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Defenses developed in response to childhood trauma can become default behaviors and can get played out in community life. Learn the signs and effective treatment for childhood trauma affecting women religious.
Focusing on our strengths in life and ministry, rather than our weaknesses, has been shown to promote greater well-being and life satisfaction
A major loss that has not been sufficiently processed can become the catalyst for addictive behaviors
What happens when experiences overwhelm our coping ability and what can be done?
Realities, risks and treatment for compulsive Internet pornography use
Awareness of one's physical body and sensations is an integral part of psychological well-being. Rather than seeing the body as irrelevant or the enemy, clients are encouraged to see the body as a tremendous resource for self-understanding and emotional regulation.
When we attempt to change a behavior, we step into uncharted territory. Understanding the dynamics of change can help us journey from self-sabotaging patterns to healthier behaviors.
Group therapy may be recommended to address interpersonal or personality issues, shame, deeply buried feelings, or abuse and/or neglect in childhood. It fosters authentic communication, better relationships and self-discovery.
Neuroplasticity refers to the brain’s ability to reorganize itself, forming new connections and pathways in response to neurological damage, learning new skills, or creating new memories.
Twelve-step group work provides rewards and benefits for priests and religious. How an individual learns to ask for and accept help can be a good predictor for success.
When we are unable to make the sustained effort required to change our behavior, we become discouraged and give up, often telling ourselves that we have failed and are unable to change. Learning how to achieve small goals creates a sense of accomplishment and confidence that motivates one to continue.
Fostering certain attitudes help build collaborative relating. Individuals must know how to balance presenting one’s views (advocacy) and how to search out the perspectives and knowledge of others (inquiry).
The advent of positive psychology has established the benefit of human goods: relatedness, knowledge, healthy living, creativity, excellence in work and play, inner peace, excellence in self-agency, spirituality and happiness. Learn how to develop positive, healthy approaches for achieving these goals in doable steps.
An overview of the difference between traits that may be attributed to anti-social behavior and full-fledged anti-social personality disorder, including the underlying possible causes that may contribute to onset.
This issue provides overview of perfectionism, including predominant types and its correlation with other mental disorders; how this may be manifested in the lives of clergy and religious; and cognitive therapy techniques to help lessen perfectionist tendencies.
A little change in one’s exercise routine can recharge and accelerate progress. The great thing about change is that it doesn’t have to be very big to have a big impact. In fact, often making too big a change can be counterproductive to physical fitness goals.
An overview of the changes experienced by religious communities, particularly aging members, as vocations decline and communities merge. Understand the stresses this may cause as well as the opportunities for growth and the need for managing personal and community health.
There are significant benefits of hope for the healing journey. Hope as a tool for psychological and spiritual wholeness is discussed, and practical tools for building it into one’s life and healing process.
An overview of psychodrama, including its purpose and positive benefits to patients as they internalize the roles that they often take on in interpersonal relationships, particularly supervisory relationships. New ways of thinking and understanding roles are discussed as a means to avoid the drama in relationships.
An overview of the benefits of fitness, obstacles to integrating it into one’s daily life and workable tools to integrate exercise into one’s life.
Common issues that should be addressed during a seminarian’s formation, the challenge of deep-seated problems that may be intractable and difficult to address after ordination, and recommendations on working better with seminarians for a healthy formation process.
Learn about narcissism and self-love, and the differences, including the causes, unhealthy ramifications of narcissism and benefits of a healthy self-image.
An overview of the symptoms and physiology, how chronic pain can be a lifelong debilitating illness, the similarities with depression symptoms and treatment options.
A look at the misconceptions surrounding psychotherapy and in-patient treatment programs, as well as the benefits. Includes a candid overview of the typical success rates for various common illnesses (alcoholism, eating disorders, etc.), treatment options and managing expectations for defining success.
Training for and running a marathon is similar to the 12-step recovery process. The 12 promises of the freedom of a happy life require one to face one’s fears and emotions, building a support system, facing one’s setbacks and challenges and moving forward.
An examination of the benefits of timeshifting – the capacity to consciously shift our rhythms and its benefits to our physical, emotional, mental and spiritual lives. By increasing awareness of the moments during our day, we will be able to enjoy the rich journey of life.
An overview of how a fitness program should have variety and a mix of different exercise options that focus on cardio, muscula, and skeletal health. There are benefits of classes such as yoga and pilates where you may not break a sweat, but still gain many physiological benefits.
The benefits of art psychotherapy and how to incorporate this therapy into treatment programs: overview of the group therapy setting, how it is utilized to explore feelings and experiences from one’s past and the benefits of accessing and expressing one’s feelings.
Understanding delusions, hallucinations and psychotic episodes are part of the basis for understanding schizophrenia. This typically has its onset in early adulthood and is believed to have a genetic correlation. Learn diagnosis and treatment options including medication, group and individual therapy and other specialists to help equip one to adjust and ultimately benefit.
A clinical explanation of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in adults including prevalence and symptoms, which often go undetected into adulthood. Causes, impact and treatment options of ADHD are outlined, which include medication, psychotherapy and cognitive therapy.
Explore practicing mindfulness as a means to improve one’s quality of life and techniques for achieving mindfulness. These include formal and informal meditation. The resulting benefits include increased awareness of thoughts and feelings, acceptance of the ways things are, and greater compassion towards one’s self and others.
Our culture esteems busyness, but it can have detrimental effects on one’s spiritual, emotional and even physical life. Explanations of the possible underlying reasons for busyness as well as basic, easy treatment options are discussed. Letting go of unrealistic expectations, restoring a spiritual life balance, and balancing work and play are all discussed.
An overview of bipolar disorder or manic-depression, including an explanation of the manic and depressive characteristics of this illness and how it is often misdiagnosed, as well as treatment options and how they often are integrated together.
An overview of how spontaneity, positively modeled, allows one to adjust to situations, events, people, or circumstances that may prove stressful. Characteristics of positive spontaneity including consistency, connection, compensation, creativity and contemporaniety are examined in this article.