Dr. Ken Rabac Profile

Executive Director's Profile

Dr. Ken Rabac

In September 2010, Ken completed a Doctor of Education in Higher Education to establish international credentials and complete eight years of research on collaborative learning and transformative education and therapy.  Since then, he completed a postdoctoral program in interdisciplinary education. He chose Central American universities for the doctorate and post doctorate because the educational theories he researches and applies originated in Latin America.  Ken and fellow AAHEA director Dr. Deepak Jain have recently completed a book on transformational learning.

His parallel careers have been Counseling and Education, with doctorates ranging from Theology to Clinical Addictions Psychology.  He started out in counseling as an associate pastor at a local Unity Church and then went on to addictions counseling, which he has practiced for the past 20 years. In dissertations and theses, As Ken provides the narrative: "I have developed an approach to counseling entitled Transformative Self-Management that stresses client self-direction.  I was the state board chair of a professional board overseeing narcotics treatment in Florida for five years".

Ken has counseling related doctorates to support his practice as the clinical director of Addictions Counseling Services of Orlando Florida. He has directed this excellent, highly regarded clinic for 18 years. His wife, Terri and Ken own and operate the treatment center, a research site for academic work. 

In 2008, Ken completed a Master's of Education in Management & Innovation from Western Governors University.  His mentor informed him that he was the first student ever to attain a perfect score in the Technology Integration course.

Ken developed an original mixed methodology approach to research combining Participatory Action Research with Content Analysis and Appreciative Inquiry, providing data that covers the entire spectrum from statistics to democratic community inquiry.  This broad spectrum of research methodology is unprecedented as it allows the researcher to justify her or his findings from any vantage point on the spectrum from each discrete statistical calculation to emergent community themes.  His master's thesis outlines a complete guide to how this methodology was applied to our clinic in a program to create Integrative Therapeutic Instruction (ITI), an original approach to combining education and therapy in classroom and clinic settings. He has created a unique, unprecedented, mixed methodology for research, design and development of therapeutic education.

Rationale

Ken had many reasons for creating this methodology, and approach, some were intellectual, some professional, others academic. The basic thrust however is humanistic;  to provide therapists, educators and community organizers with methods to conduct collaborative research with any population, from residents of rural villages, to highly developed industrial cities. 
He refined the methods and approach through postdoctoral research and developed a source book to provide templates for researchers, educators. and therapists, to create and customize their own projects.  This source book entitled Transformative Education and Therapy will soon be available through Harvard Bookstore as will a companion volume Collaborative Learning & Transformational Teaching.

Ken has internationally valid, regional accreditation equivalent credentials with which to teach and conduct research. This leads to an embrace of collaborative inquiry, as long as it can be grounded in quantitative methodology. This is an alternative to statistics based research that provides reliable mathematics but not rich humanistic data.
Prologue

Ken helped develop distance, semi-residential  and distributed-education colleges, and created  a standards-based Documentary Competency Model for higher education. He helped guide a pioneering distance education program through the early stages of regional accreditation. For 11 years, he served as a Dean of Liberal Arts & Humanities, and an online instructor/mentor.

His parallel careers have been Counseling and Education, with doctorates ranging from Theology to Clinical Addictions Psychology.  He started out in counseling as an associate pastor at a local Unity Church and then went on to addictions counseling, which he has practiced for the past 20 years. In dissertations and theses, I have developed an approach to counseling entitled Transformative Self-Management that stresses client self-direction.  I was the state board chair of a professional board overseeing narcotics treatment in Florida for five years.

I have specialized in constructivist approaches to Education and my Education dissertation combined participatory action research with content analysis and appreciative inquiry.  It was mixed methodology: quantitative and qualitative.

The ideas which led to the eventual dissertation were originally formulated in 1990 when I was a research and development specialist at Florida Software, and in 1991 when I was clinical director at  Neurocognitive Assessment and Treatment  Institute.

In 1992, I was the lead researcher for a project at University of Central Florida Institute for Simulation and Training which resulted in a report entitled Development of an Advanced Technology Learning Environment for Expanding Literacy in Individuals with Disabilities.

I taught Humanities-related courses for five years at Beacon College in Leesburg, where I was Special Services Coordinator. I founded a high-risk high school program in 1992 in the Orlando area.

These education experiences led to the development of my later theories and approaches. My current qualitative action research centers on addiction neuroscience and collaborative education.

While my Real Age (online at RealAge.com) is 41.7, I have been a Journalist/Broadcaster for more than 41.7 years.  I started out at 14 as a reporter for a community newspaper. (I looked college age.)  I was not an intern, I actually went out and covered events and wrote several weekly stories.  I was trained in the traditional style of reporting which required verification of published fact by at least 3 sources. By 15, I was an editor and by 16, I was named editor in chief of a suburban Detroit newspaper chain.

In 1972, after moving from Detroit to Miami to Chicago, I switched to radio. I hosted AM and FM radio programs with WEAW/WOJO Evanston, Illinois.  By the early 80Õs I was working as a news anchor and street reporter for WWJ/CBS News Detroit where I was the recipient of 4 James E. Scripps Awards for Distinguished Journalism.  I was also named best Education Reporter in Michigan and given numerous AP and UPI awards.

I was with a very popular FM station Y106 (WHLY) in Orlando for 7 years (2 stints) as news director and on-air host.  While at Y106, I performed as a weekly television news anchor and host for the Corporate Communications Network, which was produced at the UCF Community Television Workshop.  I also co-produced and hosted a weekly television variety show Paradise Tonight, which ran on television networks in Europe and showcased Central Florida talent for tourists.  I also co-produced and hosted a Florida Press Association Award winning documentary, The Right to Loaf, in association with WMFE TV (PBS).

For the past six years, I have directed a Jazz Band, Dr. K & Friends Blue Jazz which has played on weekends regularly in the Orlando are, combining straight-ahead and nightclub Jazz.  I was also the afternoon Jazz host on WUCF (NPR) FM in Orlando for ten years.

Another of my parallel careers was theatre. I was a producer, director and actor and founded the Orlando Classic Theatre, I also appeared in classic theatre roles including Demetrius in Midsummer Nights Dream with UCF/ Royal Shakespeare Theatre, and again with a local production company. I specialized in producing and directing George Bernard Shaw and Moliere as founder of the Orlando Classic Theatre.  Prior to these Orlando Productions I was a producer, director, actor and playwright in Chicago with Alternative Theatre Company.

I currently teach General Education at a college which emphasizes Medical Training.  I am drawing on my extensive clinical and academic experience and my own research in participatory action research, constructivism, content analysis, and appreciative inquiry, to author two companion books. Collaborative Learning & Transformational Teaching  and Transformative Education and Therapy which will be published and displayed at Harvard Bookstore.  My other book projects include Student Success: Competence & Creativity, Psychopaths in Daily Life and an examination of parental alienation and false memory syndrome.

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