Integratus

The Journal of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association

The CPA Journal Committee has worked since 2020 toward forming a scholarly academic journal that will both serve as an avenue for growth and promotion of the work of members of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association and serve as a resource to clinicians, educators, ecclesial and lay persons. Integratus is among those areas supported by the Called to be Saints fundraising campaign. Click here to learn more about this effort and to offer your financial contribution in support of our mission.

A subscription to Integratus is included as a benefit to all CPA members as of November 2022!

Journal Committee members:

    Anthony Isacco, PhD, Chatham University (Chair)
    Jennifer Madere, MA, Intuitus Group (Co-Chair)
    Daniel Roberson, MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    Larry G. Freeney, PhD Candidate, LPC, NCC
    Joseph Nelson, MS, Counselor Education
    Laura M. Patron, PhD, Love Thyself Wellness Center

    Co-editors of Integratus:
    Jesse Fox, PhD, Stetson University

    Robert Kugelmann, PhD, University of Dallas

    Associate editors:

    • Rev. James Burns, PhD,  St. Mary's University of Minnesota
    • Lisa Colangelo Fischer, PhD, ABPP, Creighton University
    • José María Gondra, PhD, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastián, Spain
    • Keith Houde, PhD, Ave Maria University
    • Stephanie Swales, PhD, University of Dallas

    We presented at the 2022 CPA conference!

    The Journal Committee and editors gave a special presentation on Saturday, April 30th. Learn more here.


      Why is an academic journal important?

      Accreditation of graduate and continuing education programs for mental health professionals requires instructors/presenters to reference recent literature that has been published in a peer-reviewed format such as a scholarly journal. Academic professionals, clinicians and students can likewise grow their career and contribute to the formation of fellow and future mental health professionals by submitting and reviewing work to be published in this journal. Thus, formation and publication of this journal is essential to the present and future existence and availability of solid Catholic mental health services.

      Mission

      Integratus will publish professional, peer-reviewed scholarship that integrates mental health sciences and Catholic thought. In addition to mental health professionals, Integratus will be a resource for Catholic clergy, men and women religious, pastoral ministers, lay ministers, and the broader public.

      Aim of this journal is to harvest the untapped, rich psychological resources of the Catholic intellectual and spiritual traditions and offer them to the mental health fields to make innovative contributions to psychological theory, research, and practice. Integratus provides scholarship that informs and is informed by clinical practice, with a commitment to the full breadth and depth of the Catholic tradition and to the Magisterium, the teaching authority of the Church.

      Scope

      Integratus will publish interdisciplinary scholarship from various mental health fields (e.g., psychology, counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, counselor education, psychiatry) focused on integrating varying degrees of Catholic spirituality, anthropology, and human formation.

      Call for Submissions to Integratus

      The Catholic Psychotherapy Association has launched its flagship journal, Integratus: The Journal of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, with the first issue published by Guilford Press in early 2023. Members and affiliates are invited to submit papers for consideration for publication. 

      The mission of Integratus is to serve scholars and practitioners with professional, peer-reviewed scholarship that integrates mental health sciences and Catholic theology. Integratus strives to be a source for insightful and trustworthy information for Catholic clergy, pastoral ministers, lay ministers, and the broader public. Integratus will publish interdisciplinary scholarship from various mental health fields (e.g., psychology, counseling, social work, marriage and family therapy, counselor education, psychiatry) focused on integrating varying degrees of Catholic spirituality, anthropology, and human formation. The aim of this journal is to harvest the untapped, rich psychological resources of the Catholic spiritual tradition and offer them to the mental health fields to make novel contributions into psychological theory, research, and practice. Integratus provides scholarship that informs and is informed by clinical practice, with a commitment to the full breadth and depth of the Catholic tradition and to the Magisterium, the teaching authority of the Church. 

      Integratus includes a variety of types of articles related to the mission of the CPA:

      Empirical: using quantitative or qualitative or mixed methods. Full length empirical studies or brief reports

      Theoretical: addressing topics related to the practice of psychotherapy or foundational issues (philosophical anthropology, for example); new therapeutic approaches

      Analytic Reviews: Synthesis of literature that provides a “state-of-the-art” review, including identification of debate(s)/divergent viewpoints, future directions, and clinical application.

      Historical: Catholic involvement in psychotherapy and related fields over the centuries;

      Interdisciplinary: the relationship of psychotherapy to adjacent fields, such as spiritual direction and “the cure of souls”;

      Clinical Reflections: Practitioners recount their experience of being a Catholic psychotherapist; Particular interest in practitioners’ experiences with emergent topics and clinical issues; unique approaches to challenges.

      Case studies: Typically, n of 1 study of unique cases and clinical approaches that integrate Catholic and mental health components. Measurement of process and outcome of counseling is preferred in addition to narrative. Clinical cases should be de-identified.

      Book Reviews

        Manuscript Formatting and Lengths

        • Articles submitted for consideration should follow the style of the publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition): https://apastyle.apa.org/
        • All manuscripts must include an abstract containing a maximum of 250 words typed on a separate page. After the abstract, please supply up to five keywords or brief phrases.
        • List references in alphabetical order. Each listed reference should be cited in text, and each text citation should be listed in the references section.
        • All papers should focus on new and original work, i.e., the main part of the work should not have been published previously.
        • Original, full-length articles: ~25-30 typed, double-spaced pages, including references
        • Brief-reports, Clinical Reflections: ~5-15 typed, double-spaced pages, including references
        • Book Reviews: ~5-10 typed, double-spaced pages, including references

        Submit a Manuscript

        Visit the official Guilford page for more information and to submit a paper through the manuscript portal.

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