Spiritual direction

Spiritual direction training

For more about becoming a spiritual director, see “5 steps to becoming a spiritual director.” Many seminaries and retreat centers offer training programs…here are a few that I’m familiar with in the United States….

May 29, 2013

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Why charge a fee? And how much?

I’ve come to peace with charging money for offering spiritual direction. In fact, I believe that my charging a fee benefits my directees, and not just me. Why?

March 16, 2009

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Spiritual direction

A spiritual director is a compassionate, concerned observer whose task is to help people notice the ways in which Spirit is moving in their lives….

April 30, 2007

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How to find a spiritual director

Ask around at your place of worship, or check the Spiritual Directors International Seek and Find Guide. Spiritual direction is not a licensed profession in any state or country, as far as I know, so it’s up to you to ask questions and make sure that you feel comfortable with whomever you select as your spiritual director.

April 28, 2007

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About supervision

Ideally, every spiritual director should be under some type of supervision. The differences between spiritual direction and therapy, pastoral counseling, friendship, and caretaking are sometimes tricky to discern, and meeting regularly with a supervisor or supervision group can help.

April 27, 2007

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Supervision agreement

I ask my supervisees to read and sign a boilerplate agreement that covers some general ground: what services I can and can’t provide, our agreed-to rate for payment, my commitment to confidentiality, and the limits that I must put on confidentiality in exceptional cases.

April 26, 2007

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Spiritual direction agreement

When someone contacts me about meeting for spiritual direction, I am curious to learn what the person is expecting and hoping for from direction, and how the logistics of a direction relationship would work for them and for me. It’s a chance for both of us to get a sense of each other and whether we are a good match.

April 25, 2007

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