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    • 14 Feb 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • Previously Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by:  Jennifer Madere, MA, LPC-S, EMDRIA AC

    Who: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, and Nurses.

    Cost: $30 for CPA Members, $60 for Non-members, $15 for Students/Clergy Members

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.


    Continuing Education Credits (3): $20.00

    Post-test and CE certificate: https://www.academeca.com/RCS/SeminarInfo.aspx?seminarId=800735


    Webinar Description: 

    The Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID) has thus become a valuable assessment tool for trauma-focused clinicians--and EMDR practitioners in particular--both to determine the presence of pathological dissociation and to develop more fine-grained interventions for preparation and successful trauma accessing/reprocessing. The MID is a 218-item, self-administered instrument with 168 dissociation items and 50 validity items developed by Paul F. Dell, PhD (2006, 2011). The MID reliably differentiates and offers a diagnostic impression for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, Otherwise Specified Dissociative Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder, Somatization Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder.  

    Participants will be introduced to the MID in this ‘walk through,’ during which they will learn to administer and score the MID; navigate the MID Analysis to enter data, interpret results, and conduct a follow-up interview. Implications for how the MID results may direct treatment, comorbid psychological and spiritual conditions, indications for stabilization, and potential markers for readiness for trauma accessing in the therapy frame will be offered.

    MID documents are available without charge to mental health professionals and researchers at www.mid-assessment.com.

    • 14 Feb 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • Previously Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by:  Shannon Mullen, PhD

    Who: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, and Nurses

    Cost: $30 for CPA Members, $60 for Non-members, $15 for Students/Clergy Members

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.


    Continuing Education Credits: Coming soon


    Webinar Description: 

    Mental health professionals have a specific yet important role in assessing sexuality and sexual behavior in clergy and clergy candidate. Assessment tools and approaches vary depending on the type of referral and needs of the referral source. An adequate background in understanding the current research in sexuality and problematic sexual behavior is necessary. Additionally, knowledge of the various assessment instruments utilized in the field of sexual behavior and forensics will aid in a more useful and detailed assessment and subsequent recommendations.

    This workshop will review the assessment process from referral to instrument selection while discussing the most current findings in sexual behavior research and risk assessment.

    • 14 Feb 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    Presented by:  Brigette Erwin, PhD

    Who: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, and Nurses

    Cost: $30 for CPA Members, $60 for Non-members, $15 for Students/Clergy Members

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.


    Continuing Education Credits (2): $20.00

    Post-test and CE certificate: https://www.academeca.com/RCS/SeminarInfo.aspx?seminarId=800734


    Webinar Description: 

    The nature and treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD are consistent with tenets of Roman Catholic spiritual formation and human formation, making it possible to translate back and forth between what we know to be true from a spiritual perspective and what we know to be effective from the clinical psychology research literature.

    This workshop will present information regarding the nature of and the evidence-based treatment of anxiety disorders and OCD. Participants will take part in hands-on training in the implementation of evidence-based treatment of the anxiety disorders and OCD. This workshop will demonstrate that evidence-based treatment of the anxiety disorders and OCD is compatible with spiritual and human formation and can be used to facilitate such formation. Specific ways in which evidence-based treatment and spiritual and human formation can be integrated will be presented.

    • 14 Feb 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    Presented by:  Anthony Isacco, PhD

    Who: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, and Nurses

    Cost: $30 for CPA Members, $60 for Non-members, $15 for Students/Clergy Members

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.


    Continuing Education Credits (3): $20.00

    Post-test and CE certificate: https://www.academeca.com/RCS/SeminarInfo.aspx?seminarId=800739


    Webinar Description: 

    This webinar provides concrete, practical suggestions for mental health professionals. Drawing from decades of clinical experience working with men and interdisciplinary insights from psychology, sociology, religion, and more, the workshop will cover some of the most salient aspects of men’s mental and spiritual health.

    The workshop will focus on topics such as men’s relationships to religion and to masculinity, shame, and forgiveness, and concerns such as pornography use and drifting between religious affiliations. In addition to relevant theory and research, the workshop will include case studies and clear, science-informed strategies that can be incorporated into everyday practice in ways that improve men’s health and wellbeing.

    • 14 Feb 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • Previously Recorded Webinar
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    Presented by:  Richard Kim, MD

    Who: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Nurses, and Clergy

    Cost: $30 for CPA Members, $60 for Non-members, $15 for Students/Clergy Members

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

    Continuing Education Credits: Coming soon

    Webinar Description: This webinar will provide an introduction to the clinical psychopharmacology of anxiety disorders and PTSD. General principles of psychopathology and psychopharmacology relevant to an understanding of the treatment of anxiety disorders and PTSD will be reviewed. The classes of psychotropic medications will be explained, especially with regard to their mechanisms of action, indications for use, and side effects. Research studies and clinical guidelines will be reviewed to gain a better clinical appreciation of the uses and limitations of psychotropic medications. This webinar will be very practical in nature, and tailored to the clinical day-to-day needs of psychotherapists who work with patients on psychiatric medications. Finally, we will end with a discussion of spiritual and psychological factors that may impact psychopharmacological treatment.

    • 17 Mar 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    Presented by:  Nissa Chadwick, MA, LMFT

    Who: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Dentists, and Clergy

    Cost: $30 for CPA Members, $60 for Non-members, $15 for Students/Clergy Members

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

    Continuing Education Credits (3): $20.00
    Post-test and CE certificate: https://www.academeca.com/RCS/SeminarInfo.aspx?seminarId=800786

    Webinar Description: 

    Nissa Chadwick, MA, LMFT, begins this presentation with a discussion of what Emotionally Focused Therapy is. She includes a discussion of basic attachment, a sampling of the research that supports the efficacy of EFT, the objectives of EFT, and the basic methods or techniques of EFT. 

