View a video trailer about the WellSpring formation units on offer through University of Divinity

Featuring Anne Mallaby (Academic Dean of Whitley College) and
Peter Bentley (Senior Lecturer in Formation, WellSpring Centre)


Academic Credit:

These units can be taken for academic credit through Whitley College, a college of the University of Divinity.

 

 

 


Unit 1: Introduction to the Art of Spiritual Direction (UD code DD8202W)

This unit introduces the Ministry of Spiritual Direction in theory and in practice and provides a context in which to test a sense of call to this ministry. The seminars include teaching on the history of the tradition, characteristics of the ministry, common misconceptions, issues of discernment, human experience of God, important psychological considerations, development of listening skills and growth in prayer and faith.

Students have regular practice in both giving and receiving spiritual direction and the opportunity to reflect on this experience. In addition, they participate regularly in personal and peer group supervision sessions. Two written assignments and a number of written verbatims are required.

The course involves five 2-day gatherings throughout the year. There are also monthly peer supervision group work and personal supervision sessions scheduled outside these times.

Pre-requisites:

  • Students need to have been in spiritual direction themselves for at least six months prior to commencing the course.
  • In addition, students need to have some sense of call to this ministry.

Completion of the Art of Contemplative Practice is also strongly recommended.


Unit 2: The Art of Spiritual Direction (UD code DD8203W)

This unit extends the work done in the previous level. Teaching seminars cover mysticism, sexuality and spirituality, culture and religious diversity, listening,  discernment and psychological considerations. This unit also includes a city street retreat experience.

The experience of giving and receiving spiritual direction is continued at a deeper level. Supervision – personal and in peer groups – remains a significant aspect of the training. Two written assignments and a number of written verbatims are required.

The course involves five 2-day gatherings throughout the year. There are also monthly peer supervision group work and personal supervision sessions scheduled outside these times.

Pre-requisites:

  • Successful completion of Unit 1.
  • Recommendation from formation leaders of the course regarding proceeding to this level.
  • Receiving regular spiritual direction.
  • Minimum of two people coming for spiritual direction.

Unit 3: The Art of Spiritual Direction (UD code DD9204W or XD9770W)

The course involves five 2-day gatherings throughout the year. There are also monthly peer supervision group work and personal supervision sessions scheduled outside these times.

Teaching seminars continue to develop listening skills, growth in prayer, discernment, psychological considerations, spiritual accompaniment, the holding environment and converging.

Each participant chooses an elective research project and studies it during the year. One 8,000 word essay on the research topic is required, along with written verbatim reports.

At a final intensive workshop, students give a presentation of their papers to the group for reflection and discussion.

Pre-requisites:

  • Successful completion of Unit 2.
  • Recommendation from formation leaders of the course regarding proceeding to this level.
  • Receiving regular spiritual direction.
  • Minimum of four people coming for spiritual direction.

Unit 4: The Art of Spiritual Direction (Post-Course Year)

This is a post-course year of personal and peer supervision and professional development seminars, and is an essential part of the program, although it is deliberately set within a post-graduate context. This provides generous support in the first year of ministry, aims to establish collegiality with peers and the wider community of WellSpring directors, and establishes ongoing personal and professional development. We encourage graduates to join one of the Australian Spiritual Direction Associations and thus become part of the wider community of Australian Directors.


Coordinator of Formation Studies: Rev. Dr Peter Bentley

Peter works with an ecumenical formation team of teachers, supervisors and other professionals who are experienced spiritual directors. Together they bring a creative and balanced approach to this ministry. Numbers are limited at all levels to allow maximum participation. University of Divinity accreditation for these units is available to those doing post-graduate degrees in Ministry or Spiritual Direction.

For more information, please email Rosanne Arnott, or call Rosanne on 0439 389 829 or Peter Bentley on 0413 736 889.


Course for 2019

Remaining dates for 2019:

  • Friday 26 and Saturday 27 July AND
  • Friday 13 and Saturday 14 September AND
  • Friday 25 and Saturday 26 October

Course for 2020

Dates for 2020:

  • Friday 20 and Saturday 21 March AND
  • Friday 22 and Saturday 23 May AND
  • Friday 24 and Saturday 25 July AND
  • Friday 11 and Saturday 12 September AND
  • Friday 23 and Saturday 24 October

Step 1:

Please click here to complete the WellSpring application form for The Art of Spiritual Direction.

Step 2:

Following receipt of your application, we will make a time with you for an interview with two members of our Discernment Team later in 2019. The Discernment Team will then prayerfully consider all applications, and we will contact you with the outcome of your application for 2020.

Step 3:

If you are invited to enter the Art of Spiritual Direction I in 2020, you can decide whether to enrol in the unit for academic credit, or to audit the unit.

Enrolment for academic credit:

This unit can be taken for academic credit through Whitley College, a college of the University of Divinity.

Costs are as per University of Divinity schedule (post-graduate double unit).

Students who enrol through University of Divinity may be eligible for FEE-Help to cover course fees.

If you already a student with the University of Divinity, contact the registrar at your own Home College to arrange enrolment.

Auditing:

There is also the option of auditing this unit, at a reduced cost.

Fees for auditing for 2020 (TBC) are payable in full to Whitley College at the time of enrolling as an auditing student.

Students who audit the unit are encouraged to complete the written tasks to gain full benefit.

NB: If you choose to enrol as an auditing student, no academic credit can be claimed for the unit, either at the time of enrolling or retrospectively.

To enrol as an auditing student:

Please contact Dorothy Morgan
Registrar, Whitley College
registrar@whitley.edu.au