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  • 15 Jan 2021 12:34 PM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    Interracial/Intercultural Couples and the Church
    Presented by Regina Boyd MA
    Friday, April 23rd, 2:45pm CST

    This interactive workshop will be a combination of direct instruction on theory and immersive roleplay/participant engagement. Goals to be accomplished include simulating the interracial relationship experience, practicing unique approaches and techniques for affirmation of divergent experiences of racism, expressing solidarity in suffering, and helping clients to establish one’s identity in the Imago Dei while navigating the fluid formation of racial identity. This presentation will draw upon current research regarding the dynamics and specific challenges interracial couples can face and incorporate interventions which can be utilized during treatment. Areas of practical application include traditional therapy settings as well as marriage preparation programs and the pastoral formation of clergy/religious.

    3 Objectives to be Learned During this Presentation

    1. Master knowledge/understanding of the needs and challenges of interracial couples

    2. Develop facility in clinical conceptualization and treatment interventions/approaches specific to interracial couples

    3. Create plan or pastoral application, as appropriate to participants profession/vocation/apostolate.

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    Regina Boyd is the Founder of Boyd Counseling Services, a mental health practice that provides in-person and virtual therapy for couples, families, and teens. BCS integrates Catholic teaching with sound psychological principles in therapy, coaching, and custom workshops. The BCS mission is to renew the culture by helping families discover deep meaning, healing, and satisfaction in their relationships. Regina is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Mental Health Counselor. She is in an interracial marriage and is mother to a delightful daughter. She and her family live in Orlando, Florida.

  • 14 Jan 2021 11:26 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    A Pastoral Perspective: Moving Forward with Racism

    Presented by Bishop Shelton J. Fabre of Houma-Thibodaux
    Friday, April 23rd, 9:00 - 9:45am 

    Shelton J. Fabre was born  October 25, 1963 in New Roads, Louisiana. He is the fifth of six children. He was ordained a Deacon on December 10, 1988 by Archbishop Peter L. Gerety at St. Jan-de-Doperkerk in Leuven, Belgium. He was ordained a Priest on Saturday, August 5, 1989 by Bishop Stanley J. Ott at St. Joseph Cathedral in Baton Rouge, LA. He was appointed Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans by Pope Benedict XVI on December 13, 2006. He was ordained an Auxiliary Bishop of New Orleans by Archbishop Alfred C. Hughes at The Cathedral-Basilica of St. Louis, King of France, in New Orleans, LA, on February 28, 2007. He was appointed Bishop of Houma-Thibodaux, September 23, 2013. He was installed Bishop of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, Cathedral of St. Francis de Sales, Houma, LA, October 30, 2013
  • 14 Jan 2021 11:13 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    Cultural Diversity in the Church 
    Presented by Archbishop Nelson Perez of Philadelphia 
    Thursday, April 22nd, 8:30 - 9:00am 

    Archbishop Nelson Perez Biography. 

  • 14 Jan 2021 10:35 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    CPA Annual Conference: Thursday, Pre-Conference Day with Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers
    Thursday, April 22nd, 9:00am - 2:00pm CST 

    Building a Civilization of love: A Catholic Response to Racism. 9:00 - 10:30am 

    Deacon Harold cuts through the pejorative rhetoric, weaponized language, and virtue signaling of the culture to reveal the heart of a Catholic response to racism. This response is rooted  and finds its deepest meaning in the timeless principles of social justice and the Beatitudes. 

    From Slave to Priest: The Life & Legacy of Fr. Augustine Tolto. 11:30am - 12:00pm

    Born into a black Catholic slave family, Father Augustine Tolton (1854-1897) conquered almost insurmountable odds to become the first black priest in the United States. He left behind a shining legacy of holy service to God, the Church and his people. In this powerful presentation, Catholic speaker, evangelist and Father Tolton scholar Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers’ eloquent tribute to Father Tolton’s tremendous legacy and courage, in the face of incredible prejudice within the Church and society, will be a source of strength and inspiration for Catholics today.

    Behold Your Mother: The Marian Heart of Suffering - Followed by Q&A Session. 1:00 - 2:00pm

    Mary is the perfect disciple of the Lord who was filled with the Holy Spirit (Luke 1:35), and who always leads us to her Son. Deacon Harold will show that through prayer in the Holy Spirit during times of pain and suffering, we can unite our hearts to the pierced soul of the Blessed Mother thus uniting ourselves more closely to the crucified Christ.

