Thios 2 1/2 hour class is desiegned help the Spiritual Director to know our role as Spiritual Director when a directee is in the midst of grief and suffering.
Counseling and/or providing psychological therapy for a person who is going through a period of grief and suffering focuses on ways a person can navigate the issues that have blocked their ability to function in a healthy manner in their daily lives, by addressing issues such as depression and anxiety. Spiritual direction is focused on how the person who is going through a period of grief and suffering is experiencing God. The first takes the position that the counselor is the primary healer, whereas the second sees God as the primary healing agent. The counselor/therapist uses techniques derived from psychological research and training and is usually not trained in Spiritual Direction. On the other hand, the Spiritual Director (who may or may not be trained in a psychological discipline) seeks to help the one who is suffering to better hear and respond God amid of their grief and suffering, to know God’s healing touch and guidance along the way. Both are valid and both are essential for a holistic, (spirit, soul, mind and body) approach to healing.