IMSD-601: SD1: Art of Accompaniment

IMSD601 – SD1: Art of Accompaniment – 2 credits

The need for spiritual direction—or the accompaniment of a spiritual guide—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 spiritual direction: 

  • The role of Spiritual Direction in the Church 
  • The need for Spiritual Direction 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 insights for spiritual direction 
  • The qualities of the spiritual director 
  • Introduction to supervision and self-awareness 
  • Saints for spiritual directors