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GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN HOLISTIC SPIRITUALITY

 

HOLISTIC SPIRITUALITY

HOLISTIC SPIRITUALITY and SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

HOLISTIC SPIRITUALITY/HEALTHCARE

Chair:  Marie Conn, Ph.D. 

OVERVIEW 

Rooted in the Christian tradition and challenged by the contemporary need for a more holistic future, the Graduate Program in Spirituality at Chestnut Hill College offers three graduate degrees: Master of Arts in Holistic Spirituality, Master of Arts in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction, and Master of Arts in Holistic Spirituality/Healthcare.  

In addition to the graduate degree programs, the following certificate programs are also offered: Certificate in Spiritual Direction, Certificate in Supervision of Spiritual Directors, Certificate of Study in Spirituality (CSS), and Certificate in Holistic Spirituality/Healthcare. 

MASTER OF ARTS IN HOLISTIC SPIRITUALITY  

This is the “core” degree program that provides students with critical intellectual and affective skills to facilitate and nurture the rediscovery of spirituality taking place in our world today, whether in churches, agencies, schools, or institutions. This degree program prepares students to respond to individual and collective impulses for renewal and spirituality by bringing the best of the Christian spiritual traditions into sustained dialogue with our contemporary situation. Several principles underpin this holistic educational experience: 

  

a.   Personal identity is connected in a fundamental way to spirituality, understood as one’s way of being in the world in light of one’s ultimate values. The need to become more aware of, intentional about and articulate concerning those ultimate values is becoming ever more apparent. 

b.   Humans become more at one with Earth and the cosmos through the mystical consciousness and expression at the heart of spiritual practice. 

c.   Spirituality shapes and is shaped by the work Christians and peoples of all faiths do in the world. The long-term demands of “acting justly, loving tenderly and walking humbly with God” (Micah 6:8) require a committed and embodied spirituality. 

d.    Ministry is rooted in and helps constitute a vital spiritual life. A life of ministry and service to others is not consequent to, but constitutive of, Christian spirituality. 

  

As a result of the interweaving of a rigorous academic program and a high regard for one’s personal faith experience, this M.A. in Holistic Spirituality prepares the student to: 

  teach in the broad field of religious studies, 

  work as pastoral agents in adult faith formation, youth and campus ministry, spirituality and retreat centers and  

  enhance one’s commitment to spirituality of work and social transformation 

  

Course Requirements For The Master Of Arts In Holistic Spirituality  

The M.A. in Holistic Spirituality requires the satisfactory completion of 36 credits, which includes 24 credits in required core courses and 12 credits in elective courses.   

  

Core Courses (24 credits) 

GRSP 500     Christian Spirituality through the Ages: Interpreting History and Mystery - 3 credits 

GRSP 520     Doing Theology: A Faith Journey Deep into the Mystery of God - 3 credits 

GRSP 505     Biblical Foundations of Christian Spirituality - 3 credits 

GRSP 550     Global Perspectives on Christian Spirituality - 3 credits 

GRSP 515     Prayer: Theology and Praxis - 3 credits 

GRSP 530     Psychology and Spirituality of Relationship - 3 credits 

GRSP 535/540         Spirituality & the Arts: Music, Art, Dance/                        3 credits total 

                        Spirituality of Nutrition, Exercise & Wellness 

                        1 credit each (choose any 3)GRSP 700     Seminar: Holistic Perspectives - 3 credits 

Elective Courses (Choose 4—12 credits) 

GRSP 521     Remembering Karl Rahner - 3 credits 

GRSP 604A Conversion and Grace - 3 credits 

GRSP 523     Forgiveness and Reconciliation - 3 credits 

GRSP 524     Spirituality / Theology of Waiting - 3 credits 

GRSP 552     Spirituality of Peace and Justice - 3 credits 

GRSP 645     Special Topics (title indicated on transcript) - 3 credits 

Total: 36 credits 

 

Notes 

1.    Students are required to complete each of the Core Courses. With the consent of the faculty advisor and the Chair of the department substitutions may occasionally be permitted within the core area. 

2.    Students may transfer a maximum of six (6) credits into the program from other academic institutions; provided these credits have not been used to complete degree requirements for another program and the courses meet all the requirements of this program. 

3.    Required courses may be waived, if students already possess adequate knowledge, skill, or expertise in a particular area. No more than six (6) credits may be waived. When a waiver is granted, students must substitute other courses from the Holistic Spirituality Program in order to complete the required number of credits of graduation. 

  

MASTER OF ARTS IN HOLISTIC SPIRITUALITY AND SPIRITUAL DIRECTION  

Coordinator of Spiritual Direction Practica:  Carolynne Ervin, M.A. 

  

This program—a combination of the core degree with concentration in spiritual direction—prepares students to become knowledgeable, competent, and skilled spiritual directors. At Chestnut Hill College, spiritual direction is seen as a contemplative ministry through which spiritual directors help others to notice and respond to God’s movement in the personal and communal experiences of their everyday lives and within all of creation. This approach to spiritual direction requires personal, interpersonal and spiritual maturity. 

  

This well-integrated academic and professional M.A. degree combines the theology that spiritual directors need to ground their ministry firmly within the Christian tradition with an ecumenically based practicum and individualized supervision.  Students gain a holistic understanding of person and community through exposure to real-life experiences while they develop the skills essential to spiritual direction. 

Special Requirements For The M.A. In Holistic Spirituality And Spiritual Direction And The Certificate In Spiritual Direction  

A separate application is required for admission to programs leading to the M.A. in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction or the Certificate in Spiritual Direction.  Applicants for these programs must have earned 15 graduate credits in the Core Areas before applying for the Practicum. Since applicants for the Certificate in Spiritual Direction already have a Masters’ degree in theology or a related field, they may begin the application process for the Practicum anytime after they complete the regular SGS admissions process. Certificate students must then complete at least one non-practicum GRSP course at CHC before beginning the Practicum. Only students who are accepted into the practicum phase of the program may take practicum courses. 

Applications for the Spiritual Direction Practicum phase are accepted between November 1 and March 1. An Information Session is held in October to clarify current information and procedures. Application materials may be obtained by contacting the Coordinator of the Spiritual Direction Practicum after that session. 

  

Pre-Practicum Requirements 

1.    Each applicant needs to be in on-going spiritual direction for at least two full years before beginning the application process for the Practicum Phase. 

2.    The Application Process for the Spiritual Direction Practicum is an open process from November 1 to March 1. An Information Session is held in October to clarify current information and procedures. Materials may be obtained by contacting the Coordinator of the Spiritual Direction Practicum after that Session. 

3.    Special Requirements for Admission into the Practicum Phase are listed below. These apply to students in the M.A. and in the Certificate programs in Spiritual Direction. 

  • Each student must complete the Retreat in Everyday Life (19th Annotation) or 30-day retreat before Practicum 1. 
  • GRSP 525A, Theology of the Spiritual Exercises, is required for students prior to Practicum 1. Exceptions must be presented to the Coordinator of the Spiritual Direction practicum and confirmed by the Chair. It is highly recommended that GRSP 555, Discernment: Theology and Praxis, be taken before or early in the Practicum continuum.  
  • Ongoing spiritual direction before and during the Practicum Phase is required. 
  • During the time of the Practicum, each student must make an annual retreat of 5-7 days or two weekend retreats; 
  • Students must travel to/from the location of their Practicum supervisor; 
  • Supervision Costs: At the present time, regular supervision costs are covered by a fund supported by a generous benefactor to the program. If this fund becomes unavailable, all supervision stipends will be the responsibility of the student. 

Practicum Requirements 

1.    Evidence of an authentic call to the ministry of spiritual direction 

2.    At least thirty-five years of age 

3.    Matriculation in the Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction program or the Spiritual Direction Certificate program  

4.    Engaged in spiritual direction for at least two years before beginning the application process for the practicum phase 

5.    Completion of the Retreat in Everyday Life (19th Annotation) or 30 day retreat before Practicum 1 

6.    Completion of GRSP 525A, Theology of the Spiritual Exercises, prior to Practicum 1. It is highly recommended that GRSP 555, Discernment: Theology and Praxis, be taken before or early in the practicum phase 

7.    Engaged in spiritual direction throughout the practicum phase 

8.    An annual retreat of 5-7 days or two weekend retreats during the practicum phase 

9.    Supervision costs are covered by a fund provided by a generous benefactor of the program.  If these funds cease, all supervision stipends will be the responsibility of the student. 

10. Acceptable movement through the practicum phase includes the program policies for Global Review, non-acceptance, delay, or termination of movement. 

Practicum Application 

1.   A 7-10 page autobiography (an outline will be provided) 

2.   Two letters of recommendation: a Practicum Recommendation Form completed by the applicant’s spiritual director; and an additional letter 

3.   Interview with the Coordinator of the Practicum Phase and the Supervisory Team 

  

Course Requirements For The Master Of Arts In Holistic Spirituality And Spiritual Direction (42/44 credits) 

The M.A. in Holistic Spirituality and Spiritual Direction requires the satisfactory completion of 42/44 credits, which includes 30 academic credits and 12 or 14 practicum credits. The practica provide the students with the opportunity for comprehensive investment in the disciplines of spirituality and the praxis of spiritual direction.    

  

Core Courses (30 credits) 

GRSP 500     Christian Spirituality through the Ages: Interpreting History and Mystery - 3 credits 

GRSP 520     Doing Theology: A Faith Journey Deep into the Mystery of God - 3 credits 

GRSP 505     Biblical Foundations of Christian Spirituality - 3 credits 

GRSP 550     Global Perspectives on Christian Spirituality - 3 credits 

GRSP 515     Prayer: Theology and Praxis - 3 credits 

GRSP 525A Theology of the Spiritual Exercises - 3 credits 

GRSP 530     Psychology and Spirituality of Relationship - 3 credits 

GRSP 535- 538 Spiritualities of the Body: Music (535), Art (536), Dance (537), Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness (538)  

                        1 credit each; choose any three) - 3 credits 

GRSP 555     Discernment - 3 credits 

GRSP 700     Seminar: Holistic Perspectives - 3 credits 

  

Practica (12/14 credits)       

GRSP 601A  Theory and Praxis of Spiritual Direction: Practicum 1 (fall) - 3 credits 

GRSP 602A Ethical Issues in Spiritual Direction: Practicum 2 (spring) - 3 credits 

GRSP 603A Psychological Issues in Spiritual Direction: Practicum 3 (fall) - 3 credits 

GRSP 609     Peer Supervision in Spiritual Direction: Practicum 4 (spring) - 3 credits 

GRSP 605     Retreat in Everyday Life: Practicum 5 (optional) - 2 credits 

Total: 42/44 credits 

  

  

MASTER OF ARTS IN HOLISTIC SPIRITUALITY/HEALTHCARE  

This core program, with a concentration in healthcare, prepares persons engaged in hospital and medical centers, hospice work, pastoral ministry to the sick or homebound, and complementary/alternative modalities of healthcare. The program emphasizes the close relationship of body-mind-spirit by advocating for care-giving practices that are attentive to patients, environments, and practitioners.  The program prepares students to: 

  integrate healthcare disciplines and spirituality from a theological perspective; 

  intensify their awareness of the underlying spiritual, theological, psychological and cultural components of their professional work and personal lives; 

  become leaders in closing the gap between healthcare and spirituality, both in theory and in practice; and 

• participate in the transformational dimensions of healthcare ministries, for themselves, for others with whom they work and particularly for the underserved and neglected in our healthcare system. 

  

Course Requirements For The Master Of Arts In Holistic Spirituality/Healthcare          (40/42 credits) 

The M.A. in Holistic Spirituality/Health Care requires the completion of 40/42 credits, which includes 36 academic credits and 4/6 practicum/field experience credits or 1 CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) unit, equivalent to 6 credits.    

  

Core Courses (27 credits) 

GRSP 500     Christian Spirituality through the Ages: Interpreting History and Mystery - 3 credits 

GRSP 520     Doing Theology: A Faith Journey Deep into the Mystery of God - 3 credits 

GRSP 505     Biblical Foundations of Christian Spirituality - 3 credits 

GRSP 550     Global Perspectives on Christian Spirituality - 3 credits 

GRSP 515     Prayer: Theology and Praxis - 3 credits 

GRSP 530     Psychology and Spirituality of Relationship - 3 credits 

GRSP 570     Ethics in the Health Care Context - 3 credits 

GRSP 621     Death and Dying across Faith Traditions - 3 credits 

GRSP 700     Seminar: Holistic Perspectives - 3 credits 

  

Elective Courses (Choose 3—9 credits) 

GRSP 505     Biblical Perspectives on Healing - 3 credits 

GRSP 571     God & Human Suffering - 3 credits 

GRSP 643     Healing Beliefs across Faith Traditions - 3 credits 

GRSP 645     Special Topics (title indicated on transcript) - 3 credits 

  

Practica/Field Experience (4/6 credits) 

