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On the Road to Professional Practitioner Studies at UTSLA
"A practitioner is not merely a body of knowledge but rather a state of consciousness that realizes oneness with the infinite. Dedicated to first demonstrating the New Thought Ancient Wisdom principles within their own life, a practitioner then serves as a spiritually therapeutic agent of the Spirit for the upliftment of every man, woman and child who requests healing of body, mind and spirit."
Rev. Dr. Michael Bernard Beckwith
Thank you for your interest in Professional Practitioner Studies. The Sacred Order of Agape Practitioners is the healing arm of the Agape Spiritual Community. We are a service order dedicated to realizing the consciousness of Truth and Wholeness in the Agape community and the world at large.
Being an Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner is a way of life, a dedication to "anchoring the awareness of our essential perfection and oneness with the I AM Presence of the Self...." Practitioners prayerfully support the well-being of our spiritual community and actively serve in each of the ministries as well as Agape community activities.
“The preparation of Professional Practitioners is a consciousness building process that includes specific studies that apply to and prepare the student for advanced participation in spiritual community. The principles of New Thought-Ancient Wisdom are the foundation of this training along with the practices of meditation, treatment and visioning. This educational curriculum is intended to develop skills associated with the art of spiritual counseling, community building and spiritual leadership.”
Agape Professional Practitioner Code
Following is all of the information you will want to be aware of prior to beginning the journey toward professional licensing as an Agape Spiritual Practitioner.
Step 1: Agape Community: Active participants in the Agape community are invited to apply for Professional Practitioner Studies after meeting the following requirements:
Step 2: Course work: Successful completion of the following required UTSLA Science and Spirituality classes is prerequisite to application:
*All of the above listed classes are prerequisite to the following classes.
- Mysticism, the Practice and the Mystical I - PM1
- Self Awareness and the Evolving Consciousness - SM1 A+B (Under certain circumstances you may be admitted at the discretion of the instructor)
- All required classes must be successfully completed and paid for in full prior to making application.
- Only Class credits from October of 2006 are considered for fulfillment of prerequisites for those applying for Practitioner Studies beginning in October of 2009. Classes completed prior to October of 2006 are no longer applicable as fulfillment of prerequisites.
Step 3: Practitioner Sessions: As part of the commitment to deepen in the application of spiritual principles and practices, practitioner students are required to work with an Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner. This course of study leads to a professional license and a position of sacred responsibility. An important element of the consciousness building process is done in sessions with an Agape Licensed Practitioner. It is important to begin working with an Agape Practitioner on a regular basis before beginning professional studies. Your application will require a written recommendation from the Practitioner with whom you have an ongoing relationship, one with whom you have had a number of sessions.
Step 4: Practitioner Previews: Once you have completed all required classes, attendance at the Practitioner Previews provides an overview of the Professional Practitioner Studies program, clarity about everything necessary for successful completion and a greater under-standing of the Practitioner consciousness. Attendance is mandatory at all three Practitioner Preview Sessions and reservations are required. (*see below for appointment instructions)
Practitioner Preview Sessions are held free of charge at Agape on:
Saturday, July 18, 2009 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Saturday, Aug 08, 2009 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Saturday, Aug 22, 2009 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
Step 5: Set a clear intention: This is a professional program for individuals who are clear that they sincerely desire to be an Agape Licensed Spiritual Practitioner dedicated to a life of service and personal spiritual practice. It is not designed for those whose sole desire is to continue their personal spiritual growth and development. If solely interested in your own personal spiritual growth, UTSLA provides a broad array of classes for lifelong learning, spiritual growth and development. Being an Agape Licensed Practitioner is a calling.
Step 6: The Application Process! After you have satisfied steps 1-5, you are now ready to apply for Practitioner Studies - I. *Applications are distributed after individual interviews in the third Practitioner Preview Session. (*see below for appointment instructions)
Fee structures for application and tuition:
$100 Application fee. Must accompany completed application. (application forms are
distributed at the third Practitioner Preview Session, August 22nd)
$350 Tuition per term. There are 3 ten-week terms each year.
$1,150 Total tuition and fees for the first year.
Payment plans are available. Payment plan fees will apply.
Contact: Reverend Rio Kelley, Director of Admissions and Registrar (310) 348-1250 x1424
Year I -Term 1 First Class begins Thursday, October 8, 2009
* To download and print the Practitioner Preview Session Appointment form, please go to www.UTSLA.com. On the left hand side of the opening page, click on "Frequently Asked Questions - Professional Practitioner Studies," go to question #4, and click the hyperlink marked Printable Practitioner Preview Information and Appointment Form.
For questions or more information, call Charlotte Ciraulo, ALSP,
Director of Professional Practitioner Studies
(310) 348-1250 ext. 1415 or email Charlotte.Ciraulo@utsla.com