Thom Needham, Ed.D.President, Global Executive Resources, Shanghai, China
Thom Needham, Ed.D., has counseled clients and served as a consultant to leaders of multinational companies throughout Asia for the past 12 years. With more than 30 years of experience in short- and long-term psychotherapy, employment and development assessment, and executive leadership therapy, Needham brings his expertise to bear on the critical dimensions of moral identity formation. His insights into leadership and character development are especially timely in shrinking, diverse, and increasingly fragmented social and cultural contexts.
Over the course of afternoon and evening sessions, Needham will share his thoughts and experience as they apply to the realm of graduate education in psychology and to the practial clinical work of therapy. In an afternoon address titled “What China and Stories From Around the World Have Taught Me About the Moral Life,” Needham will present on the challenges to moral commitment therapists face as they practice in a world struggling with moral identity, and how the decline of religious relevance and influence, increased mobility, and the renaming of the moral landscape are impacting the practice of psychotherapy. Needham has counseled clients and assessed and developed leaders from more than 30 countries, and will use this global experience to enrich our thinking and dialogue as clinicians and educators.
In his evening presentation, titled “From the Boardroom To the Living Room: Developing Strategies For Moral Commitment,” Needham will share how he uses assessment, short-term psychotherapy, and group leadership therapy for the emotional and moral development of senior managers and executive leadership in multinational companies. Through a discussion of several case studies, Needham will illustrate how he identifies faulty moral development and seeks to restore the maturation process. The moral identity and commitment of the therapist is also included in the dialogue.