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Ray De Lagrave
I first became acquainted with the Person Centered Approach during a course on Organizational Behavior in my MBA program at UCLA in the mid—60's. One of our textbooks—On Becoming a Person was my first exposure to Carl Rogers.
I remember vividly how profoundly impacted I was by Rogers’ vision about the human condition, our potential for growth and unfoldment, and how we are defined by and are always in Process. It was an Ah-Ha! experience which led me to change my degree’s focus from Marketing to Behavioral Science.
Antonio Monteiro dos Santos, Ph.D., MSCP. Clinical Psychologist licensed in Brazil (CRP-01/0702) and in the USA (CA-PSY-19989). He is a writer, psychotherapist, organizational consultant, coach, professor, trainer and lecturer. He has worked for the last thirty years with a cross-cultural population from different parts of the world (South and North America, Europe, Asia, Middle East and Africa). He is the author of the book Miracle Moments and co-author with Dr. Carl Rogers and Dr. Maria Constanca Bowen of the book When the Heart Speaks and he collaborated in the Clinical Handbook of Schizophrenia. He also collaborated in the translation of A Course in Miracles into Portuguese.
I want a sense of my own being, a sense of becoming, a sense of happenings that live through me. I want to be at home in the world, spontaneous, whole of self and mutually whole.
As a partner in Conflict Transformations I work with people in their organizational lives to find new ways for them to deal with conflict, morale, leadership, quality of work, creativity and accountability.
As I reflect on my life, a constant and persistent theme remains as freshly intriguing as it began: I am fascinated by relationships among people and the factors contributing to all our interpersonal dynamics. Since my junior year in college, I have been teaching and studying the Person Centered Approach that Dr. Rogers identified, developed, and articulated so beautifully. I am fortunate to have met him and to join with other colleagues at the Center for Studies of the Person in La Jolla, a professional association of psychologists, therapists, educators, healthcare professionals and practitioners from all walks of life to extend our exploration of what it means to be human.
My fascination has become a calling. I love facilitating other people in their growth and development, and uncovering the persons we truly are. I believe that we all possess a natural tendency toward actualizing our highest potential, and I revel in that energy and the beauty of just being together.
Currently, I am Director of Education Transformations, a division of CSP offering programs specifically for educators to support the development of effective relationships at school. Teachers and administrators are increasingly looked to for guidance in the social and emotional growth of students. Their ability to form effective relationships with their students, students’ parents, and each other is vital in successfully meeting the growing challenges emerging in education today. I have been a teacher, a counselor and a principal. I have grown in confidence and competence with each endeavor. I feel the call stronger than ever to share the important and indelible lessons I’ve learned with anybody willing to engage in the journey with me.
I have been a Clinical Psychologist in private practice for over twenty years, treating individuals and couples with anxiety, depression and life change issues. My approach is person-centered, modeled on Rogers’ belief that people have the capacity for self-understanding and correction within themselves.
I am a father of two young adults, Kyle and Sarah, who are just starting life, post-college. I wake up every day around five in the morning and head down to the local coffee shop in Huntington Beach, California. When I arrive, I think about how I am doing with the two of them. I think about my relationship with them, my family, and the world I live in.
After a full cup of dark roast, I turn my attention the workings of Teen Encounters, and how I can continue to work with teens and families in crisis, and help them turn the corner in their relationships. I think about what I can do to help families and schools set up the conditions where teens can face life’s challenges, and blossom into happy, mature adults. I feel deeply fulfilled and alive when I can do this.