CPA Scholarship and Awards Programs


2021 Award & Scholarship Recipients

We are pleased to announce CPA Scholarship and Award recipients for 2021! The intended purpose of the CPA scholarships and awards is to joyfully honor how the Lord ministers to His church through psychotherapeutic practice, research, and education. This year’s award recipients give us a diverse perspective of God’s love alive within our Catholic community of mental health professionals and we would like to extend our sincere gratitude for the example they have set.


Awards recipients will be fully acknowledged on Friday, April 23, 2021 during the CPA conference.


St. Martin de Porres Intrinsic Dignity Award

Sister Josephine Garrett, CSFN


Mother of Good Counsel Clinical Excellence Award

Holy Alliance Support Ministry. Directors: Cynthia Hunt, MD and Christina Lynch, PsyD.


Pope John Paul II Research and Academic Excellence Award

Spirituality in Clinical Practice Special Issue: Addressing Catholic Clergy Issues in Psychological Research and Practice

Major contributors: Anthony Isacco, PhD, Thomas Plante, PhD, Kathleen Musselwhite, J.D., PsyD, Gerard McClone, S.J., PhD, Martin J. Burnham, P.S.S., PhD.


2021 Conference Scholarship Recipients

Brittney Morales

Rhonda Furlong, MA, LMHC

    Awards Nominations and Applications

    Summary

    The Catholic Psychotherapy Association would like to recognize individuals and their work that support and embody the mission of the CPA in a particular way. Four categories of awards are described here - please see below for details regarding criteria and process to apply.

    All awards nominations and applications are due by January 15, 2021. Please submit complete nominations via email by following these steps:

    1. Include all documentation in one email, and indicate the corresponding award in the subject line

    2. Address the email to the CPA Awards Task Group at admin@catholicpsychotherapy.org

    3. Ensure that the name and contact information of the nominee and the nominator are included in the email text

      Our Mother of Good Counsel Clinical Excellence Award

      The Catholic Psychotherapy Association would like to recognize outstanding clinical psychotherapy practice which embodies the Mission of theorganization. The recipient of this award displays exceptional clinical skills in psychotherapy, marked by their upstanding reputation within their local community and diocese. CPA members and non-members may apply or nominate other CPA members or non-members who meet criteria.

      St. Thomas Aquinas Emerging Leader Award

      CPA sponsors an Emerging Leaders program designed to identify and support Catholic students in the mental health field. We are asking for Department Chairs, professors in graduate programs, and clinical supervisors of provisionally licensed clinicians to nominate a Catholic student who has demonstrated:

      1. Academic achievement; 
      2. Servant leadership; and 
      3. A commitment to Catholic values in clinical practice.


      Pope St. John Paul II Academic & Research Excellence Award

      The Catholic Psychotherapy Association would like to recognize outstanding academic literature and research that honors the dignity of the human person and embodies the Mission of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. The recipient of this award has positively contributed to our understanding of Catholic psychotherapy and made a substantial effort to narrow the gap between research and clinical practice.  CPA members may nominate another CPA member or a non-member, and invite non-members to make appropriate nominations for this award.

      St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Graduate Student Paper Recognition

      The Catholic Psychotherapy Association would like to recognize an outstanding graduate paper addressing a topic related to spirituality in clinical practice. Paper must be a work previously submitted as a requirement for a graduate course at a recognized institution of higher learning.

      Our Mother of Good Counsel Clinical Excellence Award

      The Catholic Psychotherapy Association would like to recognize outstanding clinical psychotherapy practice which embodies the Mission of the organization. The recipient of this award displays exceptional clinical skills in psychotherapy, marked by their upstanding reputation within their local community and diocese. CPA members and non-members may apply or nominate other CPA members or non-members who meet criteria.

      Candidate Criteria: 

      1. Fully licensed (LPC, LMHC, LMFT, Psychologist, LCSW)

      2. Practicing psychotherapist for a minimum of 5 years. 

      3. Practicing Catholic and evident commitment to Catholic anthropology in his or her clinical practice.

      4. Demonstrated service within their local community and diocese. 

      Submission Requirements:

      • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
      • Essay that details the nominee’s commitment to Catholic anthropology in clinical practice, devotion to service within the community and diocese, and dedication to social justice and minority inclusivity in clinical practice (minimum 1000 words, maximum 1500 words). Please answer the following questions in your essay:
      1. How does the nominee integrate the teachings of the Catholic Church into psychotherapy practice? 

      2. What additional clinical skills or specialties has the nominee obtained that set him/her apart from other clinicians? 

      3. What parish or diocesan ministries does he or she collaborate with and how does this relate to his or her psychotherapy practice? 

      4. What has the nominee done to make his or her services more accessible to minority groups? 

      5. How does the nominee advocate for social justice on a local, national, or global scale?

      • 2 letters of recommendation from colleagues, priests, religious, diocesan leaders, and/or community leaders. 
      • Must know the nominee for a minimum of 1 year. 
      • Please include professional affiliation(s) (if applicable) and contact information.

      Pope St. John Paul II Academic and Research Excellence Award

      The Catholic Psychotherapy Association would like to recognize outstanding academic literature and research that honors the dignity of the human person and embodies the Mission of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. The recipient of this award has positively contributed to our understanding of Catholic psychotherapy and made a substantial effort to narrow the gap between research and clinical practice.  CPA members may nominate another CPA member or a non-member, and invite non-members to make appropriate nominations for this award.

