The Spiritual Companionship Program is a three year program of study that assists students in exploring the nature of the spiritual path. It is designed to prepare people of faith with the training and support necessary to foster authentic spiritual growth in others as spiritual directors and spiritual companions. A Certificate in Spiritual Companionship is awarded to those who satisfactorily complete the three-year Program. The Certificate includes the Practicum designation of Spiritual Direction or Spiritual Companionship in Daily Life according to the type of Practicum the student completes.
- Introduction to Spiritual Companionship
- Psychology & Human Development
- Prayer and Discernment
- Theological Dimension in Spirituality
Over the course of the second year students will make a "Retreat in Daily Life," which involves a contemporary experience of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius given a small group setting. The purpose of the retreat is to help integrate the knowledge gained during the first year with an interior experience of the Divine and with the mystery of being human together.
The third year of the Program is a Practicum designed to give students an opportunity to practice their companionship skills and receive supervision. This year offers:
- Advanced skills in the practical arts of Spiritual Direction and Spiritual Companionship in Daily Life
- Supervision of verbatim spiritual companionship and spiritual direction sessions
- Participation in small peer supervision groups
- Exploration of specific issues as they arise in the spiritual companionship or spiritual direction relationship