• 13 Jan 2021 11:31 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    Unity Starts from the Womb: How Early Connections Heal Families and Mitigate Intergenerational Trauma
    Presented by Robin Treptow PhD, Marina Rutowski PhD, and Graciela Nearing PhD.
    Friday, April 23rd at 1:00pm CST

    Presenters examine racism, intergenerational trauma, and how attachment can mitigate costs to human dignity. We offer research and theory informed tools for helping families heal from racial/ethnic disparities. Attendees will learn to use early relationships across service settings, age, and racial/ethnic groups to help heal trauma across and within generations.

    3 Objectives to be Learned at this Presentation. 

    1. List three ways in which racism negatively impacts the wellbeing of young children and their families.

    2. Use a Catholic-Christian vision of the person as an antidote to racism’s effects for children and adults.

    3. Specify two ways they will alter their practice due to understanding how early relationships can help heal intergenerational trauma, e.g., due to racism

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    Dr. Robin Lynn Treptow holds doctorates in clinical psychology (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1999) and infant and early childhood development (Fielding Graduate University, 2019). She is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Divine Mercy University in Sterling, VA. Her research has focused on impacts from implicit bias on babies’ growth and development.

    Graciela Nearing was born in Havana. She has been married to Michael for 50 years. They have 4 children and 10 grandchildren. Dr. Nearing received a BA degree in Elementary Education, an M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision and a Psy.D. She completed a clinical/research internship, University of Miami School of Medicine; a post-doctoral residency in Atlanta, GA in programs with addiction and families in crisis. Dr. Nearing developed and implemented a psychosocial program in the NICU at Niklaus Children’s Hospital, (Miami) providing psycho-emotional support to parents, a paper published in the Journal of Maternal-Fetal and Neonatal Medicine, 2012

    Marina Rutowski has developed a 15+ year career in play therapy after training in multiple theories by 2 play therapists during social work education at Columbia University. Marina went on to complete post masters certification in Play Therapy, as well as earning Registered Play Therapist credentials. She has developed a career specializing in trauma recovery from age 2+, with special emphasis on repairing early attachments. As the saying goes, “Relationship is everything!” Marina is grateful for every opportunity she has to see the Holy Spirit give new life and love to her clients’ lives.

  • 13 Jan 2021 11:01 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    Embracing Cultural Humility in Grief Experiences
    Presented by Jessica Barboza MA
    Friday, April 23rd, 10:00am CST. 

    The intersection of race, ethnicity and religion informs family meanings related to death and dying. In this presentation, we will discuss therapeutic strategies (ie. enactments and experiential techniques) that promote bereavement resilience and consider how Catholic clinicians and clergy can more fully demonstrate cultural humility when ministering to bereaved families.

    3 Objectives to be Learned at the Presentation

    1. Describe how the concepts of family resilience and cultural humility apply to experiences of grief and loss. 

    2. Examine the use of Catholic perspectives, traditions, and rituals to support family resilience through meaning-making.

    3. Demonstrate cultural humility around ethnic traditions and beliefs when serving bereaved families.

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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.

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

    Application of Culturally Informed Treatment of Hispanic/Latino Catholic Seminarians in the United States. 

    Presented by Jared Zeringue MA and Maribel Laguna MA.

    Friday April 23rd at 10:00am CST

    This presentation focuses on understanding the unique cultural experiences of Hispanic/Latino seminarians. It examines the priestly formation experience of this population and addresses how this experience affects the pillars of formation. Best-practices and treatment recommendations for counseling Hispanic/Latino seminarians will be presented. 

    3 Objectives to be Learned at this Presentation:

    1. Attendees will understand the experience of Hispanic/Latino males in Catholic seminarians including the specific challenges and opportunities encountered. 

    2. Attendees will know the best practices for counseling this population and be equipped to implement them. 

    3. Attendees will know culturally specific issues that affect various pillars of priestly formation. 

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    Jared Zeringue is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Louisiana. He is the Director of Counseling Services at St. Joseph Seminary College in St. Benedict, Louisiana where he provides mental health counseling, offers human formation workshops, and oversees support groups. Also, Jared operates a small private practice in Covington, Louisiana. He and his wife Katie have been married for almost eight years and they have 3 really cool kids. Jared enjoys reading, studying maps, birding, and hiking.

