College of Saint Elizabeth Professors featured in “New Jersey Psychologist”

Three professors from the College of Saint Elizabeth are featured in the winter 2017 edition of “New Jersey Psychologist,” a publication of the New Jersey Psychological Association.

Thomas C. Barrett, Ph.D., of Madison, Michelle McCoy Barrett, Ph.D., of Denville, and Chloe G. Bland, Ph.D., of Tenafly, all wrote articles centering around “The Use of Meaning in Therapy.”      

While existential psychology is the theme of every article, each individually focuses on a unique aspect of a purpose-driven therapy.

Barrett’s “The Use of Meaning in Treating Adults” details how this general approach enhances mental health.

In “It’s Not a Race: Revisiting the Role of Meaning and Purpose in Parenting,” McCoy Barrett illustrates the importance of purpose for people with children under the age of 18. 

Finally, Bland’s “An Inward Journey to Find Meaning” explores the significance of purpose in dealing with race.

As Barrett writes, “those who see themselves as having a cause beyond themselves, a relationship or a mission to fulfill, seem blessed with greater health and well-being.”

The lack of a purpose-driven life has been associated with suicidal ideation, substance abuse, social anxiety, paranoia and obsession.

Through therapy, Barrett, McCoy Barrett and Bland hope to inspire others to overcome fear and embrace a meaning-driven psychology.  

“I’m very proud of our faculty for their commitment to serve others, a core value of the Sisters of Charity, and more importantly extending their commitment beyond the classroom to their professional practices,” says Helen J. Streubert, president of the College of Saint Elizabeth.

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