Current title/affiliation/professional role(s):
I am the president of Child and Family Psychological Services in Kalamazoo, MI. I have more than 40 clinicians who work in the practice that I founded in 1989 and continue to manage. I see about 30 patients a week through this practice. I am a self-described capitalist when it comes to the practice of psychology and feel proud that I have been able do do well for myself while helping many others at the same time. I am also an adjunct asst. professor at Western MI u. I am a licensed psychologist and a licensed professional counselor. My web site is childandfamilypsych.com.
When did you join Division 51? What made you interested in joining?
I am proud to be a founding member of the division. I joined because i have a special interest in men’s issues and I liked the others who were a part of this group. It was a welcoming and personal atmosphere that I had found unusual within APA previously. I have done my best to continue to promote this atmosphere.
To date I have I have served 2 terms as division secretary, president-elect, president, past-president, awards chair and cookbook editor (the cookbook raised over $700 for the division.) I have received the Distinguished Service Award from the division in 2003 and I was also awarded Practitioner of the Year in in 2009.
What do you find most valuable about being a member of the division?
What I value most about this group is the connection that I have with the other members of the division. I love the sense of history that I have with the division. My family has grown up during the time of my involvement and I have known some members of the division now for close to 20 years. I also love seeing new members such as yourself who have a passion for men’s issues come into the division and make your own outstanding contributions to what is already there. It has been a very rewarding experience overall.
What are your clinical, teaching, research, or other applied interests relating to the psychology of men and masculinity?
I am not a researcher, but I love helping men learn about themselves and about how they can have more fulfilling relationships with both others and themselves. It is through these relationships that men are able to obtain the happiness that they have been searching for. I teach practicums in the master’s programs in counseling psychology at Western MI U and I use what I have learned through my own practice to help them. I have a special interest in helping couples deal with the transition of becoming parents since it is a very difficult time.
Is there anything you would like to share with our new members in Division 51?
I believe that we have a wonderful, challenging and meaningful profession as psychologists who work with men, but the most meaningful thing that I have experienced so far is family. Being a husband and father of 3 kids is the hardest and best thing i have done. It is important to remember that our career supports our family and we need to save our best energy for that part of our life.