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How to Survive & Thrive with A Mentally Ill Loved One

12 Sep 2017 | 07:00 pm
The 33rd annual educational series, “How to Survive and Thrive with a Mentally Ill Relative” returns for 2017 this fall in Pasadena. Co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) and Pacific Clinics, this series provided state of the art education on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, depression and PTSD, plus helpful family roles and skills in promoting recovery. Sept. 12:  Understanding Bipolar Disorder Sept. 19:  Understanding Schizophrenia Sept. 26:  Understanding Obsessive-Compulsive
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Contemplative Dating 2.0

25 Jul 2017 | 07:00 pm - 09:00 pm
Dr. DiPaolo returns to Theology on Tap this summer! OK, Cupid, why isn’t this working out?  While there are plenty of fish to meet, finding the right match often proves elusive.  Come take a look at what really happens when coffee meets bagel, and how your relationship with God and yourself is really what this whole thing hinges upon.   Swipe right for Contemplative Dating. Tuesday, July 25, 7:00PM St. Monica Catholic Community 725 California Ave. Santa Monica, CA 90403 Theology on Tap (TOT) is a program of the
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Start Right, Stay Connected

24 Jun 2017 | 09:00 am - 06:00 pm
Engaged… Newly married… thinking of going in that direction? Whether you are preparing to be married, newly married or committing to a long-term relationship, you’ll want to Start Right and Stay Connected. Here is an opportunity for you to get the knowledge and tools needed to navigate the challenges of marriage.  This is a one-day (9am – 6pm) workshop intended to help your committed relationship last.  We believe the smarter you start your partnership, the stronger your connection will be. You will
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The Joy of Love & Marriage

25 Feb 2017 | 03:00 pm - 04:30 pm
Dr. DiPaolo will be speaking at the 2017 Religious Education Congress! Would Pope Francis be a good marriage therapist?  While hot button issues have grabbed the headlines, Pope Francis’ 2016 document, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love) provides a beautiful reflection on love, marriage and family.  Francis states, “Every marriage is a kind of salvation history,” providing the couple with a pathway to heaven when they embrace trust to build upon their strengths, address their challenges and invite God’s presence into
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How to Survive & Thrive with Mental Illness – YouTube videos!

Dr. DiPaolo presents the annual family education series “How to Survive & Thrive with Mental Illness,” co-sponsored by the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) – San Gabriel Valley and Pacific Clinics.  The seven lecture series is available here and on youtube where it has received over 130,000 views. This series has been offered as a service to the community for over 30 years, providing state of the art education about mental illness and its treatment. Learn more about NAMI at
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Contemplative Dating

                     Is online dating right for me?  Why can’t I find the right person?  Why do I always end up with a partner who is so needy?… so distant?   If God wants me to love, why does he make it so hard?  Does he want me to be single? The world of modern romance is...
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The Imago Dialogue: Empathy (Step 3)

Over the month of June, I will provide a series of blogs on the Imago Dialogue.  The first blog will introduce the dialogue, and the following three will detail its steps – mirroring, validation, and empathy.  The dialogue is a powerful communication tool that can transform your...
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The Imago Dialogue: Validation (Step 2)

Over the month of June, I will provide a series of blogs on the Imago Dialogue.  The first blog will introduce the dialogue, and the following three will detail its steps – mirroring, validation, and empathy.  The dialogue is a powerful communication tool that can transform your...
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The Imago Dialogue: Mirroring (Step 1)

Over the month of June, I will provide a series of blogs on the Imago Dialogue.  The first blog will introduce the dialogue, and the following three will detail its steps – mirroring, validation, and empathy.  The dialogue is a powerful communication tool that can transform your...
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The Imago Dialogue: Ping Pong & Egg Toss

Over the month of June, I will provide a series of blogs on the Imago Dialogue.  The first blog will introduce the dialogue, and the following three will detail its steps – mirroring, validation, and empathy.  The dialogue is a powerful communication tool that can transform your...
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