Spiritual Formation of the Catholic Clinician – Establishing a Theoretical Approach and Practical Applications

  • 30 Apr 2022
  • 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM

Spiritual Formation of the Catholic Clinician – Establishing a Theoretical Approach and Practical Applications

Presented by Gerry Crete PhD and Peter Martin PsyD 

Saturday, April 30th 10:30am - 12:00pm: Lecture and Q&A 

1.5 CEUs 


Dr. Gerry Crete and Dr. Peter Martin provide a vision for Catholic clinicians to attend to their own spiritual formation as they explore how this impacts the clinical space. How is a Catholic therapist different from a non-Catholic therapist? What should I be doing to maintain my own spiritual care? How can I incorporate my faith into the clinical space in an ethical and effective way? Dr. Crete and Dr. Martin draw from attachment theory, parts work (Internal Family Systems and Ego State Therapy), and schema therapy as well as the Benedictine, Carmelite, Ignition and Eastern Catholic spiritual traditions.

Target Audience: All Catholic mental health clinicians: psychologists, marriage and family therapists, counselors and clinical social workers with some background in attachment theory.

Course Content Level: Intermediate

Learning Objectives: 

  • Express a new vision of their role as a clinician that ethically incorporates a sacramental (and incarnational) perspective and ethically integrates Catholic spirituality into clinical practice
  • Create a practical strategy to improve spiritual self-care
  • Describe various personal and professional challenges to an integrated human and spiritual formation
  • Identify components of a theoretical understanding of integration as well as develop related practical skills in the applied clinical setting

Gerry Ken Crete, PhD, 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 and Coaching (www.transfigurationcounseling.com) which provides video counseling, coaching, and spiritual care consulting, and has offices in downtown Cumming, GA at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in Alpharetta, GA, Epiphany of our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church in Roswell, GA and St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Gastonia, North Carolina. He is also the co-founder of Souls and Hearts (www.soulsandhearts.com) which is an online platform providing mental health education to Catholics through courses, podcasts, blogs, and online communities. Dr. Crete earned his doctorate in counselor education from the University of Georgia. Dr. Crete has been married for 30 years, and he has three grown children.

Peter Martin PsyD Licensed Psychologist. Areas of Focus: College students; adult, family and marital therapy; integration of Christian anthropology; personality disorders; trauma; anxiety; depression; perfectionism; EMDR; Internal Family Systems; Forgiveness Therapy.

More information about this conference, including cost, cancellation policy, how to register and obtain CEUs is available through the link below. 

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