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REPORT OF SPA MEETING DATED 4-5 OCTOBER, 2004

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    REPORT OF SPA MEETING DATED 4-5 OCTOBER, 2004

After the opening prayer, the new members were welcomed. Fr. Edwin D‟Souza who

    has joined SPA had informed of his inability to attend. Devassy Chirackel, George

    Palamattathil, Philo D‟Souza, Joe Mannath, and Peter Lourdes are the others who are

    absent and have informed of their inability to attend. T.C. Joseph who has just

    returned from the US after completing his studies in clinical psychology (still to

    submit his thesis) and has joined DB Yuva Prachodini as the administrator, would in

    all likelihood join for the meeting.

     thReport of the 5 AGM

After the Secretary, PO Jose, read the report, the following clarifications were made.

    PO Jose informed that he had not sent the letter to Varkey as decided. He took the

    responsibility for not sending it as it was not relevant any more. C.M. Jose informed

    that he is the Principal of the school and not the administrator. Anelfreeda continues

    with the assessment of the candidates. Jose mentioned that the report that was sends

    out contains more details, whereas the newsletter would have only the important

    points. SPCSA has not informed anything after the last communication.

After the clarifications were made, the report was passed.

    Activity Report

The counsellor‟s Training programme that we have been conducting in three modules

    is being dropped. It has not been effective in the present circumstances. Bosco

    Psyhological services will continue the same programme for the time being.

Kuriakose suggested that we could have shorter and specialized programmes.

    Regarding other such programmes, Godfrey mentioned that he was organising

    training programmes for teachers to be counsellors. They would have 3 hours training

    a week for 5 months, besides practicum.Fr. Clive also has 2 week counsellor training programmes. NVSC has a 10month programme for counsellors. Montfort has the

    one-year Sampurna programme and 2-year MSc (Counselling). MS programme in

    psychotherapy is available by correspondence. IBMS as well as PRH, Bangalore,

    have their own programmes. Carmelites conduct a programme for three summers.

    Sapientia in Kerala, conducted by the Sacred Heart Sisters, has a 12 month

    counsellor‟s training programme. Rulla‟s programme continues in Bangalore. Christ

    College offers a 2 year MSc programme in clinical psychology. Atma Darshan, Patna

    has also a programme, though it is more oriented mainly towards personal growth.

    Banjara Academy has a systematic training programme (part-time) for four months by

    professional trainers. Xavier Institute, Mumbai, has 3 days-a-week, 10 months

    programme in counselling, besides Fuster‟s counsellor training following the Carcuff

    method.

It was pointed out that the different commissions that have been appointed have not

    been functioning. For that matter there were hardly any SPA programmes during the

    past year.

    ? There are a number of members who are not even participating in the AGM. ? There is not sufficient networking; IDs are bouncing.

? There were no common programmes.

    ? There were suggestions to the effect of creating an organisation where people

    would want to be members.

    ? It would be good to remove members when membership automatically ceases. It

    is good to remove deadwood. At the same time it was pointed out that

    programmes should be such that coming for programmes whould have their own

    pay off.

    ? We need to take up cases for presentation and share about them. ? Training could be conducted, but that should not become the main focus. ? An issue with regard to irregularity in attendance and taking up programmes may

    be also because our priorities are other works and SPA related programmes are

    not priority enough. People have one year notice and if they still do not come,

    then their interest would also only that much.

    ? Kuriakose mentioned that we need to have other engagements to be carried out

    together in between the annual meetings. This is not just coming together. These

    could be training programmes where we are jointly involved. ? There is no national body. Make the body appealing. Let it be a strong body. ? We do not interact enough. We need to use this forum for professional updating,

    as opportunities for personal interactions.

    ? PO Jose said that we need to make what is set up function, such as the committees.

    If committees function, and committess give the lead, then there will be better

    functioning.

    ? TD John and others also felt that SPA is very alive and those around also fee that

    SPA is very much there.

    ? Godfrey felt that people know spa as doing something. We can do for the jubilee.

