"...forgiveness can be learned. Many therapists work to cultivate forgiveness in sessions [and] research has shown that saying a short prayer or a brief meditation on forgiveness can help people take the edge off." [Read Article]
"Is it possible to be a sophisticated psychiatrist and believe that evil spirits are, however seldom, assailing humans? Most of my scientific colleagues and friends say no... But careful observation of the evidence presented to me in my career has led me to believe that certain extremely uncommon cases can be explained no other way."[Read Article]
“Some devout Catholics see it as preferable to say they are suffering from something like the dark night of the soul, rather than to admit that they have depression and may need medication and counseling... The problem with over-spiritualizing is that you cut yourself from so many tools that psychology and even your faith could have to help you to be happy.'" [Read Article]
"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]
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.
This presentation discusses methods of recognizing and overcoming sexual addictions. From a Catholic/Christian anthropological approach, those who work in ministry play an important role in helping those struggling with sexual addiction utilize spiritual tools that aid in the recovery process.
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.
Filmmaker Susan Polis Schutz’s documentary The Misunderstood Epidemic: Depression is an intimate look at how depression affects its victims and their families. The inspiration for the film came from Schutz’s own experience—she kept a journal while struggling to overcome depression.