The unit provides students with the opportunity to undertake spiritual direction under appropriate supervision and to reflect critically on that experience. The unit develops on the first semester unit DD8705Y.

Students continue their ministry of spiritual direction and their ongoing focus on, a contemplative approach to spiritual direction; the nature and boundaries of the relationship of direction; confidentiality and appropriate consent; procedures for referral; the environment and protocols for spiritual direction; the nature and boundaries of the supervisory relationship; the different theories and praxis of spiritual direction.

Each student will direct a retreat under supervision as part of this unit.

Unit Code: DD8706Y

Points: 24.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit Discipline: Spiritual Direction

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning Outcomes


Reflect critically on their relationship with another in spiritual direction


Articulate clearly the impact of accompaniment on human and spiritual development, in particular, in relation to their own experience of spiritual direction as director and directee


Demonstrate an ability to articulate their capacities and limitations as developing spiritual directors within the context of group supervision


Continue to integrate their theoretical learnings, their ministerial practice and their personal development


Understand the key elements of leading a retreat and be able to put them into practice

Unit sequence

Co-requisites: DD8702 Religious Experience and the Christian Spiritual Tradition II And DD8704Y: Personal Awareness and Human Development II or equivalent units


Lectures, tutorials, supervised practice of spiritual direction


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Case Study

1000 word case study

1000 20.0
Workplace evaluation

1000 word self-evaluation [workplace evaluation]

1000 20.0
Workplace evaluation

1000 word critical reflection on the experience of leading a retreat under supervision (based on a journal) [workplace evaluation]

1000 10.0

10 Verbatim reports, incorporating critical reflection, of at least 300 words each

3000 50.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2017

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-03 09:43:41 +1000