The Bethany Program

The Bethany program offers a comprehensive mental health evaluation program for priests, religious and seminarians.  Also, an intensive 3 month outpatient treatment program is available for serious psychological conflicts.

Evaluation of Conflicts in Self-Giving

About Us

We offer assistance in developing marital and families seminars and resources for helping couples come to a deeper understanding of how marital conflicts can be alleviated. We also offer conferences to clergy to assist in their ministry to addressing the serious emotional and personality conflicts in marriages and children. We have given many conferences to clergy in dioceses on the origins of stress and emotional or personalilty conflicts in priestly ministry.  We have given presentations to formation teams of seminaries and to seminarians on growth in affective maturity on self-giving.

Dr. Kleponis offers an ongoing group therapy teleconference for priests with pornography conflicts in which anonymity is maintained.

The Institute of Marital Healing is staffed by a group of professionals whose clinical expertise is matched only by their compassion and their desire to promote healthy marriages. We warmly invite you to learn more about the people in our practice.

 

Richard P. Fitzgibbons, M.D.

Over the past 35 years Dr. Fitzgibbons has consulted with priests from many dioceses and religious communities. He has authored articles in The Priest on identifying and resolving conflicts in priestly relationship and on identifying and resolving loneliness in priestly life.  He has given conferences on these topics in many dioceses.  He has given conferences on growth in affective maturity to spiritual formation teams at a number of seminaries and to seminarians. 

He coauthored Helping Clients Forgive: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope for American Psychological Association Books with Robert Enright, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin.

In 2011 he coauthored articles on the causes of the sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy in view of the John Jay College report on context and causes and on distinguishing deep-seated homosexual tendencies from transitory same sex attractions in candidates for seminary and religious life. 

His work with priests has been recognized by the Vatican and he has been appointed as a consultant to the Congregation for the Clergy. Dr. Fitzgibbons teaches at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family at Catholic University of America. He trained in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center.

 

Peter Kleponis, Ph.D.

Dr. Kleponis has extensive experience working with priests, seminarians and candidates for seminary.   He has worked for years with priests on the emotional and personality conflicts that result in pornography use and other sexual conferences.  He has given conferences on pornography to the priests of the Archdiocese of New York and many other dioceses, as well as to seminarians.  Interviews and articles about his work have appeared in numerous Catholic publications and websites. He has recently authored a book on the treatment of pornography use (in Press).  In 2011 he coauthored an article on distinguishing deep-seated homosexual tendencies from transitory same sex attractions in candidates for seminary and religious life.  His doctoral thesis addressed the issue of narcissism and spirituality in seminarians.

 

Karen Rumore, L.S.W., M.S.W.

Karen has extensive clinical experience working with individuals with anxiety, depression, anger and self-esteem conflicts.  Her clinical practice is strongly influenced by the school of positive psychology with its focus upon growth in virtues in treatment of emotional and character conflicts. Karen has her Masters in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and is a member of the International Positive Psychology Association.

 

 

Neal Niznan, M.Div, M.S.W.

Neal addresses many of the emotional weaknesses many men have in self-giving in his clinical work.  He is very sensitive to the challenges in priestly life.  He has a master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University.  He trained in social work at Rutgers University.

 

 

 

Thomas O’Brien, Ph.D., Ed.D.

Dr. Thomas F. O’Brien has a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology and worked twelve years at a psychiatric hospital. He has experience in the formation of priests having taught Pastoral Psychology and Counseling at Saint Charles Seminary for a number of years. He has been active in counseling priests and speaking to gatherings of priests for twenty years. He is invited yearly to conduct a workshop for deacons at the Seminary. Dr. O’Brien was ordained to the diaconate in 1988.

Our mission is to strengthen Catholic marriages and families by educating spouses, marital therapists and clergy about common causes of conflicts in marital self-giving and effective approaches to alleviating such conflicts. 

Our mission is to strengthen families by educating parents about common causes of emotional and behavioral conflicts in children and by providing effective approaches to alleviating such conflicts. 

Dr. Fitzgibbons has coauthored a textbook on the treatment on excessive anger in adult and child psychiatric disorders in the field of positive psychology for American Psychological Association Books, Helping Clients Forgive: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope.