Since its inception, Dayspring has been developing and refining an experiential and practice-focussed model of training through which people can become accredited Spiritual Directors. It is a part-time program over two to four years that involved residential retreats at the start of each semester and monthly classes that are held either at the St Peter & Emmaus Community Church in Joondanna, or on-line via Zoom (depending on group numbers).
Entry to this program is open to those who have a heart to companion others on their spiritual journey and wish to gain the skills to do that well. There is a variety of entry pathways. Those who have not matriculated are able to gain a non-accredited Dayspring Diploma. Those who have matriculated and gained a degree are able to gain a Graduate Diploma or Master's degree from the University of Divinity. Completing just the first year of this program will gain the award of Graduate Certificate in Spirituality.
Credentials Available in Contemplative Spirituality and Spiritual Direction
Nationally Accredited Awards from University of Divinity Graduate Certificate in Spirituality Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction Master of Spiritual Direction
The Uniting College of Leadership and Theology in Adelaide is a Member College of the University of Divinity. Through a Memorandum of Understanding with the UCLT and the University of Divinity, Dayspring's existing teaching staff is able to deliver the coursework for the above awards from the University of Divinity. Enrollments are open for commencement in Semester 2 of 2023.
Non-Accredited Awards from Dayspring Dayspring Certificate in Contemplative Spirituality Dayspring Diploma in Spiritual Direction
For those who don't want to work at university level, or have never gained university entry, we are also able to offer a one-year Dayspring Certificate in Contemplative Spirituality which offers an introduction to contemplative spirituality and its practices with a view to personal growth and development in one's Spiritual life. It will include two week-long residential intensives with all other participants, and four day-long sessions each semester (about a month apart). It constitutes the first year of the Dayspring Diploma in Spiritual Direction and students may choose, on completion, to do the further coursework needed to gain the Diploma.
The Dayspring Diploma in Spiritual Direction offers a pathway to qualification as a Spiritual Director for those who do not have a university degree. Classes are held concurrently with those for graduate students. Dayspring supports and upholds the standards for formation as a Spiritual Director set by the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction. Since October, 2017, Dayspring's programs of training for Spiritual Directors have been recognized by the AECSD as meeting their formation guidelines. Graduates of Dayspring's programs who take up the practice of Spiritual Direction are encouraged to bind themselves to the AECSD Code of Ethics and take out membership of the Australian Network of Spiritual Directors (ANSD).
PLEASE NOTE: The above two awards are not part of any nationally accredited system for educational awards.
MORE ABOUT OUR LEARNING PROGRAMS The heart of Dayspring's program is contemplative, emphasizing the importance of spiritual study, discernment, and prayer. Its focus is on the experience of a person's relationship with God, and on fostering this relationship as the foundation of one's life. Spiritual direction is seen as a contemplative ministry through which spiritual directors help others to notice and respond to God's movement in the personal and communal experiences of their everyday lives, and within all of creation. This approach to spiritual direction requires personal, interpersonal and spiritual maturity. It is understood as a significant, dynamic and potentially transformative process undertaken for the sake of the unfolding all of life.
The process includes:
theology relevant to the ministry of spiritual direction within the Christian tradition
an ecumenically based practicum with individual supervision
significant academic and experiential background in diverse approaches to prayer;
a holistic understanding of the human person and community with a breadth of exposure to real-life experiences and skills essential to the ministry of spiritual direction.
a grounded research project.
The intake of students takes carefully selected participants who feel called to deepen their understanding of spiritual guidance and to further their spiritual growth. We expect that applicants will have some experience in giving and receiving spiritual guidance, and will have the maturity and life experience necessary to this ministry. We assume graduates will practice in a variety of ministry contexts.
While we will continue to offer the Dayspring Diploma in Spiritual Direction as a basic preparation for the practice of Spiritual Direction, the Dayspring Community (WA) Inc. is pleased, in association with the the Uniting College of Leadership & Theology, to offer the above qualifications in the Australian higher education sector.
