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2023 Annual Conference

Total Credits: 10.5 including 10.5 APA Credit



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.

Inspirational Verses:

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.



Dr. Daniel McClure, PsyD, LP's Profile

Dr. Daniel McClure, PsyD, LP Related Seminars and Products

Novare Counseling Center

Dr. McClure is a licensed psychologist at Novare Counseling Center and independent contractor at The Saint Paul Seminary in Minnesota.  He received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Divine Mercy University.  Previously, he earned a B.A. in Philosophy and Catholic Studies from the University of St. Thomas.  He and his wife Lucy live in the Twin Cities.

He primarily utilizes short-term psychodynamic models like Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP), Intensive Short-term Dynamic Psychotherapy (ISTDP) and Interpersonal Therapy.  He conducts psychological evaluations for vocational candidates and also specializes in working with compulsive sexual behavior, leading psychoeducation/support groups for seminarians and clergy desiring to better live out passionate, joy-filled chastity

Sr. Mary Patrice Ahearn RSM, PsyD's Profile

Sr. Mary Patrice Ahearn RSM, PsyD Related Seminars and Products

Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma

Sister Mary Patrice Ahearn is a Religious Sisters of Mercy of Alma, Michigan and a licensed clinical psychologist. She has experience working with priests, religious and seminarians in both assessments and psychotherapy.  She has worked in her community’s Sacred Heart Mercy Health Care Center in Alma, Michigan and taught Applied Psychology and Counseling at the University of Notre Dame in Sydney Australia. After her assignment in Australia, Sister became the Director of Counseling Services at the Pontifical North American College in Rome for 3 years. Since 2021, she has worked at Divine Mercy University/Institute for the Psychological Sciences as the Training Director of the IPS Center and is an Assistant professor. She also continues a clinical practice providing psychotherapy and assessments. 

Dr. Andrew Sodergren Psy.D.'s Profile

Dr. Andrew Sodergren Psy.D. Related Seminars and Products

Director of Psychological Services

Ruah Woods Psychological Services

Dr. Andrew Sodergren is a Catholic psychologist and Director of Psychological Services for Ruah Woods Institute, a Theology of the Body ministry in Cincinnati, OH.  He earned his Masters and Doctorate in clinical psychology from Divine Mercy University’s Institute for the Psychological Sciences.  He also holds a Masters degree in theology from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at CUA, where he taught as an Adjunct Professor for 13 years.  In 2022, Dr. Sodergren contributed a chapter on the “Psychology of the Sexual Difference” to the book Sexual Identity: The Harmony of Philosophy, Science, and Revelation published by the St. Paul Center. He previously wrote a chapter on forgiveness in marriage in the book Torn Asunder: Children, the Myth of the Good Divorce, and the Recovery of Origins.  He is an active member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association (CPA) and is a frequent speaker for professional and lay audiences on topics involving the integration of psychology and the Catholic faith. In 2023, he was honored by the CPA with the Our Lady of Good Counsel Clinical Excellence Award.  He and his wife Ellie have been married 24 years and have 5 children.


Dr. Sue Baars PhD, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT's Profile

Dr. Sue Baars PhD, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT Related Seminars and Products

Baars Institute; In His Image Counseling Center, PLLC

Dr. Sue Baars has worked extensively in the field of counseling since 1986 in both hospital and outpatient settings. She provides individual, marriage and family therapy in Irving, Texas, where she is privileged to collaborate with a team of Catholic therapists and psychiatric nurse practitioners at In His Image Counseling Center. Sue bases her treatment of emotional & spiritual problems on the integration of the Christian anthropology of St. Thomas Aquinas with modern psychological discoveries. She has presented at Catholic conferences around the country and has been a guest on EWTN’s Women of Grace. She often presents the work of her late father, psychiatrist and author Conrad Baars, a pioneer in the field of Catholic psychology. Sue cites the cultural erosion of the family as the root of the lack of affirmation from which many people in our time suffer.
Sue’s lectures include a series of talks given to priests: The Abode of Love: Developing the Heart. She and a colleague edited a collection of her father’s articles and monographs related to the priesthood entitled, “I Will Give Them a New Heart: Reflections on the Priesthood and the Renewal of the Church.” Sue was on the faculty of the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) from 2008 to 2015, where she taught diocesan seminarians. Sue has also written several book chapters on priestly formation. At present, she is working on developing a curriculum to train therapists in the Baars/Terruwe Model of psychotherapy. Sue is a Past President of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association and holds a doctorate in Family Therapy from Texas Woman’s University.

