Graduate Studies

Pastoral Care and Counseling Certificate
of Advanced Studies in Spiritual Formation and Direction Supervision


As of Fall 2017, Neumann University is no longer accepting applications to our Certificate Programs in Spiritual Formation and Direction (SFD), including the 24-credit Certificate in Spiritual Formation and Direction and the 15-credit Certificate of Advanced Study in Spiritual Formation & Direction Supervision (CAS). The SFD program will close in May 2018, when our current cohort of students completes their studies.


If you are one of the many graduates, supervisors or faculty members who have participated in our Spiritual Formation and Direction programs over the years, please watch for coming information on a celebration of the contributions of this program, tentatively planned for spring 2018.


The Certificate of Advanced Studies in Spiritual Formation & Direction Supervision (C.A.S.) is designed for experienced spiritual directors who seek professional development or enrichment in the area of supervision.

In consultation with the Program Coordinator, the C.A.S. student designs an individualized learning contract which includes the following requirements:


  • 9 credits of in-class courses focusing on theory and integration.

  • 6 credits of supervised practicum experiences. 

The student who successfully completes these 15 credits in fulfillment of the individualized learning contract will be awarded the Certificate of Advanced Studies in Spiritual Direction Supervision.

Certificate of Advanced Study in Spiritual Formation & Direction Supervision (C.A.S.) Outcomes

At the completion of the C.A.S. program in Spiritual Formation & Direction Supervision, the student will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a deeper understanding of the relationship between spirituality and psychology, in both theory and practice.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the spectrum of great teachers in the history of Christian spirituality.

  • Understand the difference between supervision and consultation in spiritual direction.

  • Understand the various paths for further professional development in the spiritual direction field and have sufficient information and experience to pursue them, if so desired.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the history of spiritual direction in a variety of religious traditions.


For more information, please call the Office of Admissions and Financial Aid 
at (610) 558-5616 or (800) 9-NEUMANN or feel free to e-mail us at