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.

Journal Committee members:

  • Anthony Isacco, PhD, Chatham University (Chair)
  • Matthew Breuninger, PhD, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Fr. Martin Burnham, PSS, PhD, Society of St. Sulpice
  • Brigette Erwin, PhD, Anxiety and OCD Center
  • Jennifer Madere, MA, Intuitus Group

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
  • Keith Houde, PhD, Ave Maria University
  • José María Gondra, PhD, University of the Basque Country, San Sebastián, Spain
  • Stephanie Swales, PhD, University of Dallas

Meet us at the 2022 CPA conference!

The Journal Committee and editors will give 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: The mission of Integratus is to serve scholars and practitioners with professional, peer-reviewed scholarship that integrates mental health sciences and Catholic theology. Integratus also strives to be a source for insightful and trustworthy information for Catholic clergy, pastoral ministers, lay ministers, and the broader public.

Aim & Scope: As the flagship journal of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, Integratus aims to integrate the sciences of mental health and Catholic theology. Integratus is a quarterly journal that publishes 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. Integratus provides scholarship that informs and is informed by clinical practice, with a commitment to the magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Call for Submissions to Integratus

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

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 will include a variety of types of articles related to the mission of the CPA:  

    • empirical: using quantitative or qualitative or mixed methods;

    • theoretical: addressing topics related to the practice of psychotherapy or foundational issues (philosophical anthropology, for example);

    • historical—Catholic involvement in psychotherapy and related fields over the centuries;

    • case studies;

    • interdisciplinary—the relationship of psychotherapy to adjacent fields, such as spiritual direction and “the cure of souls”;

    • reflective—practitioners recount their experience of being a Catholic psychotherapist;

    • book reviews.

    • We are especially interested in contributions that address the question, “What is a Catholic psychotherapy?”

Articles submitted for consideration should follow the style of the publication manual of the American Psychological Association (7th edition). All papers should focus on new and original work, i.e., the main part of the work should not have been published previously. Planning ahead, we suggest that the word count for accepted articles, including references, will be a maximum of about 8000 words.

Submissions should be emailed to: integratus@catholicpsychotherapy.org

Questions? Ask the co-editors: Jesse Fox (jfox2@stetson.edu) and/or Robert Kugelmann and (kugelman@udallas.edu).

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