The Process of Learning & Exploring

Posted by Paul Goddard, Ph.D. on April 01, 2015

Think for a moment – who are some of the mentors that have made the greatest difference in your life?  Who has impacted the person you are today?  Parents?  Teachers?  Coaches?  Friends?  Reflecting on the influence of these people often evokes both gratitude and nostalgia. 

When I think about Dr. Nan Presser, who mentored me during my training to become a psychologist/therapist, I remember with something akin to awe, the moments when she would talk about what she was studying and learning. As one of the most astute and intelligent individuals I had ever met, I felt overwhelmed at the prospect that she was still so actively engaged in a process of learning and exploring! Then it dawned on me – this relentless pursuit of knowledge was central to why she was so outstanding. This realization awakened in me a desire to push beyond my current set of skills toward greater proficiency and expertise in the work that I do. Dr. Presser supervised me in the early 1990’s, but the lesson still inspires me nearly 25 years later.

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Move forward to the present day – Evoke Therapy Programs recently held a retreat for all of the therapists from both the Entrada and the Cascades campuses.  What joy to gather together to learn from each other as we all strive to guide young people toward greater (and more sustainable) peace, purpose, health and happiness!  From the newest, to the most experienced among us, everyone at the retreat had thoughtful observations and ideas to share.  I am indeed thankful to work with a company so committed to this ongoing pursuit of excellence!

So, what does all of this have to do with you? Quoting William S. Burroughs:


“When you stop growing you start dying.”


There is a challenge for each of us to reach, to explore, to build, to challenge our limitations! What are you doing this year, this week, this day, this hour to stimulate growth and improvement in your life and in the work that you do?

“Our Greatest limitations are the ones we place on ourselves!”  - Gail Lynne Goodwin


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