Barry and Janae are authors, lifelong teachers, visionaries, authors, developmental psychologists and licensed mental health professionals. They are also are devoted partners, parents of four children between them, and grandparents of three.
As part of their quest for higher consciousness and their desire to understand evolution at all levels, the Weinholds have traveled extensively, lived abroad twice and studied a broad array of topics and subjects that helped them create their meta-theory Developmental Systems Theory, their clinical approach Heart-Field Therapy and the game-changing concept Developmental Trauma. These frameworks and concepts permeate their thinking, counseling & coaching and their writing.
The Weinholds’ Years in Colorado Springs
In 1971, Barry founded the Counseling & Human Services Program in the College of Education at the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs. He served many of his 30 years at UCCS as department chair and helped create a very successful counselor education curriculum for M.A. level students.
As part of his community service work in Colorado Springs, in 1995 he founded The Kindness Campaign, a community-based primary violence prevention program. He also implemented parts of this program in 12 other cities. This program is described in under “Services” in another part of this website. In addition, he founded the Kind & Safe Schools Initiative, a character education & bullying prevention program that was implemented in many schools along Colorado’s Front Range and in 0ver 600 other schools in the US and Canada. He also helped start The First Visitor program in Colorado Springs, a home visitation program for new parents designed to prevent child abuse and neglect.
Barry was widowed in 1983 after his wife, Barbara, was killed in a skiing accident. He met newly divorced Janae in 1984 at a year-long Mystery School training in New York led by Dr. Jean Houston. They actually married twice–the first time on Thanksgiving Day 1984 with their families in Colorado Springs and the second time by Dr. Houston at Abydos in Egypt on a trip with their Mystery School group in January 1985.
In 1987, they co-founded their nonprofit, (501 (c) 3) tax-exempt institute, the Colorado Institute for Conflict Resolution and Creative Leadership (CICRCL). Here they house their diverse array of counseling and writing interests, and their consulting and training services. CICRCL also houses their service projects: the Children’s Mental HealthProject, the Kindness Campaign, the Kind & Safe Schools Project, and ROZRADA, their international humanitarian project in Kiev, Ukraine and their joint venture with the Kiev Gestalt University, also located in Kiev, Ukraine.
Janae completed her Ph.D. in Planetary Psychology from Union Institute in 1987. She taught part-time at CU as an adjunct faculty and maintained a full-time psychotherapy practice, and Barry taught full-time at the University and maintained a part-time counseling practice as a licensed psychologist. They both specialized in working with individuals couples and families, sometimes making house calls to work with families.
Their teaching, counseling and training provided a living LOVE–atory for their research in developmental psychology, and led to their discovery of Developmental Trauma. They used their relationship to test out interventions, that, if successful, they then used with their students and clients and finally they wrote about them in their many books. Eventually they were able to understand the impact of developmental traumas of the evolution of individuals, couples, families, groups, cultures, nation-states and the whole human race. This research provided them with a unique theoretical framework for understanding and modifying the relational structures and patterns that hold these interlocking human systems together. They call their theory, Developmental Systems Theory, and the application of their theory, Heart Field Therapy.
The Weinholds’ Life in North Carolina
After Barry retired from the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs in 1991, they took time off from academia and counseling. They spent part of several winters on the west coast of Florida playing tennis and decompressing from their intense professional years. They began exploring other places they’d like to live and through a series of synchronicities, moved to Asheville, NC in 2003.
In 2008 they revised three of their print books (Breaking Free of the Co-dependency Trap, The Flight From Intimacy & Conflict Resolution: The Partnership Way), and wrote the first draft of Healing Developmental Trauma. They also completed a major revision of their website, while conducting individual and couples’ retreats, teaching workshops and working on their CICRCL projects.
Barry was an avid tennis player and continues to fly fish. Janae is a dedicated swimmer and avid reader. Both are also long-time meditators, yoga practitioners and enjoy listening to live music, teaching, writing and staying current with their friends.
The Weinhold’s Return to Colorado Springs
In August 2014, Barry and Janae moved back to Colorado Springs to be closer to their children and grandchildren. This move was also motivated primarily by their desire to reactivate their professional lives. Both Janae and Barry continued to be licensed in Colorado and have reestablished their private practices as a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Psychologist. They also offer trainings in Trauma-Informed Care for professionals through their new company, the Colorado Professional Development Center (CPDC) at their new office and classroom facility in Colorado Springs.
