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Christian Association for Psychological Studies

CAPS is more than a professional association; it is a fellowship. While CAPS members represent a variety of denominations, professional groups and theoretical orientations, they are united in their commitment to Christ and to professional excellence. It is this common foundational passion that compels us to engage with one another professionally, spiritually and personally.

check out some of the previous caps seminars presented here:


Dealing with anger in family systems

Dr. David Levy, M.D.

Dr. David I. Levy is a neurosurgeon who practiced high-risk neurosurgery for more than 20 years, specialized in surgery of the blood vessels of the brain. Dr. Levy has performed neurosurgery internationally and has also spoken internationally on topics of neurosurgery, neuroscience and faith. He speaks on topics of neuroscience and presents God’s wisdom as pertinent and powerful today. Using his knowledge of the Bible and the brain, Dr. Levy’s vision is to reveal God’s wisdom in a fresh and engaging way, helping people understand God is good and desires relationship. The book Gray Matter: a neurosurgeon discovers the power of prayer…one patient at a time, details the dramatic intersection of medicine and faith as it chronicles patient experiences (both good and bad), the power of forgiveness as well as Dr. Levy’s journey of faith. 


A new way of viewing addiction

Dr. Julie Hayden, Psy.D.

Dr. Julie Hayden is a licensed psychologist and the Executive Director of Rhombus, a training and education company. She is also the Clinical Director at Genesis Recovery, the Program Director of La Mesa Counseling and enjoys teaching as a professor for several universities in San Diego. She serves as the co-chair of the San Diego MFT Consortium and the Treatment and Intervention Sub-Committee of the San Diego DV Council. Her mission is to equip people, strengthen families, and impact communities.



Dr. Kelsy Richardson, Ph.D.

Dr. Kelsy Richardson is a graduate of Fuller Theological Seminary with a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and an M.A. in Theology and Christian Ministry. She is a Registered Psychological Assistant working towards licensure under the supervision of Dr. Daniel Jenkins. Additionally, she is an adjunct faculty member at Point Loma Nazarene University. Kelsy has done both short-term and long-term work with individuals and couples of all ages and from many different cultural backgrounds in university and private practice settings. She specializes in psychodynamic therapy that emphasizes the ability to have an integrated sense of identity as well as healthy ways of relating with others.


Redeemed Sexuality:
Raising Sexually Intelligent Children and Living Life with Spiritual Sexual Intelligence

Dr. Jennifer Konzen, Psy.D., CST, CCDC,

Dr. Konzen is the Director for the Center for Sexuality in San Diego, CA. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, a certified sex therapist, and a certified chemical dependency counselor. She is also a two-time nationally award winning researcher, and international speaker, and an adjunct professor at Alliant International University, San Diego and Bethel Seminary, San Diego. Dr. Konzen is the author of the books The Art of Intimate Marriage and Redeemed Sexuality and the manual Graduated Intimacy: A guided intervention for increasing sexual intimacy in marriage.


taking a biopsychosocial-spiritual perspective in couple’s therapy

Dr. Claudia Grauf-Grounds, Ph.D., LMFT

Claudia is pleased to return to San Diego after 17 years in the Pacific Northwest chairing the MFT master’s program at Seattle Pacific University. She will review the underlying model that guided her recent book, We’ve Had This Fight Before: A Brief Guide on Why Couples Fight and What to Do About It. 
Claudia is a licensed marriage and family therapist in California and Washington and AAMFT Approved Supervisor. Before teaching in Seattle, she held faculty positions at the University of San Diego, Bethel Seminary, SHARP and University of Washington Family Practice Residencies, and Rosemead Graduate School of Psychology. Her co-authored textbook, Essential Skills in Family Therapy (Guilford Press), just published its 3rd edition. She currently serves on the AAMFT Board of Directors and is working on two other books, one on clergy families and one on humility.

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Dr. Aimee Vadnais, Psy.D., LMFT

Dr. Aimee Vadnais, Psy. D., LMFT is the Program Director of the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Azusa Pacific University's San Diego Regional Campus. In addition to APU, Dr. Vadnais has a private practice in San Diego called Carmel Valley Psychological Services, where she specializes in couples, women’s issues, and infertility. Her clinical interests include positive psychology, emotional intelligence, attachment theory, and sensory processing disorders. She has been a guest speaker about the field of psychology at several San Diego schools. She has twice been a presenter at the Hawaii International Conference in Education. Vadnais has also been published several times, including the articles Infidelity: Is Your Spouse Leading a Double Life? Eight Warning Signs to Consider and Parenting: Forcing Kids to Become too Responsible after Divorce Can Hurt in Long Run on, as well as a contribution to Making Marriage a Success: Pearls of Wisdom from Experts Across the Nation (, Inc., 2011). Her dissertation was titled “The Effects of Emotional Intelligence on Marital Satisfaction.”


Navigating the Challenges of AD/HD for Kids and Adults from Assessment to Treatment

Dr. Benjamin Coleman, Ph.D., LCP, PSY#27491

Dr. Benjamin Coleman is the Director of Clinical Training and teaches graduate classes in the Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling Program at Point Loma Nazarene University. Dr. Coleman is a licensed psychologist and provides psychological assessments and an array of psychotherapeutic approaches for children and adults. He enjoys helping families of children with ADHD and other neurodevelopmental and behavioral disorders. Dr. Coleman is passionate about integrating issues of faith and spirituality into his work with clients.


how to effectively manage damaging emotions in marriage and relationships: a presentation of restoration therapy

Dr. Marcial Felan, D.Min., LMFT

After a 20 year career in prison ministry with Chuck Colson's Prison Fellowship Ministries, in 2000 Dr. Marcial Felan was called to serve at the Shadow Mountain Community Church with Dr. David Jeremiah as Pastor of Family Ministries. He served in that position for 11 years until 2011 when he left to serve the San Diego community at large as a licensed marriage and family therapist. 

In his counseling work, Dr. Felan seeks to fight for marriages and provide spiritual, relational, and emotional solutions for abundant living. He has a BA in Biblical Literature from Point Loma Nazarene University, and master's degrees in divinity and marriage and family therapy, and a doctor of ministry degree in marriage and family studies. Dr. Felan teaches seminars on marriage, parenting and relationships, and anger management.

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