The first of a two-course sequence which facilitates development of empathic listening, interpersonal skills and basic spiritual guidance techniques that form the basis of effective spiritual direction. Attention is also given to the development of discernment in order to cooperate with the Holy Spirit in His ministry. Provides a beginning framework for understanding issues in professional ethics. Emphasizes a small, interactive group format for the development of skills.
Prerequisite: Institute for Spiritual Formation program course; open to students in Spiritual Formation academic programs only. Student must have completed at least 9 credits in order to enroll in Pre-practicum I, included in which are TTSF 521 and TTSF 543.
Units: 2 - 3.
Notes: For M.Div. and M.A. Soul Care students only. A passing grade for this course is B or better. In addition, students will be evaluated to determine whether they will advance to Pre-practicum II, repeat Pre-practicum I, take an SF elective (for M.Div. students) or have the option to transfer to the M.A. Concentration program (for M.A. Soul Care students).