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Continuing Education for Directors and Supervisors

Are you looking for easy-to-access continuing education taught by excellent instructors?  If so, you’ve come to the right place.  Together in the Mystery offers short courses for spiritual directors on the kinds of topics spiritual directors are eager to learn more about.

Upcoming Courses

Just One Thing: A  Supervision Process 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This highly experiential course includes participating in a contemplative, creative form of group supervision around one thing that you remember a directee saying — something that speaks deeply into your own life.  This process is applicable to individual supervision as well. Enrollment is limited to eight participants.

TIME:  Wednesdays, July 11 and 18, 2018 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM Pacific

COST:  $50 USD

REGISTRATION:

  • To register, please email: margaret@togetherinthemystery.org
  • You will receive an invoice via Square or Paypal after registering.
  • You will receive both zoom login credentials for the course and access to the course webpage once registration is complete.

FORMAT:

  • Course meets via streaming audio and video using Zoom.
  • Sign up for a free Zoom account prior to the course at zoom.us
  • If you prefer to join the course using audio alone, please upload a picture to your Zoom account so we have a visual sense of who is with us as we meet.  Thanks.
  • Written resources will be provided on the course web page, for which you will receive a password after your registration is complete (and approximately one week before the course begins).

INSTRUCTOR: Malisa Stewart

Beginning to receive spiritual direction in the 1990’s and offering it in 2002 was, for Malisa, a most significant life-changing experience.  She received her certificate in the Art and Practice of Spiritual Direction and Group Spiritual Direction from Mercy Center, Burlingame, and her supervision training from Together in the Mystery.

Malisa engages her considerable creative gifts while facilitating contemplative prayer retreats, offering both one-on-one and group spiritual direction and offering group supervision.  She co-founded Valley Spiritual Direction, a ministry that supports and nurtures spiritual directors in California’s Central Valley. Further, she forms spiritual directors with Journey Center, Santa Rosa in their group spiritual direction training module.  She created most of the course materials she will share with you during Year II of Together in the Mystery’s supervisor training and looks forward to engaging with you in class.

Discerning Appropriateness for Direction: Directees with Personality Disorders – August 8th and 15th, 2018

COURSE DESCRIPTION: As spiritual direction becomes more known among and accessible for the laity, there also seems to be a corresponding notion that spiritual direction is simply a less expensive, less stigmatizing, more comfortable and, for some, more legitimate alternative for psychotherapy. The increase of the “popularity” and availability of spiritual direction also means that a wider range of people are seeking our professional, spiritual companionship. This has increased the possibility that individuals who actually need a therapist or who have some other ulterior motive are finding themselves in our spiritual direction rooms. For most of us, our spiritual direction training included at least some basic overview of how to identify someone with major depression, a severe anxiety disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder or who is manifesting symptoms or experiencing a situation that calls for therapy rather than, or at least in addition to, spiritual direction.. So, what about those individuals who may appear appropriate for direction at first glance, but who generate a feeling of uneasiness in our gut; yet we don’t quite know why? These may be individuals with a “personality disorder,” a group often not covered in our direction training programs. How do we recognize such individuals? How do we utilize discernment to guide our decisions about their appropriateness for direction and how might we lovingly direct them to more appropriate resources, if that is needed? This brief seminar will begin a dialogue to address these pressing issues.

TIME:  Wednesdays, August 8th and 15th, 2018 from 10 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific

COST:  $50 USD

REGISTRATION:

  • To register, please email: margaret@togetherinthemystery.org
  • You will receive an invoice via Square or Paypal after registering.
  • You will receive both zoom login credentials for the course and access to the course webpage once registration is complete.

FORMAT:

  • Course meets via streaming audio and video using Zoom.
  • Sign up for a free Zoom account prior to the course at zoom.us
  • If you prefer to join the course using audio alone, please upload a picture to your Zoom account so we have a visual sense of who is with us as we meet.  Thanks.
  • Written resources will be provided on the course web page, for which you will receive a password after your registration is complete (and approximately one week before the course begins).

INSTRUCTOR: Tammy Ichinotsubo-Ezzi, PhD

Tammy is a California licensed psychologist in private practice with a focus on working with trauma survivors, particularly adult survivors of childhood abuse, survivors of spiritual abuse, and former members of cultic systems and high-demand relationships. She is also a spiritual director and supervisor (TIM graduate). She served as the Spiritual Development Coordinator at the Mary & Joseph Retreat Center for about 6 years where she developed and led retreats, in addition to providing spiritual direction. She is a facilitator of the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius in the form of the Retreat in Daily Life and also trains and forms other facilitators.

 

Working with the Dark Night in Spiritual Direction — July 17 and 24, 2019

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  In this two-session webinar, we will first explore what the dark night is, primarily using the ideas of John of the Cross. The following week, we will discuss how we directors can work with directees who may be living in a dark night. We’ll touch on how the dark night is a gift from God intended to transform our awareness of God’s presence, how it differs from depression, and how it frees us to be more engaged with the world.

TIME:  Wednesdays, July 17 and 24, 2019 from 10 AM – 11:00 AM Pacific

COST:  $50 USD

REGISTRATION:

  • To register, please email: margaret@togetherinthemystery.org
  • You will receive an invoice via Square or Paypal after registering.
  • You will receive both zoom login credentials for the course and access to the course webpage once registration is complete.

FORMAT:

  • Course meets via streaming audio and video using Zoom.
  • Sign up for a free Zoom account prior to the course at zoom.us
  • If you prefer to join the course using audio alone, please upload a picture to your Zoom account so we have a visual sense of who is with us as we meet.  Thanks.
  • Written resources will be provided on the course web page, for which you will receive a password after your registration is complete (and approximately one week before the course begins).

INSTRUCTOR: Rev. Dr. Dan Schrock

Dan has been a spiritual director since 1996 and teaches spiritual direction at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary. He’s a graduate of Columbia Theological Seminary (D.Min. in Christian Spirituality), San Francisco Theological Seminary (Diploma in the Art of Spiritual Direction), and Together in the Mystery (Supervisory Training). Because he’s also a part-time pastor, he often works in spiritual direction with pastors and other church leaders. He authored The Dark Night: A Gift of God and co-edited (with Marlene Kropf) An Open Place: The Ministry of Group Spiritual Direction. He lives in northern Indiana with his wife, Jennifer. On the side he plays recorders and cooks.

Previous Courses

Professional Boundaries for Spiritual Directors with Maria Tattu Bowen

Collaborating with the Spirit in Spiritual Direction with Dan Schrock