Mangalore diocese has launched a course to train counselors to help children develop a balanced personality.
The diocese’s Pastoral Institute and Shanthi Kiran (peace ray) Counseling Centre is preparing to start the second batch for a 10-month course.
In March, the two groups had completed the first course on “Campus Pastoral Counseling Course” for 11 people.
The training includes psycho-spiritual subjects such as pastoral theology and ministries, social analysis and skills, theology and scriptures. The stress is more on ways to deal with student psychology.
The course also deals with trauma and care, substance abuse, pornography and related problems and effects of migration and single parents on modern youth.
The institute includes 11 faculty members and eight visiting lecturers.
Father Vincent Monteiro, who directs both the course as well as the institute, says most first batch students have already found jobs as campus counselor in various educational institutions.