Information about Affirmation therapy and the Baars/Terruwe Model of psychotherapy may be found at For appointments, please visit

Fr. Philip G. Bochanski's Profile

Fr. Philip G. Bochanski Related Seminars and Products

Courage International, Inc.

Father Philip Bochanski, a native of suburban Philadelphia, studied at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary and was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia in 1999. In addition to several parish assignments in the archdiocese, he has served as a high school religion teacher, chaplain to cloistered nuns, and a spiritual director for seminarians.
In 2009, Father Bochanski began serving as chaplain for the Philadelphia chapter of Courage International, an apostolate founded in 1980 to provide pastoral care for men and women who experience same sex attractions and who have made a commitment to living chastely. In 2015 he was appointed as Associate Director of the Courage apostolate, at which time he moved to the Diocese of Bridgeport, where the apostolate is based. He was appointed Executive Director of Courage International at the beginning of 2017. Father Bochanski is the author of six books, five sets of audio lectures, and numerous articles and book chapters, on various topics including church history, spirituality, evangelization and pastoral care. His most recent book, Wisdom of the Desert Fathers: Ancient Advice for the Modern World, was published by TAN Books in April 2020.

Father Bochanski currently serves as a consultant to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Subcommittee for the Promotion and Defense of Marriage. In December 2019, Pope Francis awarded him the Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice†, a medal given in recognition of sustained and exceptional service to the Church.

John Di Camillo's Profile

John Di Camillo Related Seminars and Products

John A. Di Camillo, PhD, BeL, is the Personal Consultations Director at The National Catholic Bioethics Center. He applies Catholic moral theology to science and medicine through writing, speaking, and fielding hundreds of individual and organizational consultations each year. He has spoken and written on maternal-fetal vital conflicts, reproductive technologies, end of life ethics, determination of death, organ donation, sexual orientation and gender identity issues, and cooperation with evil. His work also includes moral analyses of institutional collaborative arrangements and health insurance benefits. He lives in Lancaster County, PA, with his wife Serena and their children.

Dr. Maria Calatrava Martínez's Profile

Dr. Maria Calatrava Martínez Related Seminars and Products

Researcher and professor at the University of Navarra (Spain), with several degrees in Education and Psychology.  She also holds a PhD in Medicine in the area of Public Health and Epidemiology. For almost ten years, she worked as a teacher in schools, but currently combines her research work with psychotherapeutic practice. She co-directs a private psychotherapy clinic located in Pamplona (Spain). 

She is author of more than 15 research articles, including an article evaluating the protective role of religiosity and sexual attitudes in early sexual initiation. In addition, she has a large number of oral and poster presentations in scientific congresses. Maria specializes in quantitative research methods, e.g., multivariate analysis with longitudinal and cross-sectional data. Her research interests include topics such as childhood and adolescence, marriage and family, and couple therapy and the integration between affectivity and sexuality. Her research focuses specifically on three areas:

  • The study of adolescent lifestyles and their impact on their affectivity and sexuality. 

  • The evaluation of psychotherapeutic and psychoeducational processes.

  • The processes of affective maturation in adults to promote the integration between cognition and emotion through applications that will be able to apply in psychotherapeutic or educational settings.

