Kevin Henry, M.Ed., MSW, LSW, is the Inpatient Unit Counselor and Program Bereavement Coordinator for Forbes Hospice in Pittsburgh, and a private practice psychotherapist and life coach (Grateful Heart Therapy) with a forty-year work-history in human services as an educator and counselor that includes:
- Special education classroom teacher for multiply-disabled children and adolescents
- Cognitive Rehabilitation Therapist and Clinical Manager for The Head Injury Program for Children and Adults at, formerly, The Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh
- Behavioral Medicine Therapist, also at The Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh
- Counselor–in-Chief for the ECaP (Exceptional Cancer Patients) Program
His private practice focuses on individual, couples, and family psychotherapy.
Salient skill sets and special-projects competencies of note include:
- Numerous presentations at national and state level professional conferences, as well as program development and staff trainings/consultations on specific therapeutic interventions for hospice programs of various locales
- Curriculum development for and two-day training of hospice volunteers on behalf of Peaceful Dwelling Place (Pittsburgh, PA)
- Conceptualizing, organizing, and conducting two and three-day program-wide therapeutic retreats for hospice staff-support/renewal
- Co-leadership of 3-5 day retreats for cancer patients and their families (ECaP) and trainer of medical professionals seeking ECaP certification for work with people with cancer
- Teacher of Tai Chi, Qigong, and Meditation (with several appearances on WQED’s AgeWise)
- On-going facilitation of monthly drum circles emphasizing rhythm-based community-building
No less significant in salience of profile, Kevin is a lover of lucid language; people with a robust sense of humor; good movies, hot popcorn, and cold, high-quality light beers; his frisbee-chasing and affection-hungry dogs; his beautiful and very patient wife, Kim; and the relentless pursuit of lyrical lines in his life-long passion for drawing.
If, however, it is of importance to clearly identify and frankly share a person’s deepest and most intimate understandings of world-view, intuition-belief, and personal principles of organization in intention and behavior, in Kevin’s case this should be said. At age 12, he read from Albert Schweitzer, “All thought becomes spiritual when it is thought out to the end,” and in the nearly half-century since, trying always to think things out to the end, he has found the good doctor to be right, and has drawn certain end-thought conclusions, among which are:
- The world and its challenges are not battleground, or victimizer, or test, but a wild, relentless, electromagnetic lover. It is us, learning fitfully, to love and trust ourselves, and That from Which we come.
- To learn to love well ourselves, and, hence, one another, a willingness to be committed to, aligned with, and lost in radical tenderness will be necessary. We must prepare, sooner or later, to be overcome by beauty, and the sooner the better.
- We have one another to help us awaken to that trust, and that tenderness, and that beauty.