WELCOME TO NEW LIFE COUNSELING!
REFLECTIONS ON DEVELOPMENT IN MYSELF AND OTHERS
In my college years I came to appreciate the benefits of being formed by a high quality liberal arts education. This broad knowledge base was helpful for increasing my ability to assess myself, relationships and life processes. Eventually, I decided to major in Theology. Somehow I had an awareness that knowing and loving God was a foundation to knowing, loving and serving His creation, especially other human beings made in the image and likeness of God.
Less important, but significant for my own personal development and capacity to serve was a growing awareness that fathoming age related developmental agendas and how those aid in understanding what really happens within people’s psyche as they age is essential to helping them. This is particularly relevant for marriage and family, relating to children and parents, the world of work, navigating changes and challenges, and setting priorities. It was my impression that the greatest theorists focused on development across the lifespan, developmental crises and weathering transitions. With varying degrees of awareness, I have tended to focus on this lifespan trajectory in healthcare and education. My work experience has been repeatedly cross fertilized through a wide variety of challenging jobs in different settings. Consequently as a young senior citizen, I am prepared to function as a generalist practitioner for New Life Counseling.
A TRANSITIONAL VISIT
When visiting a college friend at his home in St. Louis around 1981, we spent time discussing psychology and social work with his father who was a clinical social work professor at the University of St. Louis. Since he saw me spending so much time studying a book that was on his shelf, he gave it to me! It was a publication by Erik Erikson who is probably most known for his 8 stages of psychosocial development
BEING AND SYSTEMS
When attending the LSU school of social work, I was impressed by the ramifications of systems theory and its application to formulating assessments and interventions through a “person in environment” model. By my early 50s, I grew to draft an online course entitled Being and Systems, to emphasize how much there is to every human being and what professionals, thinkers and caring people need to consider in our service to others. People and their well being are important.
I have also drafted volumes of a work entitled Being Becoming: Thinking and Development. The work is oriented towards identifying and expanding the fields of Interdisciplinary Ontology and Medical Ontology in order to reform psychology, social work, healthcare and education towards accepting more responsibility towards developing the Ontological Good which by necessity extends beyond three dimensional thinking. In this way, future generations may be more and more inclined to recognize and appreciate the good and be more responsible for developing in continuity with the vast spiritual and intellectual heritage of Christian metaphysicians, scientists, medical practitioners, literary figures and many others who have contributed to the betterment of the world.
What do you think?
Working with someone caring, skilled and experienced — who understands the human need for God, healing, reconciliation and improvement can make a big difference! Your integration, peace, motivation and development are very important to me!
Please guide the beginning of our work and direct its progress to a great outcome! Amen.
Note: Ontology is the study of being, becoming and existence. It includes critical examinations to determine what is real. Many believe good is much more real than evil and some believe evil is akin to nothingness. Though in some ways initiated by the Greeks and attended by eastern cultures, Ontology has had a long and fruitful duration in Christian metaphysics. It is my belief that over the remainder of the 21st century it will expand into science, psychology, social work, education and other disciplines, including business.
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