The mission of the Institute for Marital Healing is to strengthen Catholic marriages and families through a time-tested approach to marital therapy. Our website uncovers the leading causes of marital conflicts, especially excessive anger, selfishness, control and emotional distance. It provides effective approaches to diminish these marital toxins. The luminous writings of St. John Paul II on marriage and family life as well as the timeless wisdom of the Catholic Church strongly influences our work.
Habits for A Healthy Marriage is unique because it draws on the field of positive psychology, which focuses on growth in virtues. Each chapter names a common marital problem along with a particular virtue that can help couples to overcome that problem. It shows that the road to healing is paved with forgiveness, not only between spouses but also within their families of origin.
This book addresses the importance of uncovering and treating the excessive anger that is present in psychiatric disorders. This treatment is essential for their resolution.
Expanded Reason Award
In July 2019 their APA book on Forgiveness Therapy led to Dr. Fitzgibbons and Dr. Enright receiving the prestigious Benedictine XVI Foundation Expanded Reason Award in association with the University Francisco de Vitoria, Madrid.
This award takes into account the challenge of establishing a dialogue of particular sciences, in our case psychology and psychiatry, with philosophy and theology in line with the thought of Benedict XVI.
Online Continuing Education Course
A continuing education course for mental health professionals that will help them understand the significance and capabilities of Forgiveness Therapy is available at: