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 over the past 30 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. In 1986 he wrote a seminal paper on the psychotherapeutic uses of forgiveness in the treatment of excessive anger and in 2000 coauthored Helping Clients Forgive: An Empirical Guide for Resolving Anger and Restoring Hope with Dr. Robert D. Enright, University of Wisconsin, Madison, for American Psychological Association Books. APA Books also offers a DVD on forgiveness by him and Dr. Enright.
Dr. Fitzgibbons has given many annual conferences on growth in marital self-giving at Familyland, www.familyland.org, in Bloomingdale, Ohio, as well as other marital conferences in New York, Philadelphia and Washington. At the International Institute for Culture, www.iiculture.org, in Philadelphia and in other locations he has lectured on identifying and resolving emotional conflicts in children.
He has also worked extensively with helping married men to grow in mature manhood and in their self-giving, particularly by resolving weakness acquired in these areas from negative paternal modeling, selfishness, excessive anger and anxiety. His video discussion on fatherhood is available at www.fathersforgood.org/en/videos.html?curClip=/en/video/sk_fathersforgood_6403601200.flv%23.
He has also given many conferences to educators on addressing excessive anger in classroom and coauthored Learning to Forgive in the Classroom for the American School Board Journal. Also, he is on the Pediatric Psychosocial Development Committee of the American College of Pediatricians, www.acpeds.org.
He is a consultant to the International Forgiveness Institute's research projects of addressing excessive anger in elemenatary and middle school children in Belfast, N. Ireland and in central city Milwaukee with Robert Enright, Ph.D., Univeristy of Wisconsin, 2002 - the present, www.forgiveness-institute.org.
Dr. Fitzgibbons is an adjunct professor at the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family at Catholic University and is board member of the International Institute for Forgiveness. He has also given many conferences to priests in dioceses and religious communities and to spiritual formation teams of seminaries. In December 2008 he was appointed as a consultant to the Congregation for Clergy at the Vatican.
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.