    
The second portion of her discussion addresses the Catholic view of marriage. Her discussion will include the origins of marriage in Genesis, including how this demonstrate the primacy of attachment, marriage as a sacrament, and a brief discussion of Theology of the Body.

    Third, she discusses how and why EFT and a Catholic view of marriage coincide so nicely. She addresses how and why the emotional intimacy that EFT promotes is also to be a reflection of the intimacy (and ultimately union) that God desires with us. As we learn to be vulnerable and naked with each other, our vulnerability and nakedness in front of God, in prayer, can also increase – and this is bidirectional too. This is how and why for the Catholic couple discussing their sacramental life, their prayer life, and even Discernment of Spirits can be helpful because as they get in right relationship with God this will help then get into right relationship with one another, and vice versa.

    Lastly, she presents a brief case study.

    • 26 May 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • Previously Recorded Webinar

    Presented by:  Laura Haynes, PhD

    Who: Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Dentists, and Clergy

    Cost: $30 for CPA Members, $60 for Non-members, $15 for Students/Clergy Members

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

    Continuing Education Credits: Not applicable

    Webinar Description: 

    What the American Psychological Association and rigorous research can tell therapists, about cause and change factors in same-sex attraction and gender identity, have gone well beyond the APA 2008 website statement on sexuality, are generally not well known, and arguably support a case for change through therapy. Meanwhile, activism to ban such therapy is debated in professional organizations including the APA, governments, and the United Nations. What do we know about these sexual and gender variations? What can therapists who are open to clients’ goals for change offer them? What is the current status of laws on change-allowing therapy in the U.S. and on court decisions about these laws?

    Learning Objectives: 

    Therapists will gain knowledge they can use with clients about same sex attraction and behavior and gender-sex discordant identity in these areas:

    • The influence of specific genes, hormones, sexual trauma, family factors, social factors, psychiatric disorders, and some choice on development of sexual or gender variations and potential for change. 

    • Rates and direction of natural change and factors that influence it that clients have a right to know.

    • Harms of neglecting to evaluate for or treat potential underlying pathological causes with evidence-based treatments and well-established practices.

    • Where APA-recommended affirmative therapy goes wrong for clients whose same-sex attraction or behavior conflicts with their desire to live according to their religious faith or to save an opposite sex marriage with family. What should be done instead?

    • What the APA task force report (2009) really said about sexual attraction and behavior change-allowing therapy. Serious scientific flaws in its report. A different research review that is one of the most comprehensive (also in 2009) concluded that change allowing therapy, when it is done right, is safe and effective.

    • Why even the APA and a number of other organizations caution against socially transitioning children to live as the opposite sex. What are the short and long term harms of the experimental, unscientific, physical procedures being used for simulating the appearance of the opposite sex?

    • What professional organizations around the world support change-allowing psychotherapy and oppose sterilizing gender-sex discordant children? A professional organization consensus does not, in fact, exist.

    • What is the status of laws that censor therapy conversations and clients’ goals in change-allowing therapy? What is happening in the United Nations about therapy that is open to a client’s goal of change?

    • Resources for scientific updates on same sex sexuality, gender-sex discordance, and therapy that is open to a client’s goal of exploring options to these, and legislative updates on censoring therapy conversations.

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Fr. Keith Chylinski, MS, MA, MDiv

    Cost: $10

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time. Please note this presentation has been split into two videos.

    Webinar Description: 

    Psychotherapy is a wholly interpersonal endeavor, which requires deep internal stamina from the mental health professional. This presentation will focus on particular ways that therapists may draw strength and support for their vital work through the spiritual practices of vulnerability and acceptance, so that they may flourish in their vocation to bring healing to others.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will be afforded an opportunity for personal reflection in regard to their own experience of their faith tradition and its relationship to self-care.
    • Participants will be able to deepen their integrative view of the person, addressing the mind-body problem through the lens of faith-based anthropology.
    • Participants will be able to identify the salient features of the interrelationship between vulnerability and acceptance within the context of their own spiritual practices.

    Speaker:

    Fr. Chylinski has been appointed to serve as Chaplain for the Association. He has been an active member of the CPA since November 2014. In his role as Chaplain, Fr. Chylinski will serves as an Advisory Member to the CPA Board and assists with identifying and responding to the spiritual needs of the organization and its membership in accord with the mission of the CPA. Fr. Chylinski is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was ordained in 2007 and in 2012, he was assigned by Archbishop Chaput to full time graduate studies at The Institute for the Psychological Sciences, in Arlington Virginia. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014, he was appointed as faculty member and Director of Counseling Services at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is in his sixth year in this role. In addition to his work at the seminary, Fr. Chylinski has given many human formation conferences and workshops to seminarians throughout the country. Since 2016, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Priestly Formation for the summer program for diocesan seminarians, held at Creighton University. Fr. Chylinski has had a strong devotion to Padre Pio since he began discerning a call to the priesthood during his undergraduate studies at Temple University. As a seminarian in 2002, he was blessed to attend the Canonization of St. Pio in Rome, and then made his first of many pilgrimages to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo. St. Pio has been a spiritual father to him throughout his priesthood, and he loves to share his devotion with seminarians and parishioners alike.

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Cost: $150

    Accessing the bundleThis bundle includes access to all of the virtual presentations listed below. After registration and payment is complete, you will receive a follow-up email containing a link to the Vimeo file folder. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinars at any time.

