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2020 CPA Conference: But Who Do You Say That I Am?: Implications of Attachment Assessment on Formation of Seminarians/Religious

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Dr. Peter Martin |  Dr. Jeff Vance, PhD
1.5 Hours
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Attachment-related internal working models of close relationships help to understand the relational dynamics of an individual with respect to both human and spiritual attachment figures. A psycho-spiritual, assessment model will be presented which incorporates self-report and implicit measures. The currently under development Holy Trinity and Mary Drawings (HTMD) will be introduced.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain how “internal working models” of attachment can shape implicit experiences of close human and spiritual relationships.
  • Describe various ways that the level of one’s attachment security can impact psychological and spiritual functioning as well as distress management.
  • Identify and describe numerous self-report and implicit attachment measures that are useful in assessing psycho-spiritual functioning in religious and seminarian candidates.

This program does not qualify for NBCC credits


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Dr. Vance earned his M.S. in psychology and his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of North Texas. He completed his pre-doctoral internship with Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska through the Nebraska Internship Consortium and Professional Psychology. This consortium is the largest in the country and Catholic Social Services provides the only APA accredited internship site that integrates Catholic spirituality into therapy. Dr. Vance completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Catholic Social Services’ Immaculate Heart of Mary Counseling Center where in addition to clinical services, Dr. Vance conducted assessments for seminarians and candidates for religious life.