Terry Regan, MA is the founder of the Patagucci Institute for the Harmonious Advancement of Humankind. He maintains a private practice in San Francisco [www.terryregan.org] focusing on kids, adults and college students offering 1:1 academic counseling and educational therapy. His focus is on collaborating with students to develop and implement strategies and manage the challenges associated with academic performance at all levels - from 7th grade to PhD candidates! Anyone whose learning has been interrupted and made difficult by their label or circumstance.
Regan is an accomplished learning specialist and educational therapist with extensive experience as a teacher, trainer, and counselor. He has worked with hundreds of students to improve day-to-day academic management, understand learning and performance issues, demystify diagnostic reports, recognize skills and abilities, and develop alternative strategies for learning weaknesses. His work straddles the realms of emotional, psychological and academic activity with a focus on psycho-emotional success.
Regan has a Masters Degree in Education, with advanced certificates in Technical Writing, Educational Therapy and College Advising/Counseling. He has trained as a Feuerstein practitioner and in the Integrated Listening System therapy. He taught at the Academy of Art University, UCSC as a lecturer in the Ed Therapy program; been a disability specialist at the SF Art Institute; a learning specialist at the SFSU post bac program [2007-2015]. Regan has conducted many workshops and training's and belongs to a variety of professional organizations, such as Chadd, AET and LDA. Regan is a former rowing coach, coxswain and sculler, cabinetmaker, contractor and artist.
The idea of the Patagucci Institute for the Advancement of Humankind is relatively recent, but which has been on my mind a long time. In my private practice where I mostly see kids with issues, labels and problems I’ve often wondered: What will help engage THAT student? What will move them along? How can I motivate them?
The Firetower on Hurricane Mountain was the boy’s last Institute for the Advancement of Humankind. It required a lot of planning but was an adventure to hike. As is usual with every Adirondack adventure, the boy with four first names, had to leave early in the morning in order to reach the spindly spider-like affair of rusted metal, with a strange little shack on top. The journey entailed an arduous hike through the woods to a wonderful flower-laden meadow, then over a few streams, following a path up by the sugarhouse, up again, and around a huge, steep cliff, a bald granite peak, worn, like an old man's scalp. The cliff signaled the half way point, and climbing became steeper and steeper through an ever thinning forest, until just scrub and rock remained.
Elizabethtown, now isolated, timeless and quiet, was once a gathering place for theosophists, artists, philosophers, and eccentrics from New York City, who stayed at a rambling manse of idiosyncratic Victorian architecture. The Windsor Hotel opened in Elizabethtown in 1876. It served a new leisure class that turned to the Adirondacks.... …a post (Civil War) boom provided the Northern States with prosperity, and created a new leisure class. They turned to the Adirondacks to expend their new found wealth at summer resort hotels which provided unmatched social, cultural, and recreational activities and events. In this way, The Windsor Hotel was not merely where one slept during a vacation, it was the vacation!
Our library organizes forty eight virtues along an positive executive function model. You can use the words to acknowledge growth and affirm change in your child, a co-worker or a student. Harmonious Development is the idea that effort produces change in individuals. Outcomes do matter, yet they are not the complete picture. Certificates of Harmonious Development recognize the internal outcome of effort. They signify that you recognize something of great value in the recipient. To students who struggle, or coworkers who strive or students who study hard, words matter. As people seek to master tasks at hand, there is something of great value - greater than accomplishing a goal, that occurs.
What matters is that others understand the nature of their effort, the unseen aspects of self actualization and efficacy. The purpose of Certificates of Harmonious Development are to acknowledge the recipients for their inner accomplishments.