Mr. Martiño Rodriguez Gonzalez's Profile

Mr. Martiño Rodriguez Gonzalez Related Seminars and Products

Universidad de Navarra

Researcher and Assistant Professor at the Universidad de Navarra (Spain), Accredited Marriage and family therapist in Spain, President of the Spanish Society for Development and Research in Family Therapy. Autor of more than 20 research articles, dozens of brief paper and poster presentations in scientific congresses, co-author of 7 book chapters, as well as the editor and coordinator of a book with 8 international co-authors. I am the supervisor of 7 doctoral dissertations, as well as ad-hoc reviewer for the Journal of Marriage and Family, Family Process or Journal of Contemporary Family Therapy, among others. Member of the editorial board of Integratus. My principal research focused around couple relationships and processes of emotional development. From 2012 to 2018 I was the director of a general psychological health clinic which specializes in couple therapy (located in Spain) for six years, at the Diocese of Lugo (Spain), and currently I am the director of a private psychotherapy clinic located in Pamplona (Spain). Advisor of the Spanish National Conference of Bishops for the Marriage and Family Pastoral Care centers.

Mrs. Michelle Browning, LMFT-S's Profile

Mrs. Michelle Browning, LMFT-S Related Seminars and Products

Intuitus Group

Michelle Browning is a Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist Supervisor and an EMDR Approved Consultant & Trainer. She is a co-author of the CPA Code of Ethics. She has been in private practice for 11 years and is co-owner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, TX.  She works with couples, families, and individuals experiencing various forms of trauma and relationship trauma. Michelle assists her Diocese with screening and preparing couples for Diaconal Formation, assisting with Seminarian screening, offering expert opinion for the Tribunal Annulment process, and facilitating classes for Catholic adults struggling with the pain of divorce. Michelle served on the CPA Board of Directors as Treasurer from 2019-2021. 

Peter Malinoski Ph.D.'s Profile

Peter Malinoski Ph.D. Related Seminars and Products

Souls and Hearts

Peter Malinoski, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist and co-founder and president of Souls and Hearts, which brings the best of human formation resources grounded in a Catholic understasnding of the human person to the internet.  Through his podcast Interior Integration for Catholics,, his weekly reflections, and through his leadership of the Resilient Catholics Community, he helps Catholics overcome the natural-level human formation deficits and obstacles so that they can experience greater interior integration and unity, freeing them to receive love and to love God, others and self in a more more ordered way.  This opens the door for a much deeper and more intimate union with God in the three Persons of the Trinity and the Blessed Virgin Mary, our Mother. 


He provides training, human formation and consultation for about 50 Catholic therapists online in the Interior Therapist Community. His monthly podcast is
through which he addresses the tough psychological issues Catholics face.  Dr. Malinoski and his wife Pam have seven children and an infant grandson.  He also has a private practice.  In his free time also enjoys raising animals, vegetables, and fruits on his small farm.

Ms. Jody Garneau's Profile

Ms. Jody Garneau Related Seminars and Products

Jody earned a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Thomas Aquinas College (California) where she flourished in the study of philosophy and theology. After returning to Canada, Jody soon married and embarked on a 25 year adventure in parenting and homeschooling her four children. Jody worked as an online teacher, home education consultant, and faith formation coordinator for many years. Jody earned a Masters in Clinical Counselling through Divine Mercy University (Virginia) where she was immersed in the study of psychological healing through a Christian lens. Jody’s own life experiences and challenges have provided a wealth of earned wisdom to enhance her professional development. Jody currently administers the Internal Therapist Community, a cohort of Catholic therapists who learn and use Internal Family Systems for their own human formation. Jody is a Registered Clinical Counsellor with the BCACC and she works full time in private practice. Jody has embraced her newest and most challenging role as a grandma.  

Ms. Jennifer Madere, LPC Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Trainer, ISSTD Fellow's Profile

Ms. Jennifer Madere, LPC Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Trainer, ISSTD Fellow Related Seminars and Products

Intuitus Group

Jennifer Madere is a LPC-Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant/Approved Trainer in private practice. She is a founding partner of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas.  She has accompanied child and adult survivors of trauma on their journey of healing and recovery in psychotherapy since 2003.

