From January 2020, Andrea Klein and Maria Luz Fernandez will be delivering a pioneering professional Diploma qualification, which was originally developed by William Bloom PhD and the Spiritual Companions Trust, at the Spiral Centre in London. The course will take you on a one-year journey spaced over 8 in-person weekends with lots of practice, reflection and guided peer-group work between teaching days. Whilst you will have to complete some written work for your portfolio, the programme is designed to be experiential and embodied rather than academic. You will learn about the health benefits of spirituality, develop and deepen your own spiritual practice and self-care and learn how to hold and support others on their journey. The course offers a heart-based safe space for personal and spiritual exploration and growth as well as the first UK qualification integrating spirituality and healthcare to be on the Ofqual Register, the government overseer of qualifications. Graduates of the course have the opportunity to become members of the Spiritual Companions Network and practise as Spiritual Health Mentors/Coaches. They will also be authorised to teach the Your Spiritual Health Programme and the brand-new Meditation Masterclass Programme. Participating in this training would be a great asset for anyone already working in a therapeutic, caring or educational setting, or anyone simply wishing to develop and deepen their spiritual practice in a non-religious, emotionally, psychologically and spiritually literate environment.
Course Dates 2020:
Jan 18/19, Feb 22/23, March 28/29, April 25/26, May 30/31, June 27/28, Sept 5/6, Oct 10/11
Course Format: 96 classroom contact hours over 8 weekends, which take place over the course of one year with a 2 month summer break and a month to complete your portfolio after the last weekend of classroom sessions. Students will be organised into small peer support groups which meet 8 times during the course, in-between each classroom weekend, either in person or by conference call/Skype. Students are also required to complete 300 self-directed learning hours between modules, which include activities such as reading, researching, companioning others and reflective writing assignments. This also includes a commitment to a minimum of 20 minutes per day devoted to their spiritual practice of choice.
Lead tutor: Andrea Klein
Associate tutor: Maria Luz Fernandez
Visiting tutor: William Bloom
The syllabus consists of four units:
Unit 1: PERSON-CENTRED SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
In this unit you explore and experience the spiritual practices that benefit health and wellbeing. You are supported in clarifying and implementing the approach that best supports your own daily spiritual health practice. In this way you experience for yourself the benefits and challenges. This all takes place within a group of supportive peers and tutors. From this personal experience and observing the diversity of approaches in your fellow learners, you then explore how best you might support others from diverse cultures and with different learning styles to develop their own spiritual health practice.
Unit 2: DEVELOPING REFLECTIVE PRACTICE
In this unit you learn about the crucial importance of reflective practice for self-care and personal development. You will explore the different reflective strategies, choose the approach that best suits you and implement a daily practice of careful and honest self-reflection. This is built on a foundation of mindfulness and the compassionate witnessing of your thoughts and feelings. You will study how reflective practice is a crucial element of self-managed healthcare and psychological wellbeing. You will also look at the psychological and mental health challenges that may be linked to spirituality.
Unit 3: SCIENCE AND CONTEXT
This unit introduces you to the history, culture and science of the relationship between spirituality and medicine. You look at the evidence base, the physiology and the psychology of how spirituality can benefit health. You are supported in developing and clarifying your own language and terms of reference, so that you can communicate effectively with clients and colleagues in multicultural and interdisciplinary environments. You also reflect on how all of this is relevant to your own personal experience of illness, wellbeing and health.
Unit 4: SPIRITUAL CARE IN PRACTICE
This unit builds on the knowledge and practice of the other three units, focusing on the actual giving of spiritual care and enabling others to develop their own spiritual health practice. You will be introduced to and required to practice the fundamental skills of whole-body listening and how to facilitate a developmental conversation, one-to-one and in small groups, around the health and wellbeing benefits of spirituality. You will learn how to lead individuals and small groups into meditation. You will also study the psychological challenges that may arise in an enabling relationship and be introduced to the crucial topic of risk and the procedures for assessing and referral.
For more information, admissions policies and pricing (including concessions and early bird offers) please go to www.living-essence.co.uk/Diploma or call Andrea directly on 07956 376 145.