The Interspiritual Counseling Curriculum
At One Spirit, five pillars form the basis of our programming:
- Body of Knowledge
- Counseling skills
- Soul Encounters (Spiritual Deepening)
- Self-Work (Inner Work and Healing)
- Nuts and Bolts of an Interspiritual Counseling practice
- Using invitational language to ask open-ended questions without an agenda
- Deepening sacred listening and sacred silence
- Skillful use of prayer and spiritual technologies to support inquiry
- Creating safety and engagement in the counseling relationship
- Working with resistance and defenses and spiritual bypass
- Uncovering wholeness and innate wisdom
- Discerning the voice of ego from the voice of the divine
- The wisdom of the chakras as a map for wholeness
- Soul maps like the hero’s and heroine’s journey
- Individual and group prayer
- Working with energy
- Nature-based wisdom
- The arts as portals to the sacred
- Accessing dreamwork as a portal to divine guidance
- Identifying purpose and passion in life
- Exploring one’s relationship to anger and forgiveness
- Working with the inner child
- Healing your relationship to money
- Understanding spiritual attachment theory
- Healthy boundaries
- Appropriate use of self-disclosure
- Dual relationships
- Healthy endings and termination
- Finding your niche
- Creating sustainable practice policies
Body Of Knowledge;
Over the two-year training, students are exposed to a broad overview of the psycho-spiritual approaches
and modalities, helping them grow an extensive toolbox of skills. The body of knowledge we present draws on numerous wisdom teachings, from the ancient to the cutting-edge, and helps cultivate spiritual maturation and depth of presence.
Students are exposed to theoretical and experiential grounding in spiritual counseling modalities and sacred technology tools, useful in supporting spiritual growth, healing, and transformation.
The Counseling Skills pillar is extensive and comprises the heart of the ISC curriculum. Exposure to demonstrations and a range of modalities allows students to “try on” various approaches and gradually develop their own unique counseling styles.
The in-class monthly counseling practicum offers a spacious format for practicing, witnessing, and deepening counseling skills while receiving real-time supervision and feedback.
Some of the competencies that are cultivated in depth throughout the two years are:
Soul Encounters (Spiritual Deepening);
Soul Encounters include presentations and experiential processes that develop and deepen students’ direct and intimate relationship with their own spiritual life. Spiritual counselors cannot companion someone on a meaningful journey without an engaged and active connection to Source. In this work, the practitioner is the vessel. In addition to the benefit of their own spiritual maturation, students also expand their understanding of the diverse ways others experience spirit.
Topics within this pillar are:
Self-Work (Inner Work and Healings;
Self-work offers the opportunity to witness one’s own psychological patterns and any “unfinished business” that may interfere with counseling. We do not do therapy together, but we do explore what might get in the way of authentic presence when sitting with a counselee. Encounters with the inner self are also designed to cultivate presence and grow a larger and more compassionate container for the work of spiritual counseling.
The One Spirit model of teaching is very heart centered, creating a powerful and safe container for deep and authentic transformation and healing..
Topics within this pillar are:
Nuts and Bolts of an Interspiritual Counseling Practice;
This pillar offers tools to set up a successful interspiritual counseling practice. It includes marketing and networking, as well as informed explorations into ethical practice considerations.