Jard DeVille is now recognized by many as the most prolific and creative successor to Vicktor Frankl. For decades he and Roberta -- his wife and co-author and daughter Dee, who is their editor and computer guru, have followed Viktor's approach to identifying meaningful lifestyles. They spent decades researching Logotherapy, rubbing concepts together while pastoring and teaching in churches, colleges and universities, working in and directing clinics and consulting in large and small organizations of various kinds around the world. During their adult lives Jard and Roberta have produced a virtual library of books, seminars, and psychological assessment instruments -- most of them based on the Logotherapy constructs they first learned from Viktor forty years ago and then modified as they became more and more competent and thoughtful for themselves. Every one of the seventeen book length study courses in the LOGOTHERAPY LEARNING CENTER'S core curriculum, is their own work. As Viktor once said -- a dwarf seated on a giant's shoulder can sometimes see further down the trail than can the giant. They have modified Logotherapy in this manner.
LOGOTHERAPY = f (Personal Meaning x Communal Belonging)
Jard combined Viktor's focus on personal meaning with his own emphasis on situations and relationships where one belongs emotionally -- where good people are accepted, loved and trusted in places of the heart.
Jard's leadership psychology classes in the University of Arizona's Executive Development Program at Tucson, made a major difference in several hundred sound institutions. They were rated extremely well by scores of hard nosed middle managers. These men and women, chosen for top level leadership training by many world wide organizations gave his courses an astonishing 3.68 average on a four point scale for almost a decade. When he was the lead psychology professor at Olivet College, his expertise built the Psychology Department from eight to forty majors in two years. He taught Frankl's Logotherapy principles to hundreds of pastors including programs sponsored by spiritual leaders in several major denominations.
During his college teaching tour of duty, Jard recruited around one hundred fine young persons for professional programs in clinical and consulting psychology. Hardcover books NICE GUYS FINISH FIRST and LOVERS FOR LIFE were major front list books in WILLIAM MORROW'S catalogues when they were first published. GRACE UNDER PRESSURE first appeared as Jard's textbook in the Executive Development Program at the University of Arizona and then was published in hard cover by Farnsworth as THE PSYCHOLOGY OF LEADERSHIP -- and then in paperback for their Executive Growth Series by the New American Library publishing house. PARENTING WINNING CHILDREN originated as his continuing education sessions for Jard's teachers and psychologists in his training seminars when he was Director of The Child Conservation Center. This was a dyslexic learning and learning disabilities therapy clinic conjoined with the University of Wisconsin.
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