    2020 Virtual Conference Recordings:

    • Sessions 101 & 111 - Spiritual Formation of the Mental Health Professional: Open to the VASTness of God's Love - Fr. Keith Chylinski, MS, MA, MDiv
    • Opening Remarks & Session 201 - Evaluations for Religious Life - Sr. Mary Patrice Ahearn, RSM, PsyD
    • Session 211 - Evidence-Based Treatment of the Roman Catholic Family: Furthering the New Evangelization - Brigette A. Erwin, PhD
    • Session 221 - Grace Built on Nature: Supporting Seminarians through Assessment & Interventions - Eric Gudan, PsyD, Mark Glafke, PhD, John Cadwallader, PsyD, Andrew Sodergren, PsyD
    • Session 222 - "Build the House on Rock": Psychological and Spiritual Foundations of Marriage Preparation Within John Paul II's Spiritual Exercises for Engaged Couple - Keith Houde, PhD, Fr. Zachary Swantek, STL
    • Session 231 - But Who Do You Say That I Am?: Implications of Attachment Assessment on Formation of Seminarians/Religious - Peter Martin, PsyD, Jeff Vance, MBA
    • Session 232 - An Ethical Discussion: Mental Health Professionals Supporting Persons Seeking Recovery from Possession and Other Spiritual Afflictions - Jennifer Madere, MA, Frank Moncher, PhD, Cynthia Hunt, MD, Fr. John Szada, PhD, Anna Pecoraro, PsyD
    • Reflection - Fr. Keith Chylinski, MS, MA, MDiv
    • Session 301 & 311 - A Developmental Model of Evidence - Based Interventions for Catholic Clergy - Anthony Isacco, PhD
    • CPA Membership/Business Meeting
    • Session 321- Rebuild my Church! A Catholic Guide to Understanding and Treating Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors - Karen Villa, PhD, Sasha Kleinsorge, PhD
    • Session 322 - Rebuilding the Church in Seminary Formation: From Psychological Evaluations to Ordination - Christina Lynch, PsyD, Fr. Paul Sullivan, Gerry Doran, PhD, Fr. Bryan Duggan
    • Session 331- Unwanted Same-Sex Attraction and Behavior (SSA) and the Priesthood: Charity, Discernment and Treatment - Philip Sutton, PhD
    • Session 332 - Rebuilding the Domestic Church: Applied Bowen Family Systems - Rachel Gardner, MA
    • Closing Reflection - Fr. Keith Chylinski, MS, MA, MDiv

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Sr. Mary Patrice Ahearn, RSM, PsyD

    Cost: $10

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

    About the speaker:

    Sister Mary Patrice Ahearn is a Religious Sister of Mercy of Alma, Michigan.  She has been a member of her community since 2003. She graduated with her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) in Arlington, Virginia in 2013. Her clinical work has primarily focused on service to the Church with the assessment of candidates to religious life and the seminary, and in working with priests. Sister also worked with clients from the general population while she worked at her community’s Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center in Alma, Michigan. She spent about 2 years teaching psychology and counseling at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney Australia before becoming the Director of Counseling Services at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. Sister Mary Patrice has an interest in working with religious, priests and seminarians and wrote her dissertation on the psychological assessment and treatment of religious women. She is dedicated to helping those in service to Church and appreciates collaboration with other professionals in her field and beyond.
    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Brigette A. Erwin, PhD Licensed Psychologist, Anxiety and OCD Center | Dr. Erwin Consulting

    Cost: $10

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

    Webinar Description: 

    The field of psychology has produced evidence-based treatments meant to further God’s will through healing and strengthening both marriage and family. Evidence-based treatments have yet to integrate Roman Catholic doctrine. This workshop will present evidence-based interventions, consistent with Roman Catholic formation of marriage, family, and parenting.


    Learning Objectives:

    • To describe characteristics and evidence-based treatment of the Christian marriage and effective parenting, as consistent with tenets of Roman Catholic formation.
    • To apply interventions to treat factors that function to maintain the difficulties in the marriage and family, including patient-specific factors.
    • To integrate marriage and parenting treatment in order to maximize treatment response.

    Speaker:

    Brigette A. Erwin, PhD, is a leading Philadelphia-area provider of evidence-based treatment of the anxiety and related disorders. Through Dr. Erwin Consulting, she provides evidence-based consulting to corporate clients. Dr. Erwin received her Ph.D. from Temple University, completed a NIH postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania, and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Erwin is a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychology at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Public Relations Chair of the Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association, and Consultant to Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary.

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Eric Gudan, PsyD; Mark Glafke, PhD; John Cadwallader, PsyD; Andrew Sodergren, PsyD

    Cost: $10

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

    Webinar Description: 

    Recent events highlight the need to identify and address deficits in psychosexual and emotional maturity in priests. Several fictionalized case studies, anonymized and amalgamated from clinical material, demonstrate different common presenting character types. The presentation will emphasize elements from their history prior to admission, noteworthy patterns of assessment data, consequent considerations regarding admission and formation, and likely outcomes. Vocational directors and rectors need practical support in how to best respond to the needs of the men presenting to become priests. A better understanding of candidates and treatment will be vital in properly dealing with unaddressed mental health issues likely tied to the development and maintenance of problematic behavior patterns associated with the on-going crisis in the Church. Attendees will gain a clearer understanding of underlying traits of coping styles, self-concept, and interpersonal functioning of different personality styles, contrasting with the ideal set forth in the USCCB’s Program for Priestly Formation.

    Learning objectives:

    • Identifying the characteristic historical data and assessment data of individuals from different character structures such as narcissistic, compulsive hysterical, and depressive. 
    • Learn typical affect regulation, self-concept maintenance, and interpersonal patterns of those four character structures
    • Implement recommendations to instill the qualities necessary for priestly ministry for these four character structures.