    He has done for 4 groups of rectors in Bangalore Province. They look at SPA with

    a bit of fear, reverential fear. Now he is being invited to do a programme on

    education to love. May be we could take up a programme for the training of

    formators, as part of the Jubilee through LB Anthony.

    ? Loddy Pires is now in the SPCSA and will be able to speak on behalf of SPA.

    There is a suggestion to link Education commission, Schools and SPA. ? Accounts: The financial situation is good. We must use the funds. Godfrey

    suggested that relevant articles and other materials could be made available to the

    members. The fund could also be used for the development of the members. The

    three modules also went well, though there was a slight loss. The statement of

    accounts was passed.

    ? PO Jose suggested that for those interested in finding good articles, there was a

    website suitable for that: www.findarticles.com.

    ? There was a proposal that we could learn from Peter Lourdes in doing therapy.

    Godfrey has taken the initiative to organise a group therapy programme (13-20

    March 2005). Those interested in joining were to give their names. (Peter Lourdes has

    since disclaimed the offer saying that therapy was therapy and not a forum form learning counselling. People

    were welcome to join him as co-therapists to learn. He has informed Godfrey to that effect.)

    ? Mumbai province has taken up a study on the Religious attitudes of Catholic

    Youth in India. SPA could look at this data. This would be useful to do a

    developmental stage analysis, especially with regard to religious development. ? The content of live-ins: Self knowledge, interpersonal relationships, spirituality,

    psychology, awareness through some small tests, interaction. Usually these are 3-

    day programmes. Basic group processes are done. The Rectors are very happy.

    ? Kuriakose did a workshop with Mani Karote with Nimhans and Ford Foundation

    on Sexuality for the education of Street Youth. There is a training book which

    give modules for a 12 week-programme, 3 hours a day. 10 groups were involved

    in the preparation of this book. He is presenting a Paper on March 2005 on:

    Opening up discourse on Sexuality.

    ? Young at risk and Neighbourhood apostolate for Salesians: A training programme

    was conducted for themanagement and Staff of Bosco on Opening up discourse.

    There was also an Inter-state convention for young at risk: 396 participants took

    part in the training and seminar, all 8-22 years old. It was 4 day residential

    convention: self-image, life orientation, adventure training, integration of children

    from different states, kannadigas and malayalees. It was conducted in the forest

    under thee trees at Magadi.

    ? Kuriakose also conducted a Psycho-spiritual retreat.

    ? After the accident at Madurai he was handicapped for over three months. (He was

    still in plaster and moving on a wheelchair even during the conference days.)

Presidential Address: Fr. Clive

Fr. Clive spoke of the growth of SPA from the previous year when he had spoken of

    sucide. This time he took up the topic of loneliness. Among other things he mentioned

    that self-sufficiency blocks growth. The Past is like fertlizer for seed to grow into the future. One is not to sit on one‟s laurels, not to stay too long in blue or red dimensions,

    to use the spiral of consciousness vocabulary, too long. Staying with one‟s loneliness

    will bring out the Prophetic dimension in us. Or we will tend to get back to the crowd

    for security. Something that can help us to stay with loneliness is having some one to

    talk with.. Existential solution of quitting is suicide. Loneliness is often created by

    prejudice… For instance, the comment that one is unfit for community. A mistake is

    often quoted all one‟s life. We need healing of past hurts. Stubborn convictions, right

    or wrong, without grey areas can lead to loneliness.

Greater consciousness of reality being widen\r that what we think can help us to get

    over loneliness. Higher you want to grow, the more isolated you are likely to become.

    At the same time, we all have the need for some quietness and the need to make

    meaning. Godfrey pointed out that we also need community for my our growth; we

    need a sense of belonging, of giving and off receiving love. Not cutting off from the

    past, rather enlarge our thinking…bide time… not merely immediate change, take

    time.

Chaos and madness can result more easily if psychologically more fragile. No sense

    in going higher unless you have done your personal growth. Story of the mother

    superior locked her community sister out of the convent for one year. Of course she

    has to take responsibility for the mental break down.. St. Francis had mystical

    experience. What occasioned these mystical experiences are to be examined.