GRSPH 652 Spiritual Assessment - 2 credits 

GRSPH 690 Integration of Praxis & Theory - 2 credit 

                                    or 

GRSPH 691A           Level 1 CPE - 6 credits 

                                    or 

GRSPH 691B           Level 2 CPE (chaplaincy) - 6 credits 

Total:   40/42 credits 

  

With the permission of their Academic Advisor, students may take elective credits from the CORE courses listed in the M.A. program in Holistic Spirituality/Healthcare or any other CORE or ELECTIVE courses in the current Holistic Spirituality program. Conversely, students from the traditional track may also choose Holistic Spirituality/Healthcare courses as their ELECTIVES. Students are advised to work closely with a faculty advisor in the Holistic Spirituality program in the selection of courses in appropriate course cycles, as well as in their choice of electives. 

CHAPLAINCY CERTIFICATION 

A faculty advisor in the Holistic Spirituality program will work closely with students desiring to be certified as chaplains in hospitals or other healthcare programs to complete the theology and other requirements of an accrediting organization such as the Association for Professional Chaplains (APC) or the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC). Because each CPE unit consists of at least 100 hours of structured group and individual education, accompanied by the supervised, clinical practice of ministry, the six credits awarded for completion of CPE Level One can be used to fulfill the field experience requirement for the M.A. in Holistic Spirituality/Healthcare at Chestnut Hill College.  

 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS 

CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN SPIRITUAL DIRECTION (18 credits) 

The Spiritual Direction Certificate program prepares the participant for the ministry of spiritual direction. It offers specialized formation in the art of spiritual direction through both academic work and practica experiences. Since many people desire support with their own spiritual growth and the skills required for the work of spiritual direction with others, this certificate program is beneficial to a broad spectrum of ministries. 

  

Prerequisites For Admission 

1. A master’s degree (MA or M.Div) in theology, religious studies, spirituality, pastoral ministry or related field; 

2. Ongoing spiritual direction for at least two years before starting the practicum phase; 

3. Completion of admissions procedure, as well as additional requirements listed under the M.A. and S.D. section. 

4. Applicants for the Certificate must take at least one course prior to beginning the Practicum. 

  

Course Requirements (18 credits) 

The Certificate in Spiritual Direction requires the completion of eighteen credits. The twelve credits, listed under Required Core Spiritual Direction Practica Courses, aim to provide the students with the opportunity for comprehensive investment in the disciplines of spirituality and the praxis of spiritual direction. 

Prerequisites For Practicum Phase 

GRSP 525A Theology of the Spiritual Exercises - 3 credits 

GRSP 555 Discernment: Theology and Praxis - 3 credits 

  

Core Spiritual Direction Practica Courses 

GRSP 601A Theory and Praxis of Spiritual Direction: Practicum 1       (fall) - 3 credits 

GRSP 602A Ethical Issues in Spiritual Direction: Practicum 2              (spring) - 3 credits 

GRSP 603A Psychological Issues in Spiritual Direction: Practicum 3   (fall) - 3 credits 

GRSP 609 Peer Supervision in Spiritual Direction: Practicum 4            (spring) - 3 credits 

CERTIFICATE IN SUPERVISION OF SPIRITUAL DIRECTORS (6 credits) 

The Certificate in Supervision is designed for the experienced spiritual director who discerns a call to guide and mentor spiritual directors and desires to develop the skills necessary for the ministry of supervision. 

Prerequisites For Admission 

1.    A master’s degree (MA or M.Div) in theology, religious studies, spirituality or their equivalent; 

2.    Certificate in Spiritual Direction from a recognized program, one that includes at least forty hours of individual supervision; 

3.    At least four years of offering ongoing direction to a minimum of six persons per year; 

4.    Receiving ongoing spiritual direction and annual individually-directed retreats for at least five years. 

  

In addition to the standard admission requirements, a letter of recommendation from the applicant’s spiritual director and supervisor are required. All applicants for this certificate must interview with the Coordinator of the practicum prior to admission. 

  

Practicum Requirements  

GRSP 710                    Supervision I - 3 credits 

GRSP 711                    Supervision II - 3 credits 

CERTIFICATE OF STUDY IN SPIRITUALITY (CSS) (18 credits) 

This certificate is intended for women and men engaged in disciplines and professional work other than those primarily associated with theology and spirituality. It is also designed for women and men candidates in initial formation programs of religious congregations. In certain situations, this certificate can be applied to sabbatical study limited to one full academic year. By providing a well-integrated spiritual and theological formation, this specialized program encourages students to: 

1.   Intensify their awareness of the underlying spiritual dimensions of their professional work       and; 

2.   Seek new insights into the spiritual implications of their work for the future. 

  

Prerequisites 

A bachelor’s degree with several years of experience in their primary field of work as well as a strong desire to deepen and integrate their own personal spiritual development with their professional life and service to the world. 

