Online Learning Launched

Director of Distance Learning Stephen Grundman, Ph.D.

Arlington, VA, January 30, 2013 — Help is on the way for thousands of therapists as well as priests and others on the front lines of pastoral ministry.

Faced with clients coming to them for assistance with marital difficulties, addictions, depression, anger issues, even perfectionism, relief is here in the form of the IPS Online Education Library (

Today’s launch of the online education website enables licensed mental health practitioners to earn continuing education (CEs) credits through webinars featuring the latest psychological and clinical training in a unique format not found elsewhere.

This new online resource developed by the IPS is the only site of its kind offering webinars integrating empirically-based psychology with the Catholic understanding of the person, marriage and the family.

A number of the webinars are also designed for priests and others working on the front lines of pastoral ministry who are seeking guidance in recognizing and referring people to receive the assistance they need.

“This is an amazing resource for practitioners, priests and others who keep reminding me, ‘No one else is doing this!’ There’s such a need – and we’ve been blessed with top-notch presenters eager to share their knowledge and experience with others,” commented Stephen Grundman, Ph.D., Director of IPS Distance Learning.

Each webinar is taught by a licensed and established mental health practitioner with proven clinical training who shares IPS’ distinct mission of integration.  Instructors include IPS faculty members Gladys Sweeney, Ph.D., Paul C. Vitz, Ph.D., William Nordling, Ph.D., and Philip Scrofani, Ph.D., ABPP, to name a few.  Additionally, respected practitioners Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D., LPC, Dan Spadaro, LPC, and IPS alumni provide instruction.

The IPS Online Education Library offers a variety of topics, many of which are tailored for professionals treating clients within a Catholic Christian framework. Participants will also find new webinars each month offering practical information that can be applied immediately to their practice or ministry

Among the skills the webinars will help practitioners build include:

  • Effectively counseling distressed couples and building solid marriages.
  • Fostering healthy relationships between parents and their children.
  • Treating men and women struggling with pornography and other addictions.
  • Giving people tools to deal with anger and move toward forgiveness.
  • Bringing healing and meaning to clients suffering from grief and loss.

Webinars are available on-demand and designed in a multi-media format to engage the participant and enhance the learning experience.  Participants can sign up for an annual membership, giving them unlimited viewing opportunities, or select webinars individually.

“IPS Online Education offers a cogent, practical opportunity to apply the best of psychology and the Catholic faith for clients, in the midst of so many CEU offerings out there.  As the director of a Catholic mental health clinic, I really appreciate how the webinar format enables our staff to meet to discuss the relevant topics and practical applications which are pertinent to our practice,” saidKathleen Gallagher, LCSW-C, Director of the Alpha Omega Clinic in Bethesda, Maryland.

The IPS Online Education Library was developed by IPS, which was founded in 1999.  Groundbreaking in its mission, IPS is the first and only institute in the world fully integrating the theology and philosophy of the Catholic Church with positive, empirically-based psychology.

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