Spiritual Direction

This postgraduate unit  builds on the dynamics of spiritual formation and provides the skills and practice necessary to contemplate future ministry in the role of a spiritual director. The unit covers the basics of spiritual mentoring models and methods, an historical overview, healthy and unhealthy spirituality, advanced listening, presence and communication skills, discernment, stages and seasons of spiritual development, and ethics and supervision in spiritual direction.

Study Level



Christian Life and Ministry

Sub Discipline

Christian Spirituality

Credit Points



9 credit points from S8500 series units.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit students will be able to:

  1. appraise Spiritual Mentoring/Direction as both a historical charism as well as recent developments in its resurgence within the wider contemporary church context
  2. reflect critically on his or her practice of Spiritual Mentoring/Direction and the theories which underpin this ministry
  3. demonstrate a mastery of skills within Spiritual Mentoring/Direction as a professional practice
  4. demonstrate skills of discernment of healthy and unhealthy verbal responses in the nurturing of the spiritual journey of others
  5. evaluate ones suitability and professional aptitude to undertake a ministry in the field of spiritual mentoring.
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