May 30, 2023  
2015-2016 Saint Joseph’s College Online 
2015-2016 Saint Joseph’s College Online [Archived Catalog]

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TH 575 - Spiritual Direction

This course explores theological foundations and the history of spiritual direction ministry in the Church. It examines various models of spiritual direction, skills of the spiritual director, aspects of the direction relationship, principles of discernment, and ethical guidelines for the practice of spiritual direction.

Prerequisites & Notes

Assignment Overview
  • Assignments: 5 Units
  • Interactivity: Discussion Board
  • Final Assessment: Final Project

Course Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this course, you should be able to do the following:

  • Describe the structure and discipline of the Christian spiritual life.
  • Distinguish the ministry of spiritual direction counseling, professional coaching, and other forms of self-growth and self-care programs.
  • Characterize the essential components of the formation of the spiritual director.
  • Identify common pitfalls within spiritual direction.
  • Interpret the writings of great spiritual directors within Catholic tradition, and explain their contemporary application.
  • Practice theological reflection, and direct others in the method.
  • Determine if your present experience and knowledge makes you ready to consider a call to Spiritual Direction.

Credits: 3

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