    Maribel Laguna is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Irving, Texas, where she is the co-owner of In His Image Counseling Center, PLLC. She is also a board member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. Maribel has worked as a counselor in a variety of settings including the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, Genesis Women’s Shelter, and Dallas Independent School District Youth and Family Centers. Ms. Laguna specializes in pre-marital preparation, marital counseling, vocational discernment, as well as Affirmation Therapy. Additionally, Maribel is a presenter at Catholic events in the Diocese of Dallas. She has been a guest on various Catholic podcasts, La Red de Radio Guadalupe, "Alegre La Mañana” and on EWTN Espanol, Cara a Cara.

  • 11 Dec 2020 11:40 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    The December issue of Spirtuality in Clinical Practice is available for download now. This special issue on Addressing Catholic Clergy Issues in Psychological Research and Practice was edited, authored and reviewed by several CPA members.  The special issue includes 9 focused articles

    To learn more about this journal, download this edition, or subscribe Click Here

  • 29 Nov 2020 10:33 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    The My House Workshop for Men is a 3-day confidential, intensive for men striving to overcome and heal from unwanted sexual behaviors.  It is geared to maximize your investment of time and money, as it will enhance the work you might have started or jump start your journey towards healing.

    The intensive includes a whole person approach from modern neuroscience to the emotional and spiritual underpinnings of compulsive sexual behaviors.  The education and small group discussion are led by top Catholic and Christian experts including Dr. Todd Bowman, Associate Professor of Counseling at Indiana Wesleyan University and adjunct faculty for the SATP at Mid America Nazarene University, Fr. Sean Kilcawley, international speaker on Theology of the Body and Director of the Office of Family Life at the Diocese of Lincoln, NE, Michael Ciaccio MS, LPC, SATP, founder of the Center for Healing LLC and therapist for the Missouri My House Initiative and Sam Meier MA, LPC, CSAT Candidate and a counselor at Benedictine College in Atchison, KS.

    To learn more about this event, or register click HERE

  • 14 Sep 2020 6:37 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    One amazing benefit of being a CPA member is the resources available within this community. As we have grown to almost 500 members worldwide, we continue to share our message in many ways. If you are ever interested in works from our various members look here for some of their many accomplished resources. 

    The Way: Stations of the Cross for Survivors of Abuse, a book by member Sue Stubbs MS, NCC is the way Jesus took to overcome dread, confusion, deep hurt, betrayal and anger not only for his experience of abuse – which culminated in his death on the cross and new life in the Resurrection – but for your abuse as well. You can choose to walk The Way with him, learn his ways, transform your pain and suffering into a new life, the life God has always wanted for you, but that the sins of another acted upon you has disfigured in countless ways. The Way of the Cross - also known as Stations of the Cross - is a spiritual devotion to the Passion of Jesus. 

    Values Grounded Parenting is a new book by member Michael Redivo, PHD that helps parents create a strong family culture that is rooted in positive values – values that are essential for raising well – behaved children, ready for the real world. Inside these pages, you will gain an effective framework for how to handle various challenging behaviors, such as back talk, disrespect, conflict and entitlement. You will learn how this framework keeps you and your children grounded in positive values and liberates you from unnecessary drama and power struggles. Learn more about Dr. Redivo's work and Values Grounded here

    A benefit for members of the CPA is the sharing of resources for discussion and reflection which may or may not reflect an endorsement of the parent organization .

  • 13 Aug 2020 7:30 PM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    This free 5-part webinar series is open to anyone, so you are welcome to spread the Good News and invite friends and family to here! We know that the impact of the current pandemic is putting marriages to the test. So, Rejoice Counseling Apostolate wants to give you inspiration and strength for the journey. 

  • 7 Jun 2020 11:37 AM | Mary Hanys (Administrator)

    With disturbing and frightening news dominating the headlines in recent weeks, a psychologist and a priest suggested that Catholics take care to guard their psychological and spiritual health. Read the full article here

  • 7 Mar 2020 9:12 PM | Anonymous

    The Austin Institute will host this interdisciplinary summer program - see to apply by March 15, 2020. The Catholic Psychotherapy Association, Franciscan University, and Templeton Religion Trust have collaborated with the Austin Institute to launch this program.

  • 27 Feb 2020 7:08 PM | Susan Ozowski (Administrator)

    “Priests are no different from the rest of us."

    Denver, Colo., Feb 15, 2020 / 04:00 am (CNA).- After the suicide of a Missouri priest last month, psychologists talked with CNA about the issues priests can face when they need help with caring for their mental heatlh.

    Fr. Evan Harkins of Kansas City took his own life in late January, leaving parishioners and friends across the country mourning the beloved priest.

    Shortly after Harkin's death, Bishop Vann Johnston of Kansas City-St. Joseph said the priest had a “sunny” personality, but had begun to struggle with anxiety and his physical health.

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