All posts by Christauria Welland

Dr. Christauria Welland, a Canadian, is a bilingual clinical psychologist in private practice in San Diego, California, specializing in family therapy and domestic violence. She was selected to present on the topic of violence in Catholic families at the World Meeting of Families, 2015, in Philadelphia, and her booklet, available on this website, is being distributed to all the participants in the Synod on the Family in Rome, October 2015. Dr. Welland is Adjunct Professor at Alliant International University, San Diego. She has forty years’ experience working internationally, and was chosen as a US Department of State Fulbright Specialist in the area of domestic violence. Her Spanish program, Sin Golpes, is widely used in offender treatment in the United States and Latin America, where she has trained hundreds of therapists. Dr. Welland and her husband Michael Akong, L.Ac., have served Mexican migrant families in their Catholic parish since 1992, and she has been a catechist since 1972. She and her husband are the founders of the Oaxaca Education Fund, an extension of their parish's ministry to migrants. The mission of the fund is to keep the migrants' children of the Sierra Mixteca, Mexico, in school.


For the World Meeting of Families 2015 in Philadelphia and for the Synod on the Family in Rome in October 2015, Pax in Familia has prepared:

How Can We Help to End Violence in Catholic Families: A Guide for Clergy, Religious and Laity – a 100-page illustrated booklet with Imprimatur, on violence in Catholic families, how to respond to and prevent violence, and how to educate Catholic youth and couples for peace.

© 2015 Dr. Christauria Welland

 Preface by Archbishop Jean Laffitte, Secretary, Pontifical Council for the Family


There are 9 versions of the booklet, in 6 languages:

  • English (3 versions: North America/Europe, India & Africa)
  • français (2 versions: Europe & Afrique)
  • español
  • português
  • Tagalog
  • Tamil

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