WELCOME! Catholic Psychotherapy Association
PRESIDENT'S WELCOME: Christina Lynch, Psy.D.
The CPA was founded because of our passion to see Catholic professionals in the mental health field, not only thrive in their profession, but be strengthened in their faith so as to enlighten the understanding of psychology in clinical practice.
The CPA remembers Rev. Benedict Groeschel
The members of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association (CPA) are saddened at the passing of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR. He was a light in the darkness of the secular world for those of us Catholic psychotherapists who desire to integrate the truths of the Catholic Faith into our practice of counseling. Fr. Groeschel taught and guided us with his inimitable wit and humor through both spoken and written word. No doubt many members of the CPA would say that his wisdom will have a lasting effect upon them throughout their personal and professional lives.
The CPA honored Fr. Groeschel with its first Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual conference which was held in Denver, CO in 2011. This award recognizes contributions to the field of Catholic mental health. Fr. Groeschel will be greatly missed, but his presence will be felt in the hearts of generations of psychotherapists and clients for decades to come. May he rest in peace.
Father Benedict Groeschel (1933-2014)
The co-founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and former host to EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime died Oct. 3, the vigil of his patron, St. Francis of Assisi, at age 81.
BY REGISTER STAFF
NEW YORK — Franciscan Father Benedict Joseph Groeschel, well-known preacher and a founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, died on Friday at age 81 after an extended illness.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Father Benedict. He was an example to us all,” said Father John Paul Ouellette, community servant of the Friars of the Renewal in a statement. “His fidelity and service to the Church and commitment to our Franciscan way of life will have a tremendous impact for generations to come.” Read more
Register columnist Weigel to keynote upcoming psychotherapy conference
BY NISSA LAPOINT
APRIL 01, 2014
The practice of psychotherapy and Catholicism may sound incompatible, but for some experts in the field it’s their mission.
Some 300 Catholic psychotherapists across the nation will explore Church teaching on the whole person and learn to apply it to therapy at the next Catholic Psychotherapist Association conference Oct. 23-25 in Arlington, Va.
Association president Christina Lynch, director of psychological services at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary, said the conference will be a tribute to Blessed Pope John Paul II who made significant contributions to the understanding of Catholic anthropology, including through theology of the body.
About the Catholic Psychotherapy Association
About the CPA
About ten years ago, two psychologists, a marriage and family therapist and a professional counselor, began meeting together to mutually support each other living out our Catholic faith in our professional work. We prayed the Rosary together, consecrated ourselves to Our Mother of Good Counsel annually at Mass, offered peer supervision for each other, and over time, had other therapists come to join us.
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CPA provides regular opportunities for professional development and continuing education through annual conferences, teleconferences, and podcasts.
Fashioning lives that flourish
Christina Lynch went from designer of clothes to guider of seminarians.
Katie Scott | Catholic Herald
Just out of college, Christina Lynch landed a job as a secretary at a men’s clothing company and quickly rose through the ranks in sales, marketing and design. Six years later, she was hired as the first female vice president of a national clothing corporation. For more than two decades she lived as a globe-trotting clothing designer.
Then, in a spiritually transformative moment, Lynch knew she was called to channel her creativity in a different direction. She wanted to help create not slacks or shirts but flourishing, God-centered lives. Read more.