Thank you for your interest in the Catholic Psychotherapy Association! We are an interdisciplinary group of more than 700 clinical, academic, clergy, religious, student & affiliate members, and Friends of the CPA with a common interest in promoting the integration of evidence based mental health practice with the Catholic anthropology of the human person. 

Professionals join the CPA because it feels like home to it’s members, addressing a need for networking and education that revitalizes the professional and his or her work. The meaning of our work requires study and prayer. The CPA brings these two together, challenging its members to grow deeper and deeper in their professions as vocation. 

In light of the pandemic, opportunities for growth in your vocation are being made accessible through the use of technology. 

Many opportunities to learn, network and grow together are available throughout the year.

  • Our annual conference occurs each Spring near the feast day of our patroness, Our Mother of Good Counsel on April 26th. In 2023, we plan to be together in person in San Diego, CA, with a virtual option available as well. The conference will take place April 20 - 22, 2023. I hope to see you at the conference!
  • Live webinars are available to members and non-members also from the comfort of your own home or office. Leaders in the field offer evidence based treatment methods that integrate the Catholic faith, making Continued Education Credits available to you. 
  • Special Interest Groups (SIGs) and the CPA Member Listserv offer

    offer platforms for discussion, sharing of resources, and specialized projects and trainings in the areas of Seminary Assessment, Infant Mental Health, Students and Emerging Professionals, Deliverance and Exorcism Ministry, and Catholic School, and Parish Based Counseling.

Realizing the need for the CPA to network with like minded individuals, groups, and organizations we offer the following opportunities:

  • Ecclesial Memberships – To facilitate collaboration with bishops and diocesan personnel.
  • Sponsor Memberships – To facilitate collaboration and partnership with organizations and agencies who support the mission and members of the CPA.
  • Local Chapters – To facilitate local regional groups wishing to establish communities of local mental health and allied professionals under the larger umbrella of the CPA.

On behalf of the Board of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, I welcome you and encourage you to introduce yourself via the CPA Listserve and any of the aforementioned events. I would like to reiterate prayer with the CPA mission and in the year of St. Joseph, as declared by our Holy Father, Pope Francis, reflection on the meaning and importance of work. 

The importance of work in human life demands that its meaning be known and assimilated in order to "help all people to come closer to God, the Creator and Redeemer, to participate in his salvific plan for man and the world, and to deepen...friendship with Christ in their lives, by accepting, through faith, a living participation in his threefold mission as Priest, Prophet and King." (Apostolic Exhortation, Redemptoris Custos of the Supreme Pontiff John Paul II On the Person and Mission of Saint Joseph In the Life of Christ and of the Church)

Our Mother of Good Counsel, Pray for us!

Maribel Laguna, MA, LPC-S

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