ChildHealing.com was developed by a group of professionals whose clinical expertise is matched only by their compassion and their desire to promote healthy families. We warmly invite you to learn more about the people behind the scenes.
- Richard P. Fitzgibbons, M.D.
- Peter C. Kleponis, Ph.D., L.P.C.
- Neal R. Niznan, M. Div, M.S.W.
- Thomas F. O'Brien, Ph.D., Ed.D.
- Karen Rumore, L.S.W., M.S.W.
Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons is the director of the Institute for Marital Healing outside Philadelphia and has worked with several thousand couples and families over the past 40 years. Trained in psychiatry at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center, he participated in cognitive therapy research with Aaron T. Beck, M.D.
In January 2015 the second edition of his American Psychological Association Book on the treatment of excessive anger in adult and child psychiatric disorders was published and was retitled Forgiveness Therapy: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope. This book was co-authored with Robert D. Enright, Ph.D., professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
A former president of the American Psychological Association, Dr. Frank Farley, endorsement on the cover reads, “This groundbreaking book by forgiveness pioneers Enright and Fitzgibbons elevates forgiveness therapy to its rightful place among the important psychotherapies of our time.”
The child chapter in this book uncovers the excessive anger present in most child psychiatric disorders and describes the benefits of forgiveness therapy in their treatment.
He has given many conferences on uncovering and resolving anger in youth to parents groups, teachers, school counselors and school administrators. An article that he co-authored with Dr. Enright and Dr. Tom O’Brien, on addressing excessive anger in the classroom, Learning to Forgive in the Classroom, was published by the American School Board Journal. He is on the Pediatric Psychosocial Development Committee of the American College of Pediatricians, www.acpeds.org.
Dr. Fitzgibbons is a consultant to the International Forgiveness Institute's research projects of addressing excessive anger through forgiveness education programs in elementary, middle and high school youth in Belfast, N. Ireland, in central city Milwaukee and other countries with Robert Enright, Ph.D., University of Wisconsin.
Divorce prevention and the treatment of the children of divorce have been a major priority for us. Dr. Fitzgibbons presented a paper entitled, The Traumatic Effects of Divorce on Masculine and Feminine Development in Children and Teenagers, at a two day conference on this topic at the St. John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family at Catholic University of America. The proceedings of that conference will be published in 2015.
In 2015 we launched a new website in our efforts to protect marriages, youth and families, www.childrenofdivorcehealing.com.
Dr. Rick Fitzgibbons has been an adjunct professor at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for the Studies of Marriage and Family (The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC) and a consultor to the Vatican's Congregation for the Clergy.
Peter C. Kleponis is a Licensed Clinical Therapist and is Nationally Certified Counselor. He holds an MA in Clinical-Counseling Psychology from La Salle University in Philadelphia, PA. He has extensive clinical experience in working with married couples and with adults and adolescents with excessive anger, controlling conflicts, sexual conflicts, depression and anxiety disorders.
Peter has participated in the development of a new DVD series with Catholic Familyland on the addiction that is most damaging to marriages and families today - internet pornography. This series is based on Bishop Robert Finn's pastoral letter on pornography, Blessed Are The Pure In Heart: A Pastoral Letter on the Dignity of the Human Person and the Dangers of Pornography, February 21, 2007, www.diocese-kcsj.org/_docs/Pastoral-02-07.pdf. A You Tube preview of this series on internet pornography is available at www.youtube.com/watch?v=i9tQ4n9PLzI.
Peter has participated in the Giving and Fulfilling Marital conferences of the Institute of Marital Healing. He has also given many conferences on marriage and family issues to Legatus chapters and on same sex attractions for Courage, www.couragerc.net. Peter is a member of the Catholic Medical Association and is listed on CatholicTherapists.com. Peter also participates in evaluating candidates for the priesthood and religious life.
Neal is a master's level licensed social worker. He also holds a master's degree in Pastoral Ministry from Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University. He received certificate training in family therapy from the Multicultural Family Institute of New Jersey.
Over the past fourteen years Neal has provided therapy for individuals, couples, and families throughout northern New Jersey and the Southeastern Pennsylvania. He recently expanded the scope of his clinical practice to individuals and families coping with life threatening illness and issues of bereavement through his affiliation with the Abramson Cancer Center at the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. O'Brien received his graduate degrees from Villanova University, Immaculata University, Saint Joseph University, Southwest University and Holy Family University. His majors include: Counseling Psychology, Educational Administration and Leadership, Counseling, Guidance and Student Services, Elementary and Secondary Education and Pastoral Theology. He is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Dr. O'Brien holds several certifications in both states that include elementary, secondary, supervision, administration and superintendency. As a life-long educator and learner, he has taught at all levels of education including elementary, secondary, undergraduate, graduate and doctoral level courses. He has served on dissertation committees and as Chair. He has been recognized as a Nationally Certified Psychologist. He is a member of many boards and commissions and has authored several articles in addition to giving numerous workshops and conferences. Dr. O'Brien was previously the Superintendent of Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and is presently an associate Dean at Immacualta University. He was ordained a deacon in 1988.
Karen has 12 years of clinical experience working with individuals and couples with anxiety, depression, anger, eating disorders and marital conflicts. She works with parents in helping them understand their parenting style and in encouraging them to avoid the prevalent permissive parenting style and to embrace responsible parenting. 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 and CatholicTherapists.com. She also has 5 years experience in youth apostolate helping teens to learn who they are in Christ and to live out the fullness of their destiny. She has given many conferences to adolescents.