Only by recovering a sense of awe and reverence for the mysteries hidden in nature and in the heart of the human soul—together with our children—can we restore hope for their future and the future of the earth they will inherit from us.
"To those who are devoutly religious, the pope's U.S. trip presents a unique opportunity to get papal blessings, receive mercy and feel closer to God. But even those devoted Catholics who aren’t in the front row seat for Francis' visit may see benefits to their belief. A slew of research has tied being religious with better well-being and overall mental health." [Read Article]
"Neurotribes started as an investigation into the prevalence of autism within the tech bubble of Silicon Valley... While acknowledging the very real challenges of the condition, author Steve Silberman argues strongly against the notion of autism as some 'modern plague.' Instead, he questions who are we to decide which type of minds should be considered as normal?" [Read Article]
"A body of research suggests a healthy way to be a perfectionist, that lets you reap the good associated with it — as in, chasing after the ridiculously high goals you’ve set for yourself — while neatly sidestepping the nasty self-loathing should you happen to miss your mark, and the anxiety that prevents you from ever embarking on those goals in the first place." [Read Article]
"40 million American adults, as well as 1 in 8 children, suffer from anxiety… Research shows that anxiety is often the result of multiple factors (i.e., genes, brain physiology, temperament, environmental factors, past traumatic events, etc.)… You did not cause your child’s anxiety, but you can help them overcome it." [Read Article]
All marital relationships will inevitably have conflict. The biggest difference between those marriages that make it through rough waters and those that don't is the ability to communicate constructively. In this engaging webinar, Dr. Kolodziejczak offers practical advice to help couples successfully manage conflict and grow in their relationship.
In this presentation, Dr. Lisa Klewicki provides an overview of the mood disorders, including depression, manic or hypomanic episodes, and bipolar disorder. She covers the symptoms of these disorders and some common stressors associated with the development of the mood disorders. Dr. Klewick uses movie clips to illustrate the content.
What do the experience of beauty and positive mental health have in common? Everything! Whether found in nature, art or people, the ability to experience beauty provides significant therapeutic qualities. In this seminar based on doctoral-level research, Dr. Margaret Laracy discusses how attentiveness to beauty can benefit both the client and the therapist in a variety of ways.
"Oxytocin reminds us what we were created for: connection. This hormone delivers a reward, like we experience from sex or food, just for being connected to others... We are meant to pursue monogamy, tenderly care for our children, enjoy close friendships, and maintain peace with acquaintances in our community. Oxytocin reminds us, on a chemical level, of who God is, his Trinitarian nature that is in constant communion with himself. It’s like shalom packed into a hormone." [Read Article]
Perfectionism, defined as a deep-seated sense of unlovableness, unworthiness or inability to ‘measure up,’ and typically accompanied by severe self-criticism, is rampant in western culture. This presentation will point out its consequences and offer a specific clinical tool for improving, and for many, completely eliminating all symptoms of the problem.
"...the evidence today implies that atheism is a form of mental illness. And this is because science is showing that the human mind is hard-wired for faith: we have, as a species, evolved to believe, which is one crucial reason why believers are happier – religious people have all their faculties intact, they are fully functioning humans." [Read Article]