Behavioral Assessment 1

Behavioral Assessment 1

October 8-10, 2021

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Registration is limited to 24 participants.

This workshop presents practical interviewing techniques housed in a theoretical framework of behavioral assessment. While the focus of the workshop is on assessment of candidates for admission to initial formation, the methodology easily applies to assessing candidates in other stages of formation as well. Workshop participants study sample case reports and learn skills for interviewing as well as guidelines for organizing the information into useful reports. Interview topics include family background, educational and occupational histories, psychosexual histories and intimacy skills, faith history, and other pertinent issues related to comprehensive vocation assessment.

Please note this three-day workshop begins on October 8 at 8:30 a.m. and ends on October 10 at 4:30 p.m. Central time. Overnight accommodations are contracted for 4 nights with arrivals after 3:00 p.m. on October 7 and check out before 9:00 a.m. on October 11. All Fall Institute workshops include overnight accommodations at the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center. Enjoy the convenience of having a private bedroom and bathroom, along with linen service, wi-fi, meals and breaks. All participants must be fully vaccinated and abide by all safety protocols set by the venue. There are no exceptions. 

Workshop fees

NRVC member: $1,025                                       $1,537 Non-member

Workshop fees include overnight accommodations, materials, speaker stipends, facility fees, all meals, and breaks. Reservations are contracted for arrivals after 3:00 p.m. the day before the workshop begins and check-out is by 9:00 a.m. the day after the workshop ends. This means you are responsible for the full payment of the room reservation, regardless of your arrival and departure date. Unfortunately, room reservations cannot be made for earlier arrivals or later departures. You can store your luggage in the lounge if you are not ready to leave by 9:00 a.m. on the day of your departure, however you must vacate your room to allow the staff to clean your room for the next arrival on the same day. If you are staying for the next workshop, you will not need to check out or pay any additional fees.     

Late registration

Registrations received after September 20 incur a $50 late fee. 

Cancellation policy

Cancellations for workshops must be received in writing to before September 20 to receive a full refund less a $100 processing fee. After September 20, all fees are non refundable. 


All workshops include daily Mass at 11:15 a.m. and time for personal prayer. If you are willing to preside at Mass, cantor, lector, or as an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, please email


Reverend Raymond P. Carey, Ph.D. is a priest of the Archdiocese of Portland, OR. He has taught at both the secondary and university levels, and presently teaches at Mount Angel Seminary Graduate School of Theology in Saint Benedict, Oregon. Fr. Carey holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Ottawa, Canada. He has presented workshops in North America, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji. He is a recipient of the NRVC Harvest Award and a Lifetime NRVC member for his work in service of vocation ministry.

Financial assistance available

To assist NRVC members with their professional development, the Misericordia Scholarship Fund is available. Scholarship funds can be applied to NRVC workshops; however, they do not cover the cost of transportation, accommodations, meals or personal expenses. If you need financial assistance to attend an NRVC workshop, please contact  for an application.

Workshop terms and conditions

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I appreciated the breath and depth of Fr. Ray. The knowledge and illustrations were thorough with a healthy dose of humor made the workshop enjoyable. His open disposition and clarity with a very structured and systematic approach surpassed my expectations. I feel more equipped to take on the task of aspirant director

--Sr. Renee Hall, OP, from Port of Spain, Trinidad

I loved his humor and stories that related to the content well. This workshop exceeded my expectations. Thank you! 

--Father Derek Swanson, C.M.

After this workshop, I have the confidence to use the Behavioral Assessment following FDIC and direct/indirect interviewing techniques to respect each discerner's right to minimal intrusion. Fr. Ray's knowledge and his ability to share stories that drive deeper into the information is most helpful.

--Sister Jean Rhoads, D.C.

Fr. Ray is a fantastic teacher. I would take any workshop he is teaching

Bro. Pat Douglas, S.J.

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