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Institute of Formational Counseling

The Institute of Formational Counseling (IFC) seeks to equip Christian Leaders in proven pathways of healing for broken people. Created in 2003, the Institute focuses upon the ministries of Formational Prayer, Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counseling. We have discovered that equipping leaders in these dynamic ministries has a profound impact upon those being trained as well as the men and women they serve. Through IFC, Ashland offers Spirit-empowered training opportunities to leaders from around the world.

Director's Message

Countless people, both Christian and non-Christian alike, battle deep emotional pain as a result of wounds from the past. The struggle is often so intense that it significantly debilitates people, compromising the level of well-being and joy that Christ intended for their lives. The Father of comfort and compassion cares about these individuals and has made provision for their healing through Jesus Christ.

The Institute of Formational Counseling is dedicated to equipping Christian caregivers to help broken people find freedom and wholeness in Christ. Integrating Formational Prayer, Transformational Spiritual Direction and Pastoral Counseling, the Institute provides seminars, training events, programs for degree and non-degree seeking students, and specialized resources designed to empower caregivers as healing servants of the Lord.

“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of all compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in trouble...” II Corinthians 1.3-4

Terry Wardle twardle@ashland.edu 419-289-5774

Events & Training Opportunities

The Institute of Formational Counseling offers a variety of events and training opportunities for the novice and the experienced caregiver. Explore the many roads to becoming an empowered caregiver below or contact Lynne Lawson.


Formational Prayer Seminar: An Introduction

The Formational Prayer Seminar is for men and women engaged in lay of professional caregiving ministries. This training seminar provides the tools for addressing dysfunctional behaviors, teaches steps for dealing with deep wounds, presents information on spirituality and worldview as each relates to helping the broken, and demonstrates pathways that help people dismantle destructive false beliefs.

Prerequisite None
Upcoming Seminars January 14-17, 2015 / Download Brochure June 10-13, 2015 / Download Brochure January 13-16, 2016 June 8-11, 2016

Integrating Formational Prayer Seminar (formerly Advanced Formational Prayer Seminar)

The Integrating Formational Prayer Seminar (formally known as the Advanced Formational Prayer Seminar) is built upon the Formational Prayer Seminar. There is a significant amount of new material that has been added to this training event. This second level of Formational Prayer training offers advanced skills in Christian caregiving and includes teaching, modeling, group discussion and training labs. Key components of this seminar include trauma, attachment, addiction, and the development of the false Self. This seminar is open only to those who have completed the Formational Prayer course, students enrolled in the D. Min in Formational Counseling program, or those who have attended the four day Formational prayer Seminar.

Prerequisite one of the following Formational Prayer Seminar Formational Prayer Course Doctor of Ministry Formational Prayer Course
Upcoming Seminars March 4-7, 2015 / Download Brochure March 8-11, 2017

The Essentials Seminar: How to Position People for Lasting Change

The Essentials Seminar is built upon the Formational Prayer Seminar. This second level of Formational prayer training focuses on six foundational principles necessary for deep transformation. It will have a biblical/spiritual and behavioral focus with lecture, discussion and lab time. All participants of this event must have completed the Formational Prayer Seminar, Formational Prayer course, or the Doctor of Ministry Formational Prayer course.

Prerequisite one of the following Formational Prayer Seminar Formational Prayer Course Doctor of Ministry Formational Prayer Course
Upcoming Seminars March 9-12, 2016

Summer Intensive Seminar

The Summer Intensive Seminar is a key component to the Certificate Program in Formational Prayer. At this training participants receive focused instruction and practice in formational prayer from a variety of gifted leaders in the areas of pastoral counseling, spiritual direction, and formational prayer. All participants for this event must have completed the Formational Prayer Seminar and either be enrolled in the Certificate Program in Formational Prayer, or have completed one of the following: the Integrated Formational Prayer Seminar, The Essentials Seminar.


Caregiver in Training

A Caregiver in Training is assigned to a seminar caregiver for the purpose of observing and participating in the laboratory small group formational prayer experiences. Each participant in the Certificate Program in Formational Prayer will serve as a Caregiver in Training during a Formational Prayer Seminar (January).

Non-Certificate Program participants will serve as a Caregiver in Training by enrolling in the Summer Intensive Seminar (June).

Prerequisite one of the following Certificate Program in Formational Prayer Summer Intensive Seminar
Upcoming Seminars January 14-17, 2015 June 10-13, 2015 January 13-16, 2016 January 8-11, 2016

Colorado Formational Prayer Seminar: An Introduction

The Formational Prayer Seminar is for men and women engaged in lay of professional caregiving ministries. This training seminar provides the tools for addressing dysfunctional behaviors, teaches steps for dealing with deep wounds, presents information on spirituality and worldview as each relates to helping the broken, and demonstrates pathways that help people dismantle destructive false beliefs.

