Department of Institute of Formative Spirituality and Counselling

Faculty Details

Dr. Parayil Thomas, CMI

080 4111 6207

Surname and Name


Thomas Joseph

Date and Place of Birth

December 24, 1974

Kottathara, Kerala

Permanent Address

Dharmaram College, Bengaluru 560 029, Karnataka, India

Present Address

Dharmaram College, Bengaluru 560 029, Karnataka, India


First Appointment

June 2016

Present Status

Assistant Professor







Family Therapy

Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, India




Christ (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru, Karnataka, India



Moral Theology

DVK, Bengaluru, India



Family Therapy

University of Mount Union, Ohio,USA



Counseling Psychology

Montfort College, Bengaluru




DVK, Bengaluru, India




University of Bengaluru, India




DVK, Bengaluru, India





Assistant Professor

DVK, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India



DVK, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India



Satir Model of Experiential Family Therapy


Ass. Parish Priest

Mary Matha Church, Koramangala, Bengaluru


Chief Editor

Vinayasādhana, DJPSF



Atmodaya, Centre for Psycho-Spiritual Development


1. 25 Capsules for Spiritual Nourishment. Edited with Msgr. S. Jayanathan. Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2017.

  1. “Empowering Leadership with Spirituality,”Vinayasadhana: Journal of Psycho-Spiritual Formation, XI, 1, (January 2020), 40-47
  2. “Psychological Foundations of Formation: A Case Analysis”, Vinayasadhana:  Journal of Psycho-Spiritual Formation, X, 2, (July 2019), 61-71
  3. “St. Kuriakose Elias Chavara’s Vision of the Family in the Chavarul” in Shaji Kochuthara (ed.), Bangalore: Dharmaram Publications, 2019 (in Press).
  4. “Positive Psychology and Literature: Linking Positive Attitude, Literature and Spirituality,” Asia Pacific Journals, 2, (2016), 114-120.
  5. “Integrating Spirituality into Counselling,”Vinayasadhana: Journal of Psycho-Spiritual Formation, 1, 2 (July 2010), 46-59.
  6. “Neuro-Technology and Counselling,” Journal of Dharma, 33, 1-4 (January-December, 2008), 95-100.


  1. Paper on“ST. Kuriakose Elias Chavara’s Vision of the Family in the Chavarul” in the Conference “Vocation and Mission of the Family: Reflections son Chavarul and Amoris Laetitia” at DVK, Bengaluru, November 22-25, 2018.
  2. Paper on “Assessment of Spirituality in Families for Family-Based Interventions,” at the 3rdInternational Conference on “Counselling, Psychotherapy and Wellness” and 4th Congress of Integrating Traditional Healing into Counselling, Psychotherapy and Psychiatry,” at CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Bengaluru, January 5-7, 2016.
  3. Papertitled Positive Psychology and Literature: Linking positive attitude and Spirituality presented in UGC Sponsored National Conference on Multidisciplinary approach Organized by Al-Ameen Arts College, 26 March, 2015.
  4. Papertitled Spirituality and Counseling: Ethical Implications for Therapeutic Practice presented at the International Conference, Bounds of Ethics in a Globalized World Organized by Christ University, January 6, 2014.

  1. On line Course Attended; Enhancing Counselor Supervision Through Compassion Fatigue Education and  Integrative Family Counseling by American Counseling Association (ACA), April 15-20, 2020.
  2. Online Zoom Meeting- Training by (NIMHANS)Mental Health in the Times of COVID-19 Pandemic;Tele Psychotherapy- Services (NIMHANS), Domestic Violence, Migrant and Homeless, Mental health issues of Vulnerable, Mental Health and Psychosocial Support, Intervention for Well being of Caregivers, April 18-20,2020.
  3. In the International Conference on Harmony, Interface of Cosmic, Ethical and Religious Orders at CHRIST (Deemed to be University) Bengaluru, January 9-12, 2019.
  4. Participated in 4th International Conference On Counselling, Psychotherapy And Wellness And The5th Congress Of SithCp3 - ICCP2019, January 3-6, Christ (Deemed to be) University, 2019.
  5. Participated in the 3rd Institute Stem Cell Committee meeting held on, Board Room 1st floor Neurobiology Research Centre Building, NIMHANS, and May 2019.
  6. In the Symposium on “Psychotherapy Supervision and Training: A Journey in Progress, Department of Clinical Psychology, at NIMHANS, Bengaluru, July 27, 2018.
  7. In the 6thInternational Psychology Congress “Eastern and Western Psychology: Singularity, Diversity and Integration,” at Christ (Deemed to be) University, Bengaluru, October 03-06, 2018.



