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 CEU hour requirements by browsing the "Past Webinar" page.

Upcoming events

    • 28 May 2021
    • 30 Apr 2022

    • 25 Feb 2022
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 91

    Presented by:  Jennifer Madere MA LPC-S

    When:  Friday February 25th: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM  Central Time  (US and Canada)

    • 10:00 - 10:05 AM - Introduction 
    • 10:05 - 11:45 AM - Lecture + Q&A
    • 11:45 - 12:00 AM - Closing 

    What: Guilt, Shame or Ignorance? Opening a Conversation about Female Sexuality

    Cost: $45 for CPA Members, $90 for Non-members, $22.5 for Students/Clergy Members

    Not a Member? Sign up HERE today and take advantage of our Discount!


    Research and resources for women who are struggling with psychologically-oriented symptoms of a sexual nature are largely absent from scholarly, clinical and pastoral literature. Disagreement in the field of psychology regarding the pathology and diagnosis of sexual addiction or compulsive sexual behavior further obfuscates the issue. Nonetheless, clinical experience and literature indicates that women do indeed experience psychosexual symptoms, to include compulsive and intrusive sexual symptoms and behaviors. It is for Catholic Clinicians to know this information and be good referrals when women have the courage to reach out for help.

    This workshop will provide a review of associated literature and guided discussion of three case examples representing how these concerns have been observed in single, married, and religious Catholic women. Facilitated discussion of case examples focus on assessment and treatment of women’s experience of their own physical body, experiences of trauma, present relationship with self/others/God within their vocation, Catholic teaching, and implications for psychological and pastoral care.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Describe the existing literature with regard to classification and conceptualization of psychosexual symptoms in women. 
    • Illustrate of how major diagnostic guidelines (DSM, ICD, PDM) conceptualize compulsive and intrusive sexual symptoms in women. 
    • Evaluate and discuss case examples regarding women who experience compulsive sexual behavior, sexual pain symptoms, and intrusive sexual images/thoughts/sensations.

    Target Audience: 

    Students, psychologists, social workers, counselors, marriage and family therapists, clergy and religious and their formators 

    Level of Content: Intermediate



    Jennifer Madere is a LPC-Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant, and Approved Training Provider in private practice. She is a founding partner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas.  She has accompanied child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing and recovery in psychotherapy since 2003. 

    Jennifer supervises graduate and post-graduate clinicians, and consults and conducts training related to treatment of complex trauma, pathological dissociation, and EMDR therapy. Jennifer also trains fellow clinicians in the ethical integration of faith and spirituality in clinical practice. In addition to numerous professional presentations in local, national, and international conferences, Jennifer is the published author of several scholarly works on the topics of consultation and screening and assessment for dissociative disorders.

    Her other professional work includes collaborating with D. Michael Coy, LICSW, and Paul Dell, PhD to update the interpretive manual and associated documents for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation, and make the MID documents and training accessible to clinicians and researchers world-wide. Visit the MID website to learn more.

    Professional organizations:

    International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation - Jennifer currently serves as co-chair of the EMDR Therapy Training Committee of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and is one of the lead developers and trainers for this program. As of 2021, Jennifer is recognized as a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation.

    EMDR International Association – Jennifer is an active member, and EMDRIA approved provider of EMDR therapy training, and currently serves on the EMDRIA Council of Scholars in the Training and Accreditation/Certification Group.

    Catholic Psychotherapy Association – Jennifer has served on the CPA Board of Directors from 2018-2021 in the capacities of conference chair, membership chair, and board president (2020). 

    Cancellation Policy: 

    Refunds will not be offered for this event, however every registrant will receive a copy of the recorded presentation and the opportunity to complete the home study and receive CEU credits at a later date. Any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mary Hanys at for more details. 

    There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program. 

    • 28 Apr 2022
    • 30 Apr 2022
    • Minneapolis, MN

    In-person attendance

    Join us for one or all of the following IN-PERSON education and formation events within the 2022 CPA conference: To register at the member rate, please log in to this website or via the Wild Apricot-Member app 

    • Thursday Preconference day of reflection by Fr. John Horn, SJ
    • Main Conference (Friday and Saturday) - plenary sessions, your choice of breakout sessions, daily Mass, Confession, and Rosary, and networking breaks.
    • Friday Banquet - join us for the CPA Banquet and celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. Deacon Omar Gutierrez will share a dynamic presentation on Rome Beneath the Surface. All conference attendees, and their family members and friends are welcome to attend. Tickets include admission and dinner, and may be purchased HERE.
    Conference Hotel Information
    • A floor plan of the hotel and its convention space can be found HERE
    • If you would like to book a room using the discounted CPA 2022 Conference Room block rate at the Hilton Minneapolis, you are able to do so HERE

    Please note that the Preconference and Main Conference are separate registration items (unless you choose the bundle registration option). Clinical and Academic registrants are eligible for CEUs as approved by the CEU provider (CEU information HERE).

