Marriage & Family
Understanding Catholic Marriage Tribunals: Roles for Clinicians
Duration: 1 hr. 34 min.
CE Credits: 1.5
Mental health professionals who work with Catholic couples, couples preparing for marriage, and children of divorce are likely to encounter some aspect of the Catholic Marriage Tribunal at some point in their practice. However, the marriage tribunal and the nullity process can seem confusing and, at times, mysterious. This webinar will provide a context for discussing the nullity process of the Catholic Church by reviewing the Church’s understanding and vision for marriage, and the basic elements of Canon Law which govern marriage and its validity. It will also discuss the various ways in which a mental health clinician might interact with a marriage tribunal, whether one works formally with a diocese or treats Catholic clients or marital couples in a clinical setting. This webinar is 1 hour and 25 minutes and can be watched at any time after registration.
At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:
1. Explain the Catholic understanding of marriage and how it promotes healthy psychological functioning.
2. Describe the basic aspects of Canon Law related to marriage and annulments.
3. Identify the variety of roles the mental health clinician can fulfill in supporting the work of the marriage tribunal judges.