      Candidate Criteria:

      1. Fully licensed as a mental health professional in their region of practice
      2. Published or seeking publication in a peer reviewed academic journal or reputable publishing company (if book or book chapter). 
      3. First author on publication or manuscript submission
      4. Documented good standing in primary diocese of practice/residence

      Manuscript submissions must include the following:

      • APA formatting;
      • An integration of Catholic Magisterial teaching with psychotherapy principles;
      • A novel contribution to the research and/or formation or application of psychological theory informing integration of Catholic faith in mental health practice.
      Other publication types (books or book chapters) must address two or more of the following:
      • Mental health practitioners among the defined target audience, or 
      • An intended application for training of mental health practitioners; and
      • Demonstrate a Catholic perspective in keeping with Magisterial teaching, and essential dignity of the human person. 

      Submission Requirements:

      • Curriculum Vitae or Resume
      • Completed manuscript or chapter
      • Cover letter describing how this scholarly literature applies to Catholic clinicians and narrows a gap between research/literature and practice (500-700 words)
      • Letter of good standing from local diocese/ordinary

      St. Martin de Porres Intrinsic Dignity Award

      The Catholic Psychotherapy Association would like to recognize outstanding clinical psychotherapy practice which embodies both the Mission of the CPA and the 2021 conference theme on “Unity and Diversity in the Church.” Foundational to the ministry of the Catholic Church is acknowledging the intrinsic dignity of each human being and actively supporting the needs of the underserved, oppressed, and/or marginalized persons in society. Catholic psychotherapists, researchers, educators, administrators, and spiritual leaders who minister to these persons have an essential role in the ministry of the Church as a whole. Therefore, the Catholic Psychotherapy Association would like to especially recognize those who have made laudable efforts to reduce discrimination and uphold the dignity of all human persons.

      CPA members may nominate another CPA  member or non-member.

      Candidate Criteria:

      1. Mental health professional or affiliate, fully licensed or certified to practice in his or her region and area of expertise
      2. Dedicated to ensuring that mental health services are accessible to one or more marginalized groups. 
      3. Actively involved in advocacy, ministry, or social justice initiatives that explicitly align with the Magisterium of the Catholic Church. 

      Submission Requirement:

      • Curriculum vitae or resume of nominee
      • Essay (500-1000 words) that details the efforts of the nominee to reduce social injustices that undermine the dignity of the human person and how this has supported the mental and spiritual health of the minority group(s) that the nominee serves.

      St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross Graduate Student Paper Recognition

      The Catholic Psychotherapy Association would like to recognize an outstanding graduate paper addressing a topic related to spirituality in clinical practice. Paper must be a work previously submitted as a requirement for a graduate course at a recognized institution of higher learning.

      Candidate Criteria:

      1. Must be currently enrolled as a graduate student
      2. Must be a current member of the CPA
      3. Sole author on paper

      Submission Requirement: 

      • Curriculum vitae or resume of applicant
      • Documentation verifying student enrollment status, the course title, and assignment description for which the paper was originally composed
      • Completed paper (limit 25 pages)

      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 it with peace. - St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

      St. Thomas Aquinas Emerging Leader Award

      CPA sponsors an Emerging Leaders program designed to identify and support Catholic students in the mental health field. We are asking for Department Chairs, professors in graduate programs, and clinical supervisors of provisionally licensed clinicians to nominate a Catholic student who has demonstrated:

      1. Aacademic achievement; 
      2. Servant leadership; and 
      3. A commitment to Catholic values in clinical practice.

      Please submit the name and contact information of your student with a short description of how the student lives out their Catholic faith in the above areas to  admin@catholicpsychotherapy.org by January 15, 2021.

      Students or emerging leaders who are recognized as Catholic Psychotherapy Emerging Leaders will receive:

      • Complimentary registration to the annual CPA conference (including pre-conference days)
      • Invitation to networking events during the CPA conference which will include the opportunity to connect with leading Catholic clinicians and academicians
      • Recognition at our annual membership meeting
      • Complimentary 1 year membership (or renewal of membership) to the Catholic Psychotherapy Association

      Scholarships

      Scholarship applications to attend the 2021 CPA conference are accepted December 1st through January 10th prior to each conference.

      What kind of scholarship?

      Scholarship recipients will receive registration for the full annual CPA Conference, including pre-conference days and CEUs if applicable. When the annual conference is in-person, travel vouchers may be offered depending on the funds available.

      How can I support CPA scholarships?

      You may support students, emerging professionals, seminarians, and professionals in missionary settings to receive the benefit of attending the CPA conference by making a donation. Donations received and tagged for “scholarships” will be tracked by the Treasurer, and added to the CPA Scholarship Fund. The number and amount of scholarships given will be determined by the current balance of the CPA Scholarship Fund.

      Who is eligible to apply?

      • Applicants must be current CPA members or eligible for membership as Student, Academic, or Clinical members. Examples of eligible persons are as follows:
        • Graduate students in psychology or a related field.

        • Clergy, seminarians or religious who have an interest in the field of mental health.

        • Pre-licensed professionals in the mental health field, holding an advanced degree, but not yet fully/independently licensed.

        • Other mental health professionals who serve in less-advantaged, isolated, and/or missionary settings.

      How to apply

      • To apply, eligible persons will send the following documentation to admin@catholicpsychotherapy.org by January 10, 2021. Please include all documentation in one email, and indicate “scholarship application” in the subject line.

          • Curriculum Vitae

          • Letter from the applicant, including:
          1. How you heard about the Catholic Psychotherapy Association
          2. Why you wish to attend the CPA conference
          3. How your attendance at the CPA conference will benefit others
          4. Names of those who support your application via letters of support (below), and how you know them
          • Two letters of support or recommendation that address the applicant’s faith and study or practice related to mental health. If the applicant is a seminarian or religious, one letter should be from their superior or formator and indicate permission to attend the CPA conference if a scholarship is awarded to the applicant.

      Applicants will be notified regarding whether they have been selected to receive a scholarship by January 25, 2021. If they accept the scholarship, registration for the CPA conference must be completed by January 31, 2021


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