Overview

Enrollment is closed for the 2020/2021 school year. Please contact [email protected] to have a conversation about starting with us in September of 2021.

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One Spirit’s Interspiritual Counseling Program (ISC) is an exceptional training at the leading edge of the newly emergent field of Interspiritual counseling. As the only program training spiritual counselors in an Interspiritual model, One Spirit’s Interspiritual Counseling Program (ISC) is designed to serve the most rapidly growing segment of the population, those who are spiritual but not religious (SBNR). Through this professional and personal growth program, students are offered intellectually grounded and heart based experiences to expand their capacity and competence in the art of Interspiritual Counseling while deepening their own spiritual life and connection with the Divine. One Spirit’s Interspiritual Counseling model is grounded in interspirituality, presence, awareness, deep listening, counselor competence, and ethical practice.

The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reports that people who are unaffiliated with any particular tradition are the most rapidly growing group in the United States… Millions of Americans today routinely cross boundaries that previously divided religions from one another, and at least some of them found a spiritual home not within a particular tradition but in the open and undefined spaces between them… Unconstrained by a religious tradition, yet committed to a spiritual path, they engage in a freeform mixing and blending of beliefs and spiritual practices from many sources.”

James M. Hembree
Presence, the Journal of Spiritual Directors International, Vol.18 No.2

Program Overview:

  • Part-time professional training program designed for working adults.
  • Four semesters offered over a two year period.
  • Classes meet one weekend a month from September to June.
  • Classes start annually in September
  • Program is available to attending and distance learning students via live webinar and/or audiobook downloads.
  • Program provides both peer and professional staff support.

Participants are exposed to a broad range of spiritual counseling approaches, assessment and intervention tools, through the lens of the world’s many spiritual and wisdom traditions.

Each semester includes presentations and skill building that are cultivated through what we call the Five Pillars of InterSpiritual Counseling.

“At this historical juncture, we are being called to grow our capacity for loving presence and care in the face of life’s profound challenges. One of the most defining features of interspiritual counseling is its reliance on the fundamental belief that within each one of us lies an innate wisdom and innate wholeness that is our birthright, that is our divinity. This wholeness can never be broken or destroyed, but it can be obscured. In our counseling program, we learn to live and guide from this wholeness and help others find it within themselves.”

Rev. Therese Bimka, LCSW
Program Director

Applications for admission in September are accepted during November 2019 through August of 2020.