Julie Diamond, Ph.D. is part of the original group who helped develop Process-oriented Psychology – also known as Process Work. She co-authored its international training program and its Master of Arts degree programs in Portland, Oregon, based on its teachings. About Process Work, Julie writes: “Process Work is based on the simple, yet profound premise that the fluid transfer of information and experience between subjective, imaginative states of mind and our ‘everyday,’ objective, rational mind is critical for our psychological and physical well-being. Research into consciousness, health, creativity, and psychology increasingly supports this idea that the mind is much more than our everyday rational intelligence. The power of emotions, feelings, fantasies, dreams, and other so-called non-linear or non-rational states of consciousness play a key role in our physical health, emotional stability, and psychological well-being.” Julie helps individuals, organizations and communities embrace change, challenges and conflict as vehicles of growth. She is a long-time colleague and student of Jungian Analyst, Dr. Arnold Mindell, is one of the original founders of the Research Society for Process-oriented Psychology in Zurich, Switzerland, and the Process Work Institute in Portland, Oregon. Julie has been a central figure in developing learning centers for Process-oriented Psychology in Switzerland, North America, Australia and New Zealand. She is the author, with Lee Spark Jones, of A Path Made by Walking: Process Work in Theory and Practice (2005), a comprehensive and widely-used text on Process Work theory and methods. She has written several articles on the psychology of democracy. Her article, “A Democracy Dialogue: Getting to the Essence of Freedom,” explores how psychology’s subtlest reaches expand democracy beyond freedom from constraint to the freedom of self-actualization. Julie is currently working on a new book, A User’s Guide to Power.
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