Helping People Flourish

A Catholic-Christian Approach to Psychology
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Published 11/2014 English

Course Description

Welcome to Helping People Flourish! This course introduces you to the study of psychology in an integrated fashion. Based on the Institute for the Psychological Sciences’ (IPS) Model, you will study psychological principles and theory through the lens of the Catholic-Christian vision of the person.

As you proceed through this course, you will consider principles from the Catholic Faith and psychology that influence the work of the helping professional. For instance, you will contemplate the belief that each person possesses innate dignity, has free will, and is made for flourishing. You will explore some of the factors that facilitate or inhibit flourishing, including the influence of virtues and vices, personal filters, and responses to obstacles. In addition, you will examine the three levels of vocation, which are calls from deep within each person to: 1) be good, do good, and flourish (and ultimately be in relationship with God, our Creator and Father); 2) develop great, committed relationships with others; and 3) engage in meaningful work and service within one’s community. You will also examine some of the specific ways that helping professionals offer assistance to others.

With each theme addressed in this course, you are encouraged to engage in sincere reflection, as this will enable you to deepen your understanding of yourself and others, and, ultimately, strengthen your contribution as a helping professional.

The media presented here are drawn from the curriculum of the first course in IPS’ online MS in Psychology Program. For more information on that program, please visit the Institute for the Psychological Sciences website.

Now, as you prepare to begin your coursework, keep in mind the words of the Apostle Paul (Philippians 4:13): “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” May your journey at IPS and this first course be blessed with new insights and wisdom that will enhance your ability to work with and assist others. Welcome!

What are the requirements?

  • All required materials for this course are provided within the course. No additional purchases or external downloads are required.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Evaluate the application of psychological topics to personal and professional situations through self-reflection and self-awareness
  • Apply the IPS Model of Integration to case study scenarios
  • Discuss the practical relevance of the IPS Model for the helping professional
  • Deepen my understanding of the Catholic-Christian vision of the person

What is the target audience?

  • Are you serious about professional growth and ready to increase your capacity to serve? Through this unique course, you will take your first steps towards becoming a transformational leader, strengthened by Catholic-Christian teachings on human dignity and informed by foundations in modern psychology. IPS specializes in curriculum rooted in a Catholic-Christian understanding of the human person.
  • No special skills or prior academic experience are required to take this course.

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Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction
Welcome to IPS
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03:22
Course Introduction
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Section 2: The Catholic-Christian Vision of the Human Person and Their Innate Dignity
Section 2 Introduction
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13:41

Why a Catholic-Christian Approach to Psychology? Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Why a Catholic-Christian approach to psychology? [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [13:41 min.]

Dr. Bill Nordling and Dr. Paul Vitz discuss how studying psychology with a Catholic-Christian perspective adds a complexity, which allows us to better understand the human being as a person.

07:33

Helping as a Profession. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Helping as a profession [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [7:33 min.]

In this video segment, Dr. Nordling and Dr. Vitz discuss helping professions and how this degree will support your professional and personal growth.

02:36

The Catholic-Christian Vision of the Human Person and Their Innate Dignity – Part 1: A Catholic-Christian Vision of the Person.Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). The Catholic-Christian vision of the human person and their innate dignity – Part 1: A Catholic-Christian vision of the person [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [2:36 min.]

This presentation explains the Catholic-Christian vision of the human person and how it can shift your perspective when working with others.

05:18

The Catholic-Christian Vision of the Human Person and Their Innate Dignity – Part 2: The IPS Model. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). The Catholic-Christian vision of the human person and their innate dignity – Part 2: The IPS model [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [5:18 min.]

This presentation describes the different domains that compose the IPS Model in detail.

03:44

The Catholic-Christian Vision of the Human Person and Their Innate Dignity – Part 3: Innate Dignity of Every Person. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). The Catholic-Christian vision of the human person and their innate dignity – Part 3: Innate dignity of every person [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [3:44 min.]

This presentation focuses on how we are created in the image of God, the imago Dei, which is our innate source of dignity. The presentation discusses how inadequate sources of dignity can harm a person’s self-worth.

Client Stories
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02:53

Jenny’s Story [2:53 min.]

02:41

Carter’s Story [2:41 min.]

02:15

Dan’s Story [2:15 min.]

Checkpoint
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02:11

Maggie’s Story [2:11 min.]

5 questions

The lectures in each section will be followed by a short quiz to test your understanding and cement what you learn. These quizzes will not be graded and do not impact your ability to continue the course. However, taking time to check your understanding by taking the quizzes is important in this course because later sections will build upon the information you receive in earlier sections.

Small Group Discussion Question Guidelines
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Section 2 Small Group Discussion
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Take to Heart: A Personal Reflection Journal of Discovery

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Take to Work: The IPS Model

Section 3: Made for Flourishing
Section 3 Introduction
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13:03

Flourishing.Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Flourishing [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [13:03 min.]

