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Health Realization/Innate Health: can a quiet mind and a positive feeling state be accessible over the lifespan without stress-relief techniques?

by Judith A. Sedgeman

Health Realization/Innate Health (HR/IH) questions long-held assumptions about chronic stress, and challenges current definitions of both stress and resiliency. HR/IH sets forth principles that explain why the experience of psychological stress is not an effect of causal factors beyond people’s control, but is an artifact of the energetic potential of the mind. HR/IH describes the “cognitive factor” in stress not as the content of people’s thinking in response to stressors, but rather as a quality of the way people hold and use their thinking, referred to as state of mind.

HR/IH hypothesizes that understanding principles that explain the nature and origin of thinking and experience offers a means to access innate protective processes that are healing and antibiosenescent reliably and consistently, without techniques. HR/IH suggests that the primary effort of mental health care could be to initiate life-long prevention of the state of chronic stress. In addition, HR/IH suggests that addressing mental well-being would have a broad impact on the incidence and course of the many physical illnesses that are known to be stress-related.

The brief therapeutic interactions of HR/IH draw upon people’s innate wisdom and recognition of the healthy perspective available to everyone. Anecdotal results suggest that people who gain insight into the principles that explain the nature of thought and experience and who realize how to re-access a natural, positive state of mind can and do experience sustained day-to-day peace of mind, wisdom and well-being, regardless of  circumstances. HR/IH deserves rigorous scientific evaluation.

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Recommended Reading

Creating the Teachable Moment

Creating the Teachable Moment
by Darlene L. Stewart

A recognized leader in the field of neocognitive psychology presents an innovative approach to teaching and learning. Stewart believes that positive change in the quality of education can only occur when teachers are in the mood to teach and students are in the mood to learn. With this book, she shows teachers how to cultivate an atmosphere conducive to learning and achievement.

A Principle-Based Psychology of School Violence Prevention

by Thomas M. Kelley; Roger C. Mills; Rita Shuford

This paper proposes that school violence is primarily a function of the typically poor mental health of at-risk students. It asserts therefore, that the most leveraged solution to this vexing problem is for school personnel to teach these students how to re-kindle and experience their birthright of optimal psychological functioning. It suggests that this goal can best be achieved by helping both teachers and students understand a unique principle-based psychology that purports to account for all youthful perception, feelings and behavior. The three principles of this psychology (i.e., Mind, Consciousness, and Thought) are defined, classroom conditions conducive to teaching youth these principles delineated, contemporary research supporting the major assumptions of this paradigm summarized, and the results of school violence prevention programs based on this psychology presented.

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Principle-based Correctional Counseling: Teaching Health Versus Treating Illness

by Thomas M. Kelley

Principle-based correctional counseling (PBCC) is based on the assumption that all offenders have innate mental health. Thus, the primary goal of PBCC is to teach offenders how to rekindle and experience their natural capacity for psychological well-being. PBCC accomplishes this by teaching offenders: (a) how the principles of Mind, Thought, and Consciousness create their experience from the inside-out, and (b) how to use their thinking agency in accord with its natural design. According to PBCC, as offenders understand these  principles and realize how to use thought in their best interest, their overall psychological functioning improves. This paper describes the principles and assumptions behind PBCC and compares this paradigm to other contemporary correctional counseling models on several key dimensions. Finally, it summarizes research findings supporting the effectiveness of PBCC-based interventions with adolescent and adult offenders.

