Events & Continuing Education Opportunities

The Catholic Psychotherapy Association is proud to offer live and on-demand opportunities for continuing education that reflect the Mission of the CPA and meet the identified educational needs of our members.

Live events include our annual conference and webinars scheduled approximately 6 times annually. We strive to offer topics of importance and relevance to your practice today.

Past webinars and conference recordings are available to support ongoing education. Be sure to take advantage of these virtual and convenient sessions for your CEU hour requirements by browsing the "Past Webinar" page.

Upcoming events

    • 1 Aug 2022
    • 1 Dec 2022
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    CALL FOR PROPOSALS

    Please review the below PDF regarding the 2023 Conference theme and submission guidelines. 

    • Submissions for poster presentations are due by December 1, 2022.


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      • 1 Aug 2022
      • 1 Oct 2022

      Webinar Call for Programs

      Are you interested in presenting in our 2023 CPA Webinar Series? The CPA Continuing Education Workshops is now accepting proposals for 1-3 hour continuing education workshops for the 2023 calendar year. Submissions are currently being accepted now through October 1st 2022

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      • 7 Oct 2022
      • 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
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      Presented by: Maribel Rodriguez Laguna, MA, LPC-S, Jennifer Madere, MA, LPC-S, Mandy Mullen, MSW, LCSW

      When:  Friday October 7th: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM  Central Time  (US and Canada)

      • 9:00 - 10:05 AM - Introduction 
      • 10:05 - 10:25 AM - Lecture + Q&A
      • 10:25 - 10:30 AM - Closing 

      What: The Psychology and Spirituality of Institutional Leadership: Leadership Development within Professional Associations

      Cost: This is a free event to all CPA members. 

      CEUs: 1.5 CEUs are available for purchase HERE for $10.00

      Not a Member? Sign up HERE today and take advantage of our Discount!

      Description: 

      The presentation The Psychology and Spirituality of Institutional Leadership: Leadership Development within Professional Associations will aim to address the importance of committed involvement in professional organizations as an ethical imperative that protects from professional stagnation and “burnout.” Additionally, the presentation will discuss professional leadership as an ethical obligation to furthering the professions of psychology, counseling and social work. Professional leadership tailored to an individual’s personality and spirituality will be proposed and discussed. While leadership is often encouraged, there is little discussion of how it is to be done ethically. The presentation will review ethical standards within a leadership role in addition to suggesting a process of gradualism, where professionals graduate into tiers of involvement as their leadership skills improve. Finally, the spirituality of leadership will be emphasized as a professional “calling” to support the furthering of a professional association’s mission.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Describe involvement in professional associations as an ethical imperative. 
      • Explain the leadership styles of various personality types. 
      • Define ethical leadership by identifying ethical standards and mishaps. 
      • Design a process for gradual tiered involvement in professional organizations as a model for leadership formation. 
      • Describe the spirituality of leadership.

      Target Audience: 

      Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Occupational Therapists, Missionaries, Evangelists, Pastoral Counselors, Coaches, Spiritual Director 

      Level of Content: Intermediate

      Presenters:   

       

        

       

      Jennifer Madere, MA, LPC-S

      Jennifer Madere is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and EMDRIA Approved Consultant in private practice, and founding partner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas.  Jennifer earned her BA in Psychology from Benedictine College, and MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of Denver. She has accompanied child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing since 2003, and joined CPA as a clinical member in 2011. 

      Prior to joining the CPA Board, Jennifer served her fellow CPA members by organizing a pre-conference day for private practitioners in 2013, launching the eNewsletter and serving as Editor for 2 years, and serving as Emcee for the 2018 CPA conference in Orlando, FL. After being appointed to the CPA Board to fill the remainder of a vacated term, she served as the Conference Chair for the 2019 CPA Conference.

      In addition to serving her clients, Jennifer supervises new clinicians, and consults and conducts training for fellow clinicians on treatment of complex trauma and pathological dissociation. Jennifer has presented internationally on the research, assessment and treatment of Complex Trauma and Dissociative Disorders since 2014.

      Maribel Rodriguez Laguna, MA, LPC-S 

      Maribel Rodriguez Laguna is a Licensed Professional Counselor and the Assistant Clinical Director at In His Image Counseling Center, PLLC. The clinicians at IHICC bring to their work a Catholic understanding of the human person as well as training in evidence-based mental health treatment. In 2007, Ms. Laguna graduated from the University of North Texas with a Masters degree in Counseling Psychology and a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy. In 2004, she received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Dallas. 

      She has worked as a counselor in a variety of settings including the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, Genesis Women’s Shelter, and DISD Youth and Family Centers. Ms. Laguna specializes in pre-marital preparation, marital counseling, vocational discernment, as well as with the Baars/Terruwe Model of therapy. She has been an active member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association since 2012.


