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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

Working with the Dark Night in Spiritual Direction — July 24 and 31, 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 24 and 31, 2019 from 4pm – 5pm 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.

Group Supervision of Spiritual Directors — September 18, 25 and October 2, 2019

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course on group supervision of spiritual directors is seminar-style instruction and practice using models of group supervision.  It will comprise three one-hour Zoom sessions over the course of three weeks.

In the first session you will meet other supervisors, briefly share your own experience of group supervision, and learn about one particular model of group supervision along with some variations.  In the second session, one volunteer member of the group will bring a case for supervision and the instructor will lead the whole group in an all-for-one group supervision session following the model.  In the final session, members will bring and present for discussion their own variants of the model, or other models.  Strengths and limitations of the models will be discussed.

By the end of the course, participants will have been exposed to, experienced, and further developed group supervision models and will be better prepared to work out their own style of this important group work

TIME:  Wednesdays, Sept 18, 25 and Oct 2 from 10am – 11am Pacific Time

COST:  $75 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: Jim Peterson    

Jim Peterson is a graduate of the spiritual direction training program at San Francisco Theological Seminary, and has been on the staff of that program since 2000 serving in multiple roles: group facilitator, instructor, supervisor, and supervision coordinator.  He has also been serving as a faculty member of the Bread of Life spiritual direction training program since 2006; the Art & Practice of Spiritual Direction training program of Mercy Center Burlingame since 2012, and has been on the faculty team of Mercy Center for its summer workshop in supervision in 2016 and 2018.  He received training in supervision at San Francisco Theological Seminary in 2000, and further training from Together in the Mystery in 2013.  He has his own spiritual direction and supervision practice in the south San Francisco bay area.  Jim also is on the advisory boards of the Contemplative Center of Silicon Valley and of Companions on the Inner Way retreat program.  Prior to his entry into spiritual formation work (and overlapping with it for some years), Jim was a research scientist in the social sciences, working at various academic and research organizations for over 30 years in work that included teaching, research, research administration, and publishing.  He lives in Sunnyvale, California with his wife, and near his two children and two grandchildren.

 

Previous Courses

Professional Boundaries for Spiritual Directors with Maria Tattu Bowen, Ph.D.

Collaborating with the Spirit in Spiritual Direction with Rev. Dr. Dan Schrock

Just One Thing: A Supervision Process with Malisa Stewart

Discerning Appropriateness for Direction:  Directees with Personality Disorders with Tammy Ichinotsubo-Ezzi, PhD