Topic: Evolving from an Outside-in approach ("fix" the environment) to an Inside-out understanding.
When: March 2, 2017 at 9:00 am PDT / Noon EST / 5:00 pm UK (Other time zones)
Diane P. McMillen, Ph.D
Diane is a Professor of Human Services who has been teaching for 36 joyful years. She has a longstanding interest in the field of prevention that included focusing her doctoral degree on community mental health and social justice.
Diane's passionate commitment to prevention (since her early days as a protective services worker in 1976) has evolved from an Outside-in approach ("fix" the environment) to an Inside-out understanding. For the last 12 years her research, presentations and workshops have been based on the Three Principles. She continues to consult with and provide training for group homes, social service agencies, and various community agencies and programs. Along with many 2 and 3 day workshops, she has also facilitated six Long Term Professional Trainings, including two co-facilitated with Dr. Jack Pransky.She presents regularly at national, regional, and statewide conferences, as well as presenting numerous keynote addresses to a wide variety of professionals. She, along with her students, have shared the Three Principles in the community with Public Housing, Community Corrections, foster parent associations, county health agencies, and domestic violence programs, to name just a few. Diane has co-authored a chapter in a prominent Social Work textbook with Dr. Jack Pransky, "Exploring the True Nature of Internal Resilience: A View from the Inside-out" as well as an article in the Human Services journal with a Washburn University student, "Radiance in the Community: Living and Working in Wisdom."
Sharon Usagawa, LCSW
Sharon is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker based in Hawaii, who is currently in Private Practice with a small group of other mental health professionals. She was originally introduced to the Principles working with Christine Heath's clinic as their first employee over 25 years ago.
Sharon's work has spanned a multitude of populations, from children and adolescents, couples and families in their home setting, the school setting, and most recently in outpatient settings; to teaching in the prisons, working with the military community, and currently doing outreach work at a transitional housing center for homeless families. She currently runs a weekly "book club" in a community socialization program for the severely mentally ill. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member with the University of Hawaii School of Social Work, providing training and supervision to graduate student interns who are completing their Practicum experience, and provides supervision to Social Work professionals seeking their Clinical License.
Since having an awakening to the Principles, her passion is to keep learning and passing on the simplicity and joy of life to others, especially those who have already endured so much. A "dream project" currently in the idea stage is to develop a mental health campaign in the community that can begin to redefine mental health and raise the level of functioning in the mainstream public.