Founder / Principal Researcher
A singular goal has informed Calvin’s personal and professional choices: to be and do whatever helps him and others become better expressions of themselves. This guiding light has infused his four decades as a healing collaborator in a variety of classroom, hospital, and private practice settings. Whether teaching high schoolers in Jamaica, community college adult learners on a naval base in Washington State, or special education teachers among Montessori and Chicago Public Schools, Calvin and classrooms have always shared a rich narrative of creative, mutual learning.
As a pediatric ICU nurse on a cancer unit in a university teaching hospital, Calvin would often sit with families in the midst of unimaginable pain and despair, offering them a safe container to express the full range of their experiences. This early and enduring exposure to life at the crossroads of medicine and the human struggle forever changed the direction and priorities of his life.
Throughout graduate school, Calvin continued a synergistic dance with family therapy training and ER nursing. Upon graduation, he was invited to teach family physician residents how to bring a therapeutic presence to each patient encounter. Family Medicine was Calvin’s first professional home. It was also where his ongoing family therapy practice had its roots. Over the next ten years, as Chair of the National Forum for the Behavioral Sciences in Family Medicine, he encouraged his colleagues to bring their therapeutic teaching tools to a national stage, while continuing to nourish healing human collaboration between physicians and their patient families.
As a relationship therapist, Calvin has provided decades of therapeutic guidance and healing among couples, families and teens. Those struggling with brain illnesses, including addictions, have been among his most challenging and rewarding experiences.
When the opioid crisis exploded, Calvin contributed as an addiction counselor and program director for a medication-assisted SUD treatment program in Chicago’s northern suburbs. Once again, he was at the crossroads of medicine and the courageous human struggle. In the spring of 2016, he joined the Lake County Opioid Initiative to help develop practical solutions to the growing epidemic.
Reviewing the literature, Calvin was surprised to learn that only two kinds of SUD illness assessment tools were currently available: brief screens for acute illness detection, and 60-90 minute, provider-intensive interviews for risk and level of care placement. For those working in busy ERs or primary care settings, this translated into either insufficient information or insufficient time to adequately assess risk in order to commence targeted care at a critical point of life-threatening illness expression. Calvin decided it was time to bring better answers to this latest human tragedy.
McRISC© is dedicated to providing those answers.
Co-Founder / Director of Operations
Addictions remove the capacity to make healthy choices. To the extent that the opioid crisis is connected to poor management of chronic pain and related illnesses, including PTSD, Joyce Ann’s integrated healing methods have found increasing relevance. At each step of her career, the role of neuroplasticity in restoring balance has become more fundamental to the process of sustained, healthy, whole person change.
Formally trained in Occupational Therapy, Joyce's career allowed her to explore working with a variety of people in a range of therapeutic settings, including industrial, psychiatric hospitals, schools, early intervention, assisted living and home health. She was well aware that fully sustainable health required a more integrated biopsychosocial approach. This informed her increasing unwillingness to simply return clients to their baseline functioning.
In response, Joyce Ann pursued additional training in the Feldenkrais Method®, which allowed her to more fully explore efficient movement and healthy habits with her clients. She remained committed to offering a more complete integration within her private practice, which led to her current, and ongoing, core training in the Masgutova Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration (MNRI) Method®. MNRI involves re-establishing and re-integrating primary reflexes following developmental or post-traumatic stress induced disorders.
Through hands-on interventions that reference all three of her specialized trainings, Joyce Ann has achieved considerable success supporting movement efficiency with children and adults whose struggles include developmental delays as well as neurologic, orthopedic, chronic pain, balance, emotional and behavioral challenges.
When Calvin got involved in the addiction field, Joyce's backdrop dovetailed well with the new chronic Illness SUD assessment tool he was developing. As Director of Operations for McRISC©, she collaborates with Calvin to increase awareness of a more useful way of both perceiving and assessing those struggling with addiction. She is assisting with research efforts to confirm the validity and utility of this longer life-saving view of recovery.
Joyce Ann continues to provide a wide and well integrated path for sustained health. Currently in the third year of her Nondual Kabbalistic Healing (NKH) education with A Society of Souls, she is already experiencing improved, mutually nourishing, connections with her clients. Whether working with chronic pain or its addictive derivatives, there is compelling clinical evidence that a broad-based holistic healing practice promotes enduring health.
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MCRISC©: A LONGER LIFE-SAVING VIEW OF RECOVERY