Director of Sumedha Centre, Dr. Jose Parappully, a clinical psychologist, was invited to conduct a one-day workshop for the Seminary formators of all the dioceses of Madhya Pradesh.
It was organized by Fr. Mathew Vallatt, the Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Bhopal and the Secretary of the MP Region Formator’s Forum. It was held at the Diocesan Pastoral Centre, Bhopal on December 4, 2016. There were 16 participants from nine diocese.
Dr. Parappully organized the workshop around the theme “”Formative Accompaniment & Emotional Maturation”
He focused on the kind formation process that facilitated emotional maturation. He covered the following topics in this regard: the role of trust in healthy emotional development; Importance of meeting basic emotional needs such as relatedness, competence and autonomy; facilitation of an environment that fosters these basic needs; and the need for formators to be credible and enthusiastic about the formation process.
There was ample opportunity for participants to reflect on and share their experiences in the light of the psychological insights presented.
Participants said they found the workshop – content and process- immensely helpful.