It is important to make people aware of warning signs. Warning signs of the

    victimiser as well as of the aggressor. We need to be professional in these matters.

    There is also the question of people who are violent, especially those in authority are

    violent, what are the steps to be taken. We need a policy against emotional abuse and

    intimidation, similar to sexual abuse. Here the question of protecting one‟s own,

    avoiding scandal, protecting the congregation, and so on will arise.

Reports from the Members

    Clive Hurley: He was not able to contact anyone in Madras, including Sr. Kochutheresa fmm. Joe Mannath was very busy. So he would do individual counselling. On Thursdays he goes to a Diocesan school from 9.00 to 4.00. He meets about 40-50 people. He has done one day of animation training for PTA and nd edition, Management. Has completed three books, which have gone into the 2

    Published by Arumpu: Be a Winner, A Vibrant You and You can be someone

    Everyone Loves.

    PO Jose: Besides the programmes at the Bosco Psychological Services, as usual, he has also been writing in Vidya Jyothi (Jan and Feb. 2004), New Leader (Oct. 10, Mental Health Day). He is also the Journal Editor.

    T.D John is on a sabbatical this year. His paper for the conference was written in a group and it was a good experience. He did one week with Gouranga Chattopadhyay on the understanding of unconscious processes in the individual and in organisations. He has the home work of doing the diagnosis of a group (Dappu) that is still pending. It was also an exposure to Bion and the works of the Tavistok Institute, London. He is happy to have been able to teach Gestalt for the Module II at Mumabi. Next year he will be involved in Action Research / Cooperative Inquiry on “Bringing psychological skills into Social and Political Action.” He has contacted Philip Lichtenberg, an author of books on Liberation Psychology, who has accepted to support him in this venture. So also Fr. Pio Schilligo in Rome. Salesian Missions are supporting the project. The present paper will form the theoretical basis for the action research.

    The programme for a multidisciplinary venture last year could not take off because I could never get into the mood for it because of the circumstances. I hope to take up a programme of this sort as part of my action Research.

Analfreeda: She is still in Godfrey‟s assessment team. Now as Provincial Secretary

    the time at her disposal will be very limited.

    C.M. Jose: Principal of the school. He animates different groups of the 3 schools in the campus: Parents, teachers, senior students. Parents come for consultation with regard to children, relations, and friends. At the same time he continues with some HRT clinical work. Occasionally he does some sessions in formation houses. He also writes the guidance column in the Salesian Bulletin, Malayalam. He has already finished the Resume for the PhD, published 3 papers and done the relevant examination in the Bharatiyar University.

Godfrey: at Prafulta. Now Edward D‟Souza has joined after completing his Masters in

    Specal Education. Godfrey suggested that Edward could invited to join SPA. Godfrey does a has lot of work for the marginalised. He did 10 group therapies: NVSC, FMM, Salesians. 17 live-ins. Psychological Assessments of Candidates: 37 and a programme rdfor 3 year KJC brothers. He is Maxiconsultant for Educationalist 500 (????).

    Presented a paper to the Salesian Brothers Congress on the Emotional Development of the Salesian Brothers which was very much appreciated. A programme for the training of Counsellor Teachers, an 80 hour programme is ready. It needs to be

    implemented now. For the vocational guidance, he has developed 8 different tests. To reach out to 20,000 young people a year. His PhD is in progress.

