This unit will explore significant theological and psychological issues in spiritual direction as well as the student’s developing sense of call to this ministry. Topics covered include discerning ministry directions, different types of conversion, the Trinity, sexuality and spirituality, and the prophetic aspects of spiritual direction. In addition, each student will undertake a research project in an area of personal interest in the ministry of spiritual direction.

Unit Code: DD9204W

Points: 48.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Elective

Unit Discipline: Spiritual Direction

Delivery Mode: Face to Face

Proposing College: Whitley College

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Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate creativity and initiative in integrating theological reflection, knowledge and skills of spiritual direction and the capacity to apply them to new situations in ministry and/or further learning


Describe and articulate the distinctive role of spiritual direction among the helping professions


Evaluate how psychological issues impact the practice of spiritual direction


Research an aspect of spiritual direction and justify its unique relationship with spiritual direction practice

Unit sequence

Art of Spiritual Direction II (DD8203W)


Lectures, personal reflection, sharing in triad groups, supervised practice and supervised essay writing. A full day Street Retreat and reflection on the experience.


Type Description Wordcount Weight (%)
Project Report or Project Journal

8,000-word research project and a one-hour presentation of the findings

8000 70.0
Peer Evaluation

4,000 word – reflection papers for peer group work

4000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 30 Sep, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-05-03 12:24:57 +1000