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    Deacon Harold Burke-Sivers is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and preacher. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics and Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master of Theological Studies Degree from the University of Dallas. He has appeared as a guest on numerous international Catholic radio and television programs, and is the host or co-host of several popular series on the Eternal Word Television Network. Deacon Harold, a Benedictine Oblate, is the author of the best-selling book, Behold the Man: A Catholic Vision of Male Spirituality, and has written the acclaimed work, Father Augustus Tolton: The Slave Who Became the First African American Priest. He is a member of the Fellowship of Catholic Scholars and the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy.

  • 13 Jan 2021 8:06 PM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    CPA and the Biblical Wisdom Tradition: Toward Understanding and Benefiting from Religious Experience: Theory and Practice.
    Presented by Deacon Raymond Biersbach
    Saturday, April 24th, 3:15pm CST 

    Find out why religious experiences are a fit study for Catholic psychotherapists. Discover the implications of language and culture mediating spiritual experiences for everyone. Interested? Then aim to hear how to become a therapist competent in short-term tactics and long-term strategies for assisting clients of all types with their religious experiences. 

    3 Objectives to be Learned During this Presentation. 

    1. Cite three reasons why religious experiences are a fit study for Catholic psychotherapist.

    2. Name three implications of language and culture mediating religious experiences.

    3. Cite two short-term tactics and two long-term strategies for Catholic psychotherapists motivated to develop competence in “hearing” and integrating client religious experiences.

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    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.

  • 13 Jan 2021 7:36 PM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    Navigating Diversity and Finding Unity in God: Developing Relationships Through Love, Acceptance, and Forgiveness 
    Presented by Cristina Lima PhD and Beatriz Lima PhD. 
    Saturday, April 24th, 1:30pm CST 

    This presentation aims to explore the challenges and skills for counseling diverse clients, and proposes that the Trinitarian God is inspiration, source, and goal for unity in diversity. Counselors need to learn how to understand and accept clients’ diversity in order to establish therapeutic relationships. Thus, counselors are challenged to develop skills such as self-awareness, knowledge, and empathy, aiming to connect with clients and seek unity. Catholic counselors should search for unity in diversity by considering the Trinity as inspiration, source, and goal for acceptance, forgiveness, and communion. The path to unity with God is built through the development of a personal relationship with God that goes from acquaint to follower, to servant, to friend, and to beloved. By seeking unity with God, counselors will find the tools, especially acceptance and forgiveness, to support and enhance the therapeutic relationship and foster healing in the counseling process.

    3 Objectives to be Learned During this Presentation. 

    1. Learn the specific counseling skills necessary for working with diverse clients

    2. Explore unity from the perspective of the Trinity as a model of community of love.

    3. Acquire tools for developing unity within diversity from a Catholic counseling perspective.

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    Dr. Cristina Lima has more than 20 years of counseling experience, working with a variety of clients in individual, couples, families, and group counseling, addressing a number of issues including relationships and several mental health problems. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist in Texas, and a Mental Health Counselor in Florida. She is also certified in Neurofeedback. She runs a private practice in Sugar Land, TX.

    She holds a PhD in Counseling and Counselor Education from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and a master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the East Tennessee State University. She is originally from Brazil, where she is a Psychologist, specialized in Health Psychology and in Clinical Psychology, and she provides counseling in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. 

    Additionally, she is currently a student in the master’s program in Theology at the Franciscan University of Stubenville and she  is the author of the book “Entering into Friendship with God: an eight-week journey of personal prayer with the Word of God.” She is an active member of St Laurence Parish in Sugar Land.

    Dr. Bia Lima specializes in child, adolescent, individual, and family therapy. She has a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University; a Masters in Psychology, Development, and Education from Universidad de Cádiz, Spain; and a Specialist Degree in Clinical Psychology from Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil. Besides having many years in private practice, Dr. Bia has also worked as a counselor in other settings such as schools, hospital, child protective services, women’s center, non-profit organizations, and as adjunct professor. Such a broad range of experience has allowed Dr. Bia not only to grow professionally, but also to reaffirm her passion for working in the clinical counseling field and helping others.

    Dr. Lima has conducted several research studies in the psychology/counseling field, some of which she presented at national and international conferences. She is the author of a published article and has been invited to speak in various settings in Brazil, Spain, and in the USA. Dr. Lima is also very engaged in her local church and community. 

    Dr. Bia Lima currently lives in Florida and works in private practice with family, individuals, children, and teenagers. She has clients in Florida (in-person therapy) and in Texas (through teletherapy). She also teaches at Houston Graduate School of Theology as an Adjunct Professor in their Master’s program in Counseling. She is fluent in three languages and can offer therapy in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.

  • 13 Jan 2021 4:38 PM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    Unity and Diverse Gifts of the Body of Christ: Evidence-Based Treatment Promoting Forgiveness. 

