Marriage & Family
Understanding Catholic Marriage Tribunals: Evaluating the Psychological and Theological Consent for Marriage
Duration: 1 hr. 27 min.
CE Credits: 1.50
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 27 minutes and can be watched at any time after registration.
At the end of this seminar, participants will:
- Discuss the importance of conducting evaluations that integrate a Catholic vision of the person.
- Describe the essential differences between traditional psychological conceptions and canonical conceptions, and the challenges that confront clinicians as a result.
- Identify the role of the psychological assessor and the basic processes involved in conducting an evaluation.