My Professional Journey: Becoming a Person-Centered Mentor with a Psychospiritual and Social Justice Orientation

  • Jared D. KassEmail author


This chapter will describe three projects that have been formative in my professional development as a person-centered university teacher and mental health clinician. Specifically, the chapter will describe how these projects helped me develop the psychospiritual and social justice orientation that is foundational in my teaching and research. Through my work with Carl Rogers, I learned that person-centered educators must engage in complementary processes of professional and personal growth in order to facilitate similar integrative growth in students. This chapter will describe my own professional learning process. The projects are: (1) work with Carl Rogers as a staff member of the Person-Centered Approach Project, (2) research with Herbert Benson on the relationship between contemplative spirituality, psychological resilience, and health, and (3) participation in a social justice initiative, the Boston Clergy and Religious Leaders Group for Interfaith Dialogue.


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