Catholic Psychotherapy Association 2019 Conference
“Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled…”
Call for Presentations
Atlanta, GA | April 25-27, 2019

The CPA seeks individual papers, panels, workshops, and poster presentations for its 2019 Conference in Atlanta, GA taking place April 25-27, 2019. The deadline for general submission is July 13, 2018. Submissions to be considered for poster presentations may be made until December 15, 2018.

The Catholic Psychotherapy Association is dedicated to support mental health practitioners by promoting the development of psychological theory and mental health practice which encompasses a full understanding of the human person and society in communion with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

To learn more about the CPA, please visit our website:

We are an interdisciplinary group of mental health professionals (including medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, and clergy) who serve Catholic populations. We seek to provide our members with quality continuing education and we are especially concerned with the integration of sound empirical research, effective clinical practice, and authentic Catholic spirituality.

We are seeking proposals for the following types of presentations:

  • 1)     Individual or Co-Presentation (1-3 participants) (60-90 minutes)
  • 2)     Thematic Panel Presentation (3 or more participants) (90 minutes)
  • 3)     Applied Workshop Presentation (120-180 minutes) – we are especially looking to offer several of these longer workshops which will involve more in-depth learning and practical application of a particular skill, technique, or approach
  • 4)     Poster Presentation

Presentations may be in the following categories:

  • 1)     Clinical – based on clinical practice, clinical research, and/or action research
  • 2)     Academic Paper – research based
  • 3)     Academic Paper – theory based

Proposals shall include the following material/documentation:

  • 1)     Summary (400-600 words) of topic, title of presentation, applicable research, content, format, and three learning objectives.
  • 2)     Brief abstract (100-150 words) to include on the website/in the program, should the proposal be accepted. The abstract should provide the reader with a good understanding of what to expect to see and gain from the presentation.
  • 3)     References and citation of recent and foundational literature supporting this presentation.
  • 4)     Resume or vita for proposed presenter, documenting previous related presentations, education and/or clinical experience.

The theme of this year’s conference is “Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled…” and so a special focus will be on the clinical treatment of depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, scrupulosity, etc. Another special focus of the conference will be counselor self-care: How do mental health professionals protect themselves from burn-out and compassion fatigue? Although these are the stated themes, we are open to other topics related to the overall mission of the CPA.

Possible content areas (not limited to these): substance abuse, sexual addiction, trauma, play therapy and creative arts in counseling, mindfulness/meditation, ethics, supervision, testing/assessment, children/teens/family, couples/marriage, pre-marital counseling, spiritual issues in counseling, integration of clinical practice and spirituality

Review Criteria: Greater consideration will be given to presentations with an interactive format, creative/original content, timely subject matter, faith relevance, faithful to Catholic teaching, empirically/scientifically based, practical application, handouts, and resources

Please note, if you submit for an individual session but your proposal is not accepted, you may be asked to join a panel or present a poster.

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