I am completing my 41st year of college teaching and my 11th year as Professor of Psychology and Criminal Justice at East Texas Baptist University in Marshall, Texas. I also hold Professor Emeritus status at LSU-Shreveport. I have been involved as a researcher and consultant-facilitator in conflict resolution, anger management, and creative problem-solving for schools, law enforcement, and community agencies. I currently am a researcher in spiritual discernment as well as consultant and workshop facilitator promoting changes in self-awareness in consciousness to facilitate positive behavior change. Here are some of the things I have been involved in over the years:
"Romans 8: 35 Who shall separate us from the Love of Christ….”
"Philippians 4: 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”
I am interested in the application of scientific methodologies to community issues and reporting the findings associated with these applications have been the backbone of my teaching. In addition to being a behavioral scientist, I also believe I have learned to open to the creative flow operating in my teaching. Notable in this area has been the application of cognitive behavior analysis and creative problem-solving to the university learning situation.
Some examples include:
What is spiritual discernment?
Would you like your opinions and ideas about the concept of spiritual discernment to be included in a study of the ascribed characteristics of spiritual discernment?
You are invited to complete the Spiritual Discernment Survey online at https://www.etbu.edu/php/sds/survey.html.
As of December 15, 2006, 158 participants from the United States, Canada, Great Britain, and Australia have completed the Spiritual Discernment Survey online.
Robert Benefield, Professor of Psychology at East Texas Baptist University has begun a research program to investigate the ascribed characteristics of spiritual discernment. Pilot data collected in 2005 and exploratory factor analyses conducted by Frederick Newman at Florida International University have resulted in the revised Spiritual Discernment Survey (SDS). These researchers are soliciting participants of diverse faiths to complete the survey.
Mission of the Spiritual Discernment Project: promote data-collection and exploration of the concept of "spiritual discernment" beginning with an analysis of the ascribed characteristics of spiritual discernment.
Copies of pilot studies, questions, concerns, and other information are available from Dr. Benefield at firstname.lastname@example.org.