Dr. Nordling discusses the concept of flourishing and presents a “day in the life” of John, a husband, father, and employee. Dr. Nordling describes John’s day when he is not flourishing, and then examines how John’s day would be different if he were flourishing.

09:43

Positive Psychology.Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Positive psychology [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [9:43 min.]

In this media segment, Dr. Vitz provides an overview of positive psychology and how it counters the more prevalent negative and victim psychology.

02:44

Made for Flourishing – Part 1: Positive Psychology. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Made for flourishing – Part 1: Positive psychology [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [2:44 min.]

This presentation focuses on how psychology should be more than just fixing what is broken; it is also nurturing what is good.

06:06

Made for Flourishing – Part 2: Flourishing Through Virtues. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Made for flourishing – Part 2: Flourishing through virtues [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [6:06 min.]

This presentation discusses different types of virtues and how they are connected to a person’s happiness.

Article

TED Talks (Producer). (2004). On positive psychology - Martin Seligman. Retrieved from http://ed.ted.com/lessons/martin-seligman-on-positive-psychology (Links to an external site.) [23:46 min.]

In this video, Dr. Seligman discusses positive psychology and its application.

The Four Cardinal Virtues
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Quiz 2: Made for Flourishing
7 questions
Section 3 Small Group Discussion
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Take to Heart: Virtue, Faith, and Hope

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Take to Work: Flourishing

Section 4: Hindered by Obstacles (Fallen)
Section 4 Introduction
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05:02

Hindered by Obstacles – Part 1: Vice, Vicious Habits & Vicious Cycles. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Hindered by obstacles – Part 1: Vice, vicious habits & vicious cycles [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [5:02 min.]

This presentation describes common obstacles to the goal of personal flourishing that individuals often encounter.

02:35

Hindered by Obstacles – Part 2: Different Coping Styles.Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Hindered by obstacles – Part 2: Different coping styles [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [2:35 min.]

This presentation explains different maladaptive coping styles, or vices, that inhibit flourishing.

03:22

Hindered by Obstacles – Part 3: Professional Presence. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Hindered by obstacles – Part 3: Professional presence [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [3:22 min.]

This presentation explains the importance of establishing professional boundaries.

Article

Bergland, C. (2013, June 12). Social media’s dual-edged sword: Narcissism vs. self-esteem.Preview the document[img src="https://ipsciences.instructure.com/images/popout.png" alt="View in a new window">.

This article examines the negative and positive effects of social media. It discusses how social media can promote grandiosity and self-promotion; as well as how social media can have a positive impact on self-esteem.

Establishing professional boundaries in helping professions
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Maintaining professional boundaries in interpersonal work
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Hindered by Obstacles (Fallen)
5 questions
Section 4 Small Group Discussion
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Take to Heart: Vicious Cycles

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Take to Work: Identifying Vicious Cycles

Section 5: Helping Others Overcome Obstacles (Redeemed)
Section 5 Introduction
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04:41

Impact of Personal Filters on Relationships. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Impact of personal filters on relationships [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [4:41 min.]

In this media presentation, Dr. Bill Nordling and Dr. Paul Vitz discuss the how personal filters can present obstacles to healthy relationships. They also explore the importance of helping professionals being aware of their own personal filters and how those filters may influence their work with clients.

06:05

Overcoming Obstacles.Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Overcoming obstacles [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [6:05 min.]

In this media piece, Dr. Vitz and Dr. Nordling discuss the paradox of how some individuals overcome insurmountable obstacles to flourish while others seem to struggle throughout their lives.

03:26

The Power of the Helping Relationship.Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). The power of the helping relationship [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [3:26 min.]

In this media presentation, Dr. Nordling explores the healing power of relationships and how healing relationships can foster hope in those who are struggling.

06:29

Helping Others Overcome Obstacles – Part 1: The Healing Power of Relationship. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Helping others overcome obstacles – Part 1: The healing power of relationship [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [6:29 min]

In this presentation, Dr. Nick Stevens discusses the power of relationships for building hope, which is vital when someone is facing difficulties.

04:26

Helping Others Overcome Obstacles – Part 2: The Wounded Healer. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Helping others overcome obstacles – Part 2: The wounded healer [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [4:26 min.]

Dr. Stevens explains how helping professionals can use their past experiences to help others overcome personal obstacles, leading to flourishing.

Article

Vocation blog. (n.d.). John Paul II and the beggar priest. Retrieved from http://vocationblog.com/tag/dr-scott-hahn/ (Links to an external site.)

