This module is part of the Distance Learning Website of the Carmelite Institute of Britain and Ireland (CIBI)


This distance learning module is designed to introduce students to some general themes around psychological interpretation, in particular attention will be drawn to the realm of activity that is specific to the psyche and that which is specific to the spirit. Among the topics it will cover are the following:

  • Exploring psyche and spirit;
  • St Teresa of Avila and self-knowledge;
  • God enters through our wounds: St Teresa and the Shadow;
  • Symbols of Transformation in Carmelite Spirituality;
  • John of the Cross and Contemporary Psychological Perspectives.

Recommended Reading

Reading for each unit will be recommended at the beginning of each unit. You will need to read the following:-

Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle, Fount Classics Series, New York: Harpercollins, 1995 or any other edition. (First & Fifth Mansions).

John of the Cross, The Dark Night of the Soul, trans. Kavanaugh and Rodriguez, Washington: ICS, 1979. ( Prologue; Bk 1 ch. 4 & 9)

Module Tutors: Julienne McLean and Peter Tyler

The module is divided into 5 units of input and, at the end, you may complete a Questionnaire, write a Learning Journal, or write an Assignment .

Once posted online, each unit will be available until the end of the module. The dates on which each of the units, and the other material for this course is available in the calendar in the Student Section.



Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Unit 4

Unit 5


Learning Journal

Essay titles


Please click HERE to access the STUDENT SECTION for module start and end dates

From the date corresponding to the relevant Monday (see main web page of, you can click on the relevant unit to access it. Each module includes links to other internet sites of various kinds related to the material being covered.

    Once you have successfully accessed and studied the material in each module and received the Assignment titles and the questionnaire, pleace complete either the Questionnaire, write a Learning Journal, or write an Assignment based on one of the titles given, and return it to to the course administrator: [email protected]


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