Center for Psycho-Spiritual Formation

3/F Spiritual-Pastoral Center (CEFAM)
Seminary Drive
Ateneo de Manila University, Loyola Heights
1108 Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: (02) 928 6040
(02) 426 6001 loc. 4875

Formation for Formators Series (FFS)

Be a formator with competence and compassion

The Formation for Formators Series (FFS) is designed to:

  • Provide formators with current contextualized perspectives on different aspects of formation work
  • Equip them with necessary dispositions and skills to be effective formators
  • Accompany them in their ongoing process of personal and professional growth in the formation ministry

The module series will benefit religious, clergy, and lay people who are:

  • Beginners in the ministry of accompanying individuals in initial or continuing formation
  • Seasoned formators in need of opportunities for updating, re-tooling, and ongoing growth
  • Leaders and superiors responsible for the formation needs of their congregations, communities, or institutes

FFS Programs




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Program Details

Fundamentals of Human and Christian Formation

July 17-21 and 24-28, 2017 (stay-out)
Program Fees: Php 17,000.00


This course aims to present essential perspectives on how to understand human and Christian formation in the contemporary context. It is ideal for beginners in the formation ministry as well as experienced formators who will benefit from input and discussions focusing on the following:


  • Framework of human formation
  • Formation in the Christian tradition
  • Theories of human formation and development
  • The Psycho-Spiritual Integration process
  • Perspectives on change and transformation
  • Pespective on formative spirituality


Exposure to formative processes like self-awareness exercises, counseling, spiritual direction, and discernment is also part of the course.

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Critical Issues in Formation: Trauma and Addictions

September 4-8, 2017 (stay-out)
Program Fees: Php 11,000.00


The module will guide participants through a basic understanding of the processes involved in trauma and addiction, how such experiences affect the normal course of human development and the capacities for love and work. Special focus will be directed to how experiences of trauma and addiction can affect a person's spiritual life, ability to make use of formation and live commitments, and ability to live in community. The teaching method will include experiential, reflective, and didactic learning approaches.

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Enneagram for Formators

September 11-15, 2017 (stay-out)
Program Fees: Php 10,000


Enneagram is an ancient tool used for self-discovery and spiritual growth. This course will introduce the participant to the dynamics behind the nine personality types as presented in the enneagram. This knowledge is meant to provide a tool for the formator, first, for one’s self in one’s continuing self-discovery and growth and second, as a tool to help in understanding and assisting formands in their own self-discovery and growth.


Topics include background on the enneagram, an in-depth look at the nine personality dynamics, movements and variations. Processes include paper and pen personality type assessment, lectures, readings, and group sharing.

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Skills for Superiors: Succession Planning within Ministry

September 27-29, 2017 (Stay-out)
Program Fees: Php 8,500.00


How often have we experienced anxiety over an impending change in leadership? Sometimes we face this when the head of the institution or of a particular ministry becomes unavailable without a ready replacement, creating a leadership vacuum. Uncertainties during the transition may create tendencies to shortcut the prudent selection of a new leader and other compromises that may hurt the institution in the long run.


Take a proactive approach to leadership succession. Learn a systematic and comprehensive way of identifying, developing and preparing those with the right potential to assume key leadership roles at a future date thereby preserving your institution’s particular charism and gifts in the service of the church.

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Assessment Skills in Formation

October 18-20 & 23-27, 2017 (Stay-out)
Program Fees: Php 15,000


This course focuses on enabling formators to become more effective in accompanying others to live and grow in the vowed life. It highlights various dynamics of living poverty, chastity and obedience, and formative issues and concerns related to the vows both in initial and continuing formation.

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Growing in Religious Vows

November 6-10 & 13-15, 2017 (stay-out)
Program Fees: Php 14,500.00


This course focuses on enabling formators to become more effective in accompanying others to live and grow in the vowed life. It highlights various dynamics of living poverty, chastity and obedience, and formative issues and concerns related to the vows both in initial and continuing formation.

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Skills for Superiors: Understanding and Dealing with Challenging Personalities

November 27-29, 2017 (Stay-out)
Program Fees: Php 8,500.00


As religious leaders, we are called to relate with and appreciate the complexity of persons, our own as well as others.  We are all “blessed and broken.” Often, though, we are left bewildered, unsure, or at a  loss when we encounter challenging personalities in community.  This program will help us understand the characteristics of a personality disorder, describe and distinguish different personality dynamics in community and ministerial life, strengthen personal dispositions and develop practical strategies for responding to behaviors influenced by these dynamics, and articulate ways of attending to self and community during difficult relational engagements.

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Spiritual Direction in the Formative Context

(For Spiritual Directors, Rectors and Formators)


April 8 - May 1, 2018 (live-in, Tagaytay City)
Program Fees: Php54,000.00


This course is for religious, clergy and lay people who want to formally prepare themselves for the ministry of spiritual direction in the context of formation work. It features lectures on foundational concepts in spiritual direction, a prayer workshop, and individual spiritual accompaniment. With the proliferation of similar training programs on spiritual direction, Emmaus Center distinguishes its program by appropriating it in the formation context.

