Team


Jon P. Kirby is a Catholic priest in the Society of the Divine Word and the manager of Spirituality and Culture.  He is a veteran missioner with 36 years in Africa where he received the Papal Award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice for his dedicated service in the area of holistic human development. With regard to interculturality, he is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) and the Intercultural Conflict Styles Inventory. With regard to psychodrama and other action methods, he is a “Certified Practitioner” (CP) of psychodrama and a “Practitioner Applicant for Trainer” (PAT) in psychodrama. 

Donell Miller MDiv, MA, PhD, LMFT, TEP. is a Methodist minister, a psychodramatist and Board-certified Psychodrama Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP), a clinical psychologist with vast experience in a wide variety of therapeutic modes, a Marriage and Family Therapist and former president of the Inland Empire Chapter of CAMFT, a university professor and the Founder and Director of Beacon Reminders Psychodrama Training and Action Methods for Spiritual Growth at the University United Methodist Church, Redlands University, Redlands CA.


 Team

Jon P. Kirby
Donell Miller



      SPIRITUALITY AND CULTURE TEAM      

Jon P. Kirby MDiv, MA, PhD, CP, PAT.

Jon P. KirbyJon is an anthropologist and a practitioner psychodrama who specializes in “action methods” for intercultural work. He has over 30 years’ involvement in intercultural competency and cross-cultural training. He has a  broad undergraduate background in philosophy, sociology and fine art, an MA in theology of symbols, an MDiv in intercultural counseling, and MPhil/PhD in social anthropology from Cambridge, UK specializing in African primal religions. He is an expert in African cultures, belief systems, Traditional Religions, spirituality and problem-solving, South of Sahara Islam, popular Christianity, and the cross-cultural interface between African and Western cultural systems in general. He speaks six languages, is the founder and former director of Tamale Institute of Cross-Cultural Studies (www.ticcs.org) where he offered intercultural and cross-cultural training to missionaries, volunteers and development workers. He returned to the USA to serve as the chair of Mission and Cross-Cultural Studies at Washington Theological Union, DC. He coined the term “culture-drama” which is uses to facilitate intercultural and interreligious dialogue, and build intercultural competency. He resides in Los Angeles but offers interculturality workshops and does group work using action methods in Redlands CA, throughout the United States and abroad. These methods are especially effective for socio-cultural transformation, holistic growth and conflict resolution from a cultural pathways perspective—especially with racially or ethnically diverse couples, businesses, corporate entities and church groups. He has written or edited 25 books and over 60 journal articles or book chapters on a wide range of topics. His current written work is in the areas of religion, culture, human development and peacebuilding from a cultural pathways perspective using culture-drama.  See Profile on Linkedin for more details. Some relevant titles are posted on the Documents Page (see C.V.).


Donell Herbert Miller MA, MDiv, PhD, TEP, LMFT .


Donell Miller


“Don” is a Psychodramatist, Marriage and Family Therapist, Clinical Psychologist, Methodist Minister, College professor, Author and a Certified Trainer of Psychodrama. He knew J.L. Moreno personally and worked with him and Zerka Moreno in New York. His long and distinguished career of 63 years as a clinician and psychodramatist ranges from his appointment as Assistant Clinical Psychologist at the Connecticut School for Boys, Meriden CT in 1950 to the present where he is running psychodrama and training workshops under the titles "Action Methods for Spiritual Growth" and “Beacon Reminders Psychodrama Training” at the University United Methodist Church, Redlands CA. He also works with Spirituality and Culture in Los Angeles CA. In between his work with Moreno and the present there is a wealth of experience.

Experience:
Beacon Reminders Psychodrama Training, Redlands CA. 2012-present; Member of Defense Attorney Grover Porter's Team, 2010-2012; Past President and Board Member, IE-CAMFT #4712 (CA Marriage Family Therapists). Founder, Philadelphia Psychodrama Institute (formerly located at the Horsham Clinic); Faculty Member Arcadia University; Washington Univ. WA; Evansville Univ.; Head of Psychology Dept. Horsham Clinic. Treated adults and youth, 1985-1994 at "Beacon House" Horsham Clinic, Manager in 1990, and Director in 1992. In 1995 opened Beacon Book Remainders in California; renamed it “Beacon Reminders” in 1999. Psychodrama Workshops in Philadelphia and West Covina. Also worked overseasAustralia, New Zealand (Sydney and Aukland Medical Schools), Germany (Munster and Svisten Hospitals). Faculty in Social and Clinical Psychology, Johnston College, University of Redlands, Redlands CA. Faculty in Masters Program, Redlands University, 1960-80. Patton State Hospital, Staff Psychologist, Part-time, San Bernardino, CA 1970-85. Youth Center, Chief Psychologist, St. Louis State Hospital, St. Louis, MO 1967-69. St. Louis State Hospital, Chief of Clinical Psychology Unit, St. Louis, MO 1963-67. Private Practice in Psychotherapy, Webster Groves, MO 1965-69. Pastoral Institute, St. Louis MO, Counselor, 1963-69. Washington University, St. Louis, MO, Part-time Instructor, Social Psychology & Personality Theory, 1965-69. Eden Seminary, Webster Groves MO, Part-time Psychodramatist & Personality Theory Instructor, 1963-69. Evansville University, Head of the Psychology Department, 1957-62. Southeast Louisiana Hospital, Clinical Psychology Fellow, 1953-56. Connecticut School for Boys, Meriden CT, Assistant Clinical Psychologist, 1950-52. Eden Theological Seminary, St. Louis MO. Professor, San Francisco Theological Seminary (DMin program) San Francisco CA. Professor, University of California at Riverside. Part-time Trainer at Moreno Institute (3 summers).

Teaching:
Graduate and Undergraduate courses: Personality theories, Social psychology, Abnormal psychology, Counseling, Introduction to psychotherapy, Psychology of Religion, Experimental psychology (research design), Group psychotherapy, Family therapy, Exceptional children, Creative Writing, Motivation and Emotions, The Mystery Story, History and Systems, Opera Appreciation, Clinical psychology, Psychological testing, Projective techniques, Great books, Applied psychology, Bible (at Methodist District Conference and various churches), Seminars on Existentialism and Phenomenology, Culture and Personality, Language and Thought, The Self, Psychoanalysis, Philosophy of Science, Theater of Spontaneity, Directing for Theater.  

Education:
Diploma as Director, The Moreno Institute: World Center for Group Therapy, Psychodrama and Sociometry, and The Moreno Institute, Beacon NY, 1962-69.
PhD, Louisiana State University (APA approved clinical program) 1952-56.
MDiv, Yale University (personality development, religion) 1948-52. MA, Trinity College, Hartford (general psychology, anthropology) 1951-52.
BS, University of Washington, Seattle (psychology, sociology) 1947-48.  
License and Certification: Marriage and Family Therapist: Board of Behavioral Examiners, CA #4712.
Trainer, Educator and Practitioner (TEP) in Group Psychotherapy, Psychodrama and Sociometry. Certified by the American Board of Examiners, Washington DC.  

Awards:
Presidents Award ASGPP (2012) Hannah Weiner Award and Scholars Award Horsham Clinic (1990).

Publications:

7 mystery novels, 25 psychodrama texts, 60 papers for students  

Address:
1610 Helena Lane, Redlands CA 92373
Tel: (909) 798-2765  E-Mail: 4donellmiller@gmail.com