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SDI Guidelines for Ethical Conduct

After five years of study and three drafts, the Ethical Task Force of Spiritual Directors International completed their work. Their task was monumental: to write ethical guidelines for a community of spiritual directors whose memberships span the globe, embracing a wide range of denominational affiliations, faith traditions, and theologies. The product of their prayer, reflection, and discernment is the booklet called the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct.

Spiritual Directors International recognizes that cultural and environmental factors may require these guidelines to be contextualized for different types of spiritual direction experiences. SDI encourages individuals, formation and training programs, religious institutions, health care systems, spirituality centers, supervision circles and peer groups to review and re-appropriate these guidelines.

Spiritual direction is a ministry and service that helps people tell their sacred stories every day. To clarify the relationship between the spiritual director and seeker, SDI recommends the use of ethical guidelines and the use an engagement agreement to clarify roles and responsibilities. 

To make the Guidelines for Ethical Conduct more readily available for spiritual directors and seekers, SDI publishes it online and in print. Complimentary electronic downloads are available below. To order printed booklets, visit the SDI secure store.

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