Search For Meaning at the Broken Places

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Search for Meaning at the Broken Places is a synthesis of Logotherapy, the Intensive Journal, and the stages of grief. It addresses critical life issues and provides an opportunity for healing, growth and strength at the broken places, places full of paradoxes and unexpected gifts.

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Harvey Shrum is the first of seven children, whose parents came of age during the deprivation of the Great Depression. His father went on to fight in World War II as a B-24 ball turret gunner out of England while his mother stayed on the home front making decisive material contribution to the war effort and giving birth to their first child. Shrum s mid-grade school education was not particularly productive or enjoyable. Observing his teachers apply physical punishment and bullying almost on a daily basis did little to motivate him to learn. He was one of many who were mislabeled in the sixth grade, but this did not deter his devoted father, an engineer who tutored him and ignited a spark of excitement for learning. After high school Shrum entered college and supported himself by working on gas and oil rigs during the summer months. Following two years of college he entered the United States Air Force for foreign linguistic training. He initially ranked in the top twenty on the Chinese language placement exam, but later received orders to attend Syracuse University to study in the Slavic Language Program. This was followed by two years in Turkey as a translator on the coast of the Black Sea. He traveled throughout Turkey, but spent most of his off-duty time in a rented home on Buyukada, the Grand Island in the Bosporus Sea, walking the streets of Istanbul to view its mosques, museums and the shops of the Grand Bazaar, and touring the ancient biblical sites of Ephesus. After completing a B.A. in Secondary and Special Education at California State University Chico, Shrum worked as the director of the emotionally and educationally handicapped department at Napa State Hospital. He then worked five years as the mathematics and science department head in a Northern California high school. He returned to the California State University Chico to complete his M.A. degree in special education. He then completed an EdD at the University of Nevada Reno focusing on education as it pertains to incarcerated individuals. Shrum worked for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation from 1977 to 2010. Beginning in the 1980s, he became particularly interested in the work of Viktor Frankl (Man s Search for Meaning), Ira Progoff (Intensive Journal), and Elisabeth Kubler-Ross (On Death and Dying). It was during this time that he developed a treatment approach to correctional rehabilitation that involved a synthesis of Logotherapy, the Intensive Journal, and the stages of grief. He then contacted Viktor Frankl requesting that he present a workshop on Logotherapy to men incarcerated at Folsom State Prison. Frankl was too weak at the time, so he referred Joseph Fabry, Frankl s friend and fellow Holocaust survivor to present the workshop. Fabry conducted two workshops. Following the workshops Shrum presented Fabry with a copy of the first draft of his manuscript, Search for Meaning at the Broken Places. Fabry made some editorial suggestions and motivated Shrum to continue refining it while furthering his studies through the Viktor Frankl Institute of Logotherapy. Shrum is a published author of A Compilation of the Educational, Psychological and Medical Research on Learning Disabilities due to Minimal Brain Dysfunctions, and Modified Instructional Strategy for the Accelerative and Mastery Learning, and No Longer Theory: Correctional Education that Works. He is a workshop presenter, researcher, and consultant. He is a speaker at local, national and international conferences, as well as on radio and television. He is married to Dee, his best friend and partner of twenty years. Together they have three children and seven grandchildren. His devotes his time with family, friends and his three dogs.

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Dr. Harvey Shrum has discovered a gift-- the gift of everyday life, despite what form it takes... In this marvelous book, he himself has given us a great gift -- the gift of helping us find meaning even in the most broken places in our lives. His book is a treasure --Max Cleland, former US Senator

Looking for meaningful ways to navigate the broken places in life, encountered by many, led Dr. Shrum to synthesize Viktor Frankl s Logotherapy (height psychology), Ira Progoff s Intensive Journal (depth psychology), and the stages of grief recognized by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, into an original work. Thank you, Harvey, for offering your synthesis a tool tested through years of work with individuals and diverse groups to all of us who are creatively working on Life the unfinished masterpiece and assisting others in their process. --- Ann V. Graber, PhD, author

The author weaves skillfully Viktor Frankl's concepts of meaning and meaning possibilities in a narrative that is rich with stories of people who love, suffer and discover meaning in the broken places. Dr. Harvey Shrum helps the reader with that central domain of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis which is how to respond to and how to discover meaning possibilities in the midst of personal horrors of life events. It is a masterful work. It must be read not only by every Logotherapist clinician but by every person who desires to walk this journey of life with personal meaning and purpose. It is full of practical suggestions and exercises. Be ready for a surprise and bring along some paper and a pencil for notes and exercises. --Julius M. Rogina, PhD

Looking for meaningful ways to navigate the broken places in life, encountered by many, led Dr. Shrum to synthesize Viktor Frankl s Logotherapy (height psychology), Ira Progoff s Intensive Journal (depth psychology), and the stages of grief recognized by Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, into an original work. Thank you, Harvey, for offering your synthesis a tool tested through years of work with individuals and diverse groups to all of us who are creatively working on Life the unfinished masterpiece and assisting others in their process. --- Ann V. Graber, PhD, author

The author weaves skillfully Viktor Frankl's concepts of meaning and meaning possibilities in a narrative that is rich with stories of people who love, suffer and discover meaning in the broken places. Dr. Harvey Shrum helps the reader with that central domain of Logotherapy and Existential Analysis which is how to respond to and how to discover meaning possibilities in the midst of personal horrors of life events. It is a masterful work. It must be read not only by every Logotherapist clinician but by every person who desires to walk this journey of life with personal meaning and purpose. It is full of practical suggestions and exercises. Be ready for a surprise and bring along some paper and a pencil for notes and exercises. --Julius M. Rogina, PhD

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