    Thomas Varkey: Practically involved full time with the patients in the clinic. Now he is not so much interested in group therapy; that interest has waned. He is interested in severely affected clients and to gather research evidences. He is in charge of a boarding for 90 dropouts. All are psychologically and emotional disturbed. All failed in SSC, not because of being intellectually dull, but rather because of deeper emotional problems. Now the success rate is good. He considers this success because the poorest are helped with therapy and followed up. The community felt that 20 may not pass. So Varkey started therapy for these 20. 15 passed, because of therapy. This time they conducted three camps for which 200 came; only about 75 were selected. He takes up some outside cases only for those with deeper problems. This work is like a passion for him. He is also involved in alternate remedies: Bach flower remedies, bio- remedies, Homeopathy and so on. Varkey is now a registered Medical Practitioner (Dr. Varkey RMP). He looks forward to do some research regarding sexually abused persons. He wants to approach the issue using Psychology and medicine. His Clinic in which he is working is not included in the activity of the house. Provincial supports, not the house. Boys ask for help voluntarily. They see people come from outside. And they ask when they will get their chance. These boys are aged 17-22. The methodology is difficult. Yet it is very promising. 10 of these asked to become priests. Preventive system of the great ancestors is not practiced. There is far more freedom. Too much supervision is avoided. Not too many sermons or homilies or instructions are given. He has to live with what he considers the general mindset of the confreres which is against psychology.

    Godfrey: In the Bombay province there is openness towards the psychological process. The provincial wants therapy to be conucted in every stage of the process of formation.

    The issue of psychological testing was debated at length. 3 stages: One at the time of joining, the other at Perpetual Profession and the third at the time of ordination to the deaconate. The tests carried out are IQ tests, MMPI, Projective tests like House tree

     person. These are further strengthened with structured interviews. Roschak and TAT are done for those who really require them. Getting the candidates ready for testing is already a long procedure. The testing is not meant for selection, rather to increase their self-knowledge. It is proposed that the tests be done two years before Perpetual Profession and two years before the deaconate so that they have time to work on themselves. The reports are kept only with the provincial and are communicated to the individual candidates. Most candidates cooperate very well and are happy. It is clearly communicated at this stage that formation is the responsibility of the individual. The expenses for the testing work out to be about Rs. 2500.00 per candidate. Usually the testing at the second stage, i.e., before Perpetual profession is usually deeper. It was asked whether one test wasn‟t enough? The first test in the Pre-

    Novitiate and systematic help would seem to be sufficient. It was felt that at the Pre-novitiate level their understanding is not sufficient.

    Someone wanted to know if there are tests for religious motivation. Sanjeevi Cruz CSSR seems to be doing some work in this direction.

Review of the Conference

    Some questions asked the participants were: Why do you come for the conference? What do you look forward to at the conference?

    Clive: A greater awareness of issues. To meet others and share their experiences. CM: Interaction, sharing of views and experiences.

    Mathew: larger umbrella, licensing authority, training centres not properly done. Rosamma: Updating on current issue… meet one another as friends.

    Champlani: To find resource persons.

    Godfrey: Topics covered; greater networking.

    Joe Fernandes: Updating and making a contribution to the Catholic church in India. Varkey: A directory of resource persons.

    Thambi: Not finding counsellors. Abuse. Arole to play, ethical formation, terrorism in formation. Exploring the possibilities of collaboration / Networking.

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    Election

    The proposal for the centre for disturbed Church personnel. A letter to the CBCI was prepared for which signature were collected furing the conference.

Next Meeting: nd: Closest weekend to October 2ththPre-conference: 28 to 29 Sept: M. C. Abraham CSC, An Experiential workshop thConference: 30 Sept and October 1-2.

    Spa Meeting: October 3-4.

    Venue of Meeting: Bhopal, Bro. Mathew SG

    New Members: Especially lay catholics. Information and Registration form are to be passed.

    Not for Psychiatrists.

    If there are service centres, details about those.

    Drafting committee: Sr. Elizabeth (39) / Jose Parapully (31) / Rosamma (12) / Joe Mannath (11)

(Honestly I do not remember what is to be drafted)

    Learning for Life: A Guide to Family Health (Life Skills Education for teachers and Students)

    NCERT (National Council of Education Research and Training).

    National Aids Control organisation (NACO)

    UNICEF / UNESCO

    (Book with Paulson)

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MCMI (175 Questions)

    Personality Style

    Severe symptoms.

7.

8. Working commissions

    Ethical commission

    Publication Commission: Website

    Healing Centre Committee

    Peter Fernando could be approached for funds and for finding a congregation. Medical Sisters of St. Joseph (Ursulines)

    SH Sisters.