    Speakers: 

    Eric Gudan, a licensed clinical psychologist, conducts therapy and supervises pre-doctoral externs at his private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. He has a PsyD and MS in Clinical Psychology from The Institute for the Psychological Sciences. He focuses on multi-modal assessment in his private practice, including clinical assessments, vocational assessments for various dioceses and orders, and federal personnel evaluations. He is active with and presents at the Society for Personality Assessment annual conference and is a normative data collector for the R-PAS. His areas of interest include multi-modal personality assessment, mindfulness, trans-theoretical mechanisms for therapeutic change, and treatment of recalcitrant interpersonal patterns. Eric and his wife of nine years have four children.

    Dr. Mark Glafke is a licensed clinical psychologist who operates a private practice in Lafayette, IN where his focus is on helping individuals and couples address psychological issues from an integrated Catholic perspective.  Dr. Glafke specializes in completing psychological assessment of candidates for religious life for various dioceses and serves as a guest lecturer and consultant for the seminary at University of Saint Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL.  Dr. Glafke also gives presentations to various Catholic organizations and serves as a mentor/supervisor to new professionals who are attempting to combine their faith within their practice.  

    Dr. John Cadwallader is a clinical psychologist and owner of Central Psychological Services LLC in Indianapolis, IN.  He also serves as the staff psychologist at Bishop Simon Brute’ College Seminary.   Dr. Cadwallader works with adults providing psychotherapy and assessment that integrates Catholic anthropology into the treatment.   Clinical work focuses on dignity of the human person and supporting efforts to remove impediments that limits a person’s ability to fully know, love, and serve God.  His theoretical orientation is rooted in Object-Relations theory.  He has a special interest in working with clergy and seminarians, characterological disorders, trauma, psychological assessment, and clinical supervision.

    Dr. Andrew Sodergren holds Masters and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from Divine Mercy University’s Institute for the Psychological Sciences.  Dr. Sodergren works for Ruah Woods, a Theology of the Body ministry in Cincinnati, OH where he provides integrated Catholic psychotherapy as well as psychological testing for candidates to the priesthood and religious life.  Dr. Sodergren also holds a Masters degree in theology from the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington, DC where he annually teaches as an adjunct professor.  He and his wife Ellie have been married 20 years and have five children.

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Keith Houde, PhD; Fr. Zachary Swantek, STL

    Cost: $10

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

    Webinar Description: 

    The unstable foundations of marriage within contemporary culture require innovative approaches in pastoral psychology. The psychologically-relevant, pastoral approach of Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II is presented, considering (from original translation) the content of his spiritual exercises for engaged couples within the context of a supportive community. Participants are invited to consider practical clinical applications for personal formation and marriage preparation around themes including humility/grace, maturity/honor, knowledge/trust, unity/reciprocity, fidelity/commitment, responsible parenthood, and sacrificial love.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Discuss factors related to rebuilding the foundations of personal formation and marriage preparation within contemporary culture.
    • Describe practical elements of a promising, psychologically-relevant, pastoral approach to personal formation and marriage preparation consisting of spiritual exercises within a community milieu of presence and accompaniment.
    • List three specific clinical applications within the premarital assessment, premarital counseling, and community support for building a solid foundation of personal formation and marriage preparation.

    Speakers: 

    Keith A. Houde, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Chair of the Department of Psychology at Ave Maria University in Florida.  He previously worked as Clinical Psychologist within a Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Maine, including service as Psychology Training Director for a predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship program. With an academic background in psychology and theology, his primary scholarly interests are theological anthropology, philosophical psychology, and the history of psychology, with particular emphasis on the personalist psychology of Saint John Paul II.

    Fr. Swantek is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, NJ, where he serves as the chaplain of Seton Hall University’s Interprofessional Health Sciences campus, and has taught at Seton Hall’s Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology. His specialization is the theology of marriage and family. He studied at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute in Rome, and is currently completing his Doctorate at the Pontifical University of St. John Paul II in Krakow. His dissertation is on “Marriage as a Healing Sacrament: Renewal of Pastoral Ministry of the Family in Light of John Paul II’s Theology of the Body”.  

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Peter Martin, PsyD; Jeff Vance, MBA

    Cost: $10

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

    Webinar Description: 

    Attachment-related internal working models of close relationships help to understand the relational dynamics of an individual with respect to both human and spiritual attachment figures. A psycho-spiritual, assessment model will be presented which incorporates self-report and implicit measures. The currently under development Holy Trinity and Mary Drawings (HTMD) will be introduced.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Explain how “internal working models” of attachment can shape implicit experiences of close human and spiritual relationships.
    • Describe various ways that the level of one’s attachment security can impact psychological and spiritual functioning as well as distress management.
    • Identify and describe numerous self-report and implicit attachment measures that are useful in assessing psycho-spiritual functioning in religious and seminarian candidates.

    Speakers: 

    Peter E. Martin, Psy.D. is the Internship Director of Integrated Training and Formation at Catholic Social Services (CSS) of Southern Nebraska. He earned his Psy.D. from The Institute for Psychological Sciences’ (now DMU) and holds Master’s degrees in Clinical Psychology from IPS, in Religious Studies from Providence College, and in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. Peter previously served on the Executive Board of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association.

    His areas of interest include trauma-informed therapy (IFS & EMDR), depth therapy, forgiveness therapy, group therapy, and treating implicit God image problems.

    Jeff M. Vance, Ph.D. is the postdoctoral fellow at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center, part of Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska, where he provides clients with both psychotherapy and psychological assessment. His assessment interests include collaborative and therapeutic assessment models, use of implicit measurement methods, and assessments for seminarians and candidates for religious life. Jeff earned his M.S. and Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas. In addition to the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, Jeff is an active member of the American Psychological Association, Society for Personality Assessment, and the Therapeutic Assessment Institute.

