Graduate Diploma of Spiritual Direction

Organization Dayspring
Program purpose Students learn to become professional spiritual directors
Open to the general public? Yes
Current availability for new applicants Not currently available.
Current version 10774NAT - Graduate Diploma of Spiritual Direction
Units Core units
SPDDAD501 Foster faith development in individuals
SPDTHP502 Apply Christian theology to the practice of spiritual direction
SPDPSI503 Apply psychological concepts to the practice of spiritual direction
SPDSCO504 Apply sociological perspectives to the practice of spiritual direction
SPDSUP505 Practice faith validation of individual spiritual experience
SPDPRJ506 Design, plan and implement independent practice
Elective units
Language of instruction English
Brief job description of what a graduate will be able to do 1. Foster faith development in individuals in various contexts including one-to-one and small groups.
2. Encourage faith validation of individual spiritual experience.
3. Lead others to integrate spiritual disciplines into their own life contexts.
4. Apply Christian theology to the practice of spiritual direction.
5. Lead and/or instruct others in a variety of prayer and the contemplative traditions.
6. Comply with national guidelines and code of practice for spiritual direction.
7. Address complex personal and ethical problems according to the code of practice for spiritual direction.
Pathways after graduation Students may apply for the Master of Arts program
Equipment that students must provide Students must have suitable computer equipment.
Online students must have suiteable internet access and practicum opportunities.
Pre-requisites Academic prerequisites:
Essential entry requirements
1. A relevant Advanced Diploma qualification in Christian ministry or equivalent that includes suitable competencies in theology in their particular tradition.
2. Demonstrated experience in contemplative practice.
3. References from two referees showing evidence of suitability to the vocation
4. Compliance with admission standards set at the time by the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction.
5. Admission Interview with at least two staff present using AECSD criteria

2. Recommended entry requirements The requirement of a relevant Advanced Diploma qualification in Christian ministry or equivalent indicates and presumes that applicants have high level language and literacy skills.

3. Limitations to entry
a. Applicants will be interviewed to determine that they meet admission requirements.
b. The standards imply a high level of personal maturity as a temperament suitable to spiritual direction.
c. If the number of applicants exceeds the limited number of places available, not all qualified applicants can be accepted.
d. Acceptance into the program is for Semester 1 only, and is NOT a guarantee of continued participation in the program.

Other requirements
A commitment to personal and spiritual development in oneself and others.
Introductory working knowledge of Christian theology. (Prior completion of units in theology or biblical studies relevant to your tradition)
Significant life experience
Two professional recommendations
Scan of the highest educational qualification received
Some experience of spiritual accompaniment work.

English language requirements required for admission: Fluency in English, as for Advanced Diploma (see above)
Literacy skills required for admission: As for Advanced Diploma (see above)
Numeracy skills required for admission: N/a
Address St Peter & Emmaus Church
56 Green Street, Joondanna WA
How it is taught (delivery method) 1) Course duration is 4 Semesters (2 years)
a. Semesters 1-3 : tuition contact time, both content and supervision requirements.
b. Semester 4 : project completion and fulfilling supervision practicum requirements.

2) One residential week in each of Semesters 1–3 and one weekend residential in Semester 4
a. Residentials in Semesters 1-3 focus on content and supervision
b. Weekend residential in Semester 4 for project presentations.
Distance mode also available
Arrangements for work placementTo be arranged individually
When and how students are assessed 1. Candidates must give spiritual direction to directees in workplace settings for at least 50 hours, which is assessed by supervising practitioners providing written reports.
2. Candidates must satisfactorily complete a substantial workplace practice demonstrating professional competence in a focused context and resulting in a significant written report.
3. Candidates must be able to present project findings in a community of professional peers.
4. Assessments must include evidence of direct observation by the assessor.
5. Written reflections.
Student fees$8,000 (subject to confirmation)
Any specific payment arrangements Fees include all tuition and residential costs and need to be paid prior to the commencement of the semester. (Fees do not include textbooks or prescribed reading texts). Withdrawal after commencement will forfeit all fees for that semester.
Semester 1: $3,000
Semester 2: $3,000
Semester 3: $2,000

Students may not pay more than $1500 in advance.
How many semesters Four semesters
Schedule As above
Average time needed each week: about 17, but higher in residentials, and less otherwise
Contact Name: Dr Beth Roberton
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