Course Requirements (18 credits) 

The Certificate of Specialized Study (CSS) in Spirituality requires the completion of eighteen credits. A maximum of six credits can be transferred into this program providing they have not been used to complete degree requirements for another program and that they meet all the requirements of this program. 

Core Courses (6 credits) 

GRSP      515               Prayer: Theology and Praxis - 3 credits 

GRSP      520               Theological Foundations - 3 credits 

  

Elective Courses (12 credits) 

CSS students may choose from any course offerings in the Holistic Spirituality program. Students are advised to work closely with a faculty advisor in selecting courses that best serve their overall program goals. 

 

Certificate in Holistic Spirituality/Healthcare (18 credits) 

Women and men engaged in hospice and health care professions, as well as bereavement and elder care will be among those to benefit from re-situating their healing work within the context of faith and spiritual formation from a holistic perspective. The Certificate in Holistic Spirituality/Healthcare flows from the conviction that all life is charged with Divine Energy and those attuned to this Presence are called to be agents of the Spirit in co-creating “a new heaven and a new earth.” This certificate requires the satisfactory completion of 18 credits. Strong recommendations are made for the following courses: 

GRSP      524               God and Human Suffering - 3 credits 

GRSP      509               Biblical Perspectives on Healing - 3 credits 

GRSP      559               Death and Dying across Faith Traditions - 3 credits 

GRSP      515               Prayer: Theology and Praxis - 3 credits 

GRSP      530               Psychology and Spirituality of Relationship - 3 credits 

GRSP      570               Ethics in the Healthcare Context - 3 credits 

GRSP      652               Spiritual Assessment - 3 credits 

A maximum of six (6) graduate credits from an accredited institution may be transferred into this program; providing they have not been used to complete degree requirements for another program and they meet all the requirements of this program. Non-academic Conferences and Seminars may not be considered for transfer credit. 

Graduate courses from an accredited institution, similar in academic and experiential nature to the courses offered at Chestnut Hill College, may be considered under the policy for waiving courses. No more than six (6) credits can be waived. When a waiver is granted, students must substitute other courses from the Holistic Spirituality program, either CORE or ELECTIVE, in order to accumulate the required number of credits for the Certificate. 

Students applying for the Certificate in Holistic Spirituality/Healthcare are expected to submit a Statement of Professional Goals and three (3) letters of recommendation from mentors or colleagues who can attest to their potential for success in the healthcare or pastoral ministry profession. 

 

CHANGE OF STATUS FROM CERTIFICATE TO DEGREE PROGRAM 

In addition to the requirements stated in the Admissions Process, certificate students who wish to apply for master level candidacy upon the successful completion of nine (9) credits with a GPA of 3.2 are required to take the MAT examination. They must complete any additional requirements for degree students and notify the Graduate Registrar in writing of their change of status from certificate to degree. 

 

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS  

Core Courses 

GRSP 500 Christian Spirituality through the Ages: Interpreting History and Mystery    

3 credits 

This course introduces students to Christian spiritual traditions from historical as well as spiritual perspectives. It aims to deepen the capacity of students to situate and understand texts historically in order to interpret them spiritually. Students will probe and ponder the dynamics of history, the nature of spirituality and the role of the interpreter in their study of classic texts, spiritual movements and masters within the Christian tradition. 

  

GRSP 505 Biblical Foundations of Christian Spirituality                                         

3 credits 

This course prepares professionals for the complex task of interpreting biblical texts through concentration on two overarching dynamics of the task: taking historical contexts of the bible into consideration and awareness of theories/methodologies of interpretation. While class time will focus on interpreting sample biblical texts, readings will resource students on specific theory and background. 

GRSP 515 Prayer: Theology and Praxis                                                                    

3 credits 

This course traces the origins of Hebrew and Christian Prayer to the cries of the human spirit. Ancient and contemporary methods and lives of prayer will be studied through historical, theological, psychological and biographical lenses. The place and practice of prayer in different Christian as well as other faith traditions will be considered. All will be invited to experience, practice, reflect upon and critique a variety of prayer forms for themselves and others and to create prayer opportunities for one another. 

