Jeff Cornelius White


Keynote Speech

“Developing the Person in Context: Humility, Imagination, and Interconnectedness”


The presentation will invite exploration of the development of the person as both facilitator and agent within contexts. It will contrast superficial and substantial appreciation of person-centered values.

Attention will be given to current existential threats, global trends in development and mental health, and the role of humility and imagination in pointing towards the paradox of particularity and interconnectedness.

The presentation will conclude with surprising, playful, and ordinary notions for developing persons within contexts.

Short Bio
Jeffrey H. D. Cornelius-White, Psy.D., LPC, is Associate Professor in the Department of Counseling, Leadership and Special Education, Provost’s Fellow for Teaching and Learning, at Missouri State University in Springfield, and Adjunct Assistant Professor for the Cooperative Ed.D. Program in Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is Chair of the Board of the World Association for Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapy and Counseling, Co-Editor of The Person-Centered Journal, Content Editor of the Journal of Border Educational Research, and co-editor of the 2008 book with PCCS entitled: Facilitating Young People’s Development: International perspectives on person-centered theory and practice. He has also been a Dean’s Fellow, Service-Learning Fellow and Program Director for School Counseling at MSU. His 50 publications have been mostly concerned with person-centered and social justice issues in education, psychology, and counseling. Jef is the father of two children, Evan and Avery, and partner to his wife Cecily. He enjoys biking, swimming, reading, and playing with his kids.

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