Certification in Spiritual Direction (CSD) Program Overview
The longing for wisdom is primal and we intuitively sense our need for mentors in the Christian life. There is a way to find wisdom and share it. The formal name for that process is spiritual direction and those who consciously prepare for the task are called spiritual directors.
Sometimes referred to as “spiritual friends,” spiritual directors are trained to listen, pray, and ask questions in a fashion that encourages directees to look for the movement of the Holy Spirit in their lives. They ask the kind of questions that nurture the growth of wisdom, using the tools and values that have been sharpened over two millennia of prayerful observation.
Is this Program for You?
Do people seek you for compassionate listening? Do you find yourself helping others tend to their souls? Do you desire more training in the art of companioned discernment? If you’ve asked yourself these questions then this program may be for you. Designed for graduate students, lay people, and clergy, the program is offered in a user-friendly, non-traditional format designed to accommodate the busy lives of people who wish to train during the weekend.
CSD is a three-year, non-credit, adult and continuing education training program. Students will receive a certificate of completion after all required courses and training have been successfully fulfilled. There are five training classes over a two-year period, with a third year of internship consisting of four additional weekend sessions for participants to receive supervision while engaging in the ministry of spiritual direction. Sessions are held in April, August, and December of each year. New cohorts begin in April and August only.
CSD Applicants and Spiritual Direction
In addition to enhancing your own personal growth, the experience of receiving spiritual direction is beneficial to and grounds your own training for directing others. It is thus strongly recommended that applicants to the Certification in Spiritual Direction (CSD) program at Perkins School of Theology meet with a spiritual director at least six months prior to beginning the program. For those who wish to apply and do not meet the recommended six month period, a waiver and a spiritual director referral (if needed) may be requested by contacting the Office of Spiritual Direction, 214-768-3664. Upon acceptance CSD students are required to meet monthly with a spiritual director throughout the duration of the program.
Tuition is $375.00 for each class and designed to “pay as you go” to allow students to budget and plan ahead. Tuition is due 30 days prior to each weekend class. We accept checks (payable to SMU-Perkins) and credit cards.
Complete online application (follow link below)
$100.00 application fee (checks or credit card)
Essay (View essay questions on online application page.)
Three letters of reference
Application Due Dates
April Session – applications are due April 1
August Session – applications are due August 1
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