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Professional Diploma in Family Ministries


The Ruben M. Tanseco, S.J. Center for family Ministries (RMT-CEFAM) at the Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University, offers a Professional Diploma in Family Ministries, a one-year, non-degree program. 

The program is designed for persons engaged or to be engaged in the pastoral care of couples and families, such as lay-workers and coordinators of family life apostolates, seminarians, Priests, Ministers, and Religious Brothers and Sisters. 

There are two major components to the program:  COUNSELING (curative dimension) and SPIRITUALITY(growth dimension).  A holistic, psycho-spiritual approach characterizes the program, utilizing a content-and-process methodology as its means. 

The counseling component of the program will include a study of the psychodynamics and relevant socio-cultural factors, and a practicum training in skills necessary for a basic counseling ministry with couples and families. 

The spirituality component of the program will include both a study of the scriptural-moral-doctrinal underpinnings of Christian family life and a graduated, integrated series of growth programs in family spirituality. 

The total program aims to train persons in building up the Filipino family as a “domestic Church,” a community of love, justice, freedom and peace, both within the home and in its social role and responsibility to the nation and to the world.  The thrust of “service of the faith and the promotion of justice” will permeate the overall program. 


1.       A college degree or its equivalent.  The major courses of the program are on the graduate school level. 

2.     Transcript of record from the college or university attended, showing average or above-average grades for the    overall program of studies undertaken. 

3.    A filled-in application form, accompanied by three letters of recommendation, one from the Superior or supervisor of the applicant, and two from among his/her associates. 

4.   The course offerings will be held in the afternoons and evenings.  The spirituality growth programs and other elective seminars will be held on some staggered week-ends.  Counseling practicum work will be done in consultation with the counseling supervisor. 


Semester 1 (August - December) 

REGULAR COURSES                                                             Units

 Theo 289/ Sp 89

            Pastoral Psychology and Counseling                                                         3 

Theo 293/ Sp 93                                                           

            Marital/ Premarital Dynamics and Counseling:  

            A Psychospiritual Approach 3 

Theo 293.1/  Sp 93.1

            Family Dynamics and Counseling Approaches                                            3 

Theo 292.3/ Sp 92.3                  

            Assessment and Initial Intervention of

            Individual and Relationship Disorders                                                       3



·        Non-Credit Requirements: 

                        Growth Group I – First Semester

                        Growth Group II – Second Semester


Semester 2 (January - May) 

Theo 262.1/ Sp 62.1

            Family Spirituality and Sexual Ethics                                                       3 

Theo 294/ Sp 94

            Marital/ Family Counseling Practicum                                                      3 

Theo 294.1/ Sp 94.1

            Family Spirituality Practicum                                                                  3 

Elective Course                                                                                            3



            ELECTIVE COURSES                                                                   Units

Theo 279/ Sp 79                                                                                                                                               Apostolic Spirituality                                                                              3 

Theo 281/ Sp 81                                                                                                                                             Discernment and Spiritual Direction                                                          3

Theo 292/ Sp 92                                                                                                                    Child and Adolescent Counseling                                                              3 

Theo 292.1/ Sp 92.1                                                                                                                Strategic Family Therapy                                                                         3 

Theo 293.2/ Sp 93.2

            Explorations in Individual and Family Resilience                                         3 

Theo 295 / Sp 95

            Pastoral Group Process                                                                           3 

Theo 295.1 / Sp 95.1

            Pastoral Clinical Apprenticeship and Supervision                                        3 

Other courses/seminars will be offered from time to time.  All the course and seminar offerings are under the auspices of the Loyola School of Theology. 


Registration Fee -----------------------------------    P 693.00

Development Fee

·      3 units below                                                       P 808.25

·      more than 3 units & less than 9 units               P 1,616.50

·      9 units and above                                              P 3,230.00

Tuition Fee per Unit        -------------------------      P 1,740.00

Library Fee

·      3 units below                                                       P 699.25

·      more than 3 units & less than 9 units               P 1,398.50

·      9 units and above                                              P 2,797.00


Other fees and miscellaneous charges are not yet included in the list above.

(*per Loyola School of Theology rates, as of  School Year 2017-2018)

       Other fees and miscellaneous charges are not yet included in the list above.            



·        James Wenceslao U. Gascon, S.J., M.A.

·        Teodulo P. Gonzales, S.J., Ph.D., RGC

·        Arsenio A. Lumiqued, Jr., M.S.C., Ph.D., RGC., CCOP

·        Leilani C. Lopez, M.A.

·        Ma. Cynthia J. Gavino, M.B.A., M.A., Ph.D. (cand), CSCOP

·       Ma. Elvira A. Macabuag, M.A.

·       Juvenal A. Moraleda, CSsR, M.A.

·        Elizabeth E. Rondain, M.D.

·        Myrna Joyce O. Sanchez, M.A., Ph.D  RGC

·        Antonia C. Siy, Ph.D.(cand.), CSCOP, CSCLP, RP

·        Ma. Teresa G. Villasor, Ph.D., RGC, RP, RPm, CCLP, CAsP, CSDP

Courses Offered for 2nd Semester SY 2017 – 2018



R E Q U I R E D    C O U R S E S




This course treats the theology of Christian marriage and family in its scriptural-doctrinal underpinnings, including the socio-political role of the family in today’s world, in the light of the social teachings of the Church.