    To keep contact with Bishops and Religious.

    Salesians being open to this.

    Joaquim: one province or group of provinces.

    Centinary Jubilee could be an occasion.

    9. SPA SPCSA

Response from SPCSA for modifications

    Salesian Sisters to be consulted …

    This is part of the methodology of collaboraton. Analfreda to contact her provincial and through her the PCI.

    An issue would be with regard to finance. Also the redrafting of texts.

    Elections voting:

Godfrey refused.

    Joe Mannath accepted over the phone.

    Jose P.O. agreed to continue as secretary.

12. NCCP

    The flow of the topic was worked out very well. The speakers were good.

Not getting the papers was a shortcoming.

    TD‟s paper was good. There was a lot of hard work put in it.

    This was the fifth confererence/gathering. Each one was better than the other, and naturally this was the best. There was the highest number of participants, 67. Too much input, not enough time for interaction. We were always a little behind schedule.

    We need to attend to the manner of the group working together.

    Novel in the way the mementos were given.

    Not enough time for group interaction, group discussions. Thus MC‟s talk: there was very little time for interaction and no time to assimilate the contents in groups. Need for better introduction of the members among themselves.

    The bag, name plaques, and so on were very weldone.

    Introductory programme was too long.

    The time taken for presentation could be shorter, say 30 minutes only. And at least an outline to be given.

    Elizabeth‟s influence was felt all through.

    Too much inputs and not enough time for group discussions.

    Time scheduling was lax.

Only one outing is enough.

    Congrats for arranging the publications in advance.

    At least an abstract cold have been given.

    Kuriakose explained the difficulty in getting things done, with those who took up

    responsibilities not turning up.

    The theme evolved: Started with human boding, then psychology of women, then

    psychology of intolerance to Peter‟s suggestion on prejudice which finally became

    Psychological dimensions of Pluarlism.

    There was also the problem of non-resident participants.

    Frequent change of moderators was also a problem. There could have been more time

    for informal sessions as well as for business sessions. Discussions could also have

    been according to interest groups.

Contributions:

From Multicity conferences we could move to organise and conduct programmes to

    enhance psychological awareness and well being.

    Programes for clergy and religious.

    Programmes for Helping professionals: teachers, nurses, doctors, etc.

Activities

    I. Programme: preparation of curriculum and pamphlets on psychological

    matters. Thre was a recent article in the outlook on the sexual ignorance

    of boys and girls today.

    II. Spa to create a 2 day programme for students and teachers. Regional teams

    to offer workships: along with the jubilee committee.

    III. Task force for: Formation to affective maturity: PO Jose, Joe Mannath,

    Thomas Varkey, Godfrey (Leader?): Task of preparation of curriculum.

    IV. We need to explore some way of networking and sharing during the year.

    We need to keep related among ourselves. Network for the time being

    through internet and pass on e-mail attachments.

Next Meeting venue:

    Chennai : 33

    Cochin : 15 + 11 (Kerala)

    Mumbai : 14

    Bangalore : 13

    Delhi : 13

    Pune : 10

    Goa : 10

    Hyderabad : 09

    Kolkata : 03

    Kanyakumari : 01

    Belgaum : 01

    Dharwar : 01

    Nagpur : 01

    Varanasi : 01

    Conclusion

Fr. Clive thnked Kuriacose.

    The entertainment every day

    Best part was the visit to Hank Nunn‟s Centre: to go to similar centres, inform others

    of such centres and if possible to visit.

    Closed with hum to Mary, seeking her guidance as a mother, along the way.

Next conference:

    Need to make the conference into an association. Proposals for this can be made at the next conference. We need more discussion in this regard.

    Preconference of 2 days

    Theme: 1 day

    Exchange of ideas / Business sessions: 2 days

RAMA effect:

    R = Resistance

    A = Attack

    M = Mitigation

    A = Acceptance.

