Perhaps like me, along the journey of life, you have experienced a few "a ha!" moments that have powerfully shaped who you are. I would like to share two that have had a profound impact on both my professional and personal identity.
A few years after completing my master's degree, I transitioned from doing traditional one-to-one counseling to leading counseling groups. I frequently saw clients making substantive treatment gains that I would have thought unlikely to occur in traditional one-on-one counseling. Paralleling what I observed in the group members, I experienced what Yalom correctly points out—the group's important impact on the group leader(s) too. Five days a week, for three years, I served as a group leader, but often at the end of the day, usually while driving home, I marveled at my own growth. Lesson learned—groups work! This general revelation should not surprise the Body of Christ as the New Testament is brimming with instruction to not "go it alone."
Far too often the work that consumes much of the time of the traditional counselor is remedial in nature. Indeed, much our training reinforces an after-the-fact helping approach. Though remedial work is the bread and butter of our discipline it creates a level of cognitive dissonance for me, especially when I attempt to integrate my Christian world view that emphasizes loving my neighbor as myself. Frankly put, why are we waiting for people to show up in our clinics with a myriad of preventable problems? So, another "a ha!" moment for me occurred several years ago when I allowed myself to ask "What if the idealized goal for the counselor was the prevention of human dysfunction?" What would counseling look like if we were agents of prevention, taking action steps to help people avert future problems? Hebrews 2:15 expresses it this way "See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God..." In this light, our discipline must conceptualize and operationalize the worthy endeavor of helping people practice everyday prevention strategies that reduces suffering and promotes healthy maturation.
Dr. Newmeyer is a licensed professional clinical counselor and supervisor in Ohio and Virginia. He is a professional member of the American Counseling Association, which recognized his achievements by honoring him in 2004 as an Emerging Leader. Dr. Newmeyer also serves on the Editorial Board for Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development. He enjoys running, including several marathons and recently a 50K.
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles:
Park, J., Arveson, K. & Newmeyer, M. (in press). Comparing behavioral health graduate students in spiritual and religious competence. Journal of Spirituality, Psychology, and Counseling.
Haynes, W., Newmeyer, M., Hartwig-Moorehead, H. & Compton, L. (in press). Biblically-based meditations: Effect upon chronic pain perception and religious/spiritual coping. Journal of Psychology and Theology.
Ruckstaetter, J., Sells, J., Newmeyer, M.D., & Zink, D. (2017) Parental apologies, empathy, shame, guilt, and attachment: A path analysis. Journal of Counseling and Development, 95(4), 389-400.
Maynard, D., Newmeyer, M., Underwood, L. & Bernard, A. (2017). Effective brief interventions for drug-using traumatically injured patients. Global Journal of Addiction & Rehabilitation Medicine, 1(5), 1-10.
Dailey, L.L., Underwood, L.A., Crump, Y., Williams, C., Newmeyer, M.D., & Poole, L. (2016). Treatment effectiveness of the Louisiana sex offender treatment program. International Journal of Psychology & Psychoanalysis, 2(2), 1-8.
Johnson, H., Underwood, L., Baum, L. & Newmeyer, M.D. (2016). Differences in risk scores among intrafamilial and extrafamilial sexual offenders. International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, 18(2), 742-752.
Newmeyer, M.D., Keyes, B., Palmer K., Kent, V., Spong, S., Stephens, F., & Troy, M. (2016). Spirituality and religion as mitigating factors in compassion fatigue among trauma therapists in Romania. Journal of Psychology and Theology, 44(2), 142-151.
Newmeyer, M.D., Keyes, B., & Zaporozhets, O., Rubinow, R., & Palmer, K. (2015). Cross-cultural helping initiatives and compassion fatigue phenomena. Наукові Записки НаціональногоУніверситету "Острозька Академія". Серия "Психологія і Педагогіка".[Scientific Notes of National University "Ostroh Academy" "Psychology and Pedagogy Series."], 1, 23
Grande, T.L, Newmeyer, M.D., Underwood, L., & Williams, C. (2014). Path analysis of the SCL-90-R: Exploring use in outpatient assessment, Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, DOI: 10.1177/0748175614538061.
Newmeyer, M.D., Keyes, B., Buford, D., Gregory, S., Mondt, P., Okai, B., & Palmer, K. (2014). "The modulation of spirituality: Using the CISM model with mental health service providers." International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, 16, 13 - 19.
Grande, T.L., Newmeyer, M.D. & Adair, E.S. (2013). "Symptom differences by gender for outpatient clients as measured by the SCL-90-R." Michigan Journal of Counseling, 40, 4-13.
Conyne, R. K., Newmeyer, M.D., Kenny, M., Romano, J. L., & Matthews, C. (2008). "Key ways to teach prevention: Specialized course and infusion." The Journal of Primary Prevention, 29, 375 - 401.
Wilson, F.R. & Newmeyer, M.D. (2008). "A standards-based inventory for assessing perceived importance of and confidence in using ASGW’s core group work skills." The Journal for Specialists in Group Work 33, 270 - 289.