Theories and Techniques in Counseling

Theories of Personality

Assessment of Family

Skills in Counselling



Family Counseling and Family Ministry

Theories of Personality

Individual and Group Assessment Skills- Practicum

Theories of Group Counseling

Case Conceptualisation

Supervision in Counseling


At the Licentiate Level



  1. Fr. Paul Bellamkonda, “The heart of pastoral care and counseling in the Catholic families: Facilitating spiritual wholeness”, St Peters Pontifical Institute, Indian Institute of Spirituality, 2020.
  2. Fr.Roshan, “Discernment and Growth in Affective Maturity: A Psycho-Spiritual Enquiry into the Priestly Formation with Reference to St. Louis Grignion De Montfort”, DVK, 2020.
  3. FrVibin, “Psychosexual Integration and Celibate Maturity: Perspectives in the Context  of Major Seminary  Formation Today,”DVK,2020.
  4. Fr.Stephan“Eco-Spiritual Formation in the Light of Laudato Si: A Dialogical Approach for New Evangelization in the Context of Delhi,” DVK,2020
  5. Robin VJ, The Relevance and Challenges of Integral Formation Today: A Study Based on the Depth Psychology of Luigi Rulla, 2019.
  6. Thezii Solomon, Enhancing Motivation in the Formees Towards Self-Transcendence with Special Reference to Hierarchy of Needs, 2018.
  7. Jose K F, Religious Life in Digital World: Present-Day Challenges in Formation and the Church Response, 2018.
  8. MLourduamy, Pastoral Care and Counselling to the Children of the Broken Families in the Context of Formation, 2018.


At the Master’s level


  1. Sr. Tessy Joseph, “Effects of Parenting Stylesonthe Self-esteem ofAdolescents:  A Person-Centered Approach”, 2020.
  2. Jomon AJ, “Spiritual Direction as an Effective Tool for Integral Formation: A Rogerian Perspective,” 2019.
  3. AnjanaKindo, “Psycho-Spiritual Integration of Ongoing Formation in the Congregation of DeenBandhuSamaj: Application of Viktor Frankl’s Logo therapy,” 2019.
  4. CynthiaCastalino,“Emotional Intelligence in Religious Formation: A Study on Enhancing Emotional Intelligence for Holistic Growth,” 2018.
  5. UshaTirkey, “Personality Development as a Key to an Effective Formation for Religious Life,” 2018.
  6. Gracy Suresh, “A Study on Awareness Level of Psychiatric Disorders among Parents,” Regional Centre, Bengaluru, Igno University, 2018-19.

  1. Interface of Family Psychology and Pastoral Care, Mental Health and Spirituality.
  2. In the Discussion Forum on “Research Project Presentations” at St Philomina’s Hospital, Bangalore, as Research Ethics Committee Member, February 20, 2019.
  3. In the NIMHANS IC-SCR Meeting Project 1: How microglial inflammatory signalling orchestrates the heterogeneity in clinical response to the antipsychotic drug in schizophrenia?
  4. In NIMHANS IC-SCR Project 2: Common assays across neural stem cells from neuropsychiatric disorders, at the Neurobiology Research Centre, NIMHANS, October 03, 2018.
  5. The 3rd Institute Stem Cell Committee Meeting: Project 1: Cell-free therapeutic approach to Parkinson’s disease using exosomes of human dental pulp stem cells as a drug delivery tool through intranasal route in vivo PD model targeting efficacy & bio-distribution; and Project 2: “Comparative evaluation of expression and modifications of alpha-syncline in dopaminergic neurons derived from patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells of Parkinson’s disease and Schizophrenia;” at the Neurobiology Research Centre Building, NIMHANS, May 09, 2018.


ACA (American Counseling Association)

CCPI (Conference of Catholic Psychologists India)

CPA (CMI Psychologists Association)

Research Ethics Committee  (St.Philomina’s  Hospital)


Individual and Family Therapy

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