Jennifer supervises graduate and post-graduate clinicians and consults and offers training and consultation related to treatment of complex trauma, pathological dissociation, and EMDR therapy. Jennifer also trains fellow clinicians in the ethical integration of faith and spirituality in clinical practice. Jennifer is a past President of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, a Fellow of the International Society for the Study of Trauma and Dissociation (ISSTD) and co-teaches the EMDR therapy training offered by ISSTD.

In addition to numerous professional presentations in local, national, and international conferences, Jennifer is the published author of several scholarly works on the topics of consultation and screening, assessment, and differential diagnosis for dissociative disorders.

Since 2015, Jennifer has collaborated with D. Michael Coy, LICSW, and Paul Dell, PhD to update the interpretive manual and associated documents for the Multidimensional Inventory of Dissociation (MID) and make the MID documents and training accessible to clinicians and researchers world-wide (see

Ms. Maribel Laguna, LPC-S's Profile

Ms. Maribel Laguna, LPC-S Related Seminars and Products

Cor Sacrum Counseling & Consulting

Maribel graduated from the University of Dallas with a B.A. in Psychology in 2004 and from University of North Texas with an M.A. in Counseling Psychology in 2007. Ms. Laguna is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor in Dallas, Texas, where she is the founder and owner of Cor Sacrum Counseling and Consulting. She is also the past board president of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. Maribel has worked as a counselor in a variety of settings including the Dallas County Juvenile Detention Center, Genesis Women’s Shelter, and Dallas Independent School District Youth and Family Centers. She specializes in premarital preparation, marital counseling and vocational discernment, working closely with diocesan vocational leaders. Additionally, Maribel is a presenter at various Catholic conferences around the country and has been a guest on EWTN’s Cara a Cara.

Dr. Chiara Simeone DiFrancesco, Licensed Psychologist, VA & WI's Profile

Dr. Chiara Simeone DiFrancesco, Licensed Psychologist, VA & WI Related Seminars and Products

Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy Institute, a div. of Connect-Talk, LLC

Chiara Simeone-DiFrancesco PhD, psychologist (Clinical & Counseling Psychology) (1990) see clients mostly on-line in her practice, Connect-Talk, LLC & Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy Institute in two states, WI & VA. Chiara is a trainer in Couples Therapy, holding Advanced & Trainer Certifications since 2008 in Individual & Couples.

Founder of the Special Interest Groups: Schema Therapy-Couples.  In this, for over 10 years, clinicians gather monthly online from around the world to discuss interventions for complex relationships and couples work. 


She also founded the SIG Schema Therapy-OD (Organizational Development) involving multicultural/religious/minority dialogue.  Having studied under Professor Edward J. Brueggman, SJ chair of Xavier University’s Theology Department, who had a 40 year prime time TV program weekly called: Dialogue, she engaged in special studies & mentoring to develop expertise in connecting with diverse multi-cultural populations and facilitating reconciliation and understanding/acceptance.

Dr. Simeone-DiFrancesco is the originator/developer of Connect-Talk® & Needs vs. Wants. “Connect-Talk®” has been developed by her as a core competency in ST-Couples. It is her integration of Schema Therapy & Mode awareness with the intricacies of equal-to-equal positive connecting and inner and outer dialogue.


Dr. Chiara is very active in the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. She has respect for clients coming from differing religious persuasions, incorporating meaning in life and positive examples into their quest for Healthy Adult mode functioning.  For Christian clients, she specializes in Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy, a Culturally Competent Therapy for Christians, which invites Jesus into the sessions through His Model, Lectio Divina with His Word and in guided imagery to provide healing, direction, formation and reconciliation.  This also involves trauma work and healing of schema/lifetrap patterns. She sees the triadic integration of Spirit/Soul, mind/reason and emotions/body as promoting the most effective human flourishing.  Besides seeing individual clients, she has a special focus on couples marital healing and trauma affecting couples.


