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OCC Humanistic Psychology Course

Instructor Dr. Joy Baker hopes students who enroll in her humanistic psychology course this fall at Olney Central College will learn something they can take with them that will enhance their personal growth.

Baker, who describes her self as a humanistic psychologist, has been studying this perspective of psychology since 1978 and is looking forward to sharing insights with students in a workshop-like atmosphere. Discussions will focus on self-exploration, self-help and the impact positive thinking can have on an individual’s outlook.

“If you focus on all the bad in the world, that is how you will feel all the time. You have to handle the bad thinking positively,” she said.

Humanistic psychology, which emerged in the 20th Century, emphasizes feelings and emotions and the better understanding of oneself and his or her relations with others.

No textbook will be required for the course. Instead, Baker is encouraging students to select a book “that would inspire them to do something” and give a presentation to the class. The books can cover a broad range of perspectives from self-help to spirituality.

Baker received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Augustana College in Rock Island and her master’s degree and Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Wisconsin at Madison. She had minors in educational psychology and developmental psychology as well. Baker also completed post-doctoral work in child clinical psychology at the Indiana University Medical Center in Indianapolis.

Baker has always been interested in helping ordinary people live better and happier lives, in ways to stop mental health problems before they start and in ways to help people form a philosophy of life that leads to making satisfactory decisions about their lives.

She has many years of experience in the areas of clinical psychology, child development, physical and mental disabilities, prison work, psychological assessment and diagnosis and psychotherapy. Baker also is the administrator of

The class, PSY 1106 Humanistic Psychology, will meet from 6 to 8:50 p.m. on Tuesdays, beginning Aug. 26. Tuition is reduced for residents of the Illinois Eastern Community Colleges District who are taking four semester hours or less in the IECC District.

For more information or to register, call 618-395-7777.

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