      Mandy Mullen, LCSW 

      Mandy B. Mullen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in both Georgia and Florida. Ms. Mullen received a B.S. in Human Services and has a Masters of Social Work from Florida Gulf Coast University in Fort Myers, Florida. Her current professional specialities are play therapy, trauma counseling, child and adolescent behavioral problems as well as marital therapy and relationship counseling. She is certified in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and E.M.D.R. Ms. Mullen is also the System of Care Director and is responsible for ensuring the best patient experience for receiving services at Mosaic Psychological Services LLC. Georgia License CSW004523 & Florida License SW10187

       

      Cancellation Policy: 

      Refunds will not be offered for this event, however every registrant will receive a copy of the recorded presentation and the opportunity to complete the home study and receive CEU credits at a later date. Any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mary Hanys at mhanys@catholicpsychotherapy.org for more details. 

      There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program. 

      • 20 Oct 2022
      • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
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      Presented by: Shannon D. Mullen, Ph.D., CSAT

      When:  Thursday, October 20th, 2022: 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) (Zoom Webinar)

      • 11:00 - 11:05 AM - Introduction 
      • 11:05 – 11:55 PM - Lecture + Q&A 
      • 11:55 – 12:00 PM - Closing 

      What: : Ethical and Legal Considerations of Virtual Assessment of Seminary Candidates 

      Cost: $30 for CPA Members, $60 for Non-members, and $15 for Students/Clergy Members. 

      CEUs: 1.5 CEUs are available for purchase HERE for $10.00

      Not a Member? Sign up HERE today and take advantage of our Discount!

      Description: 

      Pre-seminarian evaluations have become the standard practice for dioceses in the United States and abroad.  Many dioceses seek to find a Catholic psychologist trained to complete these specialized evaluations, which also require expertise in assessing sexual behavior and various dimensions of the human person understood in Catholic anthropology.  Bishops also seek to employ an assessor who understands the culture of the Catholic Church and the elements and stages of formation for Catholic clergy and religious.  Due to the limited number of such specialists, Catholic psychologists are being asked to take on referrals from outside their region.  Virtual or remote assessment options have been utilized to address the clinical need and match an appropriately trained assessor with the candidate in need of evaluation.  There are various considerations for licensure jurisdiction, data security, and validity of test results which require informed consent and adjustments to the assessment process.  This workshop will explore those considerations and prepare the psychologists to make better-informed decisions while attending to the legal and ethical concerns inherent in virtual assessment approaches. 

      Learning Objectives:

      • List the ethical and legal considerations of virtual evaluation approaches for seminary candidates.  

      Target Audience: 

      Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Missionaries, Evangelists, Pastoral Counselors, Coaches, Spiritual Directors

      Level of Content: Intermediate

      Presenters:   

       

         


      Shannon Mullen, Ph.D., CSAT, is the current Ethics Committee Chair for CPA and the lead author of the ethics code for the organization.  She has more than 20 years of experience in assessment and treatment.  She also carries multiple licensures, including Georgia and Florida, and is a PSYPACT Psychologist who regularly completes virtual evaluations of seminary candidates for dioceses in several states in the US and abroad.  

      Cancellation Policy: 

      Refunds will not be offered for this event, however every registrant will receive a copy of the recorded presentation and the opportunity to complete the home study and receive CEU credits at a later date. Any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mary Hanys at mhanys@catholicpsychotherapy.org for more details. 

      There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program. 

      • 21 Oct 2022
      • 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
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      Please join us for a FREE for CPA Members 90-minute Circum Mensam discussion with our panelists Dr. Shannon Mullen, Ph.D. CSAT & Mandy Mullen, MSW, LCSW, CPTT for an open discussion on Betrayal Trauma. 

      Dr. Shannon Mullen and Mandy Mullen work together to treat sex addicts and their betrayed partners in their private practice.  Dr. Mullen is a Certified Sex Addiction Therapist, and Mandy Mullen is a Certified Partner Trauma Therapist.  This panel discussion is designed to be an open discussion with CPA members wanting to learn more about Betrayal Trauma.  Your participation is a must!  Please come with any questions about Betrayal Trauma; how to treat betrayed partners. Clients you are working with,  situations you would like to discuss, etc. 

      You will be able to speak openly to our panelists during this open round table discussion. 

      • 11 Nov 2022
      • 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
      • Zoom Webinar
      • 99
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      Presented by: Paul Ungar MD, PhD

      When:  Friday November 11th: 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM  Central Time  (US and Canada)

      • 9:00 - 9:05 AM - Introduction 
      • 9:05 AM - 12:10 PM - Lecture + Q&A
      • 12:10 - 12:15 PM - Closing 

      What: The Connections Between Sin and Mental Problems 

      Cost: $90 for CPA Members, $180 for Non-members, $45 for Students/Clergy Members.  

      Not a Member? Sign up HERE today and take advantage of our Discount!

