St John's Seminary, Wonersh

Human Formation

Introduction

The Human Development Programme has been growing over several years and continues when appropriate, to implement new initiatives . The aim of the programme is give an individual every opportunity to explore and grow in his person-hood as a human being called to become a witness to the full humanity of Christ and to integrate those aspects of his personality, which according to his personal history interfere with his achieving this aim. Pastores Dabo Vobis (PVD) says ...it is important that the priest should mould his personality in such a way that it becomes a bridge and not an obstacle for others in their meeting with Christ the Redeemer.' Education for sexuality is a crucial part of this process and all aspects of this are covered particularly in the second year course. The Personal Development groups also deal with this aspect of humanity.

The programme is led by Sr Marian Short and supported by other professionally qualified staff.

The programme is delivered through four main components:

Personal Development Groups Years 1 - 5
Psychology Classes Years 1,2 and 5
One-to-Ones Year 1 compulsory, Years 2-5 as required
Workshops Year 5 and EPP students. These include:
* Bereavement: Personal understanding and Pastoral situations.
* Celibacy: Models for Celibate living
* Personality adaptations and their relevance in pastoral ministry.
* Counselling Skills.

First Year

In the first year we introduce students to the Human Development model both didactic and experiential, used throughout their time in the Seminary. This didactic element takes the form of a weekly psychology class and the experiential in once week Personal Development Groups and One-to-Ones with a member of the HD team. New students also complete a Personal Profile. The course content of the psychology class uses a developmental model for identity formation and the dynamics of family and culture. The matrix of personal identity formation includes, sexuality; family dynamics, culture ( including religious formation) and class.

Personal Development Groups
Students will learn how to name and express affect in a group context. To listen to others and to build trust.

Second Year

In Year 2 we are building on the skills acquired in the previous year. The course content of the psychology class places particular emphasis on human sexuality and celibacy. The learning outcomes for this year comprise an in depth awareness of their own sexuality and the emotional and social implications of celibacy.

Personal Development Groups
In the second year we would expect the level of interaction to have progressed, students are now more comfortable with sharing and more familiar with emotional language.

Third Year

Personal Development Group
In this year emphasis is placed on the appropriate expression and control of affect, particularly anger management/conflict. Attentive listening and empathy is encouraged in an atmosphere of greater trust.

Fourth Year

Personal Development Group
Students develop more confidence in using group concepts. Individual and group choices are explored. Synthesis of affectivity and spirituality.

Fifth Year

Personal Development Group
Students have the opportunity to lead their growth group. Responsibility is taken for developing and sustaining emotional competence. Students have an adequate repertoire of skills for dealing with feelings and emotions of self and others.

Psychology of Relationships
This course enables students to discuss prepared material, in an open ended discourse in which each person can express a informed opinion on the dilemmas which beset their professional competence.. It explores the boundaries of human relationships.

Personal Synthesis
This is a synthesis of learning and experience personal to each student. Reflective journals and other tools will be offered to students as ways of exploring issues. In class discussions on understanding change and being agents of change for others together with leadership issues.

Updated 23 April 2006

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