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A Spiritual and Psychological Perspective with Dr Robert Wicks

ROBERT WICKS holds a doctorate in Psychology from Hahnemann Medical College and is Professor Emeritus at Loyola University Maryland, USA. He has taught in universities and professional schools of psychology, medicine, social work, nursing, business, and theology. His two major areas of expertise are the prevention of secondary stress (the pressures encountered in reaching out to others) and the integration of psychology and spirituality from a world religion perspective. He has spoken in France, Germany, Scotland, Ireland, Malta, Cambodia, China, Thailand, Japan, Guatemala, New Zealand, and South Africa as well as in the US at Harvard's Children's Hospital and Harvard Divinity School, the US Air Force Academy, and Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. In his consulting practice, Dr. Wicks focuses on working with psychotherapists, physicians, nurses, educators, relief workers (NGOs), members of the military, and persons in full-time ministry. Dr. Wicks has published over 50 books for both professionals and the general public including his latest work with Oxford University Press: “Perspective: The Calm within the Storm”.

Having a life” is more than the absence of negative occurrences or pressures. If we become the most resilience person we can be, new positive realities and perspectives arise and flourish in the most surprising ways. Amid life’s stress and suffering, maybe even because of it, when we have the tools to enhance resilience and can strengthen the sense of meaning in our lives, we better appreciate both the welcome and the unwelcome aspects of stress.
Robert Wicks in Bounce: Living the Resilient Life


Stress is a fact of modern life. As more and more people face longer work hours, financial insecurity and the increasingly complex personal and social demands of our fast-paced, high-tech lifestyle, finding healthy ways to handle stress is more important than ever. For those involved in religious organisations there is also the burden of acting with fidelity and integrity within a world in which religion now has so little credibility. Dr Robert Wick offers wise, and often humorous, psychological and spiritual guidance on how to live with greater resilience in today’s world.


Anyone interested in developing resilience in an holistic way, especially:

  • Lay persons exercising leadership within Catholic human service (health, welfare and education) organisations.
  • Leaders and members of diocesan and national Church organisations.
  • Members of parish councils and parish committees.
  • Bishops, clergy and members of Religious Institutes.