Understanding Relationships

Discover the root of why we do what we do and develop better strategies for being a great lover–of ourselves and others.


Knowing yourself is vitally important to a flourishing life and healthy relationships.This course is designed to be a guide for you on the journey of understanding why you do what you do, getting real clarity on your true identity and best self, being connected to your heart, and being a great lover. Those are bold claims, but that’s what we want for every person, and we believe it’s possible! The audio lessons and PDF’s are designed to be catalysts for you to gain insight for the journey of being yourself.


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01 Foundations

02 Understanding Human Nature

03 Why You Do What You Do

04 Human Flourishing: The Good Life

05 Change For Good

06 How Does That Make You Feel?

07 Uniquely You: Personality and Calling

08 How You Connect

Respero’s founder, Joe Bishop, is an engaging teacher and trained counselor who delivers 35 years of experience into his instruction. Joe blends case studies, life experiences, and ancient wisdom into powerful group talks and training sessions that really help.


“I was struck by how crucial understanding, identifying and acknowledging our longings is to living a healthy, vibrant, free life.” Carol


“Wow! I learned so much about myself and human nature in this class. I gained a new understanding of how a person’s core beliefs and strategies affect the way situations are processed. This class definitely helps to understand how our family of origin and experiences shape who we are and how we respond. This class will be helpful to anyone wanting to move forward in their own life or help others to do the same.” Susan


“I have been praying for two years for a way for me to use my divorce to help others, particularly young adults. I really appreciate the time and care you put into each lesson. To be honest, I can’t think of words to describe how grateful I am. All I can say is thank you; this class has helped me feel like I have some sort of direction again.” Elaina


Understanding Relationships

Understand what makes relationships strong and great, and what destroys them. Grow in your ability to love and enjoy the important people in your life.


What's going on in our bodies when we are feeling anxious? Learn effective and proven ways to deal with anxiety and reduce stress.

Counseling Skills & Practicum

Get an in-depth look at the most important skills required for effective counseling. Observe live counseling sessions and practice your skills.

Understanding Relationships


We are created for relationships; hard-wired to connect deeply with other people. That's why relationships, when they're good, are the best thing in life. And why, when they are broken or superficial, they bring such heartache. This course is designed to help you understand what makes relationships strong and great, and what destroys them. The audio lessons and PDF’s will help you think through your own approach to relationships and grow in your ability to love and enjoy the important people in your life.


01: Created To Connect
02: Communication
03: Listen To Understand
04: Learning To Resolve Conflict
05: The Art of Acceptance
06: Getting Forgiveness and Apology Right
07: Creating a Healthy Family
08: The Kind Of People You Love To Be Around


When you enroll in this course you receive access to download the audio lessons, teaching outlines with prompts for personal reflection and application, and further resources. Consider going through the courses with a friend or even a small group for a richer, more insightful experience. To have the best learning experience we recommend that you listen to each audio lesson 3 times. Listen first time through, take notes the second, and answer the questions on the third.



“I’ve had 2 very significant interactions this week and this information on healthy communication about direct requests and the way we communicate, content, tone and body language, using “I feel: and “I need statements” allowed for a beautiful restorative conversation in both cases which could have looked very different if I hadn’t learned these truths.” Rhonda


“What I have learned from the Respero teachings has made an enormous difference in my life, my relationships, and my marriage. I have experienced some of the deepest interior healings of my soul ever. I have been set free from lifelong bondages and patterns that were deeply flawed and damaging (to me and to others).” Lorin


“Iˆve grown more spiritually in this class than I have independently over the last few years.” Ron


Understanding Yourself

Discover the root of why we do what we do and develop better strategies for being a great lover--of ourselves and others.

Counseling Skills & Practicum

Get an in-depth look at the most important skills required for effective counseling. Observe live counseling sessions and practice your skills.


Understand codependency, why people struggle with it so much, and how to help people identify their wrong beliefs and establish new ways of thinking and loving.

“I want to be brave with my life. And when we make the choice to dare greatly, we sign up to get our asses kicked. We can choose courage or we can choose comfort, but we can’t have both. Not at the same time.” - Brene Brown

“We must learn that the world is a place of abundance, not scarcity. The mantra of “not enough” becomes a kind of default setting for our thinking about everything, from the cash in our pocket to the people we love or the value of our own lives. It becomes the reason we can’t have what we want or be who we want to be. But it’s not true!” - Lynn Twist

“Redemption does not mean that God meets our needs and then our souls stop longing. No, redemption does not eradicate desperation. Instead, redemption allows us to surrender. And God doesn't want something from us. He wants us.” - Sharon Hersh

“We should not ask to do great things for God, but to do small things with great love.” - Mother Theresa
“Do you know what it’s like to be rested? Truly rested? This is what I’m finding, every day, every hour: there is a way of living that is so sweet, so full, so whole and beautiful you’ll never want to go back once you’ve tasted it.” - Shauna Niequist
“Want to be happy? Stop trying to be perfect.” - Brene Brown
“Connection is why we’re here; it is what gives purpose and meaning to our lives.” - Brene Brown
“We run from grief because loss scares us, yet our hearts reach toward grief because the broken parts want to mend.” - Brene Brown
"We cannot selectively numb emotions. When we numb the painful emotions, we also numb the positive emotions." - Brene Brown
“Our world desperately needs wise, skillful practitioners of the cure of souls.” - Dallas Willard
“A shepherd counselor is not a doctor whose primary task is to take away pain…the main task of the shepherd counselor is to prevent people from suffering for the wrong reasons.” - Henri Nouwen
“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a great battle.” - Philo
“The deepest convictions of our heart are formed by stories and reside there in the images and emotions of story…..Life is not a list of propositions, it is a series of dramatic scenes.” - Brent Curtis
“Here is something very simple about relationships….Nobody will listen to you unless they sense that you like them.” - Donald Miller
“Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity, and power is a false identity—an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: ‘You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.’ “ - Henri Nouwen
“When we accept our complete belovedness, we stop judging ourselves and other people; as a result, other people begin to feel safe with us.” - Henri Nouwen
“Human beings who give themselves to relational greatness—who have friends they laugh with, cry with, learn with, fight with, dance with, live and love and grow old and die with—these are the human beings who lead magnificent lives.” - John Ortberg
“The litmus test of spirituality is not the absence of conflict; conflict will not disappear until we die. The litmus test is how we handle it. Conflict is inevitable; resentment is not.” - John Ortberg
“There are few joys in life like being wanted, chosen, embraced. There are few pains like being excluded, rejected, left out. At the core of of Christian community is the choice between exclusion and embrace.” - Miroslav Wolf



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