    Presented by Brigette Erwin PhD. 

    Saturday, April 24th, 3:15pm

    The human soul desires to be known and loved, the progression of which strengthens the diverse gifts of the Body of Christ and can only happen with the active use of forgiveness to overcome divisions created by self-will. The field of psychology has produced evidence-based treatments promoting forgiveness that have been found to be effective in clinical populations (Cornish, M.A., Guyll, M, Wade, N.G. et al., 2020). This workshop will present evidence-based interventions, consistent with Roman Catholic formation, promoting forgiveness. Ways in which treatment may be tailored to incorporate patient-specific factors and factors that function to maintain difficulties implementing forgiveness will be described. Specific ways in which forgiveness and evidence-based strategies build greater capacity for acceptance and growth of the diversity of gifts of the Body of Christ will be presented.

    3 Objectives to be Learned During this Presentation. 

    1. To describe characteristics and evidence-based treatment promoting effective forgiveness strategies consistent with tenets of Roman Catholic formation.

    2. To apply interventions in a clinical setting to treat factors that function to maintain difficulties in forgiveness, including patient-specific factors.

    3. To integrate evidence-based forgiveness strategies and Catholic formation in order to build greater capacity for acceptance and growth of the diversity of gifts of the Body of Christ.

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    Dr. Brigette Erwin, psychologist, speaker, and author, founded and directs The Anxiety and OCD Center, 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 PhD 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 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.

  • 13 Jan 2021 4:21 PM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    Values Grounded Parenting: Cultivating a Family Culture Rooted in Positive, Solid Values
    Saturday, April 24th, 1:30pm CST 

    Presented by Michael J. Redivo PhD

    This workshop provides a Values Grounded framework for cultivating a family culture to raise respectful, responsible, and well – adjusted children. The 4 Pillars to Values Grounded Parenting will be reviewed with real world examples. Practical application will be emphasized so participants can use the concepts in their practice and parents with whom they work.

    3 Objectives to be Learned During this Presentation. 

    1. Participants will identify and learn how to help families develop a shared vision, positive values and a family culture board. 

    2. Participants will learn how to link discipline with the vision and values, supporting a positive and protective approach as opposed to a punitive, shaming approach. 

    3. Participants will learn the hidden value of conflict and mistake making and how to use these to fertilize growth within parents and children.

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    Dr. Michael Redivo has extensive experience in working with parents, families, and children. He has provided training and consultation for parent groups, schools, and business organizations. Through this work, he has empowered families and organizations to grow and transform their culture to embody values grounded principles. Additionally, Dr. Redivo helped launch a private day school for youth with significant emotional and behavioral challenges. He supervises various mental health professionals and teaches graduate students. The most challenging role (and most rewarding) is being a Christ centered dad and husband.

  • 13 Jan 2021 3:54 PM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    Equal Opportunity Offender: How We Become Chaste Together 
    Presented by Andrew Cominskey MDiv. 
    Saturday, April 24th, 10:45am 

    Any mention of “diversity” in counseling circles begs the questions: Is the CPA sexually inclusive? Does it welcome all sexual identity variations? We now live under a 50-year-resume of “gay” affirmation that has morphed into an LGBT+ mandate—include us, or else! 

    We must answer. Gratefully, we as Catholics have the only response that will endure: the robust call to chastity that includes every human being, regardless of their starting point. Chastity is an equal opportunity offender! And we do everyone a favor by refusing to treat some expressions of disintegration as blessed, worthy of full rights and privileges on par with gender integration. 

    For the last 40 years, I have studied, created, and practiced a group approach to a range of sins against chastity. The best approach to “sexual inclusivity” is to gather with the admittedly disintegrated and, in accord with Jesus and His friends, to take steps together toward integration. A sound working understanding of chastity is essential, as is the theological anthropology that informs the trajectory for becoming integrated in one’s gender and in relation to the other. Key psychological insights will be highlighted, as will the rationale of the group process for repairing and fortifying persons seeking progress in chastity. 

    Central to this process is reliance upon Divine Mercy. Together, we welcome Jesus’ flow into our impaired passageways. We of course do our part, and with diligence. In the end, we honor Him as the Source that sets persons free from misbegotten anthropologies, addictions, and abuses that undergird and are perpetrated by sins against chastity. 

    40 years ago, I had taken much ground in overcoming same-sex attraction as a husband and father through psychotherapy; I was also studying to become a therapist and a minister at Fuller Theological Seminary. Simultaneously, my wife and I determined to provide opportunities at our local church for persons dealing with sexual disintegration. We refused to become a subculture of “ex-gays” or “addicts in recovery” or “victims of abuse.” Rather, we pointed every seeker to Jesus, His community, and the integration He inspires, one day at a time. 