  

GRSP 520 Doing Theology: A Faith Journey Deep into the Mystery of God         

3 credits 

The primary purpose of this course is to introduce students to their critical role as subjects in the doing of theology. As such, they will study various methods to engage in understanding and re-appropriating some primary concepts (doctrines) of the Christian theological tradition. Students will journey into the Mystery of God, Sin and Evil, Jesus Christ, the Spirit and the Church from classical to contemporary interpretations. The course will emphasize the constructive, but unfinished and inadequate character of all speech about Holy Mystery and every appropriation of the God-life, given the limits of the human and the inexhaustibility of the divine.  

 

GRSP 525A  Theology of the Spiritual Exercises                                                          

3 credits 

This course invites the students to integrate their Retreat in Everyday Life or 30-day retreat experience with the theology of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola. The course content is both academic and experiential, including lecture and practical application.  Prerequisite for Practicum I unless exempted by the Coordinator of the Practicum. 

  

GRSP 530 Psychology and Spirituality of Relationship                                          

3 credits 

The basic psychological dynamics of development, maintenance and ending of a variety of human relationships will be explored in this course. Emphasis will be placed on the integration of the spiritual and psychological dimensions in human relationships, and on the interactions between human and divine relationships. 

GRSP 535 - 538 Spiritualities of the Body: 

Music (535), Art (536), Dance (537), 

Nutrition, Exercise and Wellness (538) (Choose any three)                                       

1 credit 

These one-credit courses/workshops view music, art, dance, and wellness as ways of expressing the prayer of the whole person. The first three are designed to demonstrate how the arts can facilitate and create atmospheres conducive to prayer, how they can be used in the context of the prayer itself and ways in which they can be an extension of experiences of prayer. In the fourth, students will explore in a reflective and experiential way some spiritual aspects that underlie, enhance, and complement our concepts of nutrition and exercise. A larger and more holistic perspective on nutrition and exercise will guide the formation of attitudes and behaviors that will develop a view of the whole person, created by God who transforms, inspires, and acts in our lives. Presentations and input from a variety of sources and people who minister in wellness fields will be included. 

  

GRSP 550 Spirituality: Global Perspectives                                                             

3 credits 

The reality of globalization has radical implications for the way we understand spirituality. This course explores new understandings necessary to protect life’s sacredness and promote prophetic leadership in a global community. Issues such as eco-systems, technology, economics, as well as the values of faith, community, intercultural harmony, and human dignity will be examined. 

GRSP 555 Discernment: Theology and Praxis                                                         

3 credits 

This course explores the history, meaning, and role of discernment in everyday life, decision-making, and spiritual direction. It examines the Rules for Discernment articulated by Ignatius of Loyola as “descriptions” of people’s interior lives and “guidelines” for the understanding of the Spiritual Exercises. Consideration is also given to the implications of discernment processes for group deliberations, as well as those which take seriously the social and environmental dimensions of life. 

GRSP 570 Ethics in the Healthcare Context                                                             

3 credits 

Exploration of the basic principles and analytic structures of ethics will be the foundation for an analysis of a selection of central ethical issues in contemporary healthcare, such as: patient autonomy, treatment decisions, advance directives, euthanasia, access to health care, Students will be encouraged to attend to these ethical issues in their own healthcare environments and in society at large. 

GRSP 621 Dying, Death and Bereavement across Faith Traditions                       

3 credits 

Through experiential practice and collaborative, critical reflection, this course will explore diverse ways that spiritual/ religious/ /faith/ cultural traditions influence approaches to dying, death, and bereavement and related spiritual and psychological concerns. Students are invited to broaden and deepen resources for articulating their own spirituality in relation to dying, death, bereavement and religious/cultural diversity as encountered in their own personal and professional lives and to refine skills for creative, sensitive engagement with themselves and others in relation to experiences of loss and religious/cultural diversity. 

  

GRSP 700 Holistic Perspectives Seminar                                                                 

3 credits 

This advanced course in holistic spirituality integrates and synthesizes the insights and experiences gleaned in the program. It considers gaps, questions and future benefits of courses taken thus far. Students will formulate a Christian approach to spirituality that enhances unity amidst diversity within the person, community, and cosmos. The Seminar centers on a comprehensive re-visiting and appropriation of the programs’ core foundational areas of study through writing, presentation, prayer and a praxis learning experience. Prerequisite: Completion of at least 27 credits, excluding practica. 

