Developing from DD8705Y, this unit provides students with the opportunity to undertake spiritual direction under appropriate supervision and to reflect critically on that experience.

Students continue their ministry of spiritual direction and their ongoing focus on: a contemplative approach to spiritual direction; the nature and boundaries of the relationship of direction; confidentiality and appropriate consent; procedures for referral; the environment and protocols for spiritual direction; the nature and boundaries of the supervisory relationship; and the different theories and praxis of spiritual direction.

Each student will direct a retreat under supervision as part of this unit.

Unit code: DD8706Y

Unit status: Approved (Major revision)

Points: 24.0

Unit level: Postgraduate Foundational

Unit discipline: Spiritual Direction

Delivery Mode: Blended

Proposing College: Yarra Theological Union

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Learning outcomes


Reflect critically on the nature of relationships in spiritual direction


Critically rticulate the impact of accompaniment on human and spiritual development, in particular, in relation to their own experience of spiritual direction as director and directee


Critically demonstrate an ability to articulate their capacities and limitations as developing spiritual directors within the context of group supervision


Critically integrate their theoretical learnings, their ministerial practice and their personal development


Critically evaluate the key elements of leading a retreat and be able to put them into practice

Unit sequence

Pre-requisites: DD8701Y, DD8703Y and DD8705Y Co-requisites: DD8702Y and DD8704Y


Lectures, tutorials, supervised practice of spiritual direction

Indicative Bibliography

  • Barry William A., and William J. Connolly. The Practice of Spiritual Direction. New York: Seabury, 1982.
  • Buckley, Michael. The Structure of the Rules for Discernment of Spirits, The Way Suppl. 20, Autumn 1973, 29-37.
  • Conroy, Maureen. Looking into the Well: Supervision of Spiritual Directors. Chicago, IL: Loyola University Press, 1995.
  • Gallagher, B. Set me Free, Australia: Coventry Press, 2019
  • Gallagher, B. The Eyes of God. Australia: Coventry Press, 2020.
  • Keating, Thomas. The Huan Condition. New York: Paulist, 1999.
  • Larkin, Ernest. Silent Presence. New Jersey: Dimension Books, 1981.
  • May, Gerald G. Care of Mind, Care of Spirit. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1982.
  • May, Gerald G. Will and Spirit: a Contemplative Psychology. San Francisco, CA: Harper & Row, 1982.
  • Ruffing, Janet K. Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings. New York: Paulist, 2000.


Type Description Word count Weight (%)
Verbatim Report

10 x 300 word critical reflection reports

3000 50.0
Workplace evaluation

1000 word critical reflection

1000 10.0
Workplace evaluation

1000 word case study

1000 20.0
Personal & Professional Evaluation

1000 word personal and professional self-evaluation

1000 20.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by Prof Albert Haddad on 9 Aug, 2022

Unit record last updated: 2022-08-09 09:27:48 +1000