      Description: 

      This webinar will clarify how sinful and mentally ill behaviors are not always mutually exclusive categories. Despite significant differences between them, the relationship between sin and illness is often comparable to a chicken and the egg paradigm. It is often hard to discern which has caused which. It will be discussed that self-sufficiency, or attempting to “be like God, knowing good and evil” (Gen. 3:5), the archetype of all sins, is often tied to narcissistic features; callousness may be related to antisocial personality traits, and sexual sins against children are linked to the illness of pedophilia. This webinar will demonstrate that all sinful behaviors, just as virtually all mentally disordered behaviors disregard Jesus’ basic commands, “Love the Lord…” and “Love your neighbor…”(Mark 12:29-31). Therefore, no mental health treatment is sufficient without spiritual healing.

      Learning Objectives:

      • Identify the proportion of free, conscious and deliberate motives, versus pathological motives in the behavior of psychotic and non-psychotic mentally ill patients, as well as in mentally healthy people.
      • Define the differences the between secular models of conscience (like the Freudian superego) versus genuine Christian conscience. 
      • Distinguish between rational and irrational guilt feelings, in the context of the connection between sin and mental ailments, and summarize the principles behind healing moral laxity and scrupulousness.
      • Evaluate Christians’ fears, anxiety and angst related to the anticipation of God's judgment, in the context of the connection between sin and mental problems.

      Target Audience: 

      Psychologists, Psychiatrists, Social Workers, MFTs, Counselors, Substance Abuse Counselors, Missionaries, Evangelists, Pastoral Counselors, Coaches, Spiritual Directors

      Level of Content: Intermediate

      Presenters: 

         


      Biography:

      Paul Ungar holds an MD, a PhD, and a graduate degree in Theology. He has practiced psychiatry and psychology for over 40 years, and taught pastoral theology, psychiatry, and psychology at various universities. Currently he is a faculty member of the International Viktor Frankl Institute, and is active as psychologist, specializing in the treatment of problems on the borderline of faith and psychology. He recently published his book Sin and Mental Ailments: Pastoral Psychiatry and Psychology for Healing Professionals, Pastors, and Inquiring Christians.


      Cancellation Policy: 

      Refunds will not be offered for this event, however every registrant will receive a copy of the recorded presentation and the opportunity to complete the home study and receive CEU credits at a later date. Any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to Mary Hanys at mhanys@catholicpsychotherapy.org for more details. 

      There is no conflict of interest or commercial support for this program. 

      • 20 Apr 2023
      • 22 Apr 2023
      • San Diego, CA
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      Conference Overview

      The 2023 Catholic Psychotherapy Association Conference will feature educational sessions based upon our understanding of the human person according to Catholic anthropology. Particular focus will be given to ways in which human brokenness is made manifest within relationships and vocation. Current issues affecting all vocations in areas related to human sexuality will be discussed. It will explore the definitions of healthy human sexuality as created and intended by God with fidelity to the Magisterium. 

      Catholic mental health and affiliated professionals must be formed, informed, and equipped to address these concerns in ways that are ethically sound, empirically supported, faithful to Catholic anthropology, and practically feasible. The conference will address etiology and treatment of a wide array of wounds affecting the sexuality of persons in all vocations in areas including moral development, fidelity and fruitfulness. Particular attention will be given to topics related to etiology (medical, psychological, social, and spiritual), evidence-based treatment and legal protection for the Catholic therapist. 

      Embodiment of and witnessing to the Catholic understanding of the human person takes many forms, most of which require a great deal of grace and courage. As the Catholic Church at large embraces the upcoming synod, the Catholic Psychotherapy Association aims to serve the Church by addressing issues of human sexuality to help individuals restore communion and participation in the Church and discover their mission. 



      Inspiration Verse: Romans 12:2

      Matthew 19: 3-6 (RSVCE)

      “And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” 4 He answered, “Have you not read that he who made them from the beginning made them male and female, 5 and said, ‘For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one’? 6 So they are no longer two but one. What therefore God has joined together, let not man put asunder.” 

      John 1:1-5 (RSVCE)

      “In the beginning was the Word, and Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God; all things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it.

      Patron: Patronage: St. John Paul II & St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)

      Man, whom God created male and female, bears the divine image imprinted on his body ‘from the beginning.’ Man and woman constitute two different ways of the human ‘being a body’ in the unity of that image. TOB January 2, 1980


      Prayer of our Patroness St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

      (Edith Stein) 


      O Prince of Peace, to all who receive You, You bright light and peace.  Help me to live in daily contact with You, listening to the words You have spoken and obeying them.  O Divine Child, I place my hands in Yours; I shall follow You.  Oh, let Your divine life flow into me.

      I will go unto the altar of God.  It is not myself and my tiny little affairs that matter here, but the great sacrifice of atonement.  I surrender myself entirely to Your divine will, O Lord.  Make my heart grow greater and wider, out of itself into the Divine Life.

      O my God, fill my soul with holy joy, courage and strength to serve You.  Enkindle Your love in me and then walk with me along the next stretch of road before me.  I do not see very far ahead, but when I have arrived where the horizon now closes down, a new prospect will open before me and I shall meet with peace.

      How wondrous are the marvels of your love, We are amazed, we stammer and grow dumb, for word and spirit fail us.


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