The relationship between practitioner and client, spiritual director and directee or supervisor and Supervisee takes place in an environment of trust, emotional intimacy and confidentiality. The Christian practitioner/spiritual director carries the responsibility of containing, caring and guiding the client/directee/supervisee with tools and skills, based on solid theory, empathy, love in a spirit of service, led by God’s Spirit. The Relationship Psychodynamics Unit provides an experiential, safe, yet challenging, environment to learn: (i) solid theoretical relational-psychological principles; (ii) the neuro-biology of relationships; (iii) practical and immediately applicable techniques; (iv) techniques for reflecting on personal life experiences in the context of new knowledge; such knowledge is gleaned principally through deep engagement with Ignatian Spirituality and also through engagement with other traditions.
Describe and evaluate the neurobiology of the psychological process involved in the emergence of the self and of non-conscious and conscious behaviour;
Demonstrate an informed and critical understanding of the self through role theory and concepts of ‘true’ and ‘false’ self;
Illustrate and reflect on the following from personal experience: self and relational identity; personal experiential life events that made the person the “I am” of today; as well as personal conversion and spiritual growth;
Explain and evaluate the role that culture, race, gender, ideology and other potentially unconscious perspectives, play in contributing to interpersonal behaviour;
Analyse, compare and evaluate a number of personality theories
Intensive/block 6 Days (2X2X2 at intervals throughout the semester) (6 hour days) Weekly small group sessions (90 minutes each) Independent online reading and reflection.
2000 word Review of Literature essay
30 minute in class practical demonstration (or a recorded video) of a relational technique taught in class, practitioner reflection and client feedback Equivalent to 2000 words
Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2019
Unit Record last updated: 2019-11-01 09:15:09 +1100