About Dr. Greg

Dr. Gregory Popcak directs the Pastoral Solutions Institute, an organization dedicated to helping Catholics find faith-filled solutions to marriage, family, and personal problems. Together with his wife, Lisa, he hosts More2Life Radio. He is the author of over a dozen books integrating psychological insights with our Catholic faith. For more info about books, tele-counseling and other resources, visit www.CatholicCounselors.com.

Hey Parents, Do THIS to Get Teens to Listen!

Getting teens to listen can be a challenge, and when they don't, parents often tend to rely on criticism and negative consequences to "teach" their teens to make better choices in the future.  A new study suggests this might be counterproductive.The study, conducted by University College--London, looked at the differences between the motivational styles of  adults versus adolescents.  Researchers report, “Unlike adults, adolescents are not so good at learning to modify their choices to avoid … [Read more...]

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Dr. Popcak Named Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors

I am honored to be able to announce that I have been welcomed as a Fellow of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.The AAPC fellowship process involves a lengthy review, by an interfaith committee of established AAPC Fellows, of the applicant's curriculum vitae, spiritual autobiography, clinical/theological integration paper, and a recommendation by an AAPC supervising Fellow.  Once this process is completed, applicants must defend their application to a committee of fellows … [Read more...]

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Soccer and the Sacred Heart: The Rhythm of Spiritual Fatherhood

A guest post by Pastoral Solutions Institute Associate Pastoral Counselor, Dave McClow, M.Div., LMFT.June is the month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Father’s day also falls within the month, and spiritual fatherhood ties these two together.The human heart always operates in two directions—the muscle contracts and then relaxes.  If this rhythm is disrupted, you have earned a trip to either the ER or the undertaker.  There is also a rhythm of Catholic fatherhood—the rhythm of loving, then … [Read more...]

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New Study Finds THIS Parenting Style Predicts Highest Rates of Success, Happiness, Morality in Adults…

Parenting can be tough work, and there are lots of different ideas about what it means to be a good parent, but with good information, every parent can be equipped to raise healthy, happy, godly kids.  A recent study in Japan surveyed 5,000 adults to investigate the impact on parenting styles and adult levels of job success, happiness, and moral reasoning.Based on their findings, the researchers then divided parenting methods into six categories:Supportive: High or average levels of … [Read more...]

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Condom Distribution Shown to Increase Teen Pregnancy Rates

 A new study finds that schools with condom distribution programs in the 1990s seem to have actually increased the rate of teenage pregnancies. “We find that access to condoms in schools increases teen fertility by about 10 percent,” the researchers concluded.According to National Review, the study by two Notre Dame economists fills a gap in research on school contraceptive programs since there was little previous work on condom distribution programs in high schools. … [Read more...]

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RIP Mary White, One of the Seven Original Catholic Founders of La Leche League, Dies at 93.

From WSJ.When Mary White and six other moms from the Chicago suburbs started an organization to encourage breastfeeding in 1956, they had to be careful about naming it.“They couldn’t say ‘breast,’” said Clare Daly, one of Mrs. White’s daughters. Newspapers, they were sure, wouldn’t publish notices about meetings involving such a crude term. Looking for something more discreet, they settled on La Leche League, derived from the name of a Roman Catholic shrine in Florida (Popcak Note:  see c … [Read more...]

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DR. GREG AND LISA POPCAK AWARDED FR. RICHARD HOGAN AWARD BY COUPLE TO COUPLE LEAGUE

Lisa and I are honored and grateful to have been chosen to be the 2016 recipients of the Fr. Richard M. Hogan Award from the Couple to Couple League International (CCLI).  CCLI is internationally recognized for their tireless work in promoting the Catholic vision of love, in particular by educating and supporting couples in the effective use of Natural Family Planning (NFP).According to CCLI, the Fr. Richard M. Hogan Award is given to those who have excelled in the promotion of NFP in the … [Read more...]

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Got Guilt? Peace of Mind for Scrupulous Souls

Rhonda Ortiz at Integrated Catholic Life has an excellent piece on how to recognize and fight against scrupulosity. Here is her description of the three types of scrupulosity.1. Scrupulosity Resulting from Idealism  Developmental scrupulosity is a byproduct of a deep faith experience, such as conversion or growing awareness of God, particularly in adolescence. In the process, a person can become overly-sensitive and overly-reactive to sin. The person worries about “doing it wrong” and overco … [Read more...]

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