  

  

  

SPIRITUAL DIRECTION PRACTICA 

GRSP 601A Theory and Praxis of Spiritual Direction: Practicum 1 (fall)               

3 credits 

This practicum focuses on the gifts needed for those beginning to offer spiritual direction. The process involves giving spiritual direction and receiving supervision. The group will reflect on: the development of a contemplative attitude; the centrality of the experience of God; interior response to God’s presence and absence; the relationship between spiritual direction and counseling; and praying with one’s body and all of creation. When a student begins the practicum, the four practica courses are taken sequentially. Practicum 1 includes five two-hour individual supervision sessions. 

  

GRSP 602A Ethical Issues in Spiritual Direction: Practicum 2 (spring)                  

3 credits 

By offering spiritual direction and receiving supervision, this practicum will challenge the student to reflect on a growing sensitivity to interior movements, such as, transference and countertransference. Since spiritual direction is a professional relationship which has spiritual, ethical, and legal implications, this course will also present the ethical standards for spiritual directors, spiritual counselors, and pastoral counselors. Topics will include: privileged communication, confidentiality, mental health laws, liability and the handling of potential litigation. Practicum 2 includes 5 two-hour individual supervision sessions.   Prerequisite: GRSP 601A 

  

GRSP 603A Psychological Issues in Spiritual Direction: Practicum 3 (fall)          

3 credits 

Practicum 3 includes classes in spiritual direction and peer supervision sessions. The focus of the classes is advanced issues in spiritual direction, such as: deepening attentiveness to the movement of spirits and addressing psychological issues, particularly addiction and co-dependence. The intention is to examine appropriate ways to respond as a director in order to facilitate God’s movement. This class has a group spiritual direction approach which includes personal experience and engagement in group processes.  Practicum 3 includes 5 two-hour individual supervision sessions.  Prerequisite: GRSP 602A 

  

GRSP 609 Peer Supervision in Spiritual Direction: Practicum 4 (spring)             

3 credits

Practicum 4 integrates the theory, praxis, ethical and psychological issues from the previous practica and provides training in peer supervision. Practicum 4 includes 5 two-hour individual supervision sessions.  Prerequisite: GRSP 603A 

  

GRSP 605 Retreat in Everyday Life: Practicum 5 (fall/spring) (elective)              

2 credits

In this practicum the student will learn how to give a Retreat in Everyday Life according to The Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola. This optional practicum is designed for those who have experienced the 30-day retreat or the Retreat in Everyday Life (19th Annotation), as well as the four preparatory practica. These classes are supervisory in nature.  Prerequisites: GRSP 601A, 602A, 603A, 609. 

  

GRSP 710 Supervision of Spiritual Direction 1                                                             

3 credits

This practicum focuses on the ministry that supervisors offer to Spiritual Directors.  It strengthens the supervisors ability to: create and respond to the ministry of spiritual direction from a contemplative foundation; foster an on-going co-discernment of God’s will within the directee; discern God’s movement within the director and directee; support the development of the director’s unique gifts and skills; and assess the development of these gifts and skills. The course is intended only for experienced directors who present required criteria for acceptance to the Coordinator of the Practicum. Prerequisite: Application Process through the Coordinator of the Practicum 

 

GRSP 711 Supervision of Spiritual Direction 2                                                             

3 credits

This course looks at the role of the supervision of supervisors. The purpose is to develop skills and understanding through cases studies and personal application. It will include further refinement of discernment skills, issues of transference and counter-transference, and self-care as essential for healthy ministry of supervision.  Prerequisite: GRSP 710 

  

Elective Courses 

GRSP 506 Biblical Perspectives on Healing                                                             

3 credits 

The healing dynamics within various biblical traditions will be examined in this course. The significance of the stories of Jesus as healer, other healing stories in both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, and the physical, social, and spiritual dimensions of the healing process from biblical perspectives will also be explored. Selections of healing stories will also be made from other texts, such as the Qur’an, the Eight Noble Truths, and the Four-fold Path to Buddha. 

  

GRSP 521: Remembering Karl Rahner: Theologian of “A Mysticism of Everyday Life”    

3 credits                                                                         

Considered by many as the greatest theologian of the twentieth century, Karl Rahner, the man and the theologian, will be the focused study of this course. Its aim is to explore Rahner’s understanding of God, as “Holy Mystery” turned graciously toward the whole of our broken and stricken world, flooding it with grace. Because of God’s choice of creation and the human condition, all of history is the stage for God’s self-revelation, making of the human person and community recipients of the freely offered love of God. All humankind shares the capacity to encounter the divine in the ordinary experiences of their everyday. Such awareness has the power to change everything. 