Upcoming Seminars September 3-6, 2014 / Download Brochure September 9-12, 2015 September 7-10, 2016

Caregiver in Training / Colorado Springs

A Caregiver in Training is assigned to a seminar caregiver for the purpose of observing and participating in the laboratory small group formational prayer experiences. Each participant enrolled in the Colorado Leader in Formational Prayer program will serve as a Caregiver in Training during a Colorado Formational Prayer Seminar. Spots are also available to second time attendees to the Colorado Formational Prayer Seminar. All participants for this event must have completed the Colorado Formational Prayer Seminar.

Prerequisite Colorado Formational Prayer Seminar
Upcoming Seminars September 3-6, 2014 / Download Brochure September 9-12, 2015 September 7-10, 2016

Foundations Seminar

The Foundations Seminar will focus on the building up of the formational prayer caregiver’s anointing and skills for the purpose of providing healing in the context of one-on-one ministry. This training, which is held every other year, will include education on the foundations of pastoral care, pastoral counseling skills, and leading formational prayer sessions. Seminar participants will engage in formational prayer experiences both as a caregiver and care receiver. All participants for this event must have attended the Formational Prayer Seminar.

Prerequisite Formational Prayer Seminar
Upcoming Seminars October 20-22, 2014 / Download Brochure October 24-26, 2016

Small Group Seminar

The Small Group Seminar will focus on the building up of the small group leaders anointing and skills for the purpose of providing healing in the context of community. This training, which is held every other year, will include education on the foundations of group work, group process and dynamics, and the essentials necessary for emotional and spiritual growth in a healing group. Participants will engage in a small group experience using the Healing Care Groups curriculum. All participants for this event must have attended the Formational Prayer Seminar and purchased a Healing Care Groups Leader’s Guide.

Prerequisite Formational Prayer Seminar Purchase of a Healing Care Groups Leader’s Guide
Upcoming Seminars October 19-21, 2015

Group Leaders Training: Healing Care, RESTORED & The Dad Connection

This Group Leaders Training will equip caregivers who desire to lead groups using Dr. Terry Wardle’s small group materials. The Healing Care Group is designed to help people struggling with emotional brokenness. RESTORED is specific to caring for those wrestling with sexual addiction. The Dad Connection equips dads to be fathers of blessing to their children. These leaders materials are reserved for those who have previously completed the Formational Prayer Seminar, Formational Prayer course, or the Doctor of Ministry course in Formational Prayer.

Prerequisite one of the following Formational Prayer Seminar Formational Prayer Course Doctor of Ministry Formational Prayer Course
Upcoming Seminars January 15, 2015 (evening) June 11, 2015 (evening) January 14, 2016 (evening) June 9, 2016 (evening)

Certificate Program in Formational Prayer

The Certificate Program in Formational Prayer offers focused training in formational prayer. The program assists in the development of Christian caregivers in the areas of spiritual maturity, theory of formational prayer, and practical experiences in formation prayer. The Certificate Program is reserved for those who have previously completed one of the following: Formational Prayer Seminar, Formational Prayer course, or the Doctor of Ministry Formational Prayer Course. Individuals must also have completed or are in the process of completing a Master’s degree in a field related to a caregiving ministry.

Prerequisite Master's Degree in a caregiving-related field and one of the following Formational Prayer Seminar Formational Prayer Course Doctor of Ministry Formational Prayer Course
Downloads IFC Certificate Program Application Packet IFC Certificate Program Standards, Requirements & Cost IFC Certificate Program Advisor/Advisee Manual

Resources

To obtain any of the following manuals, please contact Lynne Lawson. If you'd like to browse Dr. Wardle's books click the button to the right.

To get information about any of the following curriculum or guides visit the Healing Care website.

  • Healing Care Group
  • Healing Pathways
  • The Healing Power of Forgivness
  • Restored
  • The Dad Connection
  • Transformed by Nearness

Who to Contact

Lynne Lawson llawson1@ashland.edu 419-207-5547

Testimonials

Donna Thomas, D.Min., L.P.C.C
Formational Prayer Seminar

"The Formational Prayer Seminar profoundly impacted me both personally and professionally. My relationship with Jesus was deepened immensely during the intense prayer times. During those four days I drank in the powerful moving of the Holy Spirit. This greater intimacy with Christ spilled over naturally into my counseling profession as I continue to bring an awakened spirit to my sessions with the hurting people to which I minister."


Jeffery L. Caldwell
The Essentials Seminar

"The Essentials was truly a transformational experience for me. The concepts that I learned are far more than merely information – something to be filed away and forgotten. I encountered God in the classroom, in the chapel, and during private ministry time. These encounters were episodic in nature and have now become an intricate part of the overall narrative of my life! I have already incorporated and integrated much of what I learned and experienced into my ministry context and I intend to continue doing so. Thanks to everyone who took part in making it happen."


Anonymous
Small Group Seminar

"The attention to group dynamics in lecture was priceless. It was very practical, and equipped well (“This is how you do it!”). The balance between small group work and the lectures was just right. Thank you for passing on the precious deposit placed within you, and doing it in such a personal way. We are so grateful. The group leaders were perceptive, skillful, and empathic…what rich times of worship and healing we experienced together."