Who are the spiritual directors at the CSR?
Since the CSR is a training program for spiritual directors, there are both student directors and staff directors. During the fall semester, there are usually about 30 student spiritual directors taking their 3rd of 4 practicum training classes. During the spring semester, there are about 60 student directors altogether – 30 in the final practicum class and 30 in the 1st pre-practicum class. These spiritual directors are under the direct supervision and training of two of the ISF Faculty, Dr. Betsy Barber (Pys.D) and Dr. Judy TenElshof (Ph.D). As students of Talbot, they subscribe to Biola’s doctrinal statement.
Students who have completed their practicum sequence may be invited to become CSR staff spiritual directors (whether they have completed their full degree or not). These spiritual directors are professionals, having membership in a professional spiritual director association, subscribing to a professional code of ethics, and carrying full liability coverage. As CSR staff spiritual directors they are required to support Biola’s doctrinal statement and work under the supervision of the CSR Director and Assistant Director. As of 2012, there are approximately 70 staff spiritual directors.