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Jennifer Madere, MA; Frank Moncher, PhD; Cynthia Hunt, MD; Fr. John Szada, PhD; Anna Pecoraro, PsyD

    Cost: $10

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

    Webinar Description: 

    The Rite of Exorcism requires that a mental health evaluation be done by a licensed professional before an exorcism is approved by the local Catholic diocese. Mental health professionals may also help individuals and families recover and find freedom from the psychological antecedents and sequelae to the spiritual affliction, and build (or rebuild) their lives, personal identity, and relationships.

    This presentation will focus primarily on the roles of the mental health professional in assessing and supporting persons who are or have been possessed; however, some generalization may be made toward working with persons who experience other spiritual afflictions. Attendees will acquire a general understanding of diagnostic and ethical dilemmas regarding the assessment, differential diagnosis, and treatment of persons presenting with suspected or confirmed possession and be referred to professional literature and other related resources for further study.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Attendees will be able to: describe the type and scope of the roles that mental health professionals may fill in the process of psychological assessment and treatment of persons seeking exorcism ministry.
    • Attendees will be able to: name several potential ethical and boundary concerns known to commonly arise during the course of treatment with clients who are recovering from severe spiritual afflictions.
    • Attendees will be able to: articulate the importance of initial and continued differential diagnosis, and collaboration with other professionals and clergy during the course of treatment with persons recovering from severe spiritual afflictions.

    Speakers: 

    Jennifer Madere is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in private practice, and founding partner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas. She is an EMDRIA Approved Consultant and EMDR Therapy Training Provider. Jennifer earned her BA in Psychology from Benedictine College, and MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She has accompanied child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing in psychotherapy since 2003. In addition to serving her clients, Jennifer supervises new clinicians, and consults and conducts training on treatment of complex trauma, pathological dissociation, and EMDR therapy. Jennifer has presented internationally on the research, assessment and treatment of Dissociative Disorders since 2014. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, the EMDR Training Task Force of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation, and the Consultation Practices Task Force of the EMDR International Association.

    Frank Moncher received his Ph.D. in Clinical-Community Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 1992, and was on faculty of the Medical College of Georgia from 1993-1999. From 2000-2010. He taught at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. He is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Virginia and Washington, D.C. Over the past 19 years he has consulted in diocesan marriage tribunals, and with religious orders and dioceses to provide psychological evaluations of candidates for religious life. Since 2010, Dr. Moncher has worked for the Catholic Diocese of Arlington consulting in various ministries.

    Dr. Cynthia Hunt is a graduate of Loyola Stritch School of Medicine. Her professional experience has included Board Certification and practice in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics and Psychiatry, which includes a year of fellowship training in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She currently maintains an active practice at the Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula, where she is the Chief of the Department of Psychiatry. She is also an Adjunct Faculty Member of St. Patrick’s Archdiocesan Seminary in Menlo Park, CA. She has been privileged to serve the Catholic Church over the last 12 years in the Exorcism and Deliverance ministry as psychiatric consultant to priests, exorcists and Bishops and is on the Advisory Board for the Pope Leo XIII Institute. She has been invited to give presentations on this topic in many settings including Priest/ Clergy Days, Deaconate Training, National Meetings of the Catholic Medical Association and the Catholic Psychotherapy Association as well as conferences with laity and SCRC. Dr. Hunt has also worked within the Catholic Medical Association for many years and has served as President of the Fresno Guild, member of the FIRE Committee, and as a speaker for CMA national and local conferences. She is currently a CMA Board Member and is Chair of the national CMA Opioid Task Force, meeting with Health and Human Services in Washington, DC. Recently she participated in representing North America at an International Meeting on Addictions at the Vatican through the Dicastery of Integral Human Development. An accomplished pianist , Lay Carmelite, and member of the Board of the Foundation of Prayer for Priests, she has been blessed with her husband of 27 years and their three children.

    Father Szada is a priest of the Diocese of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Since ordination in 1978 he has served as parochial vicar, full time hospital chaplain, pastor, and is now currently chaplain to a monastery of Discalced Carmelite Nuns in Elysburg, PA. Since 2011, he has also served as the official exorcist of the Diocese. He received a BA from Penn State University in Foreign Service and International Politics, an MDiv from Mount St Mary’s Seminary in Emmitsburg, MD, a BS in Psychology from York College of Pennsylvania, and an MS and PhD in Psychology from Capella University. Father Szada is currently a member of the Catholic Medical Association, the American Psychological Association, the Catholic Psychotherapy Association and the International Association of Exorcists. In addition to his work as exorcist, Father is spiritual director to numerous individuals, engages in counseling and conducts days of reflection and retreats.

    Anna Pecoraro, Psy.D., is an associate professor at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) of Divine Mercy University, where she serves the APA-accredited Psy.D. program in clinical psychology and the MS in Psychology program. She is a licensed psychologist. She is also a professional musician.

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Fr. Keith Chylinski, MS, MA, MDiv

    Cost: $10

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

    Speaker: 

    Fr. Chylinski has been appointed to serve as Chaplain for the Association. He has been an active member of the CPA since November 2014. In his role as Chaplain, Fr. Chylinski will serves as an Advisory Member to the CPA Board and assists with identifying and responding to the spiritual needs of the organization and its membership in accord with the mission of the CPA. Fr. Chylinski is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was ordained in 2007 and in 2012, he was assigned by Archbishop Chaput to full time graduate studies at The Institute for the Psychological Sciences, in Arlington Virginia. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014, he was appointed as faculty member and Director of Counseling Services at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is in his sixth year in this role. In addition to his work at the seminary, Fr. Chylinski has given many human formation conferences and workshops to seminarians throughout the country. Since 2016, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Priestly Formation for the summer program for diocesan seminarians, held at Creighton University. Fr. Chylinski has had a strong devotion to Padre Pio since he began discerning a call to the priesthood during his undergraduate studies at Temple University. As a seminarian in 2002, he was blessed to attend the Canonization of St. Pio in Rome, and then made his first of many pilgrimages to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo. St. Pio has been a spiritual father to him throughout his priesthood, and he loves to share his devotion with seminarians and parishioners alike. 

