A Master Generator of Aha Moments

Dr. Gary Oliver's Infectious Passion

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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I don’t know about you, but I love having “aha moments” – moments where I encounter an insight or perspective that clarifies my thinking and inspires me. These “aha moments” are the kind that stick with me and that I find myself reflecting on and sharing with others. They capture essential truths that inform how I want to approach life, relationships, and the work that I do. They rejuvenate me personally and professionally.

I have had the privilege of knowing and working with Dr. Gary Oliver for over a decade now, and my time with Dr. Oliver has repeatedly affirmed his status as a Master Generator of Aha Moments! He has such a wealth of wisdom and experience to glean from, and he is gifted in being able to share that wisdom with others in ways that are practical yet meaningful; in other words, what he shares is not just informationally-rich but also inspirationally-rich. Without fail, whether it be a short interaction as we see each other on campus or a more formal presentation, Dr. Oliver leaves me with something significant that I find myself mulling over.

I don’t know how he does it, but I have some guesses. Perhaps this ability to generate “aha moments”, in part, comes as a byproduct of having over 40 years of professional experience as a Marriage and Family Therapist, AAMFT Approved Supervisor, Clinical Psychologist, university and seminary professor, author, and presenter. Perhaps it also comes from having the opportunity to train under “giants” in the field: people like Carl Rogers, Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck, Joseph Wolpe, Jay Haley, Cloe Madanes, Salvador Minuchin, Virginia Satir, Carl Whitaker, Paul Watzlawick and the Mental Research Institute, the Milton H. Erickson Foundation, Steve deShazer, Insoo Kim Berg, David Schnarch, Martin Seligman, and Susan Johnson. Ultimately, I think a lot of it has to do with the incredible passion and heart that Dr. Oliver has for helping people experience growth in their lives and relationships for their good and the glory of God. His passion has an infectious quality about it, and I am thankful for all the opportunities that I have been exposed to it!

For these reasons and more, I am thrilled that Dr. Oliver will be sharing his “lessons learned” based on his experience in the field at the JBU Graduate Counseling Program’s 4th Annual Family Therapy Conference.

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Blog HomePosted By: Nick Cornett, PhD, LPC, LMFT, Registered Play Therapist - 3/14/17 2:00 PM

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