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Gathering at Mount St. Mary’s to Help Catholic, Christian Therapists Treat Same-Sex Attraction

Courage International is hosting a meeting for Catholic and Christian therapists this Saturday, July 21, during the group’s annual conference at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Therapists attending the meeting will have the opportunity to network and learn from their colleagues on giving mental health care to persons with same-sex attraction.  The gathering will assist therapists in the development of clinical work not taught in secular institutions.

Dr. Timothy G. Lock, a clinical psychologist and member of Courage International’s board of directors, will be facilitating the event.

Here’s more from Dr. Lock:

Other topics will be considered including the practical application of spirituality, theology, and morality in psychotherapy. …

Courage International is the apostolate in the Roman Catholic Church dedicated to assisting individuals with same-sex attraction to live a chaste life in accordance with the teachings of the Church.  The main avenue that Courage uses to help individuals is through “Courage groups” – people with same-sex attraction gather under a spiritual director to encourage one another, share their struggles, and rejoice in their successes.  Many individuals within the Courage groups seek psychotherapy to help understand their attractions and behaviors, and sometimes to work to heal the wounds that caused these attractions.

From a Catholic anthropology or world-view, Catholic therapists have a unique place to assist these individuals with same-sex attraction to heal their wounds, resolve their addictions, and to bring them on a therapeutic healing journey that leads to greater freedom, greater peace, and for some a change in their sexual attractions. Further, the Catholic therapist can incorporate good Catholic spirituality to enhance and deepen the psychotherapeutic process (cf. Propst, 1996).

Like most therapists when I was in graduate school, I did not have the course, “PSYC 573: Catholic Therapy for the Same-Sex Attracted Client”.  In graduate school, I learned to approach the issue of same-sex attraction from a secular perspective that is not consistent with our Catholic faith.  After graduate school, most of what I have learned to help individuals with same-sex attraction has come from talking with other Catholic or Christian therapists, and reading good books on this topic.

More information about the event is available at CatholicTherapists.com.

Mount St. Mary’s is promoted in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College for its strong Catholic identity.

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