In our last episode of the series "Lifespan Development Through a Cultural Lens," Dr. J. Kelly Coker shares her work exploring middle adulthood development. She dives into topics that are not often discussed in public or the literature, including psychological, emotional, and physical changes that adults experience as they age. Dr. Coker tackles empty nesters, menopause, the sandwich generation, and more changes that adults experience as they age.
J. Kelly Coker, PhD, LCMHC, NCC, BC-TMH, is a cisgender, White female in midlife. She is a professor and associate chair of the counseling program at Palo Alto University. She is also a fierce and loyal wife, mother, sister, daughter, and aunt. Dr. Coker has been a counselor educator for more years than she can count and as part of this work, has published and presented a lot. She loves nothing more than training emerging counselors in how to be their best selves, how to work with humility and compassion, and how to always strive to meet their clients where they are. As a licensed clinical mental health counselor and board-certified tele-mental health counselor, Dr. Coker 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 she wanted to engage in this exciting project with three other warrior women. She would love to hear from you, students and educators, about how this book informs your learning, your clinical work, and your understanding of self. Please contact her at email@example.com with any queries or observations or ideas.
Lamar, M. (Producer). (2023, October 20). Understanding Middle Adulthood Lifespan Development Through a Cultural Lens [Audio Podcast]. The Thoughtful Counselor. Retrieved from https://concept.paloaltou.edu/resources/the-thoughtful-counselor-podcast/understanding-middle-adulthood-development-through-a-cultural-lens