Foreword by
C. Norman Shealy, M.D., Ph.D.


JANICE MCDERMOTT, M.ED., LCSW co-founder of the Gestalt Institute and NLP Center of Atlanta received both her Master’s in Education (’76) and Master’s in Social Work (’86) from Louisiana State University. Her Gestalt Diploma is from the Gestalt Institute of New Orleans (’87) with additional years of training at the Esalen Institute of California. 
She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Clinical Diplomate, a School Social Work Specialist, a certified Master Neurolinguistic Practitioner, and an Affiliate of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors.
Janice has been teaching patterns of communication and her Sacred Trust: Inner-Child™ model since 1997. 
In addition, she co-authored the classroom edition (’06) and the counselor’s edition (’12), of Grand Ideas from Within™ a language enhancing mindfulness program that meets the language arts Core Education Standards using prerecorded, daily creative imagery activities for pre-teens and adults, introduced first in Louisiana and Mississippi schools as a substance abuse prevention program. She currently conducts Healing Mind seminars for individuals, couples and groups.