Diploma in Practical Spirituality
and Wellness

Developed by Spiritual Companions Trust — Ofqual Register – Crossfields Institute Level 3
Qual No: 601/8673/2 Sector Subject Area: Health and Social Care

Online October 2021 — June 2022

The UK’s pioneering accredited vocational course in spirituality and wellbeing

Clarify and develop your own approach to spirituality and the practices that support your health and wellbeing

At the same time develop the skills of spiritual care and companionship so that you can better support others

Professional Training
in Holistic
Spirituality

An Adventure in
Personal
Transformation

Pioneering
Vocational
Qualification

Dates

Online starting October 2021   Wednesdays 6pm-9pm (London time)   27 classroom sessions

Each session is 3 hours with comfort/stretch breaks

Autumn Term — October 20, 27;  November 3, 10, 17, 24; December 1, 8, 15.

Spring Term — January 19, 26;  February 2, 9, 16, 23;  March 2, 9, 16.

Summer Term — April 20, 27; May 4, 11, 18, 25; June 1, 8, 15.

Overview

Four Units

Person Centred Spiritual Practice
Explore and develop your own spiritual wellbeing practice. Learn how to facilitate a spiritual wellbeing practice for others.

Reflective Practice and Self-Awareness in the Context of Spiritual Development
Develop emotional intelligence, mindfulness and compassionate self-care skills

Science and Context
Understand and be able to discuss the history, culture and science of how spirituality and medicine are entwined.

Spiritual Care in Practice
Learn and put into action the skills of whole-body listening, compassionate care and spiritual companionship to others.

You can view the full details of the course in the Ofqual Spec for the qualification — click here

NB
All participants must have previously completed the Secrets of Spiritual Health & Happiness course, which will give you a substantial taste of the diploma course and its core concepts.
Attendance: the diploma course is interactive so students must attend the live sessions. Recordings will be made of essential teachings.

 

Benefits 

Professional

  • Qualification on Ofqual Register
  • Direct route to registration on UK Register of Spiritual Caregivers
  • Block insurance available
  • Adds value to your CV
  • Deep and practical skills for one-to-one and group work. Compassion and care in action
  • # spirituality # health # mindfulness # wellbeing
  • Further training and certification available: Meditation • Spirituality and Mental Health

Personal 

  • Develop and experience more connection, compassion and consciousness
  • Have practical life-long strategies in your personal toolbox to support your health, wellbeing and relationships

Community

  • Study and share with like-minded souls
  • Enjoy the company of a group that is inclusive, diverse, visionary, pioneering
  • Experience a course that models compassion in action and healing presence

Universal

  • Honours the jewels in all traditions
  • Person-centred: What works for you? What works for others?
  • Welcomes diversity. Empowering and enabling

Holistic

  • Integrates mind-body-spirit
  • Emotionally literate
  • Grounded and practical
  • Science of spirituality and health

Support

  • Experienced facilitators/tutors who walk their talk.

Assessment

Assessment is via an online portfolio system.

You will be asked to write short reflective pieces and mini-essays.

You must be able to attend all sessions; and also be available for three tutorial sessions and eight meetings in a small supportive ‘home group.’ (The timing of these dates will be arranged with you.)

If you do not already have one, you are expected to conduct a daily spiritual wellbeing practice, which is part of our first Unit of learning.

Fees

£1800.

£250 deposit secures your place.

Staggered payments can be arranged for you. Please enquire.

Concessions — There are no bursaries but concessions are available depending on circumstances, especially for engaged activists under 35 in employment in the education, health and campaigning sectors. To apply for a concession please go through the application process below and at the same time add a note explaining your situation.

All enquiries and payments are made via our administrator, Diana Brown, who has also taken the course. She can be emailed at diana@spiritualcompanions.org

To Apply

Participants must be 18 or over. While there are no formal academic requirements, relevant life and/or professional experience is a prerequisite. A relevant CV is required as part of the application process. We are particularly keen that students demonstrate their emotional literacy and a welcoming attitude to diversity and self-management.

Please send us via email — diana@spiritualcompanions.org — your answers to these enquiries:
— What do you hope to gain from this course?
— What set you on the path of personal/spiritual development?
— Who and what are your significant influences – teachers, books, events and experiences?
— Having completed the course and gained accreditation how might you take this approach forward in your personal and work life.

At the same time also submit a mainstream CV with your date of birth (required by Ofqual), your full contact details and the name you want to appear on your qualification certificate.

NB: All participants must have previously attended the Secrets of Spiritual Health & Happiness course, which will give you a substantial taste of the diploma course and its core concepts.
So when you apply please also give us the date of the Secrets course you attended or have booked.

Policies, Refunds Etc

You will find all our relevant policies click here

Sarah Jane Williamson
William Bloom portrait

Team

The course is led by two very experienced tutors both of whom were involved in the development of this qualification.

William Bloom is the founder/director of the Spiritual Companions Trust and author of many pioneering books including ‘The Power of Modern Spirituality’ and ‘The Endorphin Effect.’

Sarah Jane Williamson is currently CEO of the Mare and Foal Sanctuary. She has extensive experience of spirituality and health. sarahjanewilliamson.com

We are also very fortunate to have three more experienced support tutors.

Izzy Valenti is a Spiritual Companions Educator. She had a long career as a senior nurse and then moved into training and her own consultancy firm. She is also a yoga practitioner and teacher.

John Abdey is a Spiritual Companions educator. Originally in the civil service John was a senior member of the Findhorn Foundation for many years. He has a particular interest in western and masonic spirituality.

Angela Sellens Drake is a Spiritual Companions Educator. She has been working with Reflexology since she trained in 1984 and has a well-established practice in Norwich, England. Pathways Reflexology.

So much love and gratitude for the most phenomenal year. You have created something very powerful and I am in deep gratitude. To be part of a caring community of like minded and extremely supportive souls has been a joy and a gift.
Susannah Moore, primary school teacher

Big thank you. I feel I’ve really benefitted from the whole programme. It’s an initiative with real value and something truly ground-breaking.
Paul Smith, university lecturer

I have grown in so many ways! This course has opened my eyes to a world and universe I never realised was so big. The awareness I have with how I behave and respond to my friends, family and clients and their response in return is just fantastic.
Jo Creighton, holistic therapist