Divorce Prevention

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Wednesday, Oct 9, 2013 - 6pm ET

Dr. Richard Fitzgibbons is the director of the Institute for Marital Healing outside Philadelphia and has worked with several thousand couples over the past 38 years. Trained in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, he participated in cognitive therapy research with Aaron T. Beck, M.D..

In November 2014 the second edition of an American Psychological Association Books he coauthored with Dr. Robert D. Enright will be published, Forgiveness Therapy: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope. In the winter 2015 his book on marital healing, that incorporates positive psychology and the thinking of St. John Paul II, For A Better Marriage: Habits for Strengthening Marital Love, will be published.

Dr. Fitzgibbons is a marital educator, has given many marital conferences and offers a marital website on resolving conflicts in Catholic marriages, www.maritalhealing.com. He has worked in helping married men grow in mature manhood and self-giving to wives and children, particularly by resolving weakness acquired from negative paternal modeling, selfishness, excessive anger, and anxiety.

He offers also a website on resolving common conflicts in youth, www.childhealing.com. He has addressed educators on a excessive anger in classroom, coauthored Learning to Forgive in the Classroom, American School Board Journal and is on the Pediatric Psychosocial Development Committee of the American College of Pediatricians.

He is a consultant to the International Forgiveness Institute's research projects of addressing excessive anger in elementary and middle school children in Belfast, N. Ireland and in central city Milwaukee with Robert Enright, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin.

Dr. Fitzgibbons taught in the past at the Pontifical St. John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at Catholic University of America and is a board member of the International Institute for Forgiveness, www.forgiveness-institute.org.

He has given many conferences to priests, religious communities and spiritual formation teams of seminaries and has contributed articles to The Priest on resolving conflicts in priestly life. He has written on the crisis in the Church and in 2011 he co-edited a volume on the crisis in the Church for the Catholic Medical Association’s Linacre Quarterly, which has several of his articles. He has also served as a consultant to the Congregation for the Clergy at the Vatican. Finally, in 2012 he wrote an article in Homiletic and Pastoral Review online on same sex attractions in youth and their right to informed consent.

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