Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5212 USA
Dr. Richard Oxhandler is a full-time professor of integrative holistic health and wellness at Western Michigan University. He worked as a counselor in the WMU Counseling and Testing Center for 23 years, concentrating first on career counseling, then transitioning to 100 percent personal counseling. He has taught classes on group dynamics, counseling theory, community building, risk taking and change, and career development.
Oxhandler reports feeling increasingly challenged in the last decade in his work and personal life by the call to continual, healthy growth. This has fit well with his lifelong interest in human growth and potential as well as his work in transition and transformation, rites of passage, and the contemporary use of myth, ritual and ceremony in fostering holistic growth.