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

    • 24 Jun 2022
    • 10:30 AM - 1:45 PM
    • Zoom Webinar
    • 96

    Presented by: Peter Malinoski, PhD

    When:  Friday June 24th: 10:30 AM - 1:45 PM  Central Time  (US and Canada)

    • 10:30 - 10:35 AM - Introduction 
    • 10:35 - 1:40 PM - Lecture + Q&A
    • 1:40 - 1:45 PM - Closing 

    What: Of Beams and Specks: Therapist-Focused Consultation 

    Cost: $90 for CPA Members, $180 for Non-members, $45 for Students/Clergy Members. 3 CEU credits are pending for this presentation, once approved they will be made available to all registered attendees. 

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


    Traditionally in mental health fields, consultants have focused on the inner life and dynamics of the clients of their therapist consultees. Consultee therapists present cases, discuss their diagnostic assessments and case conceptualizations and formulate treatment plans based on the understanding of the client’s internal world. Consultees and consultants also address client “resistance,” transferences, and impasses in therapy primarily by focusing on the client’s contributions to the client-therapist dyad and by reflecting on how the client needs to change. Consistent with Internal Family Systems and some aspects of Person-Centered approaches to consultation and supervision, I argue that almost all therapists (even very experienced ones) contribute much more that they realize to impasses and to client “resistance” in therapy. In consultation, consultee therapists often benefit most from understanding how their own internal systems -- the parts of themselves are contributing to the difficulties and challenges they faced with their clients. A therapist-centered approach to consultation reveals important blind spots, blocks, disconnects, and other internal hindrances to the therapist’s understanding himself or herself more completely, especially how his or her internal dynamics contribute to the resistance, conflicts, impasses, and other difficulties in his or her therapy with “challenging” clients. In this webinar, I introduce and define my approach, called Therapist-Focused Consultation (TFC), I review how TFC’s premises are radically different than those in traditional consultation, discuss the benefits of a therapist-focused approach to consultation, review the limitations of such an approach and through recorded demonstrations of my consultation work, illustrate what TFC actually looks like in real practice. Live, experiential guided exercises will help the audience members get in touch with their own contribution to their difficulties with “challenging” clients. We will also have time for questions and discussion.

    Learning Objectives:

    • Compare traditional consultation/supervision models’ focus on the client with TFC’s primary focus on the clinician. 
    • Describe what a tor-mentor is and explain why clients who are tor-mentors are such gifts to their therapists.
    • Identify the five primary benefits of TFC approaches to consultation for the consultee therapist and the four major benefits of TFC approaches to the consultee therapist’s clients. 
    • Explain how TFC differs from the consultee’s own personal therapy, delineate the scope of each TFC vs. the consultee’s personal therapy as well as their areas of overlap.
    •  Evaluate how to introduce TFC concepts into their own consultation and supervision work, both as consultants and as consultees.

    Target Audience: 

    Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Missionaries, Evangelists, Pastoral Counselors, Coaches, Spiritual Directors

    Level of Content: Intermediate



    Peter Malinoski, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist in private practice in Indianapolis, specializing in the assessment and treatment of problems that bridge the psychological and spiritual realms.  He is particularly focused on unconscious psychological factors that thwart one’s capacity to receive love from God and other people and to love God and others, including the effects of trauma and on providing training and consultation for Catholic therapists. In this, he draws primarily from Internal Family Systems approaches grounded in on the richness and fullness of Catholic revelation.  He has been a psychologist in Indianapolis for 20 years.  Dr. Malinoski is the co-founder and president of Souls and Hearts at, a website dedicated to providing mental health resources grounded in a Catholic anthropology to everyone.  He leads the Interior Therapist Community, an online community of more than 70 Catholic clinicians interested grounding Internal Family Systems approaches in a Catholic worldview.  His monthly podcast is Interior Integration for Catholics, in which he addresses the tough psychological issues Catholics face.  Dr. Malinoski has been married to Pam for 23 years.  They have seven children ranging in age from 8 to 23 and an infant grandson.  In his free time also enjoys raising animals, vegetables and fruits on his small farm.

    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. 

    • 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. 

    Inspiration Verse: Romans 12:2

    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 Informaiton 

Past events

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
28 Apr 2022 2022 CPA Annual Conference Registration
10 Apr 2022 Lenten Reflection
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
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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