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Conducting a Comprehensive Psychological Assessment


Tuesday, February 25
1:00-2:30 pm EST

Emily R. Cash, Psy.D., discusses clinical considerations for evaluating candidates for priesthood and religious life.

Product Description


The Saint Luke Institute Candidate Assessment Protocol (SLI-CAP) includes a pre-assessment personal profile, clinical and psychosocial interviews, and intellectual and psychological testing to assess a candidate’s readiness for and potential for successfully navigating priesthood or religious life. Emily R. Cash, Psy.D., director of the Saint Luke Institute candidate assessment program since 2011, discusses clinical considerations for evaluating candidates for priesthood and religious life.

This is the first of a three-part training series.

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  1. Identify the key components of the SLI-CAP psychological assessment, including clinical and psychosocial interview formats and recommended psychological testing protocols;
  2. Describe a structured approach to gathering data about a candidate’s family history, academic/work background, and previous sexual experience that provides important insight into his or her capacity for healthy, sustainable service to the Church;
  3. Identify three strategies for interpreting psychological testing data in the context of current trends and challenges of ministry life.

Who Should Participate

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

APA Continuing Education Credit

1.5 credit hours for registrants who participate in the entire live presentation and complete the presentation evaluation.

Saint Luke Institute is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Saint Luke Institute maintains responsibility for this program and its content.