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Counsellors learn greater skills

New certificates allow the formators to run more specialized counseling courses in the center

Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk and the four formators of the Seoul archdiocese-run Catholic Training Center Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk and the four formators of the Seoul archdiocese-run Catholic Training Center
  • Stephen Hong, Seoul
  • Korea
  • June 13, 2011
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As part of its push for more professional formation of Catholic counselors in Seoul archdiocese, Cardinal Nicholas Cheong Jin-suk of Seoul on June 10 presented certificates of Catholic counseling psychology signed by him to four formators of the archdiocese-run Catholic Training Center for Psycho-spiritual Counseling.

The certificates allow the formators to run more specialized counseling courses in the center to train Catholic counselors who can serve people with psychological problems in and outside the Church through the Catholic way of counseling.

During the ceremony, Cardinal Cheong told them that “people with psychological trouble are increasing in our society,” encouraging them to help people who are suffering mentally via “counseling based on Catholic spirituality.”

Margaret Nam Bo-mi, researcher at the training center, said the four formators will teach Catholic counselors in the center, evaluate them and give them certificates to serve as volunteer counselors in parishes or schools.

She added they would also make efforts to deepen the counselling expertise for the counselors, who have already finished the basic and intermediate courses and are working in parishes and schools in the archdiocese.

Seoul archdiocese launched the training center in 2007 to train Catholic counselors who help people via Catholic counseling, not only in Church, but also in society. Since then, the center has run two one-year courses: Certificate (basic) and Diploma (intermediate) courses for volunteers for Catholic Counseling Services.

According to Nam, the center will start an advanced course soon with the help of the four formators.

Since the center opened, 381 Catholics have finished the basic and intermediate courses.

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