It then deals with an integrative, psycho-moral approach to marital sexuality, and how marital sex issues are handled in pastoral care and counseling.  Toward the integration of sensuality, sexuality and spirituality.


            TUESDAY,  2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

            James Wenceslao U. Gascon, S.J., M.A.



The course features a practicum in pastoral counseling with clients experiencing problems in their couple and/or family relationships.  Students conduct a required number of hours of face-to-face counseling with such clients under the supervision of the professor who will assist them in case conceptualization and planning and in treatment implementation.  Case conferences, role-play case simulations, and demonstration films augment students’ development as effective pastoral couple and family counselors.

Required Counseling Hours:  30 hours

PREREQUISITES:   Theo 292.3/ S92.3     Assessment and Initial Interventions of

                        Individual and Relationship Disorders

 Theo 289/ Sp89        Pastoral Psychology and Counseling

 Theo 293/ Sp93        Marital/ Premarital Dynamics and

                        Counseling:  A Psycho-Spiritual Approach

 Theo 293.1/ Sp93.1 Family Dynamics and Counseling Approaches


WEDNESDAY, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Section A - Fr. Arsenio A. Lumiqued, Jr., M.S.C., Ph.D., RGC, CCOP


TUESDAY, 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

Section B – Myrna Joyce O. Sanchez, M.A., Ph.D., RGC




Theo 294.1/Sp 94.1  FAMILY SPIRITUALITY PRACTICUM             3 units


The course offers a total program in family spirituality, designed to help couples and families to be fully alive in all levels of their relationship:  intrapersonal, interpersonal and metapersonal (societal).  This holistic approach integrates the psycho-emotional, cultural, socio-political and spiritual aspects of family life.  The course includes an actual experience of progressive programs: the Marriage Encounter, the Spiritual Deepening Retreat, the Christian Parenting for Peace and Justice, and their counterpart programs for the poor and underprivileged sectors of our society.


Aside from the regular class, students are required to attend the following weekend seminars:


Marriage Encounter   (ME)                                       :           To Be Announced

Spiritual Deepening Retreat (SDR)                           :           To Be Announced

Christian Parenting for Peace and Justice (CPPJ)   :           To Be Announced


            MONDAY,  5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Ma. Elvira A. Macabuag, M.A.

Myrna Joyce O. Sanchez, M.A., Ph.D., RGC








     COUNSELING:  Child and Adolescent Counseling     3 units


This course will review the different theories of development as they relate to counseling and clinical work with children and adolescents.  In the process, the interplay of the biological, social, cognitive, and environmental factors that may cause or influence the severity of the emotional, behavioural, and adjustment problems of children will be explored.


Counseling and clinical procedures, treatment methods and counseling approaches and techniques for specific cases such as children of separated parents, adopted children, sibling rivalry, abused and traumatized children, etc. will be the main topics of the course.


Structured experiential activities, small group sharing, role playing, reflections on one’s own childhood and adolescent experiences, and lecturettes are some of the learning approaches that will be used in teaching the course.


PREREQUISITES:  Theo 289/ Sp89   Pastoral Psychology and Counseling


            MONDAY, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Ma. Teresa G. Villasor, Ph.D., RGC, RP, RPm, CCLP, CAsP, CSDP




                                     RESILIENCE                                                               3 units


Adversities (trial, sufferings) have a way of crippling or paralyzing people’s responses.  On the other hand, like some crises, adversities can break or allow us to have a breakthrough.  This course draws from the strengths, hopes and the stirrings of the Spirit within all of us.  Drawn from various sources, some stories of healing and resilience will be explored.  A theory of change why people are motivated to bounce back from adversities will be presented.  Some helping or facilitating skills (STAR Model) for resilience will be presented in some of the classes.


         Professor:          Teodulo P. Gonzales, S.J., M.A., Ph.D., RGC

          Schedule:          Thursday, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.



Theo 295/Sp 95  - PASTORAL GROUP PROCESS                    3 units

              The course will give opportunity for students (a) to make a review and survey of the different theories  in  group  counseling  (like Person-Centered,  Psychoanalytic, Gestalt, Hypnotherapy, etc);  (b) to experience these theories in a small growth group in class; and (c) to facilitate a small pastoral growth group outside class.


            The students will learn how to use the Structured Learning Experiences (SLE) and Process-Observation-Analysis (POA) which are important in facilitating groups.


            Priority will be given to students who are already involved with a group in their parish/ church, work, or civic organization.


Maximum number of students:  12


Pre-requisite:  Theo 289/ Sp89 Pastoral Psychology and Counseling or equivalent


WEDNESDAY, 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.

           Arsenio A. Lumiqued, Jr., M.S.C., Ph.D., RGC







Theo 290/Sp 90  - PASTORAL COUNSELING PRACTICUM                   3 units


The course is a continuation of Pastoral Psychology and Counseling (Theo 289/Sp 89) focusing on skills development.  As a practicum course, it will include case presentations and group supervision aimed at developing competency in working with individuals.  Each student is expected to work with counselees for the duration of the course.


PREREQUISITIES:  Theo 289/Sp89 Pastoral Psychology and Counseling

Maximum number of students:  15



TUESDAY, 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Section B – Leilani C. Lopez, M.A.

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