This book addresses the need for maturational growth in undergraduate and entry-level graduate students as a foundation for professional and civic development. It presents an engaged learning curriculum for higher education, Know Your Self, which strengthens psychological resilience and interpersonal community-building skills through person-centered growth in five dimensions of self: bio-behavioral, cognitive-sociocultural, social-emotional, existential-spiritual, and resilient worldview formation. This growth promotes well-being and a positive campus culture, preparing students to build cultures of health, social justice, and peace in the social systems where they will work and live. This project emerged from Kass' professional work in humanistic psychology with Dr. Carl Rogers. Case studies and statistical data illustrate the formation of health-promoting, pro-social behaviors, culturally-inclusive community building, and secure existential attachment. This book will help faculty and student life professionals address the urgent need in young adults for person-centered psychospiritual maturation.
Jared D. Kass is Professor of Counseling and Psychology at Lesley University, USA, and Visiting Scholar at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind-Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
1. Introduction: Prologue to an Experiment in Higher Education: Mentoring Psychospiritual Maturation, Breaking Humanity's Chain of Pain.-2. Recognizing Student Needs for Psychospiritual Development: Preliminary Case Study.-3. Higher Education: Model For Constructive Change? Or Mirror of Humanity's Chain of Pain?.- 4. My Professional Journey: Becoming a Person-Centered Mentor with a Psychospiritual and Social Justice Orientation.- 5. Person-Centered Psychospiritual Maturation: A Multidimensional Model.- 6. The Know Your Self Curriculum: Overview and Research Results.- 7. Establishing Foundations for Person-Centered Learning and Inclusive Community Building, Group Case Study #1.- 8. Approaching Sociocultural Differences and Interpersonal Conflict as Catalysts for Psychospiritual Growth, Group Case Study #2.- 9. From Self-Regulation to Psychospiritual Exploration: An Introduction to the Deep Structure of Contemplative Mind, Group Case Study #3.- 10. Individual Case Studies of Psychospiritual Maturation: Autobiographical Inquiry and the Deep Wisdom of Contemplative Mind.- 11. The Learning Community: An Inclusive Environment for Person-Centered Psychospiritual Growth, Group Case Study #4.- 12. The Know Your Self Curriculum: An Effective Template for Mentoring Psychological Resilience and Culturally-Inclusive Community.- 13. Person-Centered Psychospiritual Maturation: Strengthening Campus Cultures of Health, Social Justice, and Peace.