• 5 Apr 2021 8:27 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    Values Grounded Parenting is a new book that provides a way for parents to reclaim the joy of parenthood. It provides a practical and unique framework for raising respectful, responsible and healthy children. The book outlines 4 Pillars: Pillar I – Vision, Values, and Family Culture; Pillar II – The 5 C’s to Effective Values Grounded Parenting; Pillar III –Boundaries and Discipline; and Pillar IV – Productive Conflict and Mistake Making. 68

    Discipline and boundary setting, one of the most difficult aspects to parenting, is addressed in detail. The focus is on providing clear, firm boundaries and consequences that are purposeful and teach values grounded lessons. This approach to discipline provides a meaningful experience of discipline that is protective and purposeful without being punitive and shame based. Each chapter contains real world examples and plenty of practical strategies. Also, there are experiential activities throughout that parents and children can participate to help grow their values grounded culture.

    Values Grounded Parenting is a book that supports mental health professionals who work with children, teens and families. It offers a conceptual framework that provides clear direction for parents who are seeking to raise healthy, well-adjusted children. Throughout each chapter, there are many practical tips and examples along with experiential activities for parents to apply this effective approach. The noble vision and 4 Anchor values are consistent with Catholic virtues - values designed to cultivate a solid, life giving family culture.

    Dr. Michael Redivo is clinical psychologist specializing in child / adolescent psychology. He has counseled parents and families for over 25 years. His career has been centered on empowering families to grow and thrive as well as organizations that serve children and families. Dr. Redivo launched a private day school for youth with significant emotional, developmental, and behavioral challenges. In addition to his work as a family / child psychologist, he supervises mental health professionals and teaches graduate psychology students.

    The most challenging and rewarding role he has served is being a values grounded father and husband. Despite various career accomplishments, Dr. Redivo understands one of the most important and meaningful life pursuits is that of a father and husband. His book, Values Grounded Parenting, not only includes best practices from parenting research, but also real world examples that reflect the grit and joy of parenthood.



  • 29 Mar 2021 9:10 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    Tune in as Gerry Crete, PhD, LPC, LMFT and Matt Fradd discussed the important mental health topics of addiction and trauma from a Catholic perspective on Pints with Aquinas.

    A link to this discussion can be found HERE

    Dr. Gerry Ken Crete is a marriage and family therapist and professional counselor specializing in the treatment of trauma and addictions, as well as marriage counseling and treatment of clergy and religious. Dr. Crete is the founder of Transfiguration Counseling ( which provides video counseling and has offices in downtown Cumming, at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Alpharetta, GA and at Epiphany of our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Roswell, GA. He is also the co-founder of Souls and Hearts ( which is an online platform providing mental health education to Catholics through courses, podcasts and blogs. Dr. Crete earned his doctorate from the University of Georgia. Dr. Crete has been married for 28 years, and he has three grown children.


    #trauma #addiction #catholic #soulsandhearts #catholicpsychology #psychology

  • 22 Mar 2021 8:15 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    This event highlights the CPA mission/vision by pinpointing how resilience and hope protect the inherent value of each person despite medical conditions or other life circumstances that might detract from their worth in the larger society.

    Join in for this podcast HERE.

    Dr. Robin Lynn Treptow is a Director of the CPA Board and founder of the CPA's Infant Mental Health SIG. In her role as Communications Chair, she gives voice to the CPA's mission/vision in the wider Catholic and non-Catholic world. Dr. Treptow is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Divine Mercy University and member of the Catholic Medical Association; in these dual roles she helps facilitate collaboration between organizations for which she is a member and the CPA.


    #Catholic #prolife #trisomy21 #resilience #priesthood #parenting

  • 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.

    Click Here to Watch a Preview Video of these Talks Here


    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.

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