Tang, M., Pan, W. & Newmeyer, M.D. (2008). "Applying social cognitive career development model to high school students’ career aspiration." Professional School Counseling 11, 285-295.
Newmeyer, A. J. & Newmeyer M. D. (2005). "Screening for developmental needs in pediatric populations: An assessment of primary care physicians in Northeast Ohio." Ohio Family Physician, 57, 17,22.
Weintraub, E., Robinson C. & Newmeyer, M.D. (2000). "Catastrophic medical complication in psychogenic excoriation: A case review." Southern Medical Journal, 93, 1099–1101.
Conyne, R.C., Crowell, J.L. & Newmeyer, M.D. (2008). Group Technique: How To Use Them More Purposefully. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Merrill Prentice Hall.
Newmeyer, A.J. & Newmeyer M.D. "Understanding 504 policies and procedures" (2016). In B. Erford (Ed), Professional School Counselor’s Handbook (3nd ed.). Austin, TX: Pro-Ed.
Newmeyer, M.D. & Tuazon, V. "Rearview mirror." (2014). In J. DeLucia-Waack, M. Mercurio, S. Korta, K. Maertin, F. Colvin, E. Martin, L. Zawadzki, & C. Giambrone (Eds.), School counselors share their favorite classroom guidance lessons: A guide to choosing, planning, conducting, and processing (pp.229-231). Alexandria, VA: Association for Specialists in Group Work.
Sickinger, P. & Newmeyer, M.D. "Engaging online students: Incorporating group techniques with technology." (2013). In J. S. Glass & K. P. Dotson Blake (Eds), Online Group Activities to Enhance Counselor Education, VA: ACA Press.
Cooper-Nurse, J., Mikkelson, S., Sessoms, E., Boley, F., Philip, S. & Newmeyer, M. "Teaching peer group supervision in an online environment: Online group activities." (2013). In J. S. Glass & K. P. Dotson Blake (Eds), Online Group Activities to Enhance Counselor Education, VA: ACA Press.
Newmeyer, M.D. "Basic Techniques" (2011). In R. K. Conyne (Ed), Oxford Handbook of Group Counseling, Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Newmeyer, M.D., & Newmeyer, A.J. "Impulse control disorders in adolescents" (2011). In T. Clinton & R. Wakins (Eds), The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling. Forest, VA: AACC Press.
Newmeyer, A.J., & Newmeyer, M.D. "Maturation during childhood" (2011). In T. Clinton & R. Wakins (Eds), The Popular Encyclopedia of Christian Counseling. Forest, VA: AACC Press.
Newmeyer, A.J. & Newmeyer, M.D. "Helping students with mental retardation" (2010). In B. Erford (Ed), Professional School Counselor’s Handbook (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: CAPS Press.
Newmeyer, M.D. & Newmeyer A.J. "Medication issues in schools" (2010). In B. Erford (Ed), Professional School Counselor’s Handbook (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: CAPS Press.
Newmeyer, A.J. & Newmeyer M.D. "Understanding 504 policies and procedures" (2010). In B. Erford (Ed), Professional School Counselor’s Handbook (2nd ed.). Austin, TX: CAPS Press.
Newmeyer, M.D. "Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW) Training standards for group work" (2009). In American Counseling Association’s Encyclopedia of Counseling, Alexandria, VA: ACA Press.
Newmeyer, M.D. (2008). "Purposeful selection of group techniques." The Group Psychologist: Group psychology & group psychotherapy newsletter of Division 49 of the American Psychological Association.
Wilson, F.R., Newmeyer, M.D., Rapin, L.S., Conyne, R.K. (2007). "The Core Group Work Skills Inventory (CGWSI-IC)." Cincinnati, OH: University of Cincinnati.
Wilson, F.R. & Newmeyer, M.D. (2007). "The Core Group Work Skills Inventory (CGWSI-IC) Technical Guide." Cincinnati, OH: University of Cincinnati.
Newmeyer, M.D. (2006). "Understanding the factors influencing retention among college freshmen using the learning and study strategies inventory." Cincinnati, OH: University of Cincinnati, A Dissertation.
Newmeyer, M.D. (2006). Book Review of Preventive Counseling: Helping People to become Empowered in Systems and Settings, 2nd Edition in Prevention in Counseling Psychology: Theory, Research, Practice and Training.
Newmeyer, M.D. OpEd. A response to “SSRI antidepressant medications and youth”, In American Counseling Association Publication, Counseling Today, February, 2004, 9, 21.
2011 – present Christian Association for Psychological Studies, Member
2002 – present American Psychological Association, Member
APA Division 17 (Counseling Psychology), Member
APA Division 49 (Society of Group Psychology and Group Psychotherapy), Member
1999- present American Counseling Association, Member
Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), Member
Association for Specialists in Group Work (ASGW), Member
Association for Measurement and Eval. in Counseling and Development (AMECD). Member
2001 – present Chi Sigma Iota – honor society for professional counselors, counselor educators and students.