Catholic Psychotherapy Association 2020 Conference
“Rebuild: Go and Repair My House”
Call for Presentations
Phoenix, AZ | April 30 - May 2, 2020 | Hilton Phoenix/Mesa

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:

  1. Individual or Co-Presentation (1-3 participants) (90 minutes)
  2. Thematic Panel Presentation (3 or more participants) (90 minutes)
  3. Applied Workshop Presentation (90-180 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:

  • Clinical – based on clinical practice, clinical research, and/or action research
  • Academic Paper – research based
  • Academic Paper – theory based
  • Poster Presentation - practice, research, or theory based

Required Documentation

Proposals shall include the following material/documentation:

  1. Title of the proposed paper or presentation (100 characters or less)
  2. Summary (400-600 words) of topic, title of presentation, applicable research, content, format, and three learning objectives.
  3. 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.
  4. References and citation of recent and foundational literature supporting this presentation (including sources published within the past 5 years). Must include at least 3 peer-reviewed references (journal articles, etc).
  5. Resume or vita for proposed presenter, documenting previous related presentations, education and/or clinical experience.
  6. If the presenter(s) have not presented at a CPA conference before, evaluations from prior professional presentation(s) - not required for poster presentations.
  7. Intended audience and instruction methodology (lecture, demonstration, etc) - not required for poster presentations.

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 on or before July 4, 2019. Submissions not complete by this date may not be considered.

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