IMCA-601: SD1: Art of Accompaniment

IMCA601 – SD1: Art of Accompaniment – 2 credits

The 2020 Vatican Directory for Catechesis prescribes an accompaniment-based style of evangelizing catechesis. The necessity of accompaniment is becoming more prominent in a world where so many are suffering from so many wounds. Through reading, lectures, and discussions, participants will learn the foundational dynamics of the art of accompaniment which provides a basis for programs offered by the Institute for Ministry Formation.  In this course we will cover:

  • The role of Spiritual Direction and Accompaniment in the Church 
  • The need for Accompaniment in our time 
  • Our one-on-one relationship with God 
  • One-on-one human relationships
    • The interior life 
    • The importance of vulnerability
    • A listening that reveals and heals
    • Communicating the Father’s Love
    • Introduction to development in the life of prayer
    • Basic psychological models insights for accompaniment 
  • The qualities of the spiritual companion 
  • Introduction to supervision and self-awareness