Her Simeone-DiFrancesco Schema Therapy International Training Center with Couples   trains and certifies therapists in a number of venues:  CULTURALLY COMPETENT SCHEMA THERAPY WITH COUPLES FOR CHRISTIANS; JESUS-CENTERED TRAINING FOR THERAPISTS, & SCRIPTURAL PASTORAL FOUNDATIONS.   


She is the first author of “Schema Therapy with Couples: A Practitioner's Guide to Healing Relationships” published in 2015 by Wiley & Sons for which the CPA granted the Pope St. John Paul II Award for Science and Research.  “We recognize this book has made a laudable effort to narrow the gap between research and practice for Catholic clinicians and we would like to highlight the novelty and innovation displayed in this body of work.” (Jessica Barboza, Catholic Psychotherapy Association Scholarships and Awards Task Force). 

In another area of focus, Dr. Simeone-DiFrancesco is the CEO of Jesus-Centered Institute, LLC & Dialog International Press, LLC, where she is very involved in the production of Catholic spiritual podcasts, evangelizing materials and videos, and the publication of books.


Lastly, she is the organizer of a developing non-profit whose goal is to provide training funds to assist Christian therapists in Jesus-Centering.  She welcomes collaborators in this endeavor.


Fr. David Songy O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D.'s Profile

Fr. David Songy O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D. Related Seminars and Products

Capuchin Province of Saint Conrad

Rev. David Songy, O.F.M. Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., is a priest of the Capuchin Province of Mid-America,  clinical psychologist, and author of Spiritual Direction for Priestly Celibacy. Prior to leading Saint Luke Institute, he was the spiritual director and prefect of studies at Redemptoris Mater Missionary Seminary in Denver, Colorado. He also was director of counseling services at the Pontifical North American College in Rome and held several positions at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary. Fr. Songy holds a doctorate in psychology from the University of Denver and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Teresianum, the Pontifical Institute of Spirituality in Rome.  He is an international speaker on topics such as priestly spirituality, formation in celibate chastity, and healthy sexual integration and affective maturity.

Deacon Raymond Biersbach's Profile

Deacon Raymond Biersbach Related Seminars and Products

Ray Biersbach, PhD, Author

Ray Biersbach has been a Catholic deacon since 1982. His ministry work has included service to a range of people. He practiced psychotherapy for 40 years, 30 of those as a licensed psychologist. He has performed research, taught at the masters, doctoral, and post-doctoral levels. He has served as director of clinical programs and retired as the psychology administrator for a New Jersey hospital for the seriously and chronically mentally ill. He currently writes full-time on the connection between psychotherapy and faith. He lives near Seattle with his wife of 46 years and has three grown children.

Dr. Theresa Farnan's Profile

Dr. Theresa Farnan Related Seminars and Products

Ethics and Public Policy Center

She is the co-author of two books, Get Out Now: Why You Should Pull Your Child from Public School Before It’s Too Late and Where Did I Come From? Where Am I Going? How Do I Get There? She has taught at St. Paul Seminary in Pittsburgh, Franciscan University of Steubenville, and Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and has worked with the diaconate formation program for the Dioceses of Harrisburg and Pittsburgh.

She served as a consultant to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth and is a member of the Catholic Women’s Forum Advisory Council. She has lectured widely on the gender ideology, Catholic education, theology of the body, the personalism of Pope John Paul II, the philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas, and the vocation and dignity of women. She hosted St. Thomas Aquinas in Today’s World on the Eternal Word Television Network (EWTN).

