This unit builds on the learning done in the unit DD8202W Art of Spiritual Direction I. Teaching seminars cover stages of faith, sexuality, grief, anger and depression, patterns of prayer, theological issues, discernment, images of God, dreams and artwork as ways of listening to God, the relevance of contextual issues, ethics and other practical matters. Practical work and supervision continue at a deeper level. There is also one residential weekend.

Unit Code: DD8203W

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


Demonstrate a working knowledge of the code of ethics for spiritual directors


Critically reflect on the basic theological understanding of faith and doubt, revelation, conversion, images of God and personal transformation for spiritual direction practice


Demonstrate a critical understanding of the stages of faith and how they relate to their experience of people participating in spiritual direction


Identify and analyse a variety of contextual issues that impact on the practice of spiritual direction


Critically reflect on the experience of God in their lives and the lives of those who participate in spiritual direction

Unit sequence

Art of Spiritual Direction I (DD8202W)


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


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)

Essay – 4,000 words

4000 40.0
Book Review

Book review - 2,000 words

2000 15.0

Reflection Journal – 2,000 words

2000 15.0

Ten 400 word Verbatim reports – 4,000 words

4000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-02 12:26:00 +1000