Space Available for Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program: Training to Provide Professional Spiritual Guidance to People of Any Faith or None

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Spiritual Director Certification in an Interfaith Context from The Chaplaincy Institute

“We get an equal mix between students from specific religious backgrounds and folks with no religious affiliation at all."
--The Reverend John Mabry

All those who feel called to the ministry of spiritual direction in an interfaith context are urged to register now for the next session of The Chaplaincy Institute’s Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program. Social workers, therapists, spiritual leaders and others in the helping professions will also benefit from this training. The 15-month course starts June 24 in Berkeley, California, and provides all necessary instruction to prepare students for a career as an Interfaith Spiritual Director.

Now in its 9th year, The Chaplaincy Institute’s Spiritual Direction Certificate Program is one of the few in the U.S. training spiritual directors in an interfaith context. It is designed for individuals who feel called to a private practice in spiritual direction or who wish to integrate an interfaith spiritual dimension into their present vocation, with a particular focus on one-on-one spiritual direction. It is also well-suited for those wanting to facilitate group spiritual direction.

This certificate program is offered in a non-traditional, user-friendly format that attracts students from across the country. It is structured as a low residency program, with four on-site intensive learning modules lasting five days each at The Chaplaincy Institute in June, September, December 2013 and April 2014. Experience is gained through a supervised practicum. The Chaplaincy Institute provides information on short-term accommodations for out-of-area students.

“We get an equal mix between students from specific religious backgrounds and folks with no religious affiliation at all. Also, about half of our students are lay people who feel called to provide spiritual guidance, while the other half are professionals from the helping professions—such as ministers, chaplains, therapists, and so on—who want to add spiritual guidance to their current work,” said the Reverend Dr. John Mabry, Director of the Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certificate Program.

The Chaplaincy Institute was founded in 1999 by clergy members from varying faiths who embraced the concept of inclusive interfaith education. The Certificate Program is limited to 20 students per session, and there are a select number of work-study positions available to interested students. Registration for the Institute’s Interfaith Spiritual Direction Certification Program ends June 1.

For more information, contact Vanessa Gomez Brake, Director of Operations & Outreach at The Chaplaincy Institute at 855-242-7524 or 510-843-1422.

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