    Virtual attendance

    By request, a VIRTUAL option is available in 2022 for the Main Conference (Friday and Saturday only). To register at the member rate, please log in to this website or via the Wild Apricot-Member app 

    • One option per session will be facilitated with live discussion (some sessions will be pre-recorded, as arranged with presenters). Live prayer and networking times will be available. For current information regarding virtual session offerings, visit this page.
    • Clinical and Academic registrants are eligible for CEUs as approved by the CEU provider (CEU information HERE). 

    Conference Overview

    The 2022 Catholic Psychotherapy Conference will revisit the foundations of our understanding of the human person according to Catholic anthropology. It is time for the Catholic Psychotherapy Association to be a more visible pioneer in the remarriage of truth and sound psychological practice.  The year 2022 marks 20 years of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association engaging in this work as a community of mental health professionals.

    Conference presentations will answer the question “what is Catholic psychology and psychotherapy?” from a multidisciplinary perspectives. Particular attention will be given to topics related to ethics and the education, supervision, and continued formation of mental health professionals.

    As we celebrate, we will renew focus on the Eucharist as the center of our faith and the living representation of how God takes something so ordinary - bread - and  transforms it and elevates it. If He can do this with bread, imagine what He can do with the work of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association? He can take the ordinary work of our profession, transform it and elevate it to be a living, working mission of healing and restoration of the mental health profession.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    • Continuing Education information here
    • General FAQs - including cancellation policy - here

    Inspiration Verse: Romans 12:2

    “Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that you may prove what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”

    Patron: St. Thomas Aquinas 

    Patron Saint of students, universities, Pray for us!

    "Since therefore grace does not destroy nature but perfects it, natural reason should minister to faith as the natural bent of the will ministers to charity."

    — Thomas Aquinas, Summa Theologica, Part 1, Question 1, Article 8, Response to Objection 2.

    Interested in becoming a CPA Sponsor or Conference Exhibitor? Click the link below to learn more about the options available to you. 

    Sponsor and Exhibitor Opportunities 

    Prayer for the Intersession of St. Thomas Aquinas

    Grant me, O Lord my God,

    a mind to know you,

    a heart to seek you,

    wisdom to find you,

    conduct pleasing to you,

    faithful perseverance in waiting for you,

    and a hope of finally embracing you.

    • 29 Apr 2022
    Join us for the CPA Banquet and celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. Deacon Omar Gutierrez will share a dynamic presentation on Rome Beneath the Surface. All conference attendees, and their family members and friends are welcome to attend.
    • 29 Apr 2022
    • 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM

    Formation of the Catholic Psychotherapist: Jesus' Parables as Models of Competent Praxis

    Presented by Deacon Ray Biersbach PhD

    Saturday, April 30th 8:45 - 10:15am 

    1.5 CEUs 

    An essential for the ongoing survival of CPA is the definition of a process for the ongoing formation of CPA clinical and academic members. While members are typically well trained academically, virtue and competencies related to the clinical and educational practice are uncertain. The six years of priestly academic training and the decades of community life are not realistic for CPA members. However, about a third of his recorded teaching, Jesus' parables offer examples of both cognitive and behavioral competencies and can be ideal for formation. Further, it is essential to define competence as the professional dependent variable and virtue as the spiritual dependent variable for CPA members. Biersbach applies all these using current MACT approaches.

    Learning Objectives 

    • To propose a path for the ongoing formation of members in both the Christian identity and the appropriate professional skills of the Catholic psychotherapist.
    • To propose the parables of Jesus as suitable means to promote ongoing spiritual maturity and competence in psychotherapy.
    • To integrate identity, interpersonal skills, values, and current environment within the MACT psychotherapy model.

    Ray Biersbach has been a Catholic deacon since 1982. His ministry work has included service to a range of people. He practiced psychotherapy for 40 years, 30 of those as a licensed psychologist. He has performed research, taught at the masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels. He has served as director of clinical programs and retired as the psychology administrator for a New Jersey hospital for the seriously and chronically mentally ill. He currently writes full-time on the connection between psychotherapy and faith. He lives near Seattle with his wife of 46 years and has three grown children.

    Register Here

Past events

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
22 May 2021 2022 Call for Proposals Open Through July 4, 2021
24 Apr 2021 CPA Annual Conference Main Conference: Saturday
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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