Certificate Courses

Marriage and Family Support

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Price: $400.00
Avg. Completion Time: 5 hours

This certificate is designed for anyone interested in strengthening marriages and families from a Catholic perspective using current best practices in the behavioral sciences.

What will I learn in this certificate course?

  • How to communicate effectively without slipping into endless arguing
  • The key roles empathy and listening play in fostering healthy relationships
  • Factors that can lead a person to become narcissistic and how to combat them
  • The most effective and healthy parenting style
  • How open communication between parents and children can lead to a happy family

 

Certificate Program Description

The purpose of this course is to provide those interested in strengthening marriages and families with a Catholic perspective on practical ways to deal with conflict in marriages and families as well as how to promote happy and healthy relationships.

By the end of this certificate program, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the different principles of communication

  2. Identify the importance of listening in fostering a healthy relationship

  3. Explain the importance of using empathy when communicating

  4. Understand what marital distress looks like including behaviorally, intellectually, and psychologically.

  5. Learn a number of important tools to bring out the better sides in the couple, and also to develop a sense of hope that something can be done for them, and by them.

  6. Identify what selfishness looks like in an person

  7. Identify how to help guide a person towards selflessness

  8. Explain common factors that can lead a person to become narcissistic

  9. Discuss the three different parenting styles and identify which is the most healthy and effective parenting style.

  10. Describe strategies for facilitating open communication between parents and children, particularly with regards to discipline.

  11. Identify some of the research findings related to the amount and type of supervision by parents.

 

Sequence of Certificate Program Webinars

Conflict Resolution in Marriages, Families, and Communities by Greg Kolodziejczak, Ph.D. (1 hr 15 min)

All marital relationships will inevitably have conflict.  The biggest difference between those marriages who survive and those which end in divorce is the ability to communicate constructively.  Dr. Kolodziejczak presents just how a couple can communicate constructively by explaining the principles of communication.  Dr. Kolodziejczak will also explain the important role that listening and using empathy can play in fostering healthy relationships.

Learning Objectives

At the end of the presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the different principles of communication
  2. Identify the importance of listening in fostering a healthy relationship
  3. Explain the importance of using empathy when communicating

Helping Couples in Distress by William Nordling, Ph.D. (50 min)

When a marriage is in trouble, what is in danger is not just the good of two individuals, or even of a sacrament, but it is the nature of the family itself that is threatened. As history has shown, when a marriage in distress breaks down, the pain not only affects the one couple, but also tragically overflows onto an entire family tree, often for generations.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify what marital distress looks like and be aware of the various forms in which a priest, a ministering couple, or a family friend may encounter it. This includes understanding what underlies this distress and what exactly is happening between the couple including how they behave or treat each other, how they think about each other, and what is going on physiologically inside the couple (how each one feels inside).
  2. Discuss a number of important principles or tools to use when helping a distressed couple to bring out their better sides, and also to develop a sense of hope that something can be done for them, and by them. Such hope can serve to motivate them to seek further professional and spiritual help to heal their marriage.

Guarding Against Narcissism by Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D. (42 min.)

Selfishness is an epidemic plaguing society. In this presentation Dr. Fitzgibbons provides background on narcissism and what constitutes narcissistic tendencies. This presentation is given from a Catholic anthropological perspective and explores different states of life.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain what selfishness looks like in a person
  2. Identify how to help guide a person towards selflessness
  3. Explain what can lead a person to become narcissistic

Building Families of Character by Thomas Lickona, Ph.D. (1 hr. 32 min.)

In this workshop, Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., draws upon his work as a developmental psychologist, including his written works, and upon research to present effective techniques for promoting an effective and healthy parenting style.  Dr. Lickona discusses in-depth eleven principles related to effective parenting including improving communication between parents and children and helping your children develop positive character traits such as responsibility and empathy.  He also provides guidance for parents on hot button issues such as talking to children about sex, drinking, and the use of social media.  The workshop also includes helpful resources for those working with parents.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the three different parenting styles and identify which is the most healthy and effective parenting style
  2. Describe strategies for facilitating open communication between parents and children, particularly with regards to discipline
  3. Identify some of the research findings related to the amount and type of supervision by parents

Instructor Biographies

Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D.

Richard Fitzgibbons, M.D., is the director of the Institute for Marital Healing outside Philadelphia and has worked with several thousand couples over the past 30 years. In 2000 he co-authored Helping Clients Forgive: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope with Dr. Robert D. Enright, University of Wisconsin, Madison, for American Psychological Association Books.  Dr. Fitzgibbons has given many marital conferences in New York, Philadelphia and Washington and has also given numerous conferences to priests in various dioceses and religious communities and to spiritual formation teams of seminaries. He is a board member of the International Institute for Forgiveness.

Thomas Lickona, Ph.D.

Thomas Lickona, Ph.D.  is a developmental psychologist and professor emeritus of education at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he founded and continues to direct the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) (www.cortland.edu/character).  He has been a visiting professor at Harvard and Boston Universities, president of the Association for Moral Education, and Board member with the Character Education Partnership. He speaks around the world on fostering moral values and character development.  His eight books on character development include Raising Good Children, Educating for Character, Character Matters, and, with his wife Judith, a book for teens, Sex, Love, and You: Making the Right Decision.  Educating for Character  won a Christopher Award for “affirming the highest values of the human spirit.”  He received the Character Education Partnership’s “Sandy Award” for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.  His work has been featured in a New York Times Magazine cover story, “Teaching Johnny To Be Good,”  and on “Good Morning America,” “Larry King Live Radio,” National Public Radio, and “Focus on the Family.”

Greg Kolodziejczak, Ph.D., Psy.D.

Greg Kolodziejczak, Ph.D., Psy.D. works primarily in private practice in Harvard Square in Cambridge, MA.  In addition, he is involved with the Archdiocese of Boston, working with the diocese’s marriage preparation curriculum committee.  Dr. Kolodziejczak previously received a Ph.D. in Ocean Engineering from MIT and a Masters in Theology from Catholic University. After enrolling in the Institute for Psychological Sciences, where he received a Masters and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology, he then accepted an APA-approved internship at the Danielsen Institute in Boston.  He completed his postdoc at Two Brattle Center in Cambridge, a clinic that specializes in utilizing psychodynamic approaches and Dialectical Behavior Therapy in working with patients with severe levels of distress.  He currently works with Two Brattle Center and in private practice in Cambridge.  His almost-800 page dissertation was a synthesis of psychology, philosophy, and theology on the issue of love.  In January 2008, he was chosen to present on a case at the American Psychoanalytic Conference in New York, with Peter Fonagy and Otto Kernberg, both giants in psychology.

William Nordling, Ph.D.

William Nordling, Ph.D. is one of the founding faculty members of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. He is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of Virginia. He also holds a number of specialized credentials in child, marriage, and family therapy and teaches both basic and advanced coursework in these areas at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. Dr. Nordling is active as scholar, and in addition to his many publications, he has conducted over 200 presentations and training workshops nationally and internationally. As a respected leader in the field, in 2010 he served as the President of the Association of Play Therapy, and he currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association.