REPORT OF THE DISCUSSION ON FORMATION TO AFFECTIVE MATURITY

    ON CURRICULUM PLANNING

    8 SPA members, LB Anthony, TC Joseph, Thomas Anchukandom and Thomas Pallithanam were present.

P.O. jose and godfrey introduced their separate drafts.

    Introduction: Fr. Jose Kuttianimattathil, on behalf of SPCSA had requested Fr. P.O. Jose that SPA with LB Anthony as Convener of the South Asian Formation Commission and Director of DBYP prepare a PROGRAMME OF FORMATION

    AND CURRICULUM OF FORMATION with regard to formation to Affective

    Maturity. He suggested that we bring out a book on “Formation to Affective Maturity” with a chapter specifically on „Salesian Formation”.

    Godfrey spoke of the programme that he had for Rectors taken from “After the Fall”. We could have as an ntroduction for the wole programme, “A Model of Healthy

    Sexuality” taken from the same source. Training in sexuality is to be composite: personal, relational, behavioural, physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual. If we are unhealthy in one area, we will be unhealthy in other areas as well.

    L.B Anthony intervened to propose a scheme where every stage of formation is to be covered. He also spoke of the efforts to made upto this point and expected that with this effort the process would take a definite shape as well as closure.

    Thomas Pallithanam brought in the sociological dimension and the gender question. The issues of patriarch and feminism should find expression in our treatment.

Others spoke of introducing a chapter on married life and the sacrament of matrimony.

    There was need to specify or list out the various things to be done at each stage of

    formation. There should also be formats and structures for each stage of formation.

    (Mannath and TC Joseph).

    Joe also suggested a format for each chapter.

Other issues that came up were:

    ? Bilogical and psychosexual blocks in a person‟s growth to maturity.

    ? Mismatching of personal development and formation programme. Thus

    achievement stage of young adulthood is still a by and large restricted formation

    stage. There is a danger of reverting to adolescent behaviour in such situations. ? Formation process should not be mechanical. Formees come from different

    backgrounds and different levels of development. These have to be taken into

    consideration.

    ? Formators sometimes do nt ift into the task or are not doing it. ? The experience of one‟s own sexuality ove the life span is to be explored, beyond

    the physical, emotional or spiritual, such as understanding and experiencing

    pleasure.

    ? Another aspect that need to be addressed is „anxiety‟, even „fear‟.

    ? Discourse on sexuality is an area that needs lot of attention. This would include

    learning / generating the methodology to initiate discussion on sexual matters for

    counselling, guidance and spiritual direction.

At this point PO Jose made some clarifcations:

    ? We need to make the text definite. So what is the content of the chapters.

    Wheteher we cn share chapters and so on.

    ? These would be useful for major seminaries too.

    ? At this point there was a proposal to focus on psycho-sexual and not go into

    psychological andn imotional maturity. We need to include also the ssue of abuse ? TC Joseph spoke of the situation of sexual abue in the USA. The basic issue is in

    the use of „power‟ by the adults concerned mor than their acting on the basis of

    their sexual urges. We need to build up capacities in people for proper conduct:

    How one is to related to young people, to children, girls, adults -en and women.

    Everything boils down to the use of poer.

    ? It was also suggested that we have a developmental model in the formation to

    psycho-sexual maturity, in a progressive manner, convering the various stages of

    development.

Thomas Varkey and later TD John pointed out that without proper grounding in the

    psychological processes, we cannot seriously address the issues of sexual

    development and maturity successfully. This would mean a wholistic formation to

    affective and sexual maturity. We could take the case of trust, use and abuse of power,

    developmatal stages and so on. Sexuality is to be seen as part of the larger issue of

    emotions or affectivity. TC Joseph pointed out that looking at sexual relationships in

    terms of power may be new. It I to be remembered that this gives focus to the deeper

    issues involved. He also pointed out that we need to distinguish beteen consensual and

    fiduciary relationships Apparently the group did not find favour with this approach

    through it was agreed that formation to „emotional/affective maturity will be

    mentioned in the introductory part or a chapter could deal with it.

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