Seminary is not just about growing in knowledge and skills. It is an experience that engages a student as a whole person. Personal Formation (PF) creates the context where counseling students grow in character formation through guided mentored relationships. Through the PF program students are given the opportunity to write personalized Formation Plans addressing their own unique character formation needs.
Personal Formation involves discerning, developing, and managing one’s own transformative process. It is done in relationship with a self-selected mentor, a Seminary-based Formation Director, peers, and a professional counselor. Each student identifies intentional learning practices which create space for God to work in his or her life relationally, cognitively, and experientially.
The reflective nature of Personal Formation challenges students to grow in character as they seek to enter into the field of counseling. As a result, each student will have the opportunity to grow in self-awareness, to develop into a lifelong learner, and to be more fully formed into the image of Christ, both in their time in seminary and beyond.