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Anthony Isacco, PhD

    Cost: $10

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    Webinar Description: 

    Developmental Barriers to Clergy Health (Part 1)

    The number of Catholic priests in the United States has steadily declined since 1970, going from 59,192 to 36,580 in 2018 (CARA, 2019). Thus, men began eliminating the priesthood as a vocational option before the clergy sexual abuse crisis. The downward statistical trend is a reminder of the significant barriers men experience in their discernment of the priesthood (Isacco & Tirabassi, 2018). The barriers contribute to an unhealthy discernment process full of self-doubt, irrational thoughts, psychological consternation, avoidance, and feelings of loneliness. Therefore, the discernment phase is ripe with opportunities to help men overcome those barriers and to establish a positive trajectory to healthy development in subsequent phases.

    Some men move forward with their discernment by applying to the seminary, which is typically seen as a positive step. The USCCB (2015) mandated that seminary applicants receive a psychological evaluation before their admittance. Despite previous studies reporting that clergy applicants are generally psychologically healthy (Plante et al., 2005; Plante & Lackey, 2007; Thomas & Plante, 2015), the psychological evaluation can identify important concerns such as risk factors for sexual offending as well as other contraindications to an authentic vocation. This portion of the presentation reviews original research findings from testing data (MMPI-2 and MMPI-2-RF) with 150 clergy applicants (Isacco, 2017; 2019). Results indicate that the applicants had aggregate scores below the T of 65 cut-offs but scored comparatively higher on the underreporting/defensiveness validity indices and overcontrolled hostility than the national norm group. Applicants scored significantly lower on all scales mapped onto risk factors when compared to a norm group of child sexual offenders except underreporting.

    Newly ordained priests experience a significant role transition in a current hostile climate. The extant literature has presented a mixed picture of psychological concerns among the clergy. For newly ordained, the developmental task in this difficult context is to be a good priest while preventing burnout, maintaining fraternal community (Tirabassi, Porada, & Feiberg, 2015), and deepening their dynamic relationship with God, the latter of which is the core their health (Isacco et al., 2016). The newly ordained stage is the opportunity to stabilize a priestly identity and to establish a sustainable approach to health.

    Learning Objectives: 

    • Identify at least 5 common psycho-social barriers to active, healthy discernment of the priesthood.
    • Describe the psychological concerns of clergy applicants reported in research studies of test data from psychological evaluations.
    • Apply findings from the extant literature to the conceptualization and application of interventions to improve the health of men at different developmental stages - discerners, seminary applicants, seminarians, and newly ordained priests.


    Interventions to Improve Clergy Health (Part 2)

    Identification of barriers and concerns provide insight into what needs to be repaired.  Part 2 of the presentation focuses on using the best available research, clinical experience, and expertise, and input from various stakeholders (e.g., mental health professionals, formation faculty, post-ordination personnel) to develop evidence-based interventions aimed at improving health at the key developmental stages of discernment, formation, and newly ordained. The presentation will capitalize on the collective expertise of CPA membership by fostering discussion and input in the following areas:

    • Discernment interventions across settings (family, parish, schools, universities, Vocation Offices).
    • Screening and gatekeeping at the admission stage with comprehensive, multimodal psychological evaluations that follow the USCCB (2015) guidelines and incorporate specific best practices.
    • Integrative and collaborative interventions in seminary formation such as an embedded counselor for mental health issues, workshop series on pertinent topics (e.g., pornography), continuous psychological screening, and strength-based coaching.
    • Post-ordination supports (e.g., retreats, spiritual direction), consultation and mentoring resources, and help-seeking referrals.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify at least 5 common psycho-social barriers to active, healthy discernment of the priesthood.
    • Describe the psychological concerns of clergy applicants reported in research studies of test data from psychological evaluations.
    • Apply findings from the extant literature to the conceptualization of interventions to improve the health and wellness of men at different developmental stages - discerners, seminary applicants, seminarians, and newly ordained priests.

    Speaker: 

    Anthony Isacco, PhD is a licensed psychologist in Pennsylvania and Associate Professor in the Graduate Psychology Programs at Chatham University in Pittsburgh, PA. His clinical practice is focused on the psychological assessment of Catholic clergy applicants. His research examines the health of Catholic priests and clergy applicants. He is the co-author of All In: Breaking Barriers to Discerning the Priesthood (2018, Lambing Press) and Religion, Spirituality, Masculinity: New Insights for Counselors (2019, Routledge). He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Catholic Psychotherapy Association (CPA), and the co-coordinator of the CPA Seminary Assessment & Counseling Special Interest Group.

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Cost: $10

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    Webinar Description: 

    The Catholic Psychotherapy Association Board of Directors share annual reports from all committees with attending members.
    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Karen Villa, PhD; Sasha Kleinsorge, PhD

    Cost: $10

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    Webinar Description: 

    This presentation considers important variables for the treatment of clergy/religious sexual abuse survivors from a Catholic perspective. We review the pathology of clergy who abuse by an insidious ‘grooming’ process. Defenses that often emerge from traumatic abuse, especially PTSD and repetition compulsion are covered, as well as treatment strategies, countertransference issues, and restorative justice.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Participants will learn the narcissistic pathology of offending clergy as well as symptoms and defenses which are commonly the consequence of early and severe sexual abuse by clergy/religious—PTSD and the engrained problems with repetition compulsion.
    • Participants will learn important clinical strategies in the treatment of clergy/religious sexual abuse, including the importance of a therapeutic frame, validation, obstacles to talking about the abuse, and common countertransference issues.
    • Participants will learn about victim/survivor’s need for restorative justice as part of his/her recovery, as well as the restorative justice due to the larger faith community, which is also deeply wounded by clergy sex abuse.

