WELCOME! Catholic Psychotherapy Association
PRESIDENT'S WELCOME: Christina Lynch, Psy.D.
The CPA was founded because of our passion to see Catholic professionals in the mental health field, not only thrive in their profession, but be strengthened in their faith so as to enlighten the understanding of psychology in clinical practice.
‘To heed the call and nourish’
By Christine Stoddard - Catholic Herald
“We have to be careful not to hold our standards so high that nobody can get in,” said Father Shawn McKnight, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops executive director of the Secretariat of the Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, regarding seminary admissions. Father McKnight served as moderator of the Oct. 24 panel discussion, “The Use of Psychology in Seminary Admissions: A Need for Guidance,” at the 2014 Catholic Psychotherapy Association Conference. Read more.
Panel addresses psychological evaluations in seminary admissions
By Christine Stoddard - Catholic News Service
ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) -- At a panel discussion on seminary admissions, Father Shawn McKnight told a group of Catholic psychotherapists that "we have to be careful not to hold our standards so high that nobody can get in.
"It's not about finding the perfect guy. It's about who's called. If God is calling a man, we have an obligation to heed that call and to nourish that man," said the priest, who is executive director of the Secretariat of Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. Read more.
Heal the brokenness
Bishop Loverde celebrates Mass for the Catholic Psychotherapy Association
Catholic News Service
WASHINGTON — All Catholics are called to be "instruments of Christ's healing," and Catholic psychotherapists especially are called to "heal the brokenness in the mind and heart," said Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde in a homily Oct. 23.
"Through the healing you provide to those in need, you bring hope to the world," he told members of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association gathered for Mass at the Crypt Church of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Read more
About the CPA
About ten years ago, two psychologists, a marriage and family therapist and a professional counselor, began meeting together to mutually support each other living out our Catholic faith in our professional work. We prayed the Rosary together, consecrated ourselves to Our Mother of Good Counsel annually at Mass, offered peer supervision for each other, and over time, had other therapists come to join us.
The CPA remembers Rev. Benedict Groeschel
The members of the Board of Directors of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association (CPA) are saddened at the passing of Fr. Benedict Groeschel, CFR. He was a light in the darkness of the secular world for those of us Catholic psychotherapists who desire to integrate the truths of the Catholic Faith into our practice of counseling. Fr. Groeschel taught and guided us with his inimitable wit and humor through both spoken and written word. No doubt many members of the CPA would say that his wisdom will have a lasting effect upon them throughout their personal and professional lives.
The CPA honored Fr. Groeschel with its first Lifetime Achievement Award at its annual conference which was held in Denver, CO in 2011. This award recognizes contributions to the field of Catholic mental health. Fr. Groeschel will be greatly missed, but his presence will be felt in the hearts of generations of psychotherapists and clients for decades to come. May he rest in peace.
Father Benedict Groeschel (1933-2014)
The co-founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and former host to EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime died Oct. 3, the vigil of his patron, St. Francis of Assisi, at age 81.
BY REGISTER STAFF
NEW YORK — Franciscan Father Benedict Joseph Groeschel, well-known preacher and a founder of the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, died on Friday at age 81 after an extended illness.
“We are deeply saddened by the death of Father Benedict. He was an example to us all,” said Father John Paul Ouellette, community servant of the Friars of the Renewal in a statement. “His fidelity and service to the Church and commitment to our Franciscan way of life will have a tremendous impact for generations to come.” Read more
About the Catholic Psychotherapy Association
We invite you to become a Member of the CPA.
Below are some of the current benefits of being a member.
CPA provides regular opportunities for professional development and continuing education through annual conferences, teleconferences, and podcasts.