Catholic Insights for Mental Health

26 Oct 2023

Faith-Driven Strategies

Join the IHE and the National Catholic Partnership on Disability for an expert panel on faith-driven strategies for mental health from a Catholic perspective.

Catholicism encompasses strategies, beliefs, and practices that contribute positively to mental health and support individuals with mental illness. However, Catholicism and mental health/illness support are often pursued as separate endeavors with minimal crossover.

We invite you to join us for a virtual event featuring three speakers who research and promote the integration of the Roman Catholic tradition and mental health support.

Watch the recording here.

Event Highlights:

• Faith-centered approaches: Explore how Catholic teaching and spirituality can be a source of strength and healing.

• Value of mental health: Discover the connection between faith and emotional well-being.

• Strategies: Learn Catholic strategies that individuals, families, and parishes can use to promote mental health.


  • Anthony Isacco
    Anthony Isacco
    Director of Training for the PsyD Program at Chatham University

    Dr. Anthony Isacco is the Director of Training for the PsyD Program at Chatham University. He is an Associate Editor for the American Psychological Association’s journal Spirituality in Clinical Practice and a member of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association. His research and clinical interests include positive father involvement, religious and spiritual factors to health, and working with religious populations such as priests, deacons, seminarians, and women religious. Isacco’s most recent book is The Handbook of Psychology of Fatherhood, co-edited by Dr. Sonia Molloy and Dr. Pierre Azzam.

  • Rev. Innocent Okozi
    Rev. Innocent Okozi
    Clinical team member at Southdown Institute

    Rev. Innocent Okozi, Ph.D. joined the Southdown Institute in April 2020 as a member of the clinical team, which serves clergy, women and men religious, and lay ecclesial ministers of the Catholic Church and other Christian denominations. He earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Seton Hall University, NJ in 2010 and taught there as an adjunct professor in 2014. He has ministered as a missionary, parochial vicar, and pastor to a diverse population in Africa and the United States. He has written and published several psychological articles in academic journals, and he is fluent in both English and French.

  • Thomas G. Plante
    Thomas G. Plante
    Director, Applied Spirituality Institute at Santa Clara University

    Thomas G. Plante, Ph.D., ABPP is the Augustin Cardinal Bea, S.J. University Professor, Professor of Psychology and Religious Studies (by courtesy), and directs the Applied Spirituality Institute at Santa Clara University. He is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University. He has published 29 books, including Spiritually Informed Therapy and Living Better with Spiritually Based Strategies that Work. He maintains a private practice as a licensed psychologist in Menlo Park, CA where he specializes in assessment and treatment of Catholic clerics and laypersons. Time magazine referred to him as one of “three leading American Catholics” in a cover story on clerical abuse in April 2002.

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