IPS Alumna Authors Resource Guide for Clinical Professionals and Priests

Christina Lynch, Psy.D.

Christina Lynch, Psy.D. (2005), recipient of the first doctoral degree awarded by IPS, discusses why she chose to write the publication.

How did you decide to write Personality Disorders Professional Reference Guide?

During my internship year (2004-2005) at Catholic Social Services in Lincoln, Nebraska, I worked with several priests and deaneries, as well as other professionals in the field.

personality_disorders_cover_web (1)I had a special interest in studying personality disorders during that year so I put together the booklet as a resource tool for priests and other professions in the field of psychology.

The advantage of this tool is learning how not to get caught up in the “drama” of the situation when someone struggles with a personality disorder.

What has been the response to your publication?

Initially Catholic Social Services in Lincoln felt inclined to publish the booklet for clinical professionals. Once it was printed, however, most of the priests of the diocese either requested a copy or were given one at various meetings and conferences. They were overjoyed with this resource!

Elaborate more on the response by priests.

Beginning in 2004 when I started working at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) in Omaha each summer, where 175 seminarians from around the country come for 10 weeks to pray and study, IPF asked me to give a copy of the booklet to each seminarian and to teach, along with fellow psychologists, the content of the booklet.

The demand has increased and beginning this year, IPF is now using the tool with priests who study for spiritual direction in the three-year Mundelein [Seminary] program.

Likewise, at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado, where I am employed as Director of Psychological Services, men in their fourth year of Theology who have been ordained to the Transitional Deaconate are instructed in conflict management, and this tool is invaluable for them as a reference.

How can people get a copy of the booklet?

To obtain a copy of the booklet go to, select the button for Personality Disorder Booklet and send an email to The booklet will also be on sale here.