Psychology of Caring

Psychology of Caring


What would you do?


Your Mom and Dad tell you that your godmother has cancer and is in the hospital for treatment and an operation. 

A friend confides in you tearfully that her parents are talking about a divorce. 

Your classmate sends you a message that you are invited to his grandfather's memorial service. 


What do you do?  What do you say?


This is a class about sharpening your skills as a caring person and learning specific ways to communicate with and give help to a friend or relative going through a crisis.  One of those skills is knowing your own limitations and when a troubled person needs adult help and maybe a professional expert.  But most of the skills are practical and helpful for enriching your relationships with the friends and relatives you care about.


Dr. Richards is currently rewriting a book that he previously published on this topic. He also taught this class to high schoolers in Southern California.  Dr. Richard’s experience includes serving as a pastor and chaplain to people in crisis in hospitals, churches, schools, and law enforcement agencies. 


  • Minimum recommended age: 11
  • Instructor: Dr. Greg Richards
  • Tuesdays, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM ET
  • 5 classes
  • February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1