Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction

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Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction

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Program Overview

The Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction is designed to form, prepare and equip students who desire to explore a calling to the ministry of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition. In an integrated and reflective fashion, the course utilizes experienced teachers and supervisors to

  • enable ongoing reflection upon students' own human development, growth in contemplative living, professional identity as a spiritual director, and calling to this ministry;
  • develop students' competency in journeying with people to help them discern, contemplate, and respond to the presence of God in their everyday lives; and
  • provide students with an advanced understanding of the nature and practice of spiritual direction in the Christian tradition.

The Graduate Diploma in Spiritual Direction is a coherent and independent course, but may also serve as a bridge into further coursework programs (MMin/DMin).


Admissions Criteria {Tabor's qualifications are nationally-recognised through our formal registration with TEQSA (Tertiary Education Quality Standards Australia). As such, we are pleased to provide our admissions criteria via the link above.}

Spiritual Direction is an ancient practice of one person accompanying another in their spiritual journey, typically for an hour long session every 4-6 weeks, in an ongoing relationship. Through deep listening and hospitable conversation, directors help directees reflect upon their life experiences to become more attuned to and discern God’s presence in daily life. Directors encourage directees to consider what their response to this Presence might be for everyday living in light of what has been noticed together.For further reflections, please visit About Spiritual Direction on the MTC's blog Manna
Graduates may seek employment as spiritual directors both within and outside of the church. The award provides the necessary academic grounding for people to start their own spiritual direction ministry (recognizing that such academic qualifications need to be supplemented by significant life experience, spiritual maturity, and ongoing supervision and professional development for individuals to function as effective directors).Additionally, graduates with existing training and/or qualifications in pastoral ministry or counselling may find the course enriches and diversifies their counselling practice or pastoral care ministry.
Applicants who hold a 3 year undergraduate degree in ministry or theology (or equivalent) may receive up to 18cps (3 subjects) advanced standing, depending on subjects completed within their degree.Applicants who have already completed a spiritual direction course elsewhere are encouraged to contact Bruce Hulme (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) to discuss Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) possibilities.
Tabor has entered into an MoU with the Listen Into Life Spiritual Direction Formation Program run by Barnabas Ministries in Kincumber, NSW. Graduates of the Listen into Life Program are eligible to receive RPL for up to half of the GDSD. For more information, please contact the GDSD Administrator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
TM8353 Introduction to Spiritual Direction

  • Wednesday February 22 to Friday Feb 24 2017
  • Wednesday April 19 to Friday April 21

 TM8356 Formation for Spiritual Direction A

  • Wednesday August 02 to Friday Aug 04
  • Wednesday October 11 to Friday October 13

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 Welcome & Opening Reflections
Reflections on the Ministry of Spiritual Direction
A Student's Experience of the GDSD
Mechanics of the GDSD
Q & A

Click here to view the Fee Structure for Higher Education* Please note that these prices are indicative only. Extra costs may be associated with subjects that require intensive supervision. FEE HELP is available for all subjects for eligible applicants.



Russell Bartlett(GDSD coordinator) is an ordained Baptist minister, and holds MMin and MMin St. degrees. He has provided spiritual direction for over a decade, and has previously co-led an ecumenical formation program in spiritual direction. Following twenty years of pastoring in the local church, Russell has worked in various roles with Baptist Churches of South Australia, and currently serves as Accreditation and Formation Facilitator.


Bruce Hulme (GDSD administrator) lectures at Tabor in the fields of formation, spirituality and practical theology, and is experienced in the ministry of supervision. His current PhD research centres on how to help people foster congruence between their spirituality, theology and ministry through the craft of theological reflection. A trained and practising spiritual director, Bruce is part of a network of directors in the Lutheran Church of Australia.


Dianne Bradley(GDSD supervisor) has over twenty years experience as a spiritual director, and extensive training and experience in the ministry of supervision. She holds an MA (Theology) in Spirituality and Pastoral Ministry. Dianne is the co-founder and director of the Anglican St Oswald Centre for Spirituality, and currently serves as a member of the Australian Ecumenical Council for Spiritual Direction.

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Course Duration: only available part-time, minimum duration 2 years
Location: External (Online), except for TM8353 and TM8356-8 
Entry Requirements: 
Applicants must hold a 3 year undergraduate degree in ministry or theology (or equivalent). They should also have been receiving spiritual direction for at least a year.Alternatively, applicants may be able to gain access via first completing a 1 year Graduate Diploma in Divinity (if they already hold a 3 year undergraduate degree in another field) or 1 year Diploma in Theology (if they do not hold any 3 year undergraduate degree). Such applicants should also have been receiving spiritual direction for at least two years before applying for entry into the Graduate Diploma of Spiritual Direction.The application process requires all students to submit a personal essay, provide referees, and undertake an entrance interview, which together will help assess their personal/spiritual/experiential readiness for the course.  ContactSchool of Ministry, Theology and Culture Administrator
Call 08 8373 8777
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