This unit will enable students to integrate their understanding of spiritual deirection within the broader context of theological education and explore significant theological and psychological issues in spiritual direction. Students will explore developing sense of call to this ministry in the light of discernment, conversion, sexuality and spirituality, theology, and biblical themes with particular references to the prophetic tradition.

Unit Code: XD9770W

Points: 48.0

Unit Level: Postgraduate Capstone

Unit Discipline: Capstone Other D

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;


Synthesise the practice of spiritual direction with biblical, historical and theological principles

Unit sequence

Prerequisites: Art of Spiritual Direction II (DD8203W) Prohibited combinations: DD9204W Art of Spiritual Direction 3


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
Case Study

4,000 word – case studies for peer group work

4000 30.0

Unit approved for the University of Divinity by John Capper on 19 Oct, 2015

Unit Record last updated: 2019-07-03 14:49:29 +1000