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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 and supervisors on the kinds of topics they feel eager to learn more about.

Spiritual Direction With Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Church Personnel 

Nov 20 and Dec 4, 2019

COURSE DESCRIPTION:  This course for spiritual directors and supervisors will address the growing understanding of the spiritual impact of sexual abuse and its repercussions both for the directee and the director. It will comprise two, one-hour Zoom sessions over the course of three weeks.

Feedback from survivors of sexual abuse in a church context has highlighted the profoundly negative impact that it has on their faith and relationship with God. They speak about their struggle with belief; their sense of rejection by the institution that betrayed them; and their feelings of loss and darkness, of deep mistrust and suspicion.  In many cases they feel abandoned by God.

Providing spiritual direction in such cases can prove difficult.  In addition to processing all of the above, the director must sometimes cope with the fact survivors might see them as representing the organization which perpetrated the abuse in the first place. Further, they may have their own particular set of complicated feelings or experiences that they bring to the conversation.  What is more, listening to stories of betrayal by those in church authority may elicit very difficult feelings in the heart of the director which need to be processed in supervision.

Over a period of two, one – hour sessions this course will engage these issues. The first session will lay the groundwork and session two will focus on practical aspects of directing people who have been abused sexually.  The course will address approaches that might be helpful – and not helpful — along with discussing the kinds of support needed by directors who work with abuse survivors and what to watch for in directees that might indicate a need for referral.

TIME:  Wednesdays, Nov 20 and Dec 4, 2019, from 10:00am – 11:00am Pacific Time (6:00pm – 7:00pm Irish Time)

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: Una Allen

Una has an interdisciplinary background including a BA in Social Science, A Diploma in Spirituality (Spiritual Direction), a Masters in Pastoral Theology, and an Advanced Diploma in Spirituality (Supervision) under the auspices of Together In Mystery and St Patrick’s College Maynooth.   She worked for thirty years with the Probation Service in both Dublin and Galway and has volunteered with Towards Peace, a Catholic agency in Ireland founded to offer support to survivors of abuse by church personnel.

Her work and ministry have brought Una into contact both with those who have perpetrated sexual abuse and those who have survived it. Una’s experiences and education have also taught her about the physical, psychological and social consequences of abuse – for survivors, their families, and their communities.  She continues her involvement in this area with Athru, a multidisciplinary agency attached to HSE West, working with young people who exhibit sexually inappropriate behaviour. 

A spiritual companion and retreat leader with a number of years’ experience, Una regularly directs abuse survivors and has experience supervising other directors who do the same.  She has taught on the Diploma in Spiritual Direction Course at the Jesuit Centre of Spirituality and Culture in Galway and in Manresa Jesuit Centre of Spirituality in Dublin. Una is married with four children.

 

Group Supervision of Spiritual Directors

September 18, 25 and October 2, 2019

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course for supervisors 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

Working with the Dark Night in Spiritual Direction with Rev. Dr. Dan Schrock