Aaron Stratman- Integrating Psychology and the Catholic Faith
Our Mission as Catholic Social Services of Southern Nebraska is to perform the Works of Mercy in response to the Call of God. Currently, I am the director of the clinical services and internship training for CSS, and I am excited to share this mission with two other St. Lawrence Center alumni, Peter Martin, Psy.D. who works at the Newman Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska, and Eve (Herrera) Rosno, Ph.D. who works as a psychologist in the Hastings office.
The formation I received at the St. Lawrence Center is directly responsible for the position in which I currently find myself. Without classes on Virtues and the Theology of Body, I would not have been aware that there is more to the human person than empirical observations. The initial catechetical classes ignited the fire of my Confirmation to seek the authentic understanding of the faith. Although it took 22 years to find adequate, thorough explanations of the faith, I found it at the St. Lawrence Center. Msgr. Vince Krische, Mike Scherschligt, John Flynn, and Troy Hinkel all acted as a gigantic bellow to keep the fire hot. I plan to share that fire with others as often as I can.
The most unique aspect of the way we practice psychological counseling is the fact that we incorporate the Catholic faith when it is appropriate to do so. Not only does our staff possess a great deal of expertise in the various methods of clinical and counseling psychology, but they also base their clinical decisions on a human anthropology that is distinctly Catholic. We focus on the ways that the methods of psychology can be understood in light of this anthropology.
~Aaron Stratman, Ph.D. 2003 KU Graduate and Director of Clinical Services and Internship training for Catholic Social Services