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The Health Realization Model

Sample Empirical Outcomes from Thousands of Field-Based Case Studies

Coliseum Gardens Housing Development (Oakland, CA)

  • Highest homicide rate in Oakland, CA drops to zero. Still zero at seven year follow-up

Modello/Homestead Gardens (Miami, FL)

  • 60% of residents became employed following a baseline of 85% on welfare
  • 75% reduction in school discipline referrals and suspensions
  • School truancy rates drop by 80%
  • Parent involvement in schools increases by 500%
  • Baseline middle school failure rate of 64% improves to 1 failing student
  • Homestead police – dramatic decrease in criminal complaints (e.g., zero drug trafficking, stolen cars, burglaries for almost a year)

Hillsborough County Public Schools (Hillsborough, CA)

  • GPA  increased 64%, 56%, and 57% for 1st, 2nd, 3rd years of project
  • 58% decrease in absenteeism
  • 81% decrease in discipline referrals

Health Realization; An Innate Resiliency Paradigm for School Psychology

by Roger C. Mills, Ph.D.

This paper presents findings regarding the role of youth’s moment to moment thinking and state of mind in determining perception. These findings, along with discoveries about innate resiliency and an understanding of the underlying principles that describe how thoughts become perception, have demonstrated efficacy in empowering youth to regain their natural well being, self motivation and healthy thinking. This paradigm, come to be known as Health Realization shows significant promise as an antidote to alienation and emotional disorders, and in fact brings to light underlying principles that determine how perception is formed and to what extent it is clouded by past experiences as opposed to the ability of any person to function in a clearer, wiser and more objective, insightful state of mind. The logical implications for youth focused interventions are presented along with independently conducted evaluation and research data from multiple clinical and school based programs.

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Thought Recognition, Locus Of Control, And Adolescent Well-Being

by Thomas M. Kelley, Steven A. Stack

This paper reviews the underlying assumptions and principles of a new psychological paradigm, Psychology of Mind/Health Realization (POM/HR). A core concept of POM/HR, thought recognition, is then compared with locus of control (LOC), a well-known psychological construct. Next, the relationship of LOC to self-reported happiness and satisfaction is examined from the perspective of POM/HR, using a sample of 1,872 at-risk adolescents from 17 nations. The findings support POM/HR predictions that (1) locus of control would account for a slight portion of the variance in adolescent happiness and satisfaction, (2)
circumstances that are external in nature would account for additional variance in happiness and satisfaction, and (3) there would be little difference in self-reported happiness and satisfaction between adolescents self-reporting high and low internal LOC. Further, it was conjectured that the adolescents mistook superficial emotions, such as excitement and security, for genuine feelings of well-being. Finally, the implications for prevention and intervention efforts with at-risk adolescents are discussed.

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Resilience in Our Schools: Discovering Mental Health and Hope from the Inside-Out

by Kathy Marshall

The National Resilience Resource Center (NRRC) joins resilience research and practice using
Resilience/Health Realization to increase protective factors in school and community systems by enhancing the health of the helper. Resilience theory and practice are discussed in the context of prevention science and persistently safe schools. Principles of Resilience/ Health Realization employed by NRRC to systemically enhance student and staff mental health and well-being are summarized.

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Camden Community School Health Realization Project

This report discusses the collaboration between the Santa Clara County Office of Education (COE) and the County Department of Alcohol and Drug Services (DADS) to provide a program based on the 3 Principles to Camden Community School staff and students. Camden is an alternative, continuation school for approximately 60 students at the junior to senior high school level located in Campbell, California. The report explains the overall goal of helping both staff and students live in a more enjoyable and productive state of mind. Approaches are discussed as well as impacts of the program. Some impacts include: Improved attitudes of teachers toward students, improved attitudes among staff toward each other, improved attitudes among students toward each other, a dramatic positive shift in the overall culture of the school, increased school attendance by rival gang members, a decrease in gang violence and tension at the school, and a decrease in vandalism of school and staff property.