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Practical Cognitive-Behavioral Approaches to Mental Health


January 10-12, 2018 (stay-out)
Program Fees: Php 7,500.00


Our thoughts about a situation affect our emotional, behavioral and physical reactions to it. Cognitive-behavioral approaches help people make sense of and manage overwhelming problems and thus feel better by addressing unhelpful thoughts and behavior.


This workshop will introduce concepts and tasks which participants can apply to mental health issues in daily living such as symptoms of depression, anxiety and anger that do not require professional help.


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Basic Concepts in Psycho-Sexual Formation


January 31 to February 2 & 5-9, 2018 (stay-out)
Program Fees: Php 15,500


This course will tackle basic concepts and issues essential in moving towards psycho-sexual maturity. The topics discussed are aimed to inform, engage and challenge the participants in their understanding of psycho-sexual formation in the context of consecrated life and ministry.


Topics include:

  • Notions of Sexuality
  • Physical and Psychosexual Development
  • Development of Sexual Identity
  • Problematic Sexuality: Wounding and Healing
  • Affective Sexuality, Intimacy and Chaste/Celibate Sexuality


Participants will have ample chance to deepen the course input through individual consultations, sharing and group processes.



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Critical Issues in Formation: Ministerial Boundaries, Power and Self-Care


March 1-3, 2018 (live-in, Davao)
Program Fees: Php 11,000.00


This module is designed to benefit those in the ministry of accompaniment, those in formation, pastoral, and leadership ministries. While caring and giving a safe space for others is essential, those in the ministry need to have clear and firm convictions regarding power differences, boundaries and self-care.


This module will present concepts on boundaries in accompaniment. It endeavors to define, discuss and nuance characteristics of healthy and unhealthy boundaries. Through workshops and case studies, the participants will gain firm convictions on compassionate and respectful accompaniment in ministry as well as engage in reflection on ways of self-care towards healthy living.


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Critical Issues in Formation: Developmental Transitions in Formation


March 5-8, 2018 (live-in, Davao)
Program Fees: Php 13,500


All of us go through phases of human development and are called to face growth opportunities and challenges specific to these stages. This module will provide handles in understanding psycho-emotional development and explore the implications in religious life in the three important adult stages:


  • the search for identity of the young adult vis-à-vis the demands of initial formation;
  • the revisiting of commitments at mid-life vis-à-vis the demands for more responsibilities in ministry; and
  • the challenge of taking stock and embracing the call for a deeper spirituality for the eldering religious.


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Ushering in Encounters with God: Fostering Formands' Prayerful Lives


April 8 – 13, 2018 (live-in, Tagaytay)
Program Fees: Php 19,000.00


A genuine vocation springs from a person’s relationship with God. It is birthed in an encounter with God and prayer occasions such as personal meetings with God. An important skill, therefore, for a formator to possess is the ability to assist those in his/her charge in: acquiring a proper understanding of what prayer is, developing helpful dispositions in prayer, and familiarizing them with various prayer ways. It is essential also for the formator to be adept at helping the formands articulate and relish what transpired in their prayers.



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Formative Community Building: Perspectives and Skills

May 7-11 & 14-16, 2018 (stay-out)
Program Fees: Php 14,500


This course orients formators as to how the share and dynamics of community living in religious, priestly, and lay contexts are fast changing in today’s world.  It will present insights on relevant issues and concerns such as: dealing with different personalities, inter-generational dynamics, and multi-cultural interaction.  This workshop will provide formators opportunities to reflect on their experiences of community living and analyze and plan for ways to develop their communities.


The skills component will discuss effective listening, assertiveness, conflict management, feedback giving, and sensitivity to group process.

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Formative Processing Skills

May 21-25 and 28-30, 2018 (stay-out)
Program Fees: Php 15,000.00

Emmaus defines “formative processing” as a means of deepened reflection wherein an individual in the context of formation is helped to arrive at an expanded perspective, greater understanding, acceptance and owning of a significant personal experience. This is a skills-training course divided into two parts. Part 1 will offer inputs to teach and refine various skills pertinent to effective formative processing. Part 2 will give participants the opportunity to practice and have their processing skills critiqued and assessed.

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ALL STAY-OUT courses/programs will be held at RMT-CEFAM, 3rd Floor, Spiritual-Pastoral Center, Seminary Drive, Ateneo de Manila University Campus, Quezon City


    • English language will be the medium of instruction in the FFS programs. It will be helpful for international participants to have, at the least, conversational skills in the language.

    • Emmaus Center has forged a memorandum of agreement with Loyola School of Theology (LST) in the accreditation of Emmaus modular courses:

      • Fundamentals of Human and Christian Formation
      • Growing in Religious Vows
      • Assessment Skills in Formation
      • Basic Concept in Psycho-Sexual Formation
      • Formative Processing Skills

as subjects that can earn credits for LST’s civil and ecclesiastical degree programs requiring units in the field of spirituality, pastoral ministry and pastoral psychology.

Those enrolling their modular courses for credit at LST, please consult Paz Baquiran for details.