Mrs. Julia Hogan-Werner, LCPC's Profile

Mrs. Julia Hogan-Werner, LCPC Related Seminars and Products

Vita Optimum Counseling

Julia Hogan-Werner is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor in Chicago, IL and owner of Vita Optimum Counseling & Consulting, LLC. She attended the Institute for the Psychological Sciences for her graduate degree and has spoken at Deloitte, Notre Dame University, and Metro Achievement Center for Girls. She leads workshops and writes on topics related to self-care, relationships and mental health. Her book, It's Ok to Start with You is all about the power of embracing your authentic self through self-care. Her second book, A Work in Progress: Embracing the Life God Gave You, explores concrete strategies for living an authentic life according to God's plan. She is passionate about empowering individuals to be their most authentic selves. You can find more of her work online at

Dr. Shane Gomes, PhD's Profile

Dr. Shane Gomes, PhD Related Seminars and Products

Belmont Abbey College Department of Psychology

Shane Gomes earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego, CA.  He is a North Carolina licensed clinical psychologist in private practice, and he is the chair and associate professor of psychology at Belmont Abbey College in Belmont, NC.  Dr. Gomes has worked for over 20 years in private practice both in CA and NC conducting individual, couples, family and group psychotherapy with various populations, especially individuals who struggle with pornography addiction, other sexual addictions, alcohol and drug addictions, gambling addictions, depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety, trauma, eating disorders, sleep disorders, schizophrenia and personality disorders..  Dr. Gomes has taught both undergraduate and graduate psychology courses, including courses in human sexuality, psychology of gender, addictions, child sexual abuse and violence in relation to pornography and other addictions.  Dr. Gomes had spent several years treating children and adolescents diagnosed with bipolar disorder and other mental disorders in an outpatient mental health clinic.  He has given several trainings and workshops to mental health professionals on assessing and treating children and adolescents with bipolar disorder, attachment disorders with foster/adoptive children, and on law and ethics.  In addition to professional experience,  Dr. Gomes has taught religious education, confirmation classes, adult faith formation classes, and served as lector, sacristan, Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion and choir member at his parish in CA and currently in NC.  He has a small private practice in Gastonia, NC, and he has an extensive work history in inpatient psychiatric care, outpatient psychotherapy and day treatment with adults, children, adolescents, couples, families and groups.  Dr. Gomes, his wife and two sons live in North Carolina.

Ms. Elizabeth Heuertz's Profile

Ms. Elizabeth Heuertz Related Seminars and Products

Intuitus Group Independent Professionals

Elizabeth Heuertz, MA, LPC, is a member of Intuitus Group in Cedar Park, Texas.  She has provided psychotherapy services for adolescents and adults since 2015.  Elizabeth completed training in prayer ministry in 2016 through the John Paul II Healing Center and has participated in numerous healing retreats through their ministry.  She completed training in EMDR therapy in 2017.  Elizabeth co-presented the poster “Integrating Psychological Healing with Spiritual Healing: Comparing and Contrasting EMDR with Inner Healing Prayer” at the 2019 Catholic Psychotherapy Association Annual Conference.  She specializes in the integration of healing prayer and EMDR in the treatment of trauma and relational wounds.

Mr. Andrew Comiskey's Profile

Mr. Andrew Comiskey Related Seminars and Products

Desert Stream Ministries

Andrew Comiskey, M. Div., has worked extensively with the healing of the sexually and relationally broken. He is director of Desert Stream/Living Waters Ministries (which he founded in 1980), a multi-faceted outreach to the broken. Comiskey’s ministry grows out of his commitment to overcome homosexuality and his experience as the husband of Annette and as the father of four grown children and eight grandchildren. He is author of Pursuing Sexual Wholeness, Strength in Weakness, Naked Surrender, Rediscovering Our Lost Fullness (Sophia Press) and the Living Waters healing program. Andrew seeks to equip the global Church to be whole and holy, a Bride ready to receive Jesus. Andrew and Annette live in Kansas City, Missouri, where he attends and serves in a local parish.

