The official journal of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association - Integrating faith and mental health

The CPA Journal Task Force 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.

Current members of the CPA Journal Task Force are as follows:

  • Anthony Isacco, PhD, Chatham University (Chair)
  • Matthew Breuninger, PhD, Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Fr. Martin Burnham, PSS, PhD, Theological College
  • Brigette Erwin, PhD, Anxiety and OCD Center / Dr. Erwin Consulting
  • Jennifer Madere, MA, Intuitus Group

Co-editors of Integratus have been confirmed as of July 2021:

Jesse Fox, PhD, Stetson University

Robert Kugelmann, PhD, University of Dallas

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.

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, [name of journal] 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. *This is the goal of the Journal Task Force, with the first issue out in 2022, and to build up to 4 issues per year by 2025.

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