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‘To heed the call and nourish’

CPA_Panel2By Christine StoddardCatholic 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

CPA_PanelBy 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

cpa_conf2014Bishop 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

Fall conference to explore psychotherapy in light of Catholic teaching

The Catholic Herald – July 3, 2014

The Catholic Psychotherapy Association will hold its annual conference Oct. 23-25 at the Hilton Crystal City, 2399 Jefferson Davis Highway, in Arlington. With the theme “Witness to Hope: Catholic Anthropology as the Foundation for Psychological Practice,” the conference will bring together some 300 Catholic psychotherapists from across the country to explore church teaching on the whole person and learn how to apply it to therapy. Read more

Register columnist Weigel to keynote upcoming psychotherapy conference

By Nissa LaPoint

April 01, 2014
The practice of psychotherapy and Catholicism may sound incompatible, but for some experts in the field it’s their mission.

Some 300 Catholic psychotherapists across the nation will explore Church teaching on the whole person and learn to apply it to therapy at the next Catholic Psychotherapist Association conference Oct. 23-25 in Arlington, Va. Read more

Seminaries Incorporate More Counseling Into Formation Years

By Kathleen Naab National Catholic Register

DENVER — When Pope Francis addressed the Congregation for Clergy last October, he said that, with the current priest shortage, bishops face the temptation of accepting “without discernment the young men who present themselves” for the seminary. “This is bad for the Church!” the Pope warned, exhorting bishops to examine carefully if potential seminarians are “healthy” and “balanced.” Read more

Conference to help therapists integrate faith into practice

By Carl Bunderson

Fort Worth, Texas, Mar 26, 2013 / 04:02 am (CNA).- An upcoming Catholic psychotherapy conference aims to foster an understanding of human dignity and goodness among therapists, according to a chairman of the event. Read more