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Counseling the Whole Person:

Reunifying Psychology, Philosophy, and Theology

A Summer Seminar for Graduate-level Counselors and Clinicians 

Dates: June 8-18 2021

Place: Steubenville, Ohio

Application Deadline: Closed


Our Course of Study


Within psychology, specialization has produced enormous benefits, scientific breakthroughs, and advances in therapeutic techniques. But too often, it has come at the cost of proper contextualization of those powerful tools. Treating the whole person has to be articulated within a context that takes into account the psychological, ethical, and spiritual dimensions of each human being. This summer the Austin institute will offer a new course of study aimed at reunifying today's advanced psychological knowledge and techniques with the wisdom of centuries in the Catholic tradition.


Over the course of two intensive weeks, students will receive an introduction to Christian philosophical anthropology, habit formation and change, virtues and character formation, and the nature of the will. They will also consider how these philosophical and theological principles might be applied to contemporary issues in psychology and therapy, such as gender dysphoria, self-efficacy, “willpower,” positive psychology, human flourishing, marriage, and family life.

The primary goal of this seminar is to give participants the tools they need to take a more integrated approach in their own therapeutic practice.



Students enrolled in graduate-level counseling or psychology programs as well as practicing clinicians are invited to apply.


Registration Fee, Lodging, and Board


This seminar will be held at the Franciscan University of Steubenville's campus in Gaming, Austria. The Kartause is a renovated 14th-century Carthusian monastery located in central Austria. Those selected to participate will receive fellowships covering all expenses associated with the program except travel to and from Gaming.

Application Requirements and Instructions

Application Deadline: Closed


The application process is competitive and admission is selective. Please follow the link below to begin your online application. In addition to some basic personal information, you will also be prompted to submit the following:

  • Contact information for two academic or professional recommenders

  • A current CV

  • A 500-750 word essay answering the following question: Please describe how you might benefit in your practice or career from a stronger foundation in Catholic philosophical and theological thought as applied to the field of psychology.






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