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2020 CPA Conference: "Build the House on Rock": Psychological and Spiritual Foundations of Marriage Preparation

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Dr. Keith Houde |  Zachary Swantek
1.5 Hours
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The unstable foundations of marriage within contemporary culture require innovative approaches in pastoral psychology. The psychologically-relevant, pastoral approach of Karol Wojtyła/John Paul II is presented, considering (from original translation) the content of his spiritual exercises for engaged couples within the context of a supportive community. Participants are invited to consider practical clinical applications for personal formation and marriage preparation around themes including humility/grace, maturity/honor, knowledge/trust, unity/reciprocity, fidelity/commitment, responsible parenthood, and sacrificial love.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss factors related to rebuilding the foundations of personal formation and marriage preparation within contemporary culture.
  • Describe practical elements of a promising, psychologically-relevant, pastoral approach to personal formation and marriage preparation consisting of spiritual exercises within a community milieu of presence and accompaniment.
  • List three specific clinical applications within the premarital assessment, premarital counseling, and community support for building a solid foundation of personal formation and marriage preparation.

This program does not qualify for NBCC credits