This story of the beggar priest provides another example of how recognizing the dignity of the human person can facilitate healing. This story also demonstrates Christ’s example of a healing relationship. As you read this story, consider how this experience was transformational for the beggar priest

How does one overcome homelessness?
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Helping Others Overcome Obstacles (Redeemed)
5 questions
Section 5 Small Group Discussion
Article
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Take to Heart: Healing

Article

Take to Work: Instilling Hope

Section 6: Meet the Helping Professions
Section 6 Introduction
Article
06:01

Being a Helping Professional. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Being a helping professional [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [6:01 min.]

Dr. Bill Nordling examines what it means to be a helping professional and the many ways you can provide assistance to others. He also explains how having an integrated approach to human problems allows for more enduring results.

05:19

Your Journey with IPS.Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Your journey with IPS [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [5:19 min.]

This media element highlights your journey at IPS and the skills you will gain that can support you personally and professionally.

07:51

Three Levels of Vocation. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Three levels of vocation [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [7:51 min.]

Dr. Nordling and Dr. Vitz discuss the three levels of vocation and the importance they hold in our development as human beings.

02:40

Meet the Helping Professions – Part 1: Helping as a Profession. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Meet the helping professions – Part 1: Helping as a profession [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [2:39 min.]

Dr. Nick Stevens discusses how a person-centered approach allows a multitude of helping professionals to succeed when working with clients.

03:13

Meet the Helping Professions – Part 2: Your Journey of Professional Development.Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Meet the helping professions – Part 2: Your journey of professional development [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [3:13 min.]

In this presentation, Dr. Stevens looks back on the foundation you have laid towards being a helping professional and helps you consider for your future professional development.

Values profile
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Meet the Helping Professions
6 questions
Section 6 Small Group Discussion
Article
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Take to Heart: Hope and Courage

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Take to Work: The Virtue of Gratitude

Section 7: Helping Others Increase Flourishing and Freedom
Section 7 Introduction
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Preparation for Lecture 62
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10:01

Applying the Three Vocations to a Client’s Story. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Applying the three vocations to a client’s story [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [10:01 min.]

Note: Before watching this media clip, read “The Case of Chris,” which is located in the downloadable resources area for this lecture.

Dr. Bill Nordling and Dr. Paul Vitz discuss how the three vocations can be applied to the specific story of Chris, a young man searching to better himself and gain more purpose in his life as he looks towards getting married.

06:35

Helping Others Increase Flourishing and Freedom – Part 1: A Balanced Approach. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Helping others increase flourishing and freedom – Part 1: A balanced approach [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [6:35 min.]

In this video, Dr. Nick Stevens discusses how to find the “golden mean” of a healing approach so that the professional helper can successfully address the three levels of vocation.

03:47

Helping Others Increase Flourishing and Freedom – Part 2: Your Professional Identity. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Helping others increase flourishing and freedom – Part 2: Your professional identity [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [3:47 min.]

Dr. Stevens discusses the helping professional’s responsibilities to the client.

Personal goal setting: Planning to live your life your way
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Helping Others Increase Flourishing and Freedom
5 questions
Section 7 Small Group Discussion
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Take to Heart: Relationships

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Take to Work: Commitment

Section 8: Building Stronger Families and Communities
Section 8 Introduction
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06:51

Vocations as Pathways to Happiness.Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Vocations as pathways to happiness [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [6:51 min.]

In this media segment, Dr. Bill Nordling and Dr. Paul Vitz discuss the three levels of vocations and the harmonious relationship between them.

04:25

Building Stronger Families and Friendships – Part 1: State of Life and Personal Happiness. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Building stronger families and friendships – Part 1: State of life and personal happiness [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [4:25 min.]

Dr. Nick Stevens presents an overview of how our state of life can make us happy and explores the psychological implications of freedom.

03:55

Building Stronger Families and Friendships – Part 2: The Research on Cohabitation. Institute for the Psychological Sciences (Producer). (2014). Building stronger families and friendships – Part 2: The research on cohabitation [Video file]. Washington, DC: Author. [3:55 min.]

In this presentation, Dr. Stevens discusses the influence of co-habitation prior to marriage and its impact on the second level of vocation: relationship with others.

Building Stronger Families and Communities
6 questions
Section 8 Small Group Discussion
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Take to Heart: Pursuit of Happiness

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Take to Work: Commitment

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Instructor Biography

Institute for the Psychological Sciences, Catholic Philosophy - Modern Psychology

The Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS) is a Catholic graduate school of psychology founded in 1999 dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the person, marriage and the family. IPS offers Master of Science (M.S.) and Doctoral (Psy.D.) degrees in Clinical Psychology, and a Master of Science (M.S.) degree in Psychology (also available as an online degree), and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS COC).

Instructor Biography

Elina Holland, Instructor

Elina is a candidate for an MS in Clinical Psychology at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences (IPS), a Catholic graduate school of psychology that integrates the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the person, marriage, and the family. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Kentucky.

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