Catholic Psychotherapy Association 2020 Conference
The CPA seeks individual papers, panels, workshops, and poster presentations for its 2020 Annual Conference taking place April 30 - May 2, 2020, in Phoenix, AZ. The deadline for general submission is July 4, 2019. Submissions to be considered for poster presentations may be made until December 1, 2019.
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, read our mission and vision here.
We are an interdisciplinary group of mental health professionals (including medical doctors, nurses, psychologists, counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, seminarians, religious 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:
Presentations may be in the following categories:
Proposals shall include the following material/documentation:
Theme and Desired Topics
The theme of this year’s conference is “Rebuild: Go and Repair My House” and so a special focus will be on the clinical prevention and treatment of psychological issues that take place within the lives of the clergy, religious and family life. The conference will outline common factors that contribute to these various issues and propose evidence-based therapeutic interventions and other means of collaboration within the Church. Although these are the stated themes, we are open to other topics related to the overall mission of the CPA.
Possible Content Areas - 2 Tracks: Married and Religious/Clergy
Premarital Evaluations, Seminary Evaluations, Post-Credibly Accused Forensic Evaluations, Alcoholism, Sexual Addictions, Boundaries, Narcissistic Tendencies, Sexual Deviancy, Secrecy, Sexual Maturity, Clergy Compassion Fatigue, Anxiety, Depression, Lack of Emotional Maturity, Passivity (Conflict Avoidance), Victims of Abuse/Trauma, Explosive Tendencies, Alcoholism, Domestic Violence, Infidelity, Family of Origin Issues, Marital Emotional Connection, Unrealistic View of Married Life, Marital Suffering
Review Criteria: Greater consideration will be given to presentations with an interactive format, creative/original content, timely subject matter relevant to the theme of this year's conference, 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.
Preferred method of submission
Email completed submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org on or before July 4, 2019. Submissions not complete by this date may not be considered.