    Today, as Catholics, we include all persons in our diocese who seek help for having violated or been violated by the boundary-breaking freedoms of our age. Mercy finds rich expression as we gather to discover the beauty of our powers of life and love. 

    This group format has been piloted around the world in a variety of community settings, with feedback from leaders and participants refining its form and content. Unlike many clients who seek professional psychotherapy, persons come to us agreeing with a traditional understanding of sexuality. Nevertheless, this presentation will provide a hopeful and helpful resource for all skilled helpers who will benefit from discovering how spirituality and sexuality converge in chastity for the dignity of the individual.

    3 Objectives to be Learned During this Presentation. 

    1. Cast a lifegiving and dimensional understanding of chastity for the therapist, consider how a group process combined with individual psychotherapy enhances positive outcomes in growth in chastity, and how an integrated approach to addressing sexual disintegration is the best way forward for addressing LGBT+ demands upon the Christian psychotherapeutic community. 

    2. Does a sound Catholic understanding of chastity provide a way forward for those in the LGBT+ lifestyle? Yes, insists this formally gay-identified man. LGBT+ ideology has pervaded our clinical culture.

    3. How we navigate a variety of clients’ starting points, while providing clinically sound options for them, is essential. We will explore therapeutic and spiritual insight into an authentic grasp of chastity for clients seeking clarity in their sexual selves. We as Catholics have the only response to the LGBT+ community that is just and enduring. The robust call to chastity includes every human being, regardless of their starting point.

    Andrew Comiskey (M.Div.) has worked extensively with the healing of the sexually and relationally broken. He is the Founding Director of Desert Stream/Living Waters Ministries, a multifaceted outreach to the broken. Andrew’s ministry grows both out of his own commitment to overcome homosexuality and his experience as a husband to Annette, father of four children and grandfather to five grandkids. He is author of Pursuing Sexual Wholeness (Creation House), Strength in Weakness (InterVarsity Press), Naked Surrender: Coming Home To Our True Sexuality (InterVarsity Press) and the Living Waters healing program. Andrew seeks to equip the Church to be whole and holy, a bride ready to receive Jesus. Andrew serves at St. Thomas More Parish in Kansas City, Missouri. After over four decades of ministry, Andrew still loves receiving and extending mercy to sexual sinners like himself.

  • 13 Jan 2021 1:25 PM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    Networking to Inclusion: How Individuals, Agencies, and other Non-Profits Can Collaborate to Better Serve Minority, Immigrant and Underserved Communities. 
    Presented by Jessica Barboza MA, and Lacy de la Garza MPsy 

    Saturday, April 24th, 10:45am CST

    Community partnerships and collaboration both maximize limited resources in serving diverse minority groups otherwise underserved or marginalized. Isolation and disconnection in our Catholic community can be improved by active diocesan and parish leadership, networking opportunities, and specific strategies for building sustainable collaborations. Mental health professionals are encouraged to actively participate in social justice initiatives by providing access to mental health services for underserved populations. In this workshop, you will learn how to collaborate with local ministries as a mental health professional and promote community partnerships within your diocese to better serve minority, immigrant, and underserved populations.

    3 Objectives to be Learned During this Presentation. 

    1. Understand how collaborative partnerships build community resilience for minority and marginalized groups.

    2. Learn skills and strategies for initiating and sustaining collaborative relationships with local ministries.

    3. Discover how mental health professionals can be an asset for community ministries.

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    Jessica Barboza is a licensed associate marriage and family therapist in the state of Utah where she is studying for her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies. Her research interests center around family meaning-making and she is currently conducting research to better understand how these processes impact family resilience. She has facilitated grief groups at the Children’s Bereavement Center of South Texas, the Austin Center for Grief and Loss, and the Sorenson Center for Clinical Excellence at Utah State University. Jessica advocates for the scientist-practitioner model of clinical training and values interdisciplinary collaboration in research and clinical practice.

    Lacy de la Garza is a Dallas native who holds a Masters in Psychology from the University of Dallas. She has a wide range of work experience including post-abortion healing, arts education, higher education and enrollment, and now non-profit administration. Her psychological research interests stem from both industrial organizational and counseling psychology. They include workplace structure and communication, technology and the modern workforce, post-abortive issues, and cultural issues affecting the family. Currently, she serves as Director of Parish & Community Relations at Catholic Charities Dallas and serves on a number of community task forces and organizations.

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