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Nicole Dore

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Bloch & Richmond
Complexity Theory
Cara Nicholson & Nicole Dore
Governors State University
November 6, 2014

Complexity Theory
“this image of oneness is in the ever-repeated image of each of us as a mustard seed in a sphere that is a mustard seed in a sphere that is in turn a mustard seed in the sphere of the moon (Matt, 1996)”.
Deborah Bloch & Lee Richmond
Bloch has done work in the United States and Australia concerning complexity theory and spirituality and career counseling. Richmond is currently the Chair of the Professional Standards Committee for the National Career Development Association (NCDA) & both have been Presidents of the NCDA.
Complexity Theory
Principles of Complexity Theory
Non-reoccurring Patterns
Non linearity
Butterfly Effect Metaphor

Complexity theory does not have a clear historical beginning. The term has been used by mathematicians, worldwide, for a long time as a theory of classifying problems based on how difficult they are to ‘solve’. Contemporary applications of complexity theory have their roots both in the complexity of mathematics and in chaos theory, which, in turn, has grown out of the work of many mathematicians and scientists in a variety of disciplines.
Spirit & Work: Seven Connectors
Spirit & Work
“When we use work or people as a means to an end, then obviously we have no relationship, no communion either with the work or with people, and then we are incapable of love. Love is not a means to an end; it is its own eternity” (Krishnamurti, 1956/1992a, p. 16)
Implications for Counselors
Narrative & Play therapies can be effective to help client's express themselves.
Change can be uncomfortable!
Small changes are powerful!
Research Implications
A study done on marriage & family counseling graduate students to assess three factors:
Relationship between spirituality & incorporating that into therapy;
Relationship between spirituality & need for education;
Satisfaction with current training
Background of Bloch & Richmond
Complexity Theory
Principles of Complexity Theory
Spirit & Work
Implications for Counselors
Research Implications
Role Play
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