Biography

The following is a list of Don Bisson’s education, spiritual direction experience and teaching experience. It is the framework upon which he has built his lifes work of helping and guiding others, and from which he has gathered the knowledge and wisdom that he shares in his workshops.

EDUCATION

1993,  June       Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, Menlo Park, CA; Master of Arts in Transpersonal Psychology; emphasis on Spiritual 

                          Perspectives.

1990,  June       Pacific School of Religion,  Berkeley, CA; Doctor of Ministry; Thesis: Spiritual Direction and Jungian Analytical Psychology. 

1985,  August    University of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA; Post Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Ministry; emphasis on Spiritual Direction.

1982,  August    Creighton University, Omaha, NB; Masters in Christian Spirituality; emphasis in Ignatian Spirituality/Spiritual Direction.

1977,  August     University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN; Masters in Theology; emphasis on Liturgical Instruction/Spirituality.

1972,  June        Loyola University, Chicago, IL; Bachelor of Arts; Major in Theology.


SPIRITUAL DIRECTION  EXPERIENCE

2004-present    Spiritual Director, Supervisor, Formator of directors and supervisors, National and International speaker on topics of Spirituality 

                          and Jungian Psychology, Founder of the Center for Christian –Jungian Dialogue

2000-2004       Co-director of Formation of Spiritual Directors, Rhinebeck, N.Y.  Workshop presenter, formation director, Director of Spirituality of 

                          Work in Ossining, N.Y. Staff member of Formation of Retreat Directors. Supervisor, spiritual director, workshop presenter

1995-2000        Novice Director for the Marist Brothers. Instructor and workshop presenter at regional retreat centers, national and international 

                          consultant in Religious Formation, Spirituality, Analytical Psychology, and Men's Spirituality. Formator of Spiritual Direction in          

                          California and New York. Regional consultant for religious organizations in Ireland, Scotland, Canada, Australia, and throughout

                          the United States.

1993-1995         Full-time Staff, Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA; as below--plus outreach retreats and workshops in areas of Jungian-Christian 

                          dialogue for schools, hospitals, churches and adult groups.

1989-1993         Adjunct Staff, Mercy Center, Burlingame, CA; program development in areas of Transpersonal Psychology and Male Spirituality, 

                         including workshopts, retreats, dream work, spiritual direction; Supervisor, spiritual directors in formation: Director, Spiritual  

                          Exercises; directed retreats days of prayer.

1982-1990         Spiritual Direction in a multi-cultural setting: African-American, Latino, Native American, Asian, and Anglo directees.

1981-1982          Completed degree in Spirituality in Omaha, Nebraska; thirty day retreat at the Romero Center for Spirituality and Justice, Detroit, 

                          Michigan.


TEACHING EXPERIENCE                          

1982-1991         St. Elizabeth High School, Oakland, CA; teacher, Religion Department; Chairperson; Counselor; Retreat coordinator grades 9-12.

1980-1981        Malden Catholic High School, Malden, MA;

1977-1980        Marist Novitiate, Cold Spring, NY; Novice Director, Religious Formation Member of Provincial Formation team; Lecturer at  

                         Internovitiate Program of the New York Region.

1978-1979         St. Agnes High School, Lawrence, MA;  Teacher, Religion Department; Moderator, Liturgy Committee.

1973-1977         Central Catholic High School, Lawrence, MA; Teacher, Religion Department, Jr.-Sr. level; Pastoral counselor; Moderator, Apostolic 

                         Program; Director, Four-year Retreat Program; Director, Inservice for Parents and Faculty; Chairperson, Religion Department.

1972-1973        Marist High School, Chicago IL; Teacher, Religion Department; Coordinator, Parent Religious Education Program; Moderator,  

                         Christian Action Program; Director, Junior Retreats.

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