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

Discerning Appropriateness for Direction: Directees with Personality Disorders – New Session Added

Wednesdays December 5th and 12th, 2018

4:00 – 5:00 PM Pacific

COURSE DESCRIPTION: This fascinating course includes vital information that most spiritual directors and supervisors did not receive in their training programs about how to identify potential directees with personality disorders and how to refer them lovingly to other resources if need be.

As spiritual direction becomes more accessible, some have come to view it as a less expensive, less stigmatizing alternative to psychotherapy. This, along with the increasing popularity and availability of spiritual direction means that some of those seeking our professional, spiritual companionship may actually need a therapist instead of (or in addition to) a spiritual director.

Most directors-in-training receive a basic overview of how to identify symptoms that call for therapy, such as major depression or severe anxiety.  However, other individuals may arriving in spiritual direction and seem like an appropriate fit at first glance but soon may generate a sense of misunderstanding or a feeling of uneasiness in us.  Some of these may suffer from a personality disorder that we may not recognize.

This brief seminar consists of two, hour-long gatherings.  In it, you will meet other spiritual directors and supervisors; discussion how to identify directees who may be suffering from personality disorders; consider the challenges inherent in offering spiritual direction to those with personality disorders; and discern whether and how to direct them lovingly to other resources if need be.

TIME:  Wednesdays, December 5th and 12th, 2018 from 4:00 PM – 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: 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, Ph.D.

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

Just One Thing: A Supervision Process with Malisa Stewart