Announcing the 2015-2016 Spiritual Direction Practicum
This year Still Harbor launched a spiritual direction practicum with 11 participants that will end in June. We are having a wonderful and profound year witnessing the deepening spiritual lives and accompaniment skills of the practicum students.
We are thrilled to announce the 2015 - 2016 Spiritual Direction Practicum program!
Here are some key highlights about the practicum and why we offer this program:
- My colleagues and I at Still Harbor have noticed over the last few years that many of the people coming through our doors are currently being asked, or hoping, to accompany others in their lives and work. Often these situations are unfolding within their growing sense of deep purpose and vocational call. It became clearer to us that there is a widening call for spiritual directors. After the practicum training, some of our students will offer individual spiritual direction and offer their skills within ministry in churches and other spiritual/religious places. In addition, others will integrate the art of spiritual accompaniment within social justice work.
- We have also found that people who have previously trained in spiritual direction would like further opportunity to practice. Each month of the program we spend a significant amount of time practicing spiritual direction/accompaniment skills through multiple models and exercises.
- We meet once a month on a Saturday between October and June. There are many readings, two reflection papers, and a requirement to take one of the elective workshops offered at Still Harbor. Students are required to be in individual spiritual direction.
- Students will offer spiritual direction to two directees and receive individual supervision.
- Everyone of all religious and spiritual understanding, ages, gender expression and sexual orientation, race and ethnicity, and all other ways of identifying are invited to apply. The cost of the practicum includes reduced rates for ministers-in-vicinity and students who are under the age of 40.
If you or anyone you know might be interested in this practicum program, please visit the program website, or download the flyer for further information. Feel free to pass this along to anyone you think would benefit.
Colleen Sharka, MA, LMHC is a licensed psychotherapist and spiritual director. As the Director of Spiritual Formation & Accompaniment at Still Harbor, she serves as a spiritual director and facilitator to help build the capacity of individuals to be of service to the world.