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Health Realization and Twelve Step Treatment: A Comparison Study

The purpose of this study was to compare a relatively new therapeutic option for substance abuse treatment, Health Realization, and 12-Step approaches offered in women’s residential programs. The study was sponsored by a large California county’s Department of Alcohol and Drug Services, which had offered Health Realization treatment for a number of years. This study constitutes the first systematic evaluation of Health Realization as a substance abuse treatment program for adult women in a residential treatment setting. This was a randomized study with two observations-admission and 9 months post-admission. The results showed that clients in both Health Realization and 12-Step treatment exhibited comparable outcomes on domains such as substance use, criminal justice involvement, employment, housing, adverse effects of substance use and psychological well being. Substance use declined significantly between admission and follow-up in both treatment groups, irrespective of duration of treatment. Similarly, adverse effects of substance use declined between admission and 9-month follow-up. Health Realization and 12-Step treatment offered comparable benefits for women in residential substance abuse treatment programs.

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Conflict Resolution & Constructive Dialogue

Every human being creates his or her own unique way of seeing the world—informed by past experiences, environment, schooling, culture, and even fears or imagination. This mental construct comes alive within the individual through the power of Mind, Thought and Consciousness (see Sydney Banks, “The Missing Link,” “The Enlightened Gardner,” etc.), three basic psychological principles that combine to form human experience in the moment. Without an understanding of this process, a person’s thoughts become reality, or the “absolute truth” to her.

The more people learn about this behind-the-scenes creative process—this capacity to create their own reality, or viewpoint, the more reflective and open minded they become. As people gain even a simple understanding of how their thoughts take on the appearance of reality, they gain some perspective on their thinking. They begin to see the difference between learned and erroneous mindsets that produce prejudice, opposition and conflict, and a more constructive and harmonious state of mind (or flow of thought) that leads to alignment, understanding and new solutions.

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Health Realization: A Principle-Based Psychology of Positive Youth Development

by Thomas M. Kelley

This paper proposes that adolescent boredom, frustration and alienation are not typically signs of psychopathology, but rather, indicators of the absence of well-being, self-esteem, and other qualities of positive youth development. While the emerging field of positive psychology has attempted to shift the field’s emphasis from understanding and treating youthful dysfunction to facilitating well-being and resiliency in young people, it lacks a principle-based foundation and continues to mistakenly endorse external causes of positive affect and pro-social behavior. This paper offers a unique, principle-based psychology of positive youth development commonly known as health realization (HR). The underlying principles of HR are delineated, contemporary research that supports its major assumptions cited, and the results of applied HR research with at-risk youth in clinical, educational, and community empowerment settings described.

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Awakening the Beloved Community:

Report on Year 2
of the National Community Resiliency Project

This report discusses the original insights of Sydney Banks and the impact of his life’s work nearly 40 years later. What Mr. Banks would later call the “Three Principles” of Mind, Consciousness and Thought have now found introduction and implementation throughout the United States, and in Canada, Sweden, Israel, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Australia and Spain. The report also discusses “3 Principles-based” work in tremendously high-risk communities initiated by the late Dr. Roger C. Mills, Center for Sustainable Change (CSC) President and Co-founder. The report testifies to the fact that the Principles go beyond one remarkable person, like a Mr. Banks or Roger Mills, that the understanding itself is sustainable, when it operates through many hundreds of people—and can impact communities on a wide scale. This report shares results and gains, so that an understanding of the 3 Principles might become more widespread—and more people might be helped.

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Principle Based Interventions: Summary of Outcome Data collected (1985-2005)

By Roger C. Mills, Ph.D.

This article highlights the research outcomes of Principle based interventions, as the theory attempts to become a recognized & research-based method of psychological treatment. In the article, 3 community projects are looked at in San Francisco and Santa Clara County in California, and in a community in Miami, Florida. In addition, this article looks at outcomes with both patients diagnosed with sever, chronic mental illnesses, and those with less severe diagnosis, such as depressive disorders, anxiety disorders, and adjustment disorders .

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Re-Humanizing Psychology

By Roger C. Mills, Ph.D.

This article discusses the flaws of the current medical-model of psychology. The text goes on to point out that the Principles are very real, universal human qualities that can themselves be used to improve and insure mental health. The article concludes that, Principle based psychology can establish the scientific principles necessary for psychology to become a true science.

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