Looking into the Well: Supervision of Spiritual Directors

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Maureen Conroy, author of the best-selling The Discerning Heart (Loyola University Press, 1993), offers another pioneering effort in the arena of spiritual direction and pastoral counseling. Looking into the Well: Supervision of Spiritual Directors is the first book-length treatment of the supervision and development of spiritual directors. Looking into the Well is specifically written with spiritual directors, supervisors, and educators of spiritual directors in mind. Proper supervision, the author declares, is ...
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Overview

Maureen Conroy, author of the best-selling The Discerning Heart (Loyola University Press, 1993), offers another pioneering effort in the arena of spiritual direction and pastoral counseling. Looking into the Well: Supervision of Spiritual Directors is the first book-length treatment of the supervision and development of spiritual directors. Looking into the Well is specifically written with spiritual directors, supervisors, and educators of spiritual directors in mind. Proper supervision, the author declares, is necessary for the development of skilled spiritual directors. By providing examples of learning experiences for spiritual directors, supervisors, and training teams, Looking into the Well offers an experiential approach to the art and science of spiritual direction that can be used for personal reflection as well as for group discussion and role-playing. In addition, the book offers prayer and reflection experiences, case studies, evaluation methods, and other experiences for group and individual use. Examples of verbatim conversations between directors and supervisors are also included.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780829408270
  • Publisher: Loyola Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/1995
  • Pages: 324
  • Sales rank: 516,683
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Pt. I Supervision of Spiritual Directors: Various Dimensions 1
1 Self-Awareness and Interior Freedom: Assumptions and Purposes in the Supervision of Spiritual Directors 3
2 Direction Experiences to Bring to Supervision: The Content of Supervision 19
3 A Contemplative Presence and an Evocative Approach: The Process of Supervision 39
4 Concretizing the Process: The Skills of Supervision 51
5 Exemplifying the Purposes, Content, Process, and Skills: Three Case Studies 69
6 A Shared Contemplative Experience: Peer Group Supervision of Spiritual Directors 91
7 Overwhelmed by a Directee's Depression: A Peer Group Supervision Case Study 107
8 Developing a Discerning Heart: Seven Phases of the Supervision Experience 121
9 The Supervisor's Discerning Heart: Reflecting on the Supervision Experience 135
10 Supervision As a Learning Experience 149
Conclusion 161
Pt. II Learning Experiences 165
Learning Experiences: An Overview 167
Learning Experiences 1-15: For Spiritual Directors, Supervisors, and Developmental Programs 169
1 Spiritual Direction Log 171
2 Discernment in the Spiritual Director 173
3 Direction Experiences to Bring to Supervision 179
4 Praying with Difficult Direction Experiences 185
5 Verbatim Case Study 189
6 Two Examples of Verbatim Case Studies 195
7 Three Reflections on Supervision 205
8 Supervision Log 211
9 Praying with Supervision Experiences 213
10 Awareness Examen for Supervisors 215
11 Periodic Evaluation of Supervision Experience 219
12 Two Models of Peer Group Supervision 221
13 Case Studies for Role-Play and Discussion 225
14 Practicing the Various Aspects of Supervision 229
15 A Four-Week Supervision Seminar 233
Learning Experiences 16-21: Developmental Programs for Spiritual Directors 237
16 Specific Recommendations for Developmental Programs 239
17 Staff Reflection on Guiding Principles 243
18 Supervision during a Developmental Program 245
19 Staff Evaluation of Supervision Experience 247
20 Directee's Evaluation of Spiritual Direction 249
21 Evaluation instruments for Spiritual Directors 253
App. 1: Guiding Principles for Developmental Programs 263
App. 2: Ongoing Associate Program for the Development of Spiritual Directors 267
App. 3: Retreat Associate Program for the Development of Spiritual Directors 279
Suggested Reading 283
Index 285
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