This unit continues to develop students’ skills in spiritual direction practice. Students will engage in teaching sessions and practical experience which will develop and hone their skills as a competent spiritual director. They will engage in routine supervision of their spiritual direction sessions, both within the tuition time and externally. The teaching sessions will include topics such as shadow work, dreams, reflexive praxis and the use of the arts. The practicum will take place in triads or quads where students will learn from direct supervision and supervisory learning from observing others. Students will also be expected to develop their own spiritual direction practice beyond the course work time and to engage with an external supervisor..

Unit code: DD8742Z

Unit status: Approved (New unit)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Spiritual Direction

Proposing College: Uniting College for Leadership and Theology

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Learning outcomes


Discuss and implement advanced skills of spiritual direction


Integrate theoretical learning and personal development into spiritual direction practice


Demonstrate a mature engagement in the supervision process, both internal and external


Articulate theories of the unconscious and how these may surface in a spiritual direction session

Unit sequence

A required unit in the Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction Program 3

Prerequisites Units: DD8741Z Spiritual Direction Praxis 1


The unit engages students through readings, workshops, group discussions, personal reflection and spiritual direction practicum sessions..

Please note that this unit continues over two semesters

Indicative Bibliography

  • Abrams, Jeremiah, and Connie Zweig, eds. Meeting the Shadow: The Hidden Power of the Dark Side of Human Nature. New York: Penguin, 2020.
  • Enyegue, Jean Luc. Spiritual Direction in an African Context: Challenges and Opportunities. Perspectiva Teológica 53, no. 2 (2021): 353–69.
  • Guenther, Margaret. Holy Listening: The Art of Spiritual Direction. Cambridge, Mass.: Cowley Publications, 1992.
  • Johnson, Robert. Inner Work: Using Dreams and Active Imagination for Personal Growth. New York: HarperOne, 2009.
  • Johnson,Robert A. Owning your own shadow-understanding the dark side of the psyche. SanFrancisco: HarperOne, 2013.
  • Moore, Bobby. Reflexive Supervision: A Workbook for Learning within and Across Professions. Scotts Valley, CA: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2017.
  • Price, Steve and David Haynes.Dreamworks: A Meeting of Spirituality and Psychology. San Francisco: Harper Collins, 1997.
  • Sanford, John A. Dreams: God’s Forgotten Language. New York: HarperOne, 1989.
  • Wolf, Steve and Connie Zweig. Romancing the Shadow: A Guide to Soul Work for a Vital, Authentic Life. New York: Ballantine Books, 2009


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Seminar or Tutorial

3 x 750 words seminar papers based on topics presented throughout the unit

2250 30.0
Personal & Professional Evaluation

2 x 750 words – Complete one directee reflection form and one theological reflection form and engage with a professional supervisor.

1500 20.0
Verbatim Report

Training report

1000 10.0
Workplace evaluation

5 x 200 words Internal Supervisory reports 6 X 200 words External Supervisory reports

2200 40.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 20 Oct, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-10-20 17:30:53 +1100