Prayers & History of the CPA
Consecration Prayer to the Two Hearts - Written for the Catholic Psychotherapy Association by Mother Adela Galindo, SCTJM, for its first use during the 2018 CPA Conference in Orlando, Florida. This consecration is renewed annually on or near the feasts of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary (19 days after Pentecost).
Prayer to Our Mother of Good Counsel - Composed by Sandra McKay, founding President of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. She drew upon writings attributed to Pope Saint Pius XII, who was devoted to Our Mother of Good Counsel. This prayer is recited at each Board meeting, and at each annual conference.
Our dear and sweet Mother whose counsel is ever-wise and knowing, we consecrate ourselves to you,
Our Mother of Good Counsel. Grant your intercession throughout the days of our work with people in need.
Place in our hearts and on our lips the words of healing that Your Son would have us know and say.
Grant us the gifts of Healing and Wisdom that our work might always serve God
and His desire for holy and healthy people, marriages, families, and communities.
Oh Holy Mother Mary, we pray that you will intercede for us that we may teach and live the holiness of the
Sacrament of Holy Orders, the Sacrament of Matrimony, or our vocation in this life, and that we may
as we have been taught by Jesus Himself, you and all the saints. Amen.
A Brief History of the CPA
By Ann G. Howe, PhD
The Catholic Psychotherapy Association (CPA) began as a guild of the Catholic Medical Association in Atlanta, Georgia. Under the title Therapists of Our Mother of Good Counsel, several Atlanta clinicians from diverse backgrounds but with a common bond of faith and willingness to serve began to hold monthly meetings at the home of Sandra McKay, who for many years had cherished the hope of bringing together clinicians who loved their faith. These meetings included prayer, study and clinical case review.
In 2002, this group of professionals sought and received the blessing of the local Archbishop, John Francis Donohue in order to promote the organization as a Catholic lay group. It was at about this time that providentially Dr. Ann Howe, one of the members of Our Mother of Good Counsel, became acquainted with Dr. Kathy Benes, then Clinical Director of Catholic Social Services of Lincoln, Nebraska. In Lincoln, the first APA-accredited Psychology Internship had been established which was also fully consistent with Catholic social teachings.
In Lincoln, a group of clinicians were also working, praying and studying how best to integrate Psychology with the full understanding of the human person as articulated by the Catholic faith. Under the encouraging direction of Dr. Benes and Fr. Joseph Walsh, the CEO of Catholic Social Services in Lincoln, the Therapists of OMGC became acquainted with the Society of Catholic Social Scientists and also met fellow clinicians scattered about the country who were in search of for a professional organization which would meet the needs for training, support, and spiritual formation.
The last piece of the formation of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association involved connecting with the faculty and students of the Institute of Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia, the first fully Catholic Psychology doctoral program in the US (now Divine Mercy University). By April 2007 a meeting of representatives from Lincoln, IPS, and Atlanta met at the spring conference of the Society of Catholic Social Scientists which was being held at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. It was at that meeting that these professionals committed themselves to the development of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association and consecrated this endeavor and themselves to Our Mother of Good Counsel. Since that time, a Board of Directors has been constituted, by-laws have been agreed upon, non-profit status has been established (in the State of Georgia), and membership has been opened up to mental health professionals and others who want to come to a fuller understanding of how the Catholic faith can complement, enrich and deepen their work for individuals and society.
In 2010, the first national (US) conference of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association was held in Atlanta, Georgia. See photo below.