Conference Speakers

Jim Hassett, MA, LLPC, CT/RTC

Jim comes to us from the field of education, first as a long-time high school Spanish teacher, then as school counselor. Currently, Jim is Director of School Counseling at University of Detroit Jesuit High School and Academy. In addition, Jim works part time as a therapist at Grace Counseling Center in Detroit specializing in depression and relationship building.

Jim’s professional influences include psychiatrist William Glasser, M.D. and Father Anthony de Mello, S.J. Both provide clear and compelling pathways for self-understanding, foundational for all meaningful change and the pursuit of happiness. For Glasser, the vehicle on this journey is Choice Theory and Reality Therapy, which emphasize our inner freedom to make meaningful choices, even in the midst of difficult and confusing conflicts; for de Mello, the vehicle is awareness. Through the practice of awareness one learns to drop the impediments that keep one from waking up to the “reality of one’s greatness” and becoming fully alive.

As a faculty member of the William Glasser Institute, and as a graduate of The Two Year Internship in Ignatian Spirituality – a spirituality that was cornerstone to de Mello’s life and teaching — Jim is inspired to share with others his understanding of these powerful tools for the health they have brought to his life and the lives of his students and clients, and by way of gratitude for the wise counsel he has received over the years from so many good teachers and mentors, therapists and advisors, family and friends, parents and students.