5-Day Workshop & Practicum | Spiritual Directors International

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Spiritual Directors International

The Home of Spiritual Companionship

5-Day Workshop & Practicum

September 17-21, 2018

Do you offer supervision for spiritual directors?

Would you like to train so that you can offer such supervision?

This is a rare opportunity to learn from one of the most distinguished

spiritual directors and supervisors in the United States.

Any spiritual director/companion worth her or his salt knows that supervision is essential. Not only should directors be participating in regular spiritual direction themselves, they should “receive supervision from peers or from a mentor” and “seek consultations with other appropriately qualified persons when necessary.” This is clearly stated in SDI’s Guidelines for Ethical Conduct (© 2016)

Yet, many spiritual companions say there is a shortage of supervisors. In fact, quality training in supervision is not always easy to find. That’s why we are offering a five-day intensive, in-person Supervision Workshop at our headquarters in Bellevue, Washington, USA, September 17-21, 2018.

Spiritual companions/directors from all spiritual traditions - and those who identify with no tradition - are welcome to attend this international workshop. Register Now.



Lucy Abbott Tucker is one of the founders of Spiritual Directors International and she led the task force to write and establish SDI’s official Guidelines for Ethical Conduct for all spiritual directors, regardless of culture or tradition. She has worked in adult formation and the preparation of people for the ministry of spiritual direction for 35 years. With an initial background in mathematics and education in 1983, she studied at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership and Catholic Theological Union, Chicago where she obtained a Masters Degree in Theology. She worked for many years at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago and recently served as President of the Board of Directors for that organization. In addition, Lucy has been involved in retreats and workshops throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and Canada. Watch her wisdom in action in this SDI Learns video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FU3SOEzZf1M . 


“Supervision is not a forum that polices spiritual directors or decides who is in and who is out. At the same time, without supervision, we are much more likely to neglect or ignore our own blind spots, how we are subtly pushing and pulling out directees. When the same type of trust that enables spiritual directions sessions to be safe places is present in supervision sessions, a great deal of  growth can happen.”

- Lucy Abbott Tucker


Key Workshop Details

  • 5 days working with Lucy Abbott Tucker in a small group setting
  • Work in the seminar space located at the heart of the headquarters of Spiritual Directors International in Bellevue, Washington near Seattle
  • Learn with (and from) other spiritual companions
  • Dates September 17-21, 2018.
  • Hours: 9AM to 5PM Monday to Thursday and 9am to 3pm on Friday.
  • Lunch and coffee/tea breaks included
  • 25 hours of Continuing Education credit
  • Cost USD $945 for SDI members, USD $1045 for non-members, plus a non-refundable $50 registration fee
  • This workshop will be limited to no more than 40 people
  • Conveniently located accommodation available


Participants will:

  • Consider how definitions of spiritual direction affect the process of supervision
  • Look at supervision as a process of self-reflection, education, and consultation
  • Explore a variety of processes to enhance the supervision relationship
  • Consider supervision in individual and group settings
  • Practice both individual and group supervisory processes


Workshop Goals

  • Become aware of your own definition/description of spiritual direction and develop an awareness of how that functions in supervision relationships
  • Learn the attributes of an effective supervisor
  • Discover how the roles of supervisor and supervisee change during different stages.
  • Discern on supervision as – not a mark of approval or disapproval – but a process of understanding and development that considers:
    • What I did
    • Why I did it
    • What happened
    • What I learned about myself
    • What I learned about spiritual direction
  • Practice skills for effective communication and feedback
  • Examine models for individual and peer group supervision
  • Explore self-supervision models
  • Distinguish between transference and countertransference and recognize them as they unfold
  • Develop an awareness of what model of spiritual growth/maturity the supervisee is using
  • Create your own definition/understanding of supervision and own it

Please note: The workshop involves both input and practice by the participants. In fact, participants are expected to bring 2 one-paragraph summaries of recent spiritual direction conversations that you will use during the workshop.

SCHOLARSHIPS - Those with financial need may apply for scholarships here.

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