The Spiritual Guidance M.A. at Sofia University, formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, is designed for students who have a passionate interest in spirituality and a deep desire to serve as professional spiritual guides or spiritual directors. This program is also meant for professionals and practitioners in counseling, psychotherapy and other related fields who desire additional training in working with clients' spiritual issues.
The Sofia approach to Spiritual Guidance is meant to serve spiritual seekers of all backgrounds, ranging from those deeply involved in specific faith traditions to those who define themselves as spiritual but not religious.
We live in a religiously and spiritually pluralistic society. Sofia's M.A. in Spiritual Guidance offers an exciting multi-cultural, multi-faith orientation, providing students with theoretical and practical training.
The innovative curriculum focuses on specialized training that develops spiritual discernment and awareness of psychological issues, cross-cultural sensitivities, and knowledge about transpersonal and spiritual development. Sofia's program is unique in that it focuses on the professional practice of spiritual guidance drawing from a variety of spiritual traditions, while similar programs focus on a specific religious or philosophical perspective. Another advantage of this program is the fact that it has been designed by a school of psychology with over 35 years experience training counselors and clinicians. The result is a well-rounded and stimulating curriculum with a strong grounding in Transpersonal Psychology and Transpersonal Counseling.
With a Master of Arts in Spiritual Guidance degree from Sofia University, you will have the ability to become a spiritual guide or enhance the professional career you already have in counseling, psychotherapy and other related fields.
Here’s what this program offers you:
-- Dynamic online learning integrated with week-long intensives
-- Non-denominational spiritual orientation
-- A comprehensive master’s thesis project
-- Practicum and internship training
-- Mentoring by multi-faith faculty
-- Grounding in psychological theory
-- Preparation for a career in spiritual guidance that can be applied in various ways: hospital care for patients and family, education, grief and hospice work, group facilitation, body work, and healing arts