Fr. Bryan Duggan's Profile

Fr. Bryan Duggan Related Seminars and Products

Fr. Bryan completed his doctorate in clinical psychology from Divine Mercy University and is a registered psychologist in British Columbia, Canada. His clinical experience includes seminary, community mental health, and group practice – settings in which he has worked with clients of diverse cultural and sexual identities. Fr. Bryan is a priest of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, Canada, since 2011 and has served in parish, seminary, and vocations ministry. He is the clergy member of the Archdiocese of Vancouver’s committee for dialogue with the White Rock Pride Society. He is the current chaplain of the CPA.

Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, Jr's Profile

Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, Jr Related Seminars and Products

Reintegrative Therapy Association

Joseph Nicolosi Jr., Ph.D. is a licensed clinical psychologist, author, researcher and clinical
director at The Breakthrough Clinic in Southern California.

He is the president of the Reintegrative Therapy Association, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in which trauma treatment is the goal, and sexual attraction change is often the byproduct. Dr. Nicolosi has provided expert testimony in multiple legislative hearings across the United States on psychotherapy bans related to LGBT-related therapy, has appeared on network television news programs and podcasts and has written for The Federalist and the Washington Examiner. He is the author of multiple peer-reviewed, published articles on Reintegrative Therapy®. He received his Ph.D. in 2009 from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

Mr. Michael Gasparro's Profile

Mr. Michael Gasparro Related Seminars and Products

Michael Gasparro Therapy Services

Michael Gasparro, M.A., holds dual licenses in California as a licensed marriage and family therapist and a licensed professional clinical counselor. Michael presents at conferences and seminars in the United States and abroad regarding matters of same-sex attraction, obsessive compulsive disorder, and other issues related to human sexuality. He often appears as a guest on various Catholic media outlets, such as "The Drew Mariani Show," and "Trending with Timmerie," on Relevant Radio, to discuss these same issues. He serves on the board of directors for the Alliance for Therapeutic Choice and Scientific Integrity, which promotes the research and treatment of human sexuality issues informed by Judeo-Christian values. Michael trained for four years under the supervision of the founder of Reintegrative Therapy®, Dr. Joseph Nicolosi Jr., and opened his own private therapy practice based in Southern California in 2022. He received his master of arts in marriage and family therapy in 2017 from Hope International University.


DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego - Mission Valley

7450 Hazard Center Dr., San Diego, California 92108, United States
(619) 297-5466


Thursday Morning Pre-Conference Registration
Date/Time: Thu, Apr 20, 2023 - 07:00 AM to 09:00 AM (PDT)

Registration will be open from 7:00 - 9:00am 

  • Daily Rosary will be held in the prayer room at 7:30am 
  • Mass will be offered in the Chapel at 8:00am


Pre-Conference Day of Reflection: He Himself Knew What Was In Man (Jn 2:25) Christian Anthropology as the Foundation of Healing
Date/Time: Thu, Apr 20, 2023 - 09:30 AM to 04:00 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Fr. Philip G. Bochanski
Session 1: "In the Image of God He created them" (Gen 1:27)
Date/Time: Thu, Apr 20, 2023 - 09:30 AM to 10:30 AM (PDT)
Session 2: The Sense of Sin
Date/Time: Thu, Apr 20, 2023 - 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (PDT)
Session 3: The Universal Call to Holiness
Date/Time: Thu, Apr 20, 2023 - 01:30 PM to 02:30 PM (PDT)
Session 4: "The Greatest of These is Love" (1 Cor 13:13)
Date/Time: Thu, Apr 20, 2023 - 03:00 PM to 04:00 PM (PDT)
Networking Reception
Date/Time: Thu, Apr 20, 2023 - 05:00 PM to 06:30 PM (PDT)

