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The Catholic Mental Health Conference

Bringing expert Catholic therapists together to share simple tips in modern psychology – tips to help faithful Catholics live happier, more exciting lives – now!

Mental health issues don’t go away when you ignore them.

On November 21-22, 2020, the Catholic Mental Health Conference brings you a range of Catholic therapists and guest speakers.

Together, we discuss and share tools from modern psychology, and how to find mental health services as a Catholic.

Keep reading…

November 21-22, 2020

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Catholic experts & guests

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Live & recorded video

Our compassionate gaze

“The Church will have to initiate everyone – priests, religious and laity – into this “art of accompaniment”  which teaches us to remove our sandals before the sacred ground of the other (cf. Ex 3:5).

“The pace of this accompaniment must be steady and reassuring, reflecting our closeness and our compassionate gaze which also heals, liberates and encourages growth in the Christian life.”

Pope Francis,  Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium, no.169, November 23, 2013.

Welcome Letter from Daniel Johnson

Modern psychology can help Faithful Catholics live happier, more exciting lives – immediately!

Most of us don’t know what to make of modern psychology. We feel leery about the whole thing. And yet, mental health is a massive concern.

Perhaps your family, or someone you know, struggles with a serious mental health issue. Some of us tell them to ‘offer it up’. This creates frustration and anger. A lot of Catholics feel helpless and abandoned. They have no resources to make sense of their concerns.

Psychology has come a very long way from its beginnings.

And its true beginnings start deep in the desert Fathers, saints like St. Thomas Aquinas, and religious communities of the Catholic Church.

Today, Catholic Psychology is grounded in this rich heritage of the Catholic Church’s intellectual tradition. There’s still a problem. The average Catholic doesn’t have the time to become a professional in Aquinas just to stay sane and healthy.

What’s the answer? Is it going to confession more often? Or is it pushing your questions and feelings and doubts and fears into a dark corner, and telling yourself that you’re the problem? That you’re weak?

Absolutely not.

Mental health issues don’t go away when you ignore them. Confession is not the answer to every doubt and fear. Confession is a sacrament of union and forgiveness. You need to be in a healthy mental state to truly appreciate the gift of life, and friendship with Christ and others!

  • What if more people got answers to their deep, burning questions?
  • What if we discovered the interior peace that comes from finding peace in our minds? The kind of peace that our spiritual lives must start in.
  • What if we all knew simple, practical, and Catholic-friendly tools to help you get through your day, change your attitude, and grow in joy?
  • What if we took a moment to accept Christ’s love for us, and show love to ourselves, so that we can share love with others?

We believe it’s all possible. It’s all easy to access. And it’s something everything Catholic should know – your catechism, how to ride a bike, and how to nurture a healthy mental state. (Bikes are optional.)

Who are we? A community of Catholic therapists hosting the Catholic Mental Health Conference.

You’re invited! Join us, along with a community of excited, faithful Catholics looking for sanity and joy in our scrambled, modern world.

We can find it together.

Topics we will cover:

  • Overcoming sexual abuse
  • Using the imagination to overcome shame based trauma
  • The relationship between the soul and the body
  • The power of journaling
  • How controlling your thoughts can influence your feelings and behavior

 

Welcome friend!

Our Catholic Faith is smart, beautiful, and actually makes life more exciting!

But too few of us know about this smart heritage, or the real-life impact Christ is having on the world today.

Most of all, we need friends on this sacred pilgrimage called 'life'.

If this is your first time hearing about SmartCatholics, here's what we believe: when Catholics understand our Faith in the modern world, we experience greater personal joy, and confidence in sharing the good news. Read the About Page to learn more!

We need smart Catholics…

We all work hard to be 100% Catholic. That means we're a mission Church, united to Pope Francis’ call to bring the joy of the Gospel to every corner of the world - starting with ourselves.

Catholic brands we love:

Dominic de Souza is your founder and host, a young dad with a small family and a smaller corgi, passionate about all things Catholic, watching movies, and reading the mystics.

Why you should join this community:

We need somewhere online that's ours, where we can

  • Uplift and inspire each other, and make new friends
  • Swap stories and ideas (not just advice!)
  • Be free of toxicity, trolls, and ads. (Bye bye, Facebook. We love you, but...)

When you join, you'll get to dip in and out of discussions whenever you want.

Each time we host a new event, you're welcome to join.

Sometimes we'll host workshops. Or firesides.

But most exciting is this - the veterans and new voices that you meet in the events are sticking around. They'll host group chats, share tips, and accompany your journey.

Because we need more than just information. We need insights we can trust. We need friendship to help us live lives of hope and meaning.

 

Who this group is not for:

For any community to mean something and take action, there must be focus. And our community exists for a clear goal: unity, friendship, and formation.

Pope Francis is a source of unity for us. Please don't enter if you reject Pope Francis and the 2nd Vatican Council, thrive on impending apocalyptic prophecies, polarized politics, and constant argument. 

There are plenty of other groups out there for you! Discussion on all topics is welcome, but bad manners aren't. Ever. Offenders are warned or removed. God love you!

 

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"I am impressed by the quality and range of discussion and the app is quite versatile and user friendly. Keep going; this is a contemporary way to engage Catholics to come forward! Awesome work!" Adam P.

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can I watch the videos?

The videos will be sent to the email you registered with. You’ll be able to watch 10 of them for free during the 7 days before the live event.

I can’t attend the event. Will there be replays?

Yes, all the recordings will be stored in a beautiful, on-demand library that you can watch any time. Access the replays is $10. 

Is there a community?

Yes, this event is launching an ongoing group within the SmartCatholics community. Get formation, feedback, answers, and new friends!

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