Lost in the Shadows
Within the multitude of messages, suggestions, influences, and pressures that we face daily, it becomes increasingly difficult to identify as an “absolute” self. Fragmented ideas of identity that infiltrate our minds through what we personally observe, touch, taste, feel, and smell bound together within the context of the relationship of what our family members/friends/acquaintances personally observe, touch, taste, feel, and smell often leaves us, philosophically, “Lost in the Shadows”. Whenever a group of people gather under the radiance of the sun they cast a shadow, but the ability to distinguish one individual from the other is diminished greatly until they begin to divide.
How does this division occur? Should it occur? What’s the danger of dividing too early? What’s the danger of dividing too late? What happens if this division never occurs?
- Engage in an experiential activity to understand what it means to be Lost in the Shadows.
- Discuss the reasons why we enter and/or withdraw from particular "shadow groups" that impact our personal identity, reputation, and behavior.
- Encourage participants to begin to search for the hidden treasures of history.
| Robert M. Cunningham, Jr.
Robert M. Cunningham Jr., is the founder of R.M. Cunningham Consulting, L.L.C., a mental health private practice in Salina, Kansas.
Robert is also the founder of Raise the C.L.I.M.A.T.E., a local civic learning initiative that was inspired by the study of Black History. The purpose of the initiative is to bring the community together through interactive, fun, and engaging activities for the primary purpose of ensuring that Black History is passed down from generation to generation to encourage self-love and dignity and to diffuse false narratives that threaten African Americans relationship with others.
He is the Director of Special Programs at The City Teen Center where he has served in leadership since 2009. He is also the Interim Pastor of Loyd Memorial COGIC (soon to be renamed LIFT Church) whose mission is to Uplift the Body of Christ to Boldly Pursue God: Full Heart, Full Soul, Full Mind.
Robert enlisted in the United States Army as a Military Police Officer. He was honorably discharged in 1996 and began to learn the value of discipline, leadership, and focus after having an “undeniable life-changing experience” that enhanced his view of the world. Robert credits his relationship with God and family as core components for his personal and professional success.
He has been married to his wife, Vesa, for 20 years and they have 3 beautiful children and 2 grandchildren. He earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Kansas Wesleyan University and a Master of Science Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Friends University. He is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Kansas and desires to pursue a Doctorate of Marriage and Family Therapy.
Robert is a professional member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). He served as a Board Member for the AAMFT Board of Directors, 2020-2022. Within this capacity he also served 2 Terms on the Elections Council.
Continuing Education: 1 CE hour will be earned upon completion of the event.