Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others,
as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10 (NIV)
Each of us at St. Michaels has been blessed with many gifts, and some of us use Lent as a time to give something of ourselves to others. Confession: when Lent arrived this year, I didn’t come up with a specific commitment at first. Then it occurred to me during one Sunday morning service what I might be able to give of myself. You may recall that a while back, Marna recruited me to put together a few presentations with her on mental health. We agreed then that I would collaborate with her on another project at a later date. In my career as a psychologist (which I consider one of my gifts), I’ve pursued a variety of areas of practice. I’m more like a “jack of all trades and a master of none” than anything else, but I’ve spent a number of years working with families and kids. Since Marna also has a strong interest in families, we thought about what we could do that might be helpful to some of the families and folks of St. Mike’s. We came up with a plan for me to share some of my knowledge in the area of family issues and other topics in which I have a solid background. Here’s what I have in mind:
For anyone who has questions or an interest in learning more about issues related to family, kids, or even other more broad topics, email me and tell me a bit about what you wish to explore and learn about. In return, I’ll provide either a column on it to be published in the Tip or on the website (no names or identifying information), or if you prefer, I’ll send some resources and information directly to you. I have lots of handouts and reference information on many topics in my field that I can share. Just to be clear, this will not be specific “treatment” or advice for particular individuals, but rather I will attempt to provide information and resources (such as handouts, websites, books, etc) related to your area of interest for you to use as you see fit.
For those who may be interested in information on various issues, below are a few topics in which I would be best suited to offer information, but feel free to ask about other areas. If I can’t help, I’ll say so and perhaps suggest other sources where you might find what you seek. If you want more than just information, I’d be happy to direct you to some area resources as well.
· Parenting and family
· Mental illness
· Positive, strengths-based approaches to behavior change
· Stress management
· Mutual influence of physical, psychological, and environmental factors
· Training and teaching
To contact me, email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks, Glen White