Dr. Margaret Lamar interviews Drs. Kelly Coker, Kristi Cannon, Savitri Dixon-Saxon, and Karen Roller about their new project taking a new look at lifespan development. They share the importance of understanding lifespan development within the context and culture the clients experience and grow. The conversation includes how we can better conceptualize our clients using a contextual and cultural lens of lifespan development.
Drs. Kelly Coker, Kristi B. Cannon, Savitri V. Dixon-Saxon, and Karen M. Roller are the authors of Lifespan Development: Cultural and Contextual Applications for the Helping Professions.
Kelly Coker, PhD, LCMHC, NCC, BC-TMH, is a cis-gender white female in midlife. She is a professor and associate chair of the counseling program at Palo Alto University. As a licensed clinical mental health counselor (LCMHC) and Board-certified Tele-Mental health counselor, Kelly works with a small handful of clients in a tele-mental health private practice. She is amazed by how often consideration of phases of life enters into her work. It is for this reason that Kelly wanted to engage in this exciting project with three other warrior women.
Kristi B. Cannon, PhD, LPC, NCC, is a cis-gender, white female straddling the lines of early and middle adulthood—feeling a foot firmly planted in each camp and the associated lack of balance this causes nearly every day. She is a counselor educator, licensed professional counselor, and current Director of Counseling Programs at Southern New Hampshire University. Inspired, first and foremost, by the infinite curiosity, wisdom, and beautiful insight of the early and middle childhood years—those associated with her precious three daughters—Kristi has also spent considerable time specializing in clinical work with adolescents and women's infertility issues. Her passion for this project came out of a desire to better reflect the meaningful variations in life experiences she witnessed in her community and clinical practice and ones not often or frequently-enough named in graduate textbooks.
Savitri V. Dixon-Saxon, PhD, LCMHC, is a cis-gender female and African American single mother, daughter, sister, and friend (her most important intersecting identities). Her roles as the mother to an emerging adult and daughter to parents in late adulthood have fueled her passion for this book. A counselor educator and licensed clinical mental health counselor, she has a thirty-year career in higher education in student and academic affairs and is currently a Vice Provost at Walden University providing oversight to the Colleges of Nursing, Social and Behavioral Health, and Allied Health. She is grateful for what she has learned from this co-author sisterhood and listening to the experts who have provided their perspectives from the field.
Karen M. Roller, PhD, MFT, is a cis-het, white, temporarily able-bodied tomboy whose body increasingly reminds her she is now in midlife. She is an associate professor of counseling at Palo Alto University, and clinical coordinator at Family Connections, a parent-involvement preschool serving low-resource migrant families in the San Francisco Bay Area. As a bilingual marriage and family therapist and supervisor who has been primarily field-based, she has spent a lot of years facilitating sessions in tri- and quad-generational homes, foster homes, hospitals, and community-based settings; this has made her a trauma-informed, cross-cultural attachment nerd. Collaborating with this wise and inspiring writing sisterhood has enlivened her to more deeply embrace what life may send her way.
Lamar, M. (Producer). (2022, April 20). Rethinking Lifespan Development [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from https://concept.paloaltou.edu/resources/the-thoughtful-counselor-podcast/rethinking-lifespan-development?hs_preview=XrydoAwN-71538037010