Lee Parent, LCSW, Positive Change Master
As a young man Lee was influenced by Dale Carnegie‘s How To Win Friends And Influence People and by the Earl Nightingale‘s brief radio presentations. His mother was one of the pioneers in the mental health field in Louisiana and Lee witnessed the development of community mental health in the Baton Rouge area. It was not until he took a course in abnormal psychology in college did he develop an interest in becoming a mental health professional.
Lee has spent the greater part of his adult life as a clinical social worker, working primarily in mental health and medical settings. His background includes work in mental health clinics, child guidance clinics, hospitals, home health and family planning settings and private practice through which he served as a consultant to nursing homes among a number of other activities. In his professional life Lee has worked with individuals, families, and groups, and has been involved in program development activities and has been a guest lecturer at colleges and universities.
During his many years as a clinical social worker Lee has had the good fortune to be exposed to many of the leaders and innovators in their respective fields. Of special interest to Lee has been the work of Milton Erickson. Through several events hosted by the Milton H. Erickson Foundation Lee was privileged to learn from pioneers and experts in the field of psychotherapy such as Jay Haley, Cloe Madanes, Alexander Lowen, Albert Ellis, Ernest Rossi, Jeffery Zeig, Claudia Black, Stephen Gilligan, Bill O’Hanlon and many others. Lee has also had a special interest in the “inner child” work of John Bradshaw and others.
Throughout his professional career Lee has had a special interest in crisis intervention and interpersonal relationships, and is uniquely adept in assisting people to make sense of their life situations and move on with their lives. He is passionate about enabling individuals and families to sort out and understand crisis situations through the provision of information, guidance, encouragement and support thereby facilitating more functional and appropriate adjustments. Lee knows that change is inevitable and his mission is to make people aware that when change happens they have an opportunity for positive change and personal growth. With over forty years as a crisis intervention specialist Lee has come to think of himself as a master of positive change.
Lee has enjoyed a rich spiritual life and has great respect for the right of every person to have the freedom to form their own beliefs. There is great comfort and security in having specific beliefs and he recognizes that when people seek to win others to their belief system by proselytizing they are in fact lovingly doing what they believe is right and good according to their faith. Being a student of the Law of Attraction Lee understands the power of belief and how our beliefs influence our lives.
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