Spiritual Director Program

Spiritual Director Program

The Spiritual Director Program is designed for those individuals who wish to take a personal look at their spiritual beliefs and practices, and who wish to provide formal spiritual guidance, mentoring and direction for others.

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Description

Throughout history, the human race has felt a deep need to connect to and understand the spiritual realm that we sense behind everyday reality.

We have always sought out the help of shamans, healers, priests, mystics and elders to guide and challenge us, to deepen our spiritual understanding and create a practical spiritual connection of our own.

The Spiritual Director Program is designed for those individuals who wish to take a personal look at their spiritual beliefs and practices, and who wish to provide formal spiritual guidance, mentoring and direction for others.

What makes this program unique?

  • It covers the 5 major religions of the world in addition to mystical and esoteric traditions, earth-based spirituality and a perspective on the ‘new age’
  • It looks at the concept of being a modern mystic within the definition of 21st century contemporary spirituality
  • Divine guidance and developing gifts of spirit are cultivated
  • The art of sacred ritual and ceremony is explored through sound, music, movement and dance
  • An overview on mystery schools is given
  • It explores transitioning to the non-physical and conscious dying
  • The art of transformation and working with the soul is learned

Who is this program for?

The Spiritual Director Program is designed for those individuals who wish to take a personal look at their spiritual beliefs and practices as well as for Psychotherapists who want to guide and support others on their spiritual journey. This modality is very effective for Psychotherapists to have for practice building since so many clients need direction on their spiritual issues as well. This program can also be taken for personal reasons only.

Note: In order to work as a professional Spiritual Director it is highly recommended to take additional training in Counselling Skills.

Objectives

Program Objectives

  • To challenge & deepen spiritual beliefs
  • To broaden knowledge of different belief systems and comparative theologies
  • To understand the concept of divine guidance and learn to apply it to life
  • To discover the value of ritual & ceremony
  • To explore spiritual and cultural traditions that surround death and dying
  • To support others though spiritual crisis, the dark night of the soul and transformation
  • To examine spiritual values and practices
  • To become a Spiritual Director or Spiritual Mentor

This program was created by Gord Riddell, President/Co-founder of Transformational Arts.

 

Curriculum

Areas of Study

The Spiritual Director Program is set up in 4 units with each unit building upon the understanding and capacities developed in previous sessions.

Program Units:

  1. Our Mystical Search
  2. Divine Guidance, Ritual and Ceremony
  3. Death and Dying
  4. Working with the Soul

Total Program Hours — 119 (111 HOURS + 8 CASE STUDIES)

Instructors:

Gord Riddell, President/Co-founder, Joanne Morgan and Linda Kuschnir with guest instructors.

We’ll explore our spiritual history and traditions, leading us to examine the commonalties of spiritual experience globally. We must understand our Client’s birth religion to work with them effectively as Spiritual Directors.

Spiritual Journeys:

  • On becoming a Spiritual Director
  • Buddhism
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • The ‘new age’
  • Christianity – Early Mystics and Saints
  • Judaism – Kabbalah
  • Bahá’í
  • Indigenous – Native Spirituality
  • Wicca/Pagan/Goddess religions
  • The Golden Rule that is common and translated to all great religious and spiritual traditions

Instructor: Joanne Morgan, Registered Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director

Unit Length: 13 weeks (39 hours)

Unit 2: Divine Guidance, Ritual and Ceremony

Deepen your connection to the Divine and examine the role of ritual historically, while developing skills in creating your own rituals with personal relevance.

  • Divine guidance, gifts of Spirit
  • Demystifying channeling
  • Spiritual guidance from higher realms
  • History of the Great Oracles
  • Consulting Oracles and Divination tools
  • Art of creating inspired rituals
  • Creating rites of passage
  • Sacred space and your personal altar
  • Coming from Soul and Source not ego
  • Emerging new concepts in spirituality, the Sacred Human qualities
  • Introduction to mystery schools and esoterica

Instructors: Maria Gallé (Registered Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director and Coach), Linda Kuschnir (Registered Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director, and Coach), Pauline O’Hanlon (Registered Psychotherapist, and Spiritual Director) and Gord Riddell (Registered Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director and Coach)

Unit Length: 7 weeks (27 hours)

Unit 3: Death and Dying

Look at our greatest mystery, and as such, our greatest fear. Fear of death often co-relates to our fear of living life fully and consciously. Cultural traditions around death as well as such difficult areas as euthanasia, suicide and assisted suicide will be explored.

  • From aging to sagehood
  • Grieving our losses, end of life decision making
  • Transitioning to the non-physical and conscious dying
  • The celebration of the completion of life

Instructor: Gord Riddell (Registered Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director and Coach)

Unit Length: 7 weeks (27 hours)

Unit 4: Working with The Soul

Put in place the skills to work with others as a Spiritual Director. We will explore the dark night of the soul, spiritual madness, spiritual emergencies and create a working model of the modern day mystic.

  • Difference between spiritual direction and psychotherapy
  • Mystery and faith
  • Ego, personality and soul
  • Higher purpose
  • Dark night of the soul
  • Spiritual emergencies/madness Spiritual values and spiritual practice
  • Understanding the dark passions and spiritual graces of the 7 chakras according to C. Myss
  • Spiritual Director role & counselling skills
  • Practicum, role-plays and integration
  • Closing ritual

Instructor: Linda Kuschnir, Registered Psychotherapist and Spiritual Director and Coach, Gord Riddell, Registered Psychotherapist, Spiritual Director and Coach

Unit Length: 8 weeks (24 hours)

Start Dates

1-Year Program: Wed. Sept. 11, 2019*

*with scheduled breaks.

Classes meet every Wednesday night, 6:30 to 9:30 pm, between September and June with scheduled breaks.

The following year the Program will start Wed. Sept. 9, 2020
Pro-rated Unit 2 – Divine Guidance, Ritual and Ceremony can be started in January 2020. 

Diploma

Students must attend 90% of classes to receive a Diploma from the Transformational Arts. All assignments must be completed successfully.

Tuition

$3,050 plus a $185 Administrative and Materials Fee.

  • Tuition tax credits are given for this program and it is HST exempt.
  • A $300 non-refundable deposit is due at the time of registration.
  • Financial plans are available.
  • Costs for books and materials are additional.

Pro-rated Unit 2 – Divine Guidance, Ritual and Ceremony  Tuition

There is the option to begin the program with Unit 2 – Divine Guidance, Ritual and Ceremony. Starting in January of 2020.

Tuition for Unit 2 – Divine Guidance, Ritual and Ceremony is $850 for the 9 weeks of classes.  (That’s at a 15% premium if you take only that unit on its own.)

Registration

Pre-requisites/Requirements

  • Students must be 18 years of age or older and have completed high school.
  • Mature students of 21 years of age may also apply.
  • Minimum requirements are the Discovering the Total Self Program, some counselling skills and personal therapy.
  • Those with differing backgrounds to the pre-requisites are invited to apply. All exceptions by permission of Linda Kuschnir, Instructor and Managing Director.

To Register:

For an information package, schedule, application form and to hold your space, contact Linda Kuschnir, Registrar, at 416-484-0454 ext. 23 or lindak@transformationalarts.com.

As enrolment is limited and waiting lists are common, you are encouraged to register now.

All applicants for programs will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on space availability. Once the program reaches maximum capacity applicants are placed on a waiting list. Acceptance into the program is conditional and does require an interview meeting in person or by telephone.