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Certificates in Spiritual Direction

IPS offers two 6-course, 18 credit hour Graduate Certificate programs in Spiritual Direction suited to applicants with a Masters degree or above in theological or ministerial studies, psychology or counseling, psychiatric social work, or health care. The Certificate is offered under the rubrics of both the Spiritual Accompaniment (SA) program in ongoing spiritual direction and the specialization in Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises, the Ignatian Exercises Program (IEP).

Spiritual Accompaniment (SA)

IPS offers a 6-course, 18-hour Graduate Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction/Spiritual Accompaniment suited to applicants with an academic background in theological or ministerial studies, psychology or counseling, psychiatric social work, or health care. The SA Certificate Program prepares individuals for the ministry of spiritual direction under the model of ongoing spiritual direction.

Program: 18 Credit Hours. Six courses (each 3 hrs.), including a two-semester supervised Practicum, plus four units (semesters) of non-credit personal spiritual direction.  ▲ =  online availability

Click on the link for the Spiritual Direction Confirmation Form.

Click on the link for the IPS Core Course Rotation Schedule for the online options for 545 and 555.

Applicants with a Masters degree in theological or ministerial studies will complete the above series of six courses for the Certificate.

Applicants with a Masters degree in psychology, counseling, psychiatric social work, or health care must provide evidence of having completed prerequisite courses in Bible and Theology, typically a 3-hr. course in Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament) or New Testament, and a 3-hr. course in foundational theology. Applicants from the psychology, counseling, or health care fields who have not completed courses in biblical and theological foundations prior to application can complete these courses at IPS (see IPS 416 or 417 in Bible, and IPS 531 in Theology which are offered in each academic year). Typically, applicants from the psychology, counseling, and health care fields will be exempted from IPS 555 (Human Person and Psychological Development) and substitute an elective course to complete the 18 hr. Graduate Certificate Program. A biblical or theological foundations course can substitute for IPS 555 in these cases.


Ignatian Exercises Program (IEP)

IPS offers a 6-course, 18-hour Graduate Certificate Program in Spiritual Direction in the tradition of Ignatian spirituality and the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556), the founder of the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). This certificate program is suited to applicants who desire training in spiritual direction as well as knowledge and practical skill in directing the complete Spiritual Exercises. Applicants must have a Masters or other advanced degree in theology or ministerial studies, psychology or counseling, psychiatric social work, or health care. 

In addition to the IEP Curriculum Requirements (see below), the following requirements are applicable in the 18 credit hour IEP Graduate Certificate in Spiritual Direction:

IEP Application
Recommendation to the Ignatian Exercises Program (IEP)

 

IEP Graduate Certificate Curriculum Requirements

18 Credit Hours. Six courses (each 3 hrs.), including a two-semester supervised Ignatian Exercises Practicum, plus four semesters of non-credit personal spiritual direction are required for the Graduate Certificate in the Ignatian Exercises Program.

Click on the link for the Spiritual Direction Confirmation Form.

Applicants with a Masters degree in theological or ministerial studies will complete the above series of six courses for the Certificate.

Applicants with a Masters degree in psychology, counseling, psychiatric social work, or health care must provide evidence of having completed prerequisite courses in Bible and Theology, typically a 3-hr. course in Hebrew scriptures (Old Testament) or New Testament, and a 3-hr. course in foundational theology. Applicants from the psychology, counseling, or health care fields who have not completed courses in biblical and theological foundations prior to application can complete these courses at IPS (see IPS 416 or 417 in Bible, and IPS 531 in Theology which are offered in each academic year).

Note: IEP students must have made the complete Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola within 5 years of commencing the IEP.  IEP candidates that have not made the complete Spiritual Exercises in either the 30-day/one-month or the 30-week/19th Annotation retreat (aka. “The Spiritual Exercises in Everyday Life”) formats must do so before the Ignatian Exercises Practicums I & II (574 & 575 in the last year of the program).  Arrangements for the 30-day or 30-week experience of the Spiritual Exercises will be made in consultation with the IEP Director. The experience of the 30-day or 30-week version of the complete Spiritual Exercises will count for 2 semesters of required non-credit Personal Spiritual Direction in the IEP (see this curriculum requirement above).  To meet the requirement of the two remaining semesters, IEP candidates will meet with a personal spiritual director in ongoing spiritual direction during the program.

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