Conversing with Grace: Using Catholic Social Teaching and Therapeutic Skill to Transform Difficult Dialogues

  • 29 Apr 2022
  • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

Conversing with Grace: Using Catholic Social Teaching and Therapeutic Skill to Transform Difficult Dialogues

Presented by Edward Rogers PsyD & Deacon Omar Gutierrez 

Friday, April 29th 4:00 - 5:30pm: Lecture and Q&A

1.5 CEUs


We are called to communion, to come together around the person of Christ in ways that make it possible to understand and deeply care for another person, even when we may have significant differences. It’s hard to hold the tensions of disagreement on issues that matter, and yet both professional codes of ethics and Catholic Social Teaching (CST) ask clinicians to do just that. This is both a vital professional skill for clinicians, and a core part of CST. We will offer a review of guidance from both sources, as well as several practical suggestions. By utilizing the wisdom of our professions, and the wisdom of CST, we can better open ourselves to the grace we need to transform our most tense and difficult discussions.

Target Audience: Helping professionals of all disciplines, and the clergy who regularly collaborate with them 

Course Content Level: Beginner

Learning Objectives: 

  • Describe Catholic Social Teachings on communion and the centrality of Christ
  • Identify three science-based ways to foster healthy communication and connection despite disagreement
  • Utilize several practical strategies that can improve their own response during difficult conversations.

Dr. Ed Rogers is a licensed psychologist who holds clinical psychology degrees from Loyola University Maryland and Baylor University.  He currently serves as the Assistant Director of Training for the Baylor University Counseling Center, working to help graduate students and psychology interns deepen their clinical skills and develop their professional identities.  He is interested in the ways people learn and grow, the role of sacrifice and suffering in a healthy life, and how people hold tensions between conflicting values.  His wife Liz and their five kids have been wonderful instructors and companions on this journey of discovery.

Dcn. Omar F. A. Gutiérrez is the President and Co-Founder of the Evangelium Institute as well as the Director for the Propagation of the Faith in the Archdiocsee of Omaha. Published in a number of print and online periodicals, he has several books on Catholic Social Teaching and is recognized as an expert on that teaching appearing on several USCCB panels on the subject. He is also an adjuct professor at Catholic Distance University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate level courses. Most importantly, Dcn. Gutiérrez is happily married to Miriam, and they are very blessed by their five children.

More information about this conference, including cost, cancellation policy, how to register and obtain CEUs is available through the link below. 

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