Paradigm Shift Initiative
The Paradigm Shift Initiative was instituted during the fall of 2004. The PSC director and two Psy.D. doctoral students highlighted the need for a dialogue-based forum to explore Christian perspectives that address life's difficult questions and challenges from an integrative psychological framework. The objective was for students and faculty to have a venue for spiritually-based discussion that also incorporates the psychological principles taught in class. Utilizing a Socratic model of learning, questions as a basis for dialogue, program developers viewed this initiative as a supportive compliment to the traditional model of teaching.
Books are selected prior to each meeting to guide topical discussions along the various dimensions of spirituality, moral development, ethical practices, and psychological well being. The mode of discussion is geared to address compelling integration challenges from a Socratic framework (e.g., questioning areas without clear answers, incorporating wisdom from all present to propel inductive and deductive thinking, valuing the perspective of the student equally as the professor/staff member). Meetings are scheduled for 1 hour blocks and are open to all Regent students, staff, and faculty, as well as representatives from the Hampton Roads community.