It Never Turns Off: Anxiety in Prayer

  • 30 Apr 2022
  • 1:30 PM - 3:00 PM

It Never Turns Off: Anxiety in Prayer

Presented by Fr. Fred Cabras OFM Capuchin, MDiv, LCSW 

Saturday, April 30th 1:30 - 3:00pm

Not eligible for CEUs 


The focus of this presentation will assist clinicians in creating tools to help the client through an experience of anxiety within their prayer life. Using Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT), we will create a series of tools that Christian clinicians can use to help their clients with anxiety within prayer. Discussion and training will include: difference between spiritual direction and therapy, techniques to use when experiencing anxiety within prayer? And How we can use our anxiety to help us navigate God’s message? We will use St Francis of Assisi as an example: Did Francis have an anxiety disorder?

Target Audience: All catholic mental health professionals

Course Content Level: Beginner 

Learning Objectives 

  • Apply critical thinking within the context of spiritual support as a Christian mental health provider.
  • Prepare Christian clinicians with tools to assist clients with navigating anxiousness and other forms of anxiety within prayer.
  • Apply MBCT techniques to add to clients coping skills.

Br. Frederick Cabras, OFM Capuchin, MDiv, MSW,  LCSW is a licensed clinical social worker, an ordained catholic priest, and a member of the Capuchin Franciscan Province of St Josephs. Br. Fred obtained his Masters in Divinity from Catholic Theological Union and His Masters in Clinical Social Work from Loyola University in Chicago, IL. He spent three years working as an inpatient psychiatric Social Worker both in the Emergency Room and the inpatient unit at Northwestern Hospital in Chicago. He is currently the Social Work manager at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, he accompanies guests in decreasing barriers to food insecurities, housing challenges, behavioral health concerns, and supporting the Rosa Parks Children and Youth Program. Br Fred is also a board member for the National Catholic Partnership on Disability(NCPD) and serves as their board liaison for the Council on Mental illness. He has been a member of CPA for about a year and currently collaborates with CPA and NCPD around providing resources for parishes and individuals.

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