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G.C. Dilsaver

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G.C. Dilsaver
🏡 ResidenceUnited States
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Father of Christian Psychology; Developer of Psychomoralitics; Advancement of traditional family and God-given gender charisms and roles; Critique of, and principled opposition to, the mental health system and professions.
🌐 Websitewww.psychomoralitics.org

G.C. Dilsaver was deemed by the Catholic University of America to be the "father of Christian psychology."[1] Dilsaver subsequently developed Psychomoralitics as an alternative discipline to clinical psychology and the mental health professions. His theological and moral works have also been impactive in the Catholic discussion of marriage, family, and gender.

Curriculum Vitae[edit]

In addition to his doctorate and work in psychology, G.C. Dilsaver has a degree in philosophy and an undergraduate degree in the Great Books from the St. Ignatius Institute of the University of San Francisco. Dilsaver also holds an advanced degree in theology from the Pontifical Institute of Marriage and Family of Lateran University, where he was a McGivney Scholar. G.C. Dilsaver is a graduate of an American Psychological Association accredited doctoral program and hospital internship. Early on in his career Dilsaver was deemed to be the "father of Christian psychology".[1] and as per the Catholic University of America his seminal work "Imago Dei Psychotherapy (IDP) enunciated the foundational principles of the first fully integrated Christian psychotherapeutic conceptualization."[2] During this early period. Dilsaver practiced in the mental health field and presenting professionally on the national (e.g., National Convention of the American Psychological Association) and local level (e.g., Philhaven Psychiatric Hospital).


G.C. Dilsaver is the developer of Psychomoralitics, which claims to be a purely Thomistic conceptualization and "the soul-deep science of human flourishing." According to Dilsaver, Psychomoralitics is "purged of all erroneous mental health elements," thus being "a distillation" of his previous work Imago Dei Psychotherapy, [3] and is the further and full development of the Thomistic essence of that Imago Dei conceptualization.

Psychomoralitics holds that what is known as "mental disorder" to be but a haphazard classification of symptomology that arises from essential mal-being. As such, after a decade as a practitioner within the mental health system, Dilsaver formally and definitively repudiated (as have others) what he terms the "failed and dangerous mental health profession."


Dilsaver's works are examined in Michael Waldstein's Introduction to the definitive english translation[4] of John Paul II's Theology of the Body. [5]


G.C. Dilsaver has appeared on national television[6] and lectures extensively.[7]


  • Dilsaver, G C (2003). Restoring the image of God: Foundations of Catholic clinical Psychology (Dissertation). Regent University. Retrieved 19 August 2016. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Dilsaver, G C (2009). Imago Dei® Psychotherapy: a Catholic Conceptualization. Sapientia Press of Ave Maria University. Retrieved 19 August 2016. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Dilsaver, G C (2010). The Three Marks of Manhood: How to be Priest, Prophet, and King of your Family. TAN Books. Retrieved 19 August 2016. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  • Dilsaver, G C (2017). Celebrating God-Given Gender: Masculinity and Femininity per Nature and Grace. Imago Dei Press. Retrieved 12 September 2017. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png


  1. 1.0 1.1 "CUA Press Book Info". Archive.is. Archived from the original on 2016-01-13. Retrieved 2016-12-25.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  2. "CUA Press Book Info". Cuapress.cua.edu. 2011-09-19. Archived from the original on 2013-12-03. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  3. http://www.catholicherald.co.uk/commentandblogs/2013/08/14/restoring-the-image-of-god-in-our-lives-protects-our-mental-health/}}
  4. Pope John Paul II; translated by Michael Waldstein (September 2006). Man and Woman He Created Them: A Theology of the Body. Pauline Books and Media. ISBN 0-8198-7421-3 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  5. Waldstein, Michael (2006). A Theology of the Body: Translation, Introduction, and Index. Boston, MA: Pauline Books & Media. pp. 17, 34–55, 94–99. ISBN 0-8198-7421-3 Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png.
  6. "TV/Radio -> Television Episodes -> 10385 - Christian Patriarchy: What it Really Is". Women of Grace. 2012-04-17. Retrieved 2016-12-25.
  7. "Browse by Speaker :: Dilsaver, Dr. G.C". Store.catholicism.org. Retrieved 2016-12-25.

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