Events & Continuing Education Opportunities

The Catholic Psychotherapy Association is proud to offer live and on-demand opportunities for continuing education that reflect the Mission of the CPA and meet the identified educational needs of our members.

Live events include our annual conference and webinars scheduled approximately 6 times annually. We strive to offer topics of importance and relevance to your practice today.

Past webinars and conference recordings are available to support ongoing education. Be sure to take advantage of these virtual and convenient sessions for your CE requirements by browsing the CPA Store

Upcoming events

    • 20 Apr 2023
    • 22 Apr 2023
    • San Diego, CA

    Conference Overview

    The 2023 Catholic Psychotherapy Association Conference will feature educational sessions based upon our understanding of the human person according to Catholic anthropology. Particular focus will be given to ways in which human brokenness is made manifest within relationships and vocation. Current issues affecting all vocations in areas related to human sexuality will be discussed. It will explore the definitions of healthy human sexuality as created and intended by God with fidelity to the Magisterium. 

    Catholic mental health and affiliated professionals must be formed, informed, and equipped to address these concerns in ways that are ethically sound, empirically supported, faithful to Catholic anthropology, and practically feasible. The conference will address etiology and treatment of a wide array of wounds affecting the sexuality of persons in all vocations in areas including moral development, fidelity and fruitfulness. Particular attention will be given to topics related to etiology (medical, psychological, social, and spiritual), evidence-based treatment and legal protection for the Catholic therapist. 

    Embodiment of and witnessing to the Catholic understanding of the human person takes many forms, most of which require a great deal of grace and courage. As the Catholic Church at large embraces the upcoming synod, the Catholic Psychotherapy Association aims to serve the Church by addressing issues of human sexuality to help individuals restore communion and participation in the Church and discover their mission.

    Inspirational Verses:

    Matthew 19: 3-6 (RSVCE)

    “And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’? 6 So they are no longer two but one. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” 

    John 1:1-5 (RSVCE)

    “In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

    Patron: Patronage: St. John Paul II & St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

    Man, whom God created male and female, bears the divine image imprinted on his body ‘from the beginning.’ Man and woman constitute two different ways of the human ‘being a body’ in the unity of that image. TOB January 2, 1980

    Prayer of our Patroness St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

    (Edith Stein) 

    O Prince of Peace, to all who receive You, You bright light and peace.  Help me to live in daily contact with You, listening to the words You have spoken and obeying them.  O Divine Child, I place my hands in Yours; I shall follow You.  Oh, let Your divine life flow into me.

    I will go unto the altar of God.  It is not myself and my tiny little affairs that matter here, but the great sacrifice of atonement.  I surrender myself entirely to Your divine will, O Lord.  Make my heart grow greater and wider, out of itself into the Divine Life.

    O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You.  Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me.  I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me and I shall meet with peace.

    How wondrous are the marvels of your love, We are amazed, we stammer and grow dumb, for word and spirit fail us.

    Sponsor & Exhibitor Information 

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20 Oct 2022 Ethical and Legal Considerations of Virtual Assessment of Seminary Candidates
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23 Sep 2022 Healing trauma narratives in indigenous populations: Forgiveness as essential to faith, hope, and charity
12 Aug 2022 A Secret Ladder: The Psychology of St. John of the Cross in Light of Affective Neuroscience
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24 Jun 2022 Of Beams and Specks: Therapist-Focused Consultation
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29 Apr 2022 Formation of the Catholic Psychotherapist: Jesus' Parables as Models of Competent Praxis
29 Apr 2022 Rome Beneath the Surface Banquet
28 Apr 2022 Pierced By Beauty: The Art of Healing Through Contemplative Listening
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25 Mar 2022 Catholic Integrated Approach to Healing our Sexual Brokenness
25 Feb 2022 Guilt, Shame or Ignorance? Opening a Conversation about Female Sexuality
14 Jan 2022 Enhancing Behavioral Parent Training through Faith Integration
2 Dec 2021 The Pandemic, Trauma, Addiction, and Sonship
22 Oct 2021 Circum Mensam Discussion
10 Sep 2021 Attachment Wounds and Healing: Exploring Accompaniment and Prayer
6 Aug 2021 Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Adolescents Due to COVID-19
29 May 2021 2022 Call for Posters Open through December 1, 2021
28 May 2021 Healing After Abortion: A Cry for Mercy
28 May 2021 2022 Conference Exhibitor and Sponsorship Opportunities
22 May 2021 2022 Call for Proposals Open Through July 4, 2021
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23 Apr 2021 CPA Annual Conference: Main Conference, Friday
22 Apr 2021 CPA Annual Conference: Thursday Pre-Conference
21 Apr 2021 CPA Annual Conference: Wednesday SIG Pre-Conference
28 Mar 2021 That They May Be One: The Journey from Babel to Pentecost
26 Mar 2021 Spiritual Development Throughout the Lifespan
19 Feb 2021 Why Do I Avoid God? A Catholic, IFS-informed Approach to Parts’ Problematic God Images
31 Jan 2021 CPA 2021 Virtual Annual Conference Early Bird Registration Ends January 31st
15 Jan 2021 2021 CPA Awards Nominations and Applications Due January 15th
10 Jan 2021 Scholarship Applications to Attend the 2021 CPA Conference Due January 10th
4 Dec 2020 Church Scandals And Prodigal Fathers
23 Oct 2020 Psychological Evaluations of Seminary Applicants: Moving from Common to Best Practices
21 Aug 2020 Assessment Strategies and Treatment Planning for Problematic Sexual Behavior in the Seminarian and Clergy Populations
3 Jul 2020 Call for Proposals
27 Apr 2020 2020 Truth & Love Conference “Be Not Afraid: Affirming the Truth and Sex and Identity”
1 Jun 2019 Dr. Brigette Erwin, PhD and Sue Stubbs MS, NCC
25 Apr 2019 Catholic Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference
26 Apr 2018 Healing Divided Hearts in Our World
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