Application Instructions

NOTE THAT THE CORE PROGRAM IS CURRENTLY ON HIATUS. The next classes for the Core Program are planned to begin September 2018.

2018-19 Classes

THE APPLICATION PERIOD FOR THE 2018-19 CLASSES WILL BEGIN APRIL 1, 2018. 

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS WILL BE JULY 1, 2018. Letters of recommendation are due by July 15, 2018. Classes begin September 2018 and end in August 2019.

To apply for the Program, you may either complete the On-Line Application Form or submit your application by postal mail or by email attachment by following the instructions below. (Those instructions may also be downloaded and printed here: Application Instructions)

APPLICATION PROCESS

(for sending via postal mail or email attachment)

Submit a cover sheet with your application including the following information:

  • Your Full Name
  • Mailing address
  • Phone number(s) where you can most easily be reached
  • E-mail address (indicate preference if more than one)
  • Location of program for which you are applying (Washington or Baltimore)
  • Name of person from whom you have asked for a letter of reference
  • Whether you are requesting financial aid and a brief description of the personal or family circumstances under which you require financial assistance to take the program.
  • How you heard about the program
  • Whether you are currently affiliated with an organization or facility at which you are or will be doing your companioning and, if so, the name of that organization or facility. If you have no such affiliation please indicate if you would like assistance in identifying potential companioning opportunities.

Please include a two-page, double-spaced essay, telling us about yourself in relation to the Program, using the following reflection questions as a guide for the content of your essay. Include any other information you deem relevant.

  • What changes, nudges, invitations do you notice in your life right now that seem to relate to your consideration of this Program?
  • What about the Program particularly attracts you?
  • What hesitations do you feel about participating in the Program?
  • Given your past life experience and knowledge of yourself, what can you tell us about your willingness and capacity to be in a learning, dialogic community with others of different experiences and faith traditions?
  • Are you currently, or have you recently experienced any unattended issues of upheaval, loss, or turmoil in your life that might affect your full participation in the Program?
  • Are there any other factors that might affect your participation in the Program, e.g. ongoing health issues, handicap accessibility, needing help with transportation, planned travel, etc.?
  • Given your life as much as you can envision it for the next year, including your present commitments, can you make a commitment to complete the requirements of the Program? Please review the list of meeting dates for the location to which you are applying to be certain you can attend all scheduled meetings.

Please send the accompanying recommendation form to a person of your choosing who can send to us directly a letter of recommendation about you by July 15, 2018. Electronic (i.e. email) responses are welcome.

You may email your application materials electronically (preferable) to: info@companioningthedying.org. Alternately you may send your cover sheet, essay, and any other relevant information by U.S. Postal mail to:

Companioning the Dying: Opening Fully to Living
P.O. Box 7355
Silver Spring, MD 20907- 7355

Upon receipt of your application materials and a reference letter, we will respond in a timely fashion after July 1 so that you can plan accordingly.

Please keep in mind that if finances are an obstacle for you, some limited scholarship aid is available based on need.  Flexible tuition payment plans may also be available based on need. Scholarship aid or alternate payment plans should be requested at the time of submitting your application. You will be informed of the amount of any financial assistance approved with your letter of acceptance into the program.

Upon acceptance into the Program, we ask that one-half of your tuition be paid by September 1, 2018, with the balance paid by January 1, 2019.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will be happy to respond.

GO TO THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM AND APPLY NOW

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