Download full details HERE Expressions of interest or requests for further information should be directed to the Rev'd Dr Cathie Lambert, Dean of Studies, Dayspring - Mob: 0448 730 355 or by email : Coursework@Dayspring.org.au
Objectives By the completion of the training students will:
have developed competency in providing spiritual direction from a contemplative stance
be competent in leading others to integrate the spiritual disciplines into their own contexts
have a working theology of spiritual direction
be able to lead others in a variety of prayer and the contemplative traditions
have the competency to establish a personal practice as a contemplative spiritual director
comply with Australian national guidelines and code of practice for spiritual direction
Requirements The program provides training in spiritual direction for Christian ministry. Therefore, applicants will need:
A commitment to personal and spiritual development in oneself and others.
Introductory working knowledge of Christian theology. (Prior completion of units in theology or biblical studies relevant to your tradition)
Significant life experience
Two professional recommendations.
Scan of the highest educational qualification received
Some experience of spiritual accompaniment work.
Course duration Dayspring Certificate in Contemplative Spirituality : 1 year part time Dayspring Diploma in Spiritual Direction : 2 years part time Graduate Certificate in Spirituality : 1 year part time Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction : 2 years part time Master of Spiritual Direction : 4 years part time.
One residential week in each semester
Residentials will focus on both content and supervision
One day per month in each semester - content and practicum work
Online learning and Individual Study
Online participation possible for those in rural areas or outside Western Australia. In-person attendance at residentials is preferred.
Program Structure: Residential 1 Week in each of Semesters 1-4 Semester 1: March 6-11, 2023 - GDSD / GCS + Certificate / Diploma Semester 2: August 6–11, 2023 - GDSD / GCS + Certificate / Diploma Semester 3: February 18-23, 2024 - GDSD + Diploma Semester 4: October 27 - November 1, 2024 - GDSD + Diploma
Monthly Sessions 1 session per month, First Thursday of each month Semester 1: February, April, May, June Semester 2: August, September, October, November Semester 3: February, April, May, June Semester 4: August, September, October, November
Individual Supervision and Practicum Total 50 sessions
30 Individually-focused supervised practicums
20 Group experiences of supervisory learning
External Practicum Ongoing practice with own directees Semesters 2-4
Thesis or Capstone Project Research project on spiritual direction in a specific context
Fees NON ACCREDITED COURSES Dayspring Certificate in Contemplative Spirituality - $4,000. Dayspring Diploma in Spiritual Direction- $8,000 Fees are payable in equal installments of $2,000 per semester. Fees include all tuition and residential costs. Fees need to be paid prior to the commencement of the semester. (Fees do not include textbooks or prescribed reading texts). Withdrawal after commencement will forfeit all fees for that semester.
ACCREDITED HIGHER EDUCATION COURSES Enrollment for the Higher Education qualifications is through Uniting College of Leadership & Theology – see website unitingcollege.edu.au/ Fees can be paid up front to UCLT or deferred into the FEE HELP Scheme for payment through your Income Tax.
Assessments include written reflections, critical reflections, oral participation, practicum reports and observation of the practice of spiritual direction in various contexts during supervision sessions.
A Thesis or Capstone Project is completed at Masters’ level concentrating on spiritual direction in a specific context.
Advanced Standing A candidate who holds a Graduate Diploma deemed equivalent to a Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction degree may also be granted advanced standing. The required Master of Spiritual Direction course components will be determined on an individual basis.
Application Process Applicants need to: a) Complete the this Dayspring Application Form
Provide a brief reflection on your spiritual journey as it has led you to consider this application.
b) Complete the top section of this Recommendation Formand provide it two people of your choice with the instruction that they return the completed recommendation form directly to the Dean of Studies marked Confidential.
All referee responses will remain confidential and will not be disclosed to the applicant.
These referees may be contacted by phone.
Provide a scanned copy of highest educational qualification you have received.
Once all documents have been processed, an Admission Interview will be scheduled.
PLEASE NOTE Enrollment in the Semester 1 of the Dayspring's coursework programs in Spiritual Direction does NOT guarantee ongoing participation in the program. At the conclusion of the Semester 1, an Integrative Review of the participant’s progress will determine whether students will be admitted to subsequent semesters of the Courses through Dayspring.
Dayspring acknowledges the role of First Nations people as the traditional custodians of the land on which Dayspring Events are held. Dayspring recognizes their unbroken continuing connection to land, water and community, their efforts to preserve and strengthen their culture and language and pays respects to elders past present and emerging who share in this work.