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Announcing New Association of Therapists

A major unity effort is underway with the formation of an international Association of Catholic Therapists (ACT), according to Fr. Heyward B. Ewart, III, Ph.D., a former psychologist and active priest. Ewart says it will be an unusual mix of people.

“The purpose is to form a unified body of not only actual therapists but other professionals who are therapists at heart. Their beliefs are shared but they are separated into various occupations and branches of denominational expression. We’ll be an odd combination, but lots of people who are not therapists feel like they are and truly are to a great extent.

The intent is to celebrate what we have in common as an honor to our Lord, who prayed that we might all be one; further, to foster high standards of compassionate practice,” Ewart says.

He wants to bring together not only clergy but people in health care, social work, mental health, government, education, law, and law enforcement with one thing in common: They are either Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Anglican, or other denominations who share similar beliefs at a deep level and practice them in their service to others, whatever their professional label.

“This group will be an opportunity for members to share their hearts and experiences with others who can understand,” Ewart, the founder, explains. “I, myself, have wanted this kind of fellowship for years, but I was given the idea only a little while ago.

In my history, spanning a number of different capacities, I always felt more like a minister than the title I held. But I rarely found anybody to share my heart and experiences with, and that was uncomfortable,” he says. “Now the problem is solved, and it’s a great feeling.”

An advisory board has been launched with the appointment of Rev. Dr. Dan L. Edmunds, Ed.D., a respected priest and tireless youth advocate with the Polish Old Rite Catholic Church. Bishop Jay Kolick, of the Order of St. Luke, has recently joined.

Ewart himself serves the Catholic Charismatic Church, Diocese of St. Anthony, and he is setting up a parish in Jacksonville, FL, where he continues a 25-year-long Christian counseling practice.

Membership is free to the first 60 applicants. The requirements are described in full at http://www.child-to-adult-victim.com.

Also, those who do not meet all of the qualifications for clergy membership can choose a mentorship-style formation process at almost no cost.

Rev. Dr. Heyward Ewart, III, is a former psychologist and active priest with 25 years of commitment to victims of abuse and other violence, both males and females. He has spoken widely on these issues and has served as an expert witness in several states. He is a diplomate of the American College of Forensic Examiners and a former member of the White House Conference on Families. His book, “AM I BAD? Recovering from Abuse,” is available by upload at http://www.child-to-adult-victim.com. He is the founder of the Association of Catholic Therapists and the pastor of St. James Catholic Charismatic Church, Jacksonville, FL.

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