What’s New With Barry & Janae
Barry & Janae recently revised their website structures, creating a new dedicated site to hold the projects and activities associated with their nonprofit, tax-exempt corporation, the Colorado Institute for Conflict Resolution & Creative Leadership (CICRCL). Here you’ll find information about their research, and about their work with large systems.
Barry & Janae have published over 70 books on co-dependency, counter-dependency, conflict resolution, family counseling, developmental trauma, relationships, addiction, and developmental psychology. Much of their recent focus has been on writing. Since 2012, they have released new 12 e-books and numerous new print books that focus on healing Developmental Trauma.
In 2018 they offered Restoring the Body’s Wisdom through CPDC, a one-daycommunity event in Colorado Springs for healthcare providers. Through CICRCL, they collaborated with the Smokebrush Foundation to host a group of nine Ukrainian professionals in Manitou springs in May 2018.
This group participated in two weekend We Choose Love events on gender reconciliation and conflict resolution that were part of a 12-day Manitou Chooses Love series of events in Manitou Springs, Colorado. This event involving the Ukrainian visitors emerged out of Janae’s ongoing consulting and training in Kiev, Ukraine that she began in 1994.
Here’s a short summary about both Barry & Janae’s professional experiences and activities:
Dr. Barry Weinhold
- PH.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota (A.P.A. Approved Program) in 1968.
- Core Faculty Advisor, International Open Cultural Foundation (IOUF) Satellite Doctoral Program, Colorado Springs, CO. 2015-to present.
- Professor Emeritus, Founder and Former Program Chair, Counseling and Human Services M.A. Program, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. 1971-2001.
- Co-founder, the Colorado Professional Development Center in Colorado Springs. 2016 to present.
- Co-founder, the Colorado Institute for Conflict Resolution and Creative Leadership, a 501 (c) 3 educational non profit organization in 1987.
- Founder/Director, The Kindness Campaign, a community-based violence prevention program in Colorado Springs and 12 other U. S. cities. 1994-2007.
- Founder/Director, The Kind & Safe Schools Initiative, a nationally acclaimed character education program that has been adopted by 700+ schools. 1998- present
- Co-Founder/Trainer, The First Visitor program, serving new parents in the Pikes Peak Region in 1999. This a home visitation program is designed to prevent child abuse and neglect. The research has shown it to be very successful in preventing child abuse and neglect.
- A United Nations Consultant during the International Year of the Family housed at the U.N. Centre in Vienna, Austria.1992-93.
- A founding Co-Director of The Bratislava International Center for Family Studies in Slovakia.1992-93
- Licensed psychologist since 1976.
- Author or co-author of over 65 books and 100 articles.
- Trainer and consultant on Conflict Resolution, Developmental Trauma and numerous other topics.
Dr. Janae Weinhold
- Ph.D. Union Graduate School, Cincinnati, OH. 1989.
- Dean & Core Faculty Advisor, International Open Cultural Foundation Satellite Doctoral Program, Colorado Springs,CO. 2015-present.
- Former Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
- Co-Founder, The Colorado Institute for Conflict Resolution and Creative Leadership, a 501 (c) 3 educational non profit organization in 1987.
- Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice 1989-2003.
- Co-founder, the Colorado Professional Development Center in Colorado Springs.
- Since August 1 2014, restarted private practice in Colorado Springs through CICRCL
- Founder, trainer and consultant in CICRCL’s Children’s Mental Health Project. 2001- present.
- Former member of the Colorado Children’s Mental Health Coalition.
- Recipient of the Women Helping Women Award – Soroptomists International, Colorado Springs, CO.
- Professional counselor and personal mentor to numerous young(er) people around the world
- International Trainer, Supervisor and Consultant in Practical Psychology with ROZRADA, CICRCL’s sister NGO in Kiev, Ukraine since 1994.
- United Nations Consultant during the International Year of the Family housed at the U.N. Centre in Vienna, Austria 1992-93.
- A founding Co-Director of The Bratislava International Center for Family Studies in Slovakia 1992-93.
- Author or co-author of 12 books and numerous professional articles
- Conducts workshops for professionals in Developmental Process Work.
- Mother of two, step-mother of two and grandmother of three.
- Currently working as part of a community coalition designed to provide better mental health services to the general public.