Supervision and Peer Group Resources

Below are several useful resources for learning about spiritual guidance supervision.

Presence articles about supervision
Books about supervision

Read more about spiritual direction supervision.

Presence Articles about Supervision

The articles listed below can be found in back issues of Presence journal, which can be ordered through the secure online store.

Castley, Paul, MSC. "Supervision: A Contemplative Approach." Presence Volume 5.3.
Cleary, Miriam, OSU. "A Societal Context for Supervision." Presence Volume 4.2.
Conroy, Maureen. "Ministry of Supervision, The: Call, Competency, Commitment." Presence Volume 1.3.
Creed, William. “Supervision Plus Reflection: A Way to Form Spiritual Directors.” Presence Volume 4.1.
Eckerman, Carol. “Images, Words, and Spiritual Direction.” Presence Volume 9.2.
Edwards, Tilden. "Immediate Givenness to God in the Spiritual Direction Relationship.” Presence Volume 1.2.
Fisher, Kathleen. “Working with the Emotions in Spiritual Direction: Seven Guiding Principles.” Presence Volume 12.3.
Huff-Fletcher, Dodie. "Being at Home: Supervision of the Spiritual Director Using the Enneagram." Presence Volume 12.1.
Jorgensen, Susan. "Peer Supervision: One Model." Presence Volume 2.1.
Ruffing, Janet. “An Integrated Model of Supervision in Training Spiritual Directors.” Presence Volume 9.1.
Ruffing, Janet. “Developmental Incongruence: When Directors and Directees are at Different Levels of Psychological and Spiritual Development.” Presence Volume 5.2.
Ruffing, Janet. "Encountering Love Mysticism: Issues in Supervision." Presence Volume 1.1.
Wirth, Steve. "Reflections on Power Issues in the Training of Spiritual Directors." Presence Volume 3.1.
Wirth, Steve. "Shifting the Focus of the Training Conversion." Presence Volume 1.2.



Books about Supervision

The following books have been hyperlinked to to facilitate your review of the materials for supervision and in the formation and training of supervisors. A survey of Spiritual Directors International members and faculty in formation and training programs identified these resources as particularly helpful.

Author Title
Benefiel, Margaret and Holton, Geraldine The Soul of Supervision: Integrating Practice and Theory
Birmingham, Madeline and Connolly, William Witnessing to the Fire: Spiritual Direction and the Development of Directors, One Center's Experience
Buckley, Suzanne Sacred is the Call: Formation and Transformation in Spiritual Direction Programs
Bumpus, Mary Rose and Langer, Rebecca Bradburn Supervision of Spiritual Directors: Engaging in Holy Mystery
Connolly, William The Practice of Spiritual Direction
Conroy, Maureen Looking Into the Well: Supervision of Spiritual Directors
Cooper-White, Pamela Shared Wisdom: The Use of Self in Pastoral Care and Counseling
Driskill, Joseph and Lebacqz, Karen Ethics and Spiritual Care: A Guide for Pastors and Spiritual Directors
Dunne, Ted Spiritual Mentoring: Guiding People Through Spiritual Exercises to Life Decisions
Dyckman, Kathryn, Garvin, Mary and Liebert, Elizabeth The Spiritual Exercises Reclaimed: Uncovering Liberating Possibilities for Women
Gula, Richard M. Ethics in Pastoral Ministry
Gula, Richard M. Moral Discernment
Pohly, Kenneth H. Transforming the Rough Places: The Ministry of Supervision
Ruffing, Janet Spiritual Direction: Beyond the Beginnings
Sheehan, Barbara Partners in Covenant: The Art of Spiritual Companionship
Silver, Anne Winchell Trustworthy Connections: Interpersonal Issues in Spiritual Direction
Tomaszewski, Ellen Group Supervision Method and Practice: A Small Handbook for Spiritual Directors
Wicks, Robert J. Handbook of Spirituality for Ministers, Volume 1