    Speakers: 

    Dr. Karen Villa is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Brighton, MI. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1997 and completed postdoctoral fellowships with Michigan State University Medical School and the University of Michigan Medical School with an emphasis on interpersonal neurobiology, medical psychology and neuropsychology, and neuropsychoanalysis. She also completed her certification in Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy through the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute in 2012. She lives with her husband of 27 years and two children who are launching into young adulthood. She enjoys traveling and hiking with her family, running, reading, and spending time on Lake Michigan.

    Dr. Shasha Kleinsorge is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Ann Arbor, MI. She received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 1995 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at University of Michigan Medical School in psychoanalytic research and long-term psychotherapy. She is also a Secular Carmelite. Shasha is Albanian and came to the USA at age 5. She lives with her two college-aged sons and 10 American Singer canaries. Her favorite things to do: hang out with family, walking, gardening, jewelry-making, listening and dancing to worship music.

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Christina Lynch, PsyD; Fr. Paul Sullivan; Gerry Doran, PhD; Fr. Bryan Duggan

    Cost: $10

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    Webinar Description: 

    This 90-minute panel presentation will invite audience involvement in formation vignettes covering a man’s walk towards a vocation to the diocesan priesthood; the application and psychological assessment process; and the admittance and growth counseling procedure. The expert panelists will present their vignettes from each area of formation, giving real-life examples, as well as illustrations of collaboration between psychologists and formators involved in process of seminary formation. Included in the seminary formation process a vignette using research from St. John Vianney Seminary seminary will address growth in chaste celibacy.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Psychologists, Counselors, Vocation Directors, Pastors and all those who work to recruit young men for seminary formation can benefit from the years of experience of psychologists/vocation directors who must assess men to see if they have the capacity to enter seminary formation at the time of their application. Various instruments will be discussed for application as well as various scenarios that can disrupt the seminary community if a man is accepted and not ready. Case studies will be presented and audience participation can be solicited.
    • All participants can benefit from the beta model of SJV (Denver) regarding their chastity program (FIPI) on ways that have helped men grow both in affective maturity and chaste celibate lifestyle.
    • Participants can benefit from this presentation in understanding the strengths and limitations of formation in seminary and how best to treat seminarians they counsel as well as those priests who later come for counseling. I believe this presentation could be considered a beta model of clinical practice related to the formation of young men to the priesthood.

    Speakers: 

    Dr. Christina Lynch is a founding Board Member, Past President (2013-2015) of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. In 2007, Dr. Lynch joined St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado as Director of Psychological Services/Professor. The mission of Saint John Vianney Theological Seminary is discernment of, and unified formation in, priestly identity marked by an intelligence of heart, with men called to proclaim Jesus Christ and build a civilization of love in persona Christi Capitis. Most summers since 2004, Dr. Lynch has served as an adjunct faculty for Human & Spiritual Formation for Seminarians from around the country at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. In the area of research, Dr. Lynch serves as an Associate Researcher in Psychology & Spirituality for the Sacred Story Institute; a Catholic/Jesuit non-profit whose mission is research to create, in and for the Church, evangelization programs and resources that meet head-on the challenges of contemporary culture. In December of 2005 Dr. Lynch was awarded the first Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the Institute for Psychological Sciences (Divine Mercy University). Ten years later, in 2015, she was awarded the first Distinguished Alumni Award from IPS. The Distinguished Alumni Award is presented to a graduate who has made significant contributions to society and whose accomplishments, affiliations and careers have honored the legacy of the excellence of the school.

    Fr. Sullivan grew up in New York in a family of eight children. He attended the State University of New York at Albany where he earned a degree in accounting. After working for the firms of PriceWaterhouseCoopers and KPMG in New York and Phoenix respectively as a CPA, he entered formation at Saint Meinrad Seminary in preparation for ordination in 2007. Since then he has served in as a parochial vicar, director of a retreat center, high school chaplain and pastor. Since 2008, he has served as Director of Vocations for the diocese and for the past 5 years has served as Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish in Phoenix. He is also Rector of the Nazareth House Seminary here in Phoenix. He also serves on the staff of the Institute for Priestly Formation in their spiritual formation certificate program for priests.

    Dr. Gerry Doran is a clinical psychologist with many years experience working in a varied private practice treating individuals, couples and families. He was a family life minister in two parishes of the Archdiocese of Denver for 7 years and has an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from St. Thomas Seminary in Denver. For the past 20 years he has also worked as a psychology consultant for The Archdiocese of Denver and for several other dioceses and religious communities in the U.S. offering specialized psychological services for seminarians, deacons, priests and religious.

    Fr. Bryan was ordained to the priesthood in 2011 for the Archdiocese of Vancouver, Canada, where he served as Parochial Vicar and Vocations Director. After 5 years of active ministry he began studying for his Psy.D. at The Institute for Psychological Sciences – Divine Mercy University and anticipates completing this program in 2021. He has worked in outpatient settings with Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Arlington, VA, and a group practice in Frederick, MD, which serves the seminarians of Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary. His dissertation is a cross-sectional analysis comparing levels of affective maturity among first and final year seminarians at St. John Vianney Seminary in Denver, CO.

