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Candidate Assessment Protocol Training


Saint Luke Institute Candidate Assessment Protocol Training

Teaching practitioners the skills they need to conduct integrated, comprehensive psychological and spiritual evaluations for individuals discerning a call to priesthood or religious life. 

Saint Luke Institute has been providing psychological assessments for applicants to the priesthood and religious life for nearly 30 years. The Saint Luke Institute Candidate Assessment Protocol (SLI-CAP) is a multidisciplinary team approach to psychological assessment using two clinicians and one trained spiritual director. With this collaborative, holistic model we are able to integrate a variety of perspectives and provide the candidate and diocese/order with a richer, more positive experience.

The SLI-CAP is based on best practices in psychological and spiritual assessment and is aligned with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Guidelines for the Use of Psychology in Seminary Admissions.


A 4.5-hour online training series for licensed psychologists and trained spiritual directors, offered by the industry leader in psychological screening for Catholic ministry.

Participants will explore the key elements of the SLI-CAP and obtain the essential skills necessary to provide a thorough and responsible screening of candidates for priesthood and religious life. Presenters will identify evaluation benchmarks for assessing a candidate’s core competencies and vulnerabilities and discuss how to formulate effective recommendations based on those findings.


Originally presented in February & March 2020, now available on-demand

Who Should Participate

Psychologists, spiritual directors and other mental health professionals involved in psychological screening of candidates for Catholic ministry.

SLI-CAP Online Training

Part I: Conducting a Comprehensive Psychological Assessment

Now On-Demand

 Presenter: Emily R. Cash, Psy.D., director of the Saint Luke Institute candidate assessment program.

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Part II: Integrating Spirituality into the Psychological Assessment Process

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 Presenters:  Rev. Paul Scaglione, M.Div., and Emily R. Cash, Psy.D.

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Part III: Developing a Comprehensive Feedback Report for Formators & Leaders

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 Presenter: Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., president of Saint Luke Institute

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Best Practices in Psychological Screening of Candidates for Priesthood & Religious Life

Rev. David Songy, O.F.M.Cap., S.T.D., Psy.D., explores best practices in evaluation of candidates for priesthood and religious life.

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