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When you think of the term “mental health,” does your mind quickly jump to the extremes? While the extreme situations of mental health certainly warrant attention, we can easily overlook that each and every person possesses mental health ranging anywhere from dangerously negative to very positive. Individual mental health is influenced by many factors such as our current age and similar life circumstances, how we see ourselves and others, and the situations of stress we are facing.
In this Certificate Program, presenters cover several common hindrances to positive mental health that most of us encounter throughout life, whether in one’s own struggle or witnessing it in a close friend, family member, colleague, or fellow parishioner. Who can say they have never seen a battle with perfectionism, a struggle to set or maintain appropriate relationship boundaries, contention with the reality of growing older, or the pain of grief and loss?
Certificate Program Description
This course is designed to provide an in-depth look at various challenges that each human being encounters in the course of life, specifically boundary issues in relationships, dealing with perfectionism, the reality of aging, and finally the grieving process.
By the end of this certificate program, participants will be able to:
- Identify the origins of healthy and unhealthy boundaries.
- Explain distinctions within types of boundaries and identify tools for fostering healthy boundaries.
- Explain how perfectionism commonly develops in Western culture as well as how it manifests itself.
- Discuss the clinical technique presented for reducing or eliminating the maladaptive beliefs and behaviors of perfectionism within a short period of time.
- Identify key elements of the midlife crisis and some of the psychological challenges for the Baby Boomer generation as they enter into their senior years.
- Discuss midlife and senior adjustment to aging from the Darwinian and Humanist perspectives and consider the protective influences of a Catholic anthropology that is being developed at the Institute for the Psychological Sciences in Arlington, VA.
- Discuss some introductory intervention issues regarding seniors for ministers and psychologists with respect to the aging population.
- Explain the five-stage Kubler-Ross model of bereavement and some common critiques of this model.
- Discuss the main components of resilience-centered models of bereavement.