The class examines the history of spiritual direction across the ages and the ministry of the spiritual director, companion, guide, soul friend and mentor. We will address forms of practice and techniques used with individual and group spiritual direction and companionship, as well as the relationship of spiritual direction to - and distinction from - pastoral care and counseling. We will explore traditions of Celtic, Franciscan, Ignatian, Dominican and various Interfaith ministries of spiritual care. The course will address the ethical standards of this discipline and include referral models that, if needed, assist the careseeker to include support from medical and mental health professionals. 4 crs.
This course information is from the 2017-2018 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog. View this catalog.