“Helping Couples in Difficult Situations”

An IPS Online Seminar for Priests, Family Life Ministers,

And Anyone Interested in Strengthening Marriages Today


Friday, January 27th, 10:30-11:45 am EST


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 seminar, you will be able to:

1.    Understand 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:

-      How they behave or treat each other

-      How they think about each other

-      What is going on physiologically inside the couple (how each one feels inside)

2.    Learn 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.


Dr. William J. Nordling is one of the founding faculty members of the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS). 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 a 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 and as President of the Catholic Psychotherapy Association.

Pricing & Refunds

List price: $35

Early registration (until Jan. 17th): $30

No refunds; all registrations are final.


Please allow approximately five business days for payments made by phone. Payments made online are posted within one to three business days. Problems? Contact the IPS Distance Learning Office toll free at 703.416.1441 x129.


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Friday, 27 Jan 2012 10:30 AM - 11:45 AM - (GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)



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Stephen Grundman, Ph.D., Director of Distance Learning

703-416-1441 ext. 129

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