Value Full Life

Values, Growth, and Development for an Individual and an American Identity from a Clinical Perspective

by Elizabeth Cunningham LCSW ACSW



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 5/1/2019

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 250
ISBN : 9781973660040
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 5.5x8.5
Page Count : 250
ISBN : 9781973660057
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 250
ISBN : 9781973660033

About the Book

Value Full Life is a framework of eleven core values encouraging us to come together and work toward the growth and development of possibilities and aspirations. These values combine respect for oneself and one’s world, encompassing the development of esteem and honor for our unique individuality and all that surrounds us. Value Full Life is a concise expression of philosophies for living, along with core values that have been relevant to the success of the United States of America. Value Full Life emphasizes a blend of natural science, human history and behavior, and clinical competencies that are relevant from a personal and social system perspective. The author incorporates a historic legacy of wisdom from spiritual traditions, Native Americans, the Founding Fathers, and other American leaders to define a value system that can help bring us together and secure a stronger foundation for future endeavors. The United States, and we as individual citizens, are at an intersection with history. Value Full Life takes into account the many factors that contribute to the urgency of our times including the challenges facing the world today, the political divide in the United States, pace and scope of change, volume of exposure to information, and unprecedented complexity of our modern world. The values emphasized in Value Full Life are stepping stones and belief systems that can inspire healthy perspectives and life competencies.

About the Author

Elizabeth Cunningham is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with almost 40 years of experience as a practicing Social Worker and Clinical Therapist. As a former Clinical Director and Clinical Consultant of a multifunction child welfare organization, her work with families, children, and adults includes thousands of unique interactions. She has been honored to work and help many individuals grow into a healing continuum of health and growth. This essay reflects her belief in the innate capability for each of us to develop competencies in order to find solace, work towards recovery, and ultimately experience stability and joy. She understands the depth of pain people encounter in their many experiences in life and works to help them recover and find their authentic selves amidst the suffering. She sees each person as a beautiful prism and helps to empower them in their journey toward growth and healing.

Elizabeth Cunningham is the daughter of a Navy warrior who fought and served during World War II. His Navy transport ship brought back some of the first prisoners of war from Japan, many of whom suffered extreme trauma. He reminds us that “Freedom is not free.” As the daughter of a military veteran, duty to our country and service to others have been stalwart values. This book is dedicated to the American family, and particularly my father and other military or service personnel, who serve a cause greater than themselves. Those that serve will tell you that it doesn’t matter what politics or religion one has, they each work together and protect one another with their lives. We honor their combined sacrifice. Inspired by patriotism, this work is an attempt to cultivate values, personal competencies, and fully embrace our unique American identity so that peace and achievement may prevail.