Delaware – Fast Becoming The First Mindful State
No other initiative better illustrates GIFT’s purpose than its comprehensive effort to make Delaware The First Mindful State. Delaware was the first state to ratify the United States Constitution and it is known across American for this leadership as “The First State.” With its mission “Multiply Mindfulness Worldwide,” the non-profit GIFT is using Delaware as the proving ground that mindfulness/meditation elevates human behavior.
Again, Delaware is an important leader and has become “The First Mindful State.”
More than 150 Delaware stakeholders from the public and private sectors are supporting this project since its inception in June 2016 to implement scientifically validated technologies to solve societal challenges and improve quality of life.
Primarily, this GIFT coalition is made up of organizations working in education, mental health, public policy, business development and community outreach and government. Examples include the Wilmington Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center, the Delaware State Chamber of Commerce, Delaware public schools and community colleges, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, The West End Neighborhood House, the Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, the Latin American Community Center of Wilmington, Zero to 3 Early Childhood Development, plus many more.
Therapist and pastoral counselor Dr. James Walsh heads this initiative.
Jim is a Pastoral Counselor in private practice in Wilmington DE. He earned his PhD in Pastoral Counseling from Loyola University of Maryland and is a Licensed Professional Counselor of Mental Health (LPCMH) in Delaware. He has been on faculty at Wilmington University teaching graduate courses in Clinical Mental Health Counseling since 2003.
He has taught Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) since 2006 after receiving training at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. He is a past President of the State of Delaware Professional Counselor License Board and the Delaware Professional Counselors Association. He has taught dozens of workshops for the State of Delaware Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, particularly in the areas of gambling addiction and the spiritual aspects of mental health counseling. He also serves as a forensic consultant in Superior Court in Delaware, primarily in capital murder cases.
Jim leads GIFT’s Delaware model program to impact lives through mindfulness in education, hospitals, non-profits, businesses and government.