Opening Remarks and Welcome
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 09:00 AM to 09:15 AM (PDT)
Opening Plenary Session: Welcoming in Truth and Charity: The Church and Transgender Issues.
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 09:15 AM to 10:45 AM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Tad Pacholczyk
The Impact of Pornography on Sexual Development and Identity: Main Research Findings, Prevention and Psychotherapy
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Dr. Maria Calatrava Martínez , Mr. Martiño Rodriguez Gonzalez
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
Jesus-Centered Schema Therapy & Virtue-based Theology of the Body
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Dr. Chiara Simeone DiFrancesco Licensed Psychologist, VA & WI
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
Buffet Lunch/SIG Networking Sessions
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 12:30 PM to 01:30 PM (PDT)
Location: Lunch: FOYER; SIG Breakouts (Varied, see details)
The Integrated Catholic Therapist: A Compassionate Approach to Sexual Concerns using IFS. Part 1
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Peter Malinoski Ph.D. , Ms. Jody Garneau
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
Conceptualization of Women as Sexual Beings: Theory and Practice
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Ms. Jennifer Madere LPC Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Trainer, ISSTD Fellow, Ms. Maribel Laguna LPC-S, Sr. Mary Patrice Ahearn RSM PsyD
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
Application of the Negative Dyadic Interaction Cycle for Reducing Conflict in Relationships
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 01:30 PM to 03:00 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Mrs. Michelle Browning LMFT-S
The Integrated Catholic Therapist: A Compassionate Approach to Sexual Concerns using IFS. Part 2
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Peter Malinoski Ph.D. , Ms. Jody Garneau
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
A sacred place of tension: A Dialogue between Affirmative and Sexual Orientation Change Effort (SOCE) approaches to treating Catholics with same-sex attractions
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Fr. Bryan Duggan , Dr. Daniel McClure PsyD, LP
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
Desire, and Fantasy: A Proposal for a Catholic Psychotherapy
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Deacon Raymond Biersbach
2023 CPA Night Out: Old Town
Date/Time: Fri, Apr 21, 2023 - 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM (PDT)

Opening Plenary Session: Becoming Man and Woman: Theology, Psychology, and Healing of Sexual Identity
Date/Time: Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - 09:00 AM to 10:30 AM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Dr. Andrew Sodergren Psy.D.
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
Anthropology Matters: Influence and Effect on Approaches of Affirmative Care vs. Baars Affirmation Therapy
Date/Time: Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Dr. Sue Baars PhD PhD, LPC-S, LMFT, Dr. Theresa Farnan
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
Applying an Understanding of the Feminine Genius to Help Transform Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Motherhood Mental Health
Date/Time: Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Mrs. Julia Hogan-Werner, LCPC
Date/Time: Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - 12:30 PM to 01:45 PM (PDT)
Location: Lunch: ATRIUM; Membership Meeting: GR IV & IV
Pornography and the Catholic Response
Date/Time: Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Dr. Shane Gomes PhD
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
EMDR Therapy in a Catholic Context – Interweaving applications of Inner Healing Prayer. Part 1
Date/Time: Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Ms. Jennifer Madere LPC Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Trainer, ISSTD Fellow, Ms. Elizabeth Heuertz
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
Rediscovering Our Lost Fullness: A Guide to Sexual Integration
Date/Time: Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - 02:00 PM to 03:30 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Mr. Andrew Comiskey
Reintegrative Therapy: The Impact of Trauma Treatment on Male Sexuality.
Date/Time: Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Mr. Michael Gasparro , Dr. Joseph Nicolosi, Jr
EMDR Therapy in a Catholic Context – Interweaving applications of Inner Healing Prayer. Part 2
Date/Time: Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Ms. Jennifer Madere LPC Supervisor, EMDRIA Approved Consultant & Trainer, ISSTD Fellow, Ms. Elizabeth Heuertz
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
Human Formation of Seminarians for Spiritual Fatherhood
Date/Time: Sat, Apr 22, 2023 - 04:00 PM to 05:30 PM (PDT)
Speaker(s): Fr. David Songy O.F.M.Cap. S.T.D., Psy.D.
Total Credits: 1.5 including 1.5 APA Credit
Closing Remarks