Director's Message -- March, 2017

March 1, 2017

Greetings Sacred Path Community,

For any of you who are poised to make a spontaneous decision, here’s your opportunity.  There are some spaces open to join your brothers on a memorable trip down the Colorado river by kayak.  But you have to exercise the decision today if you want to participate.  I literally mean today, March 1st, is the very last day to register for the first day that you can count yourself among those who have taken a bold and exciting step toward an incredible adventure.  Don’t miss this.  It is life changing.

Our 31st Annual Sacred Path Men’s Conference Retreat will commence on Thursday, October 19th, and adjourn on Sunday, October 22nd.  We intend to expand our attendance number to upwards of 100.  I would like to have 60 to 70 men, ages 18 and up, and 10- 20 young males ages 15-17 accompanied by a family member or mentor, including a staff of 20 who will gather for the event.  We’ll offer an early enrollment opportunity for the men in the MCLA community prior to promoting the retreat to those outside of our network. 

The ability for counseling professionals to attend the retreat and receive Continuing Education Units should be very inviting for those interested in our events and eager to fulfill their ongoing licensing credits in the area of men’s work.  So, those enrollments will go quickly when we promote them. Advance Enrollments for MCLA men will kick off by May or June followed by open enrollments for others.  For now, mark your calendars for the October dates 19-22 and plan to get your deposit in among the first.

Dr. Jed Diamond and Dr. Stephen Johnson at MCLA's 30th Annual Sacred Path men's retreat last October on the mountain.

Included in this newsletter is a recent blog post from Dr. Jed Diamond on the importance of his men’s group for the past 30 years.  I know that those of you who are in a men’s group are keenly aware of what you have gained from the experience.  I facilitate 3 weekly therapeutic men’s support groups out of my Woodland Hills and Beverly Hills offices.  Two of the groups are full.  My Tuesday night group in Beverly Hills has 3 openings for men who are in their 30’s, 40’s or early 50’s.  If you’re interested, let me know.  Also, my MFT Intern and Wisdom Council member, Anthony DiMaggio, is seeing clients out of both of my offices.  If you know someone who could benefit from some therapy at a very cost-effective fee, consider that Anthony, who is supervised by me, is available.  Let us know if you know someone who is a candidate for some men’s focused counseling.

On a very different note, you’ve undoubtedly observed that there’s a lot of discussion including mental health providers, from Psychiatrists to Psychologists to Marriage and Family Therapists to Social Workers who have expressed concerns regarding the mental health of our President.  There is a consensus within the mental health circle and outside of it that Donald Trump is a narcissist.  We have learned a lot more about narcissism since President Trump has put it squarely on the map.

The question is whether he’s on the benign end of the continuum or whether he’s more on the malignant end, posing a clear and present danger to the safety of those that inhabit our country and the world-at-large.  I don’t think that this concern is going to go away until it expands to the point that either the Vice President and Congress are required to exercise the 25th Amendment to the Constitution,  necessitating the removal of a President who is unfit for duty; or, on the other hand,  President Trump does in fact transact his mission to “make America Great Again” thereby pleasing his base while dispelling doubt among the naysayers and ultimately gaining the country’s unified confidence and admiration.

Many though feel that he is creating chaos contributing to a destabilizing state.  There are those who fear being controlled by an authoritarian leader of a regime determined on deconstructing the tightly woven fabric of our democratic system as we have traditionally known it.  The presidency does have a way of bringing Presidents more to the middle; however, there are parallels between Trump and Nixon who, as you know, was his own undoing and was ultimately forced to resign the office of the presidency.

I’m following closely how this plays out, while my concerns transcend this to the overarching urgency that we are facing regarding the very fate of the world now that the clock is just 2 and ½ minutes to midnight.  Have a look at my new article included herewith:  A Clear and Present Danger:  A Mindful Wake Up Call for the World.  We’re also including an article written by a good friend of our newsletter editor, Bill Arena.  Have a read through Kelly Hendrix’s piece on Narcissistic Rage and Abuse.

Sending you and yours my best wishes for your health and well-being on the Sacred Path,

Stephen

Stephen J. Johnson Ph.D., LMFT
Executive Director

 

 

 

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Dr. Stephen Johnson is founder and executive director
of the Men's Center Los Angeles and leader/wayshower
of the Sacred Path men's retreats for the past 30 years.
He is author of "THE SACRED PATH: THE WAY OF THE SPIRITUAL WARRIOR," an amazing how-to book for
men who want to become better men . . . AND
for the women who care about them.
 

 

 

The MCLA Wisdom Council honored Dr. Johnson's amazing 30 years of mindful men leadership and mentorship with a special commemorative film that debuted on
the mountain at the recent 30th
Annual Sacred Path Men's Retreat.
Click here to view "The Sacred Path."