An Award-Winning Book that Combines Catholic Christian Principles with Mental Health Practice has been Published by Divine Mercy University Press

Divine Mercy University Press (DMU Press) is excited to announce the publication of the textbook volume entitled A Catholic Christian Meta-Model of the Person: Integration with Psychology and Mental Health Practice. The volume integrates the insights of three wisdom traditions—the psychological sciences, philosophy, and theology—to provide a framework for understanding the person for application in mental health practice. The book received the 2020 Expanded Reason Award given by the Vatican Foundation Joseph Ratzinger / Benedict XVI and Universidad Francisco de Vitoria Madrid.

The volume is a unifying framework for the integration of already-existing personality theories and therapeutic models. In addition, it enhances assessment, diagnosis, case conceptualization, and treatment planning by addressing eleven essential dimensions of the person needed in mental health practice aimed at healing and flourishing. The volume also explores how the “Meta-Model” framework can improve client care. Finally, it demonstrates how the Meta-Model assists mental health professionals to better understand how they can be faithful to their Christian identity as they serve all clients—Christians, persons from other faiths, and non-believers.

The editors of the volume are professors from Divine Mercy University: Dr. Paul C. Vitz, Dr. William Nordling, and Dr. Craig Steven Titus. Other contributors to the book include a multidisciplinary team of scholars that have worked together on the Meta-Model for 20 years.

“The editors and authors of this important book are re-capturing the essence of humanity based on Biblical principles, Catholic tradition, and natural law,” said Robert D. Enright, PhD, professor of Educational Psychology at University of Wisconsin-Madison. “They are reclaiming the objective essence of what it means to be a person. I highly recommend this work as one that will endure for many decades and probably for centuries.”

The volume was designed to educate and train professors, practitioners, and students in the mental health field to apply the “Meta-Model” framework in their clinical work and in psychological research. It also represents a significant contribution to theological and philosophical understandings of the person. 

To learn more about the volume, visit the DMU Press website at The volume can be purchased via Amazon and Barnes and Noble.
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Divine Mercy University Press is committed to publishing significant books in areas relevant to the University’s mission, especially the areas of integrated psychology, psychology and faith, philosophical psychology, clinical psychology, and philosophical anthropology. The DMU Press has two series: The John Henry Cardinal Newman Series and The Monograph Series.
Divine Mercy University (DMU) is a Catholic graduate institution of higher education offering degree programs in psychology and counseling, founded in 1999 as the Institute for the Psychological Sciences. The university is dedicated to the scientific study of psychology with a Catholic understanding of the human person, marriage, and the family. The university offers Master of Science (M.S.) degrees in Psychology and Counseling, and a Doctoral (Psy.D.) degree in Clinical Psychology.

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