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by: Philip Sutton, PhD

    Cost: $10

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    Webinar Description: 

    This presentation will address how to understand and serve professionally – or pastorally – (pre-)seminarians and priests who experience unwanted (ego-dystonic) same-sex attraction and behavior. Common pre-existing and/or co-occurring bio-psycho-social-behavioral factors that may have influenced them to develop and/or maintain SSA and consequences and/or co-occurring difficulties of experiencing or enacting SSA will be discussed. Therapeutic and other professional services and religious and spiritual resources and activities, which have been shown to be helpful for persons trying to manage and/or resolve unwanted SSA, will be described.

    Learning Objectives:

    • What bio-psycho-social-behavioral factors may have influenced him to develop and/or maintain SSA?
    • What are common co-occurring conditions or difficulties?
    • What therapeutic and other resources have been shown to be effective for helping persons manage and resolve unwanted SSA?

    Speaker: 

    Dr. Sutton is licensed as a marriage and family therapist and clinical social worker (IN) and psychologist (MI). He was founding director of the MA in Counseling Program at Franciscan University of Steubenville, OH (1989-1991). He has served as peritus for two Diocesan Marriage Tribunals (1981-2005), counselor/social worker at two Diocesan elementary schools (1991-2011) and psychologist at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit (2006-2015). He has participated in the Courage/Encourage Apostolate since 1999, co-founding and leading a group for 15 years. He is a clinical and Board member of the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity and past Editor of its Journal of Human Sexuality.

    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by: Rachel Gardner, MA

    Cost: $10

    Accessing the webinar: Once payment has been processed, a followup email will be sent with a private link to the webinar hosted on Vimeo. With the private link, you have the ability to access the webinar at any time.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Identify and explore the difference between individual model and systems conceptualizations in regards to family treatment and evaluate initial observations regarding how systems thinking aligns with Catholic anthropology on the human individual and family.
    • Identify and explain the benefits and limitations of a systemic case conceptualization for working with parents and teenagers in family therapy.
    • Learn basic, practical applications of Bowen Family Systems in family sessions, including the encouragement to think for self in regards to clinical work and theory implementation.

    Speaker: 

    Rachel Elisa Gardner, MA, LPC is a Bowen Family Systems therapist in private practice in Austin, Texas at New Life Counseling Center. She has received two years of individual personal coaching in Bowen theory as well as two years of group training. She is currently the Bowen Theory trainer for the LPC-intern training program at New Life and continues both to coach — and learn! — within this collaborative clinical community. She thoroughly enjoys all conversations about theory and theology and continues to be amazed by the efficacy of this approach for helping families be transformed through relationship, science — and grace.
    • 2 Jun 2020
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    • 31 Dec 2025
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    • 2020 CPA Virtual Conference
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    Presented by:  Fr. Keith Chylinski, MS, MA, MDiv

    Cost: $10

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    Speaker: 

    Fr. Chylinski has been appointed to serve as Chaplain for the Association. He has been an active member of the CPA since November 2014. In his role as Chaplain, Fr. Chylinski will serves as an Advisory Member to the CPA Board and assists with identifying and responding to the spiritual needs of the organization and its membership in accord with the mission of the CPA. Fr. Chylinski is a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. He was ordained in 2007 and in 2012, he was assigned by Archbishop Chaput to full time graduate studies at The Institute for the Psychological Sciences, in Arlington Virginia. After obtaining his Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology in 2014, he was appointed as faculty member and Director of Counseling Services at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania. He is in his sixth year in this role. In addition to his work at the seminary, Fr. Chylinski has given many human formation conferences and workshops to seminarians throughout the country. Since 2016, he has been an adjunct faculty member at the Institute for Priestly Formation for the summer program for diocesan seminarians, held at Creighton University. Fr. Chylinski has had a strong devotion to Padre Pio since he began discerning a call to the priesthood during his undergraduate studies at Temple University. As a seminarian in 2002, he was blessed to attend the Canonization of St. Pio in Rome, and then made his first of many pilgrimages to Pietrelcina and San Giovanni Rotondo. St. Pio has been a spiritual father to him throughout his priesthood, and he loves to share his devotion with seminarians and parishioners alike. 

    • 22 Apr 2021
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    • 24 Apr 2021
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    • San Diego/Mission Valley



Past events

3 Jul 2020 Call for Proposals
30 Apr 2020 2020 Catholic Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference
27 Apr 2020 2020 Truth & Love Conference “Be Not Afraid: Affirming the Truth and Sex and Identity”
3 Apr 2020 Same Sex Attraction and Discordant Gender Identity Change, May Have (Treatable) Psychological Causes, and Other Confessions of the American Psychological Association—Expanded and Updated
15 Mar 2020 Wisconsin Region Kickoff - Holy Mass
14 Feb 2020 Attachment Theory and the Multiplicity of Spiritual Relationships: Theory, Assessment, and Therapeutic Applications
7 Feb 2020 Emotionally Focused Therapy in a Catholic Context
31 Jan 2020 Early-bird Registration Ends
30 Jan 2020 Minneapolis-St. Paul Quarterly Discussion Night
6 Dec 2019 Clinical Pharmacology of Anxiety Disorders and PTSD
13 Sep 2019 Religion, Spirituality, and Masculinity
16 Aug 2019 Region III Meet and Greet
16 Aug 2019 An Introduction to the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation
17 Jul 2019 Extended Q & A with Dr. Mark Yarhouse
27 Jun 2019 CATHOLIC PSYCHOTHERAPISTS DISCUSSION NIGHT
1 Jun 2019 Dr. Brigette Erwin, PhD and Sue Stubbs MS, NCC
17 May 2019 Evidenced Based Treatment of Pediatric Treatment Resistant OCD Integrated with Roman Catholic Formation
25 Apr 2019 Catholic Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference
22 Feb 2019 Attachment Theory and the Multiplicity of Spiritual Relationships: Theory, Assessment, and Therapeutic Applications
26 Apr 2018 Healing Divided Hearts in Our World
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