Title: “Silence in the Space Between: Deepening Connections through Silent Moments”
Date: Friday, September 26, 2014
Presenter: Dr. Steven Beazley and Dr. Bob Weathers
Description: The world is filled with words. Everybody’s talking. We communicate primarily through our words. But what about the space between the words? We are always trying to determine what to say next, but how much do we think about when to say it—and when not to? Every compelling relationship—with family, friends or co-workers, and even the therapeutic relationship—requires silent moments to deepen the connection, trust and love that make them the “pearl of great price” which we ultimately seek. This is true even with the relationship between our body, mind and soul, that is, our relationship with ourself.
“Silence in the Space Between” was first published in 1998 as Dr. Steven Beazley’s doctoral dissertation, earning him a PsyD in clinical psychology. Now, after 16 years, he is returning to the topic of silence and fashioning the dissertation into a book.
A new faculty mentor in CalSouthern’s School of Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Beazley visited the university’s campus last fall to attend a meeting and was randomly, and quite surprisingly, reunited with his dissertation chair, CalSouthern curriculum developer Dr. Bob Weathers. The two had not seen each other since Dr. Beazley’s doctoral defense in 1998. During this lecture, as if there were no passage of space or time, the two will sit down and “talk” with you about silence as it relates to space, time and relationships.
Those who view the lecture will be able to:
- Describe the qualities that silence possesses and communicates.
- Understand the relationship of silence to words and sound.
- Identify usage of silence in the art forms, as well as the role of “white space.”
- Explain how the therapeutic relationship is affected by silence and its role in rapport.
- Begin conceptualizing their own use of silence in their relationships, deepening the connections they make in their lives.
Dr. Steven Beazley is a new faculty mentor at CalSouthern, where he teaches doctoral project courses. Dr. Beazley’s professional experience is highly eclectic: he has worked as a professional actor/singer, university professor, and was president and CEO of an arts and entertainment event center that included an 8,500 seat outdoor amphitheater featuring some of the biggest music acts in the world. He earned his PsyD from Pepperdine University’s Graduate School of Education and Psychology, where he also served as a professor upon graduation.
Dr. Beazley owns a consulting firm called Lean Forward that specializes in arts and entertainment and education consultation. In 2015, Dr. Beazley added executive coaching and personal life coaching to the services offered by Lean Forward.
Dr. Bob Weathers is a curriculum developer at California Southern University. He has more than 35 years of experience educating graduate-level clinicians. In addition to having served as the founding clinical director of a local, nationally recognized residential drug and alcohol treatment center for adults, Dr. Weathers has decades of professional experience in providing psychotherapy and coaching to clients presenting with the entire range of clinical issues and concerns. A sought-after speaker and prolific writer, Dr. Weathers’ current research areas of interest focus on reducing shame and stigma in addiction and recovery by means of instructing clients and their families about addiction and the brain.