  

GRSP 523: Forgiveness and Reconciliation                                                             

3 credits 

This course is designed to ponder stories, pursue questions and consider the gift that lies at the heart of the journey to forgive and reconcile as persons and as a people. To this end, the course will engage several disciplines from its primary ground in theology: psychology and history, literature and political theory, social science and cultural anthropology. Its scope will encompass the inner regions of the human heart, the shape and character of human behavior and the distant reaches of the global family. Students will encounter others in reading, research and conversation whose experiences of “forgiveness and reconciliation” will inform and challenge their own. 

  

GRSP 524 Spirituality/Theology of Waiting                                                                    

3 credits 

A spirituality of vigilance/expectation/waiting is deeply rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition. This course will explore the phenomenological, psychological, and theological aspects of "waiting" emerging out of concrete, human experience (cross-cultural) and in the divine/human encounter (waiting for God/waiting of God). Using biblical and biographical lenses, varied themes will be examined including the mysticism of waiting, the poverty/emptiness of waiting, the agony/terror of waiting, and the sacred gift/fruitfulness of waiting. 

  

GRSP 552 Spirituality of Peace and Justice                                                             

3 credits 

Readings and discussion will explore the theory and practice of Christian nonviolence in the context of current U.S. experience. Nonviolence does not withdraw from violence, but engages violence with the powers of truth and love. Nonviolence will be examined in four dimensions: personal, interpersonal, national/international, and ecological. From the lives and works of outstanding practitioners, practices of nonviolence will be identified and their relevance to contemporary Christian life demonstrated. 

GRSP 571 God and Human Suffering: Its Mystery and Meaning                           

3 credits 

This course offers an invitation to explore the mystery and meaning of human suffering, one that engages the paradoxes of darkness and light, despair and hope, death and life, cross and resurrection. Stories of women and men, both biblical and contemporary, whose lives were transformed by suffering, will be analyzed for the redemptive elements embedded in their experiences. Through theological reflection, students will examine the nature and gifts of suffering: endurance, hope, compassion, intimacy with God, and a contemplative life-stance with all that is. 

 

GRSP 604A Conversion and Grace     

3 credits 

This course will provide a theological framework for interpreting the dialectic of conversion and grace in order to promote a more intentional and wholehearted response to this dangerous and exciting divine/human encounter. Toward this aim, students will study the dynamics of conversion and grace as they emerge directly and verifiably out of concrete and ordinary human experience. Conversion will be examined as a breakthrough that occurs for individuals and communities at the intellectual, moral and religious levels, making new challenges possible and new horizons available.  

  

GRSP 643 Healing Beliefs across Faith Traditions                                                  

3 credits 

Based within the discipline of anthropology, this course examines the relationship of belief systems to their broader cultural frameworks, and probes the ways in which beliefs and values affect both patients’ approaches to healthcare and healthcare professionals’ approaches to patients. Using the case study method, this course will demonstrate the importance of understanding how various belief systems interact and how this interaction affects healthcare practices. Alternative health practices will be examined in relation to larger socio-economic, religious, and cultural contexts. 

 

HEALTH CARE FIELD EXPERIENCES 

GRSP 652 Spiritual Assessment: Ethical and 

Clinical Guidelines for Caregivers                                                                             

2 credits 

This course will explore current research on methodologies of spiritual assessment as an invitation to compassion toward the whole person, especially implications for ways to address spiritual concerns in healthcare settings.   Students are invited to formulate proposals for projects related to healing and spiritual care to be carried out during the second part of the GRSP/healthcare practicum, GRSP 690.  Projects focus ways to attend to the diversity of patients’ and caregivers’ spiritual and religious beliefs, values, and conflicts in a respectful, non-judgmental, and non-imposing fashion appropriate to students’ roles in particular contexts.  

  

GRSP 690 Integration of Academic Theory and Experiential Praxis in Healthcare Environments/Seminar     

2 credits 

This course is intended to provide students with opportunities to make connections between practice in healthcare contexts and theories of spiritual care discussed in coursework.  Students are offered on-site supervision, as they carry out an approved project related to spiritual in a healthcare or related environment for a minimum of twenty (20) hours.  In sessions with other course participants totaling twelve hours, course participants have the opportunity to integrate experiences, beliefs, and knowledge from a variety of sources and to formulate personalized modes of healing practice for themselves.