 15.0

10 Verbatim reports – 400 words each – 4,000 words

4000 30.0

Essay – 4,000 words

4000 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 28 Jul, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-02 12:14:42 +1000