Jane E. Myers and Thomas J. Sweeney developed the empirically based Indivisible Self Model of Wellness (IS-Wel) as well as the respective instruments that measured the factors associated with wellness (5F-Wel).
Dr. Jane E. Myers Sweeney
Professor Emeritus, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Executive Director Emeritus Chi Sigma Iota
Jane E. Myers, Ph.D., (1948-2014) was a Professional Counselor and Professor Emeritus in the Department of Counseling and Educational Development, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She received her bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, master's in rehabilitation counseling, specialist in counseling and educational administration, and doctorate in counselor education with certificate in gerontology from the University of Florida. She was a licensed Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, National Certified Gerontological Counselor, and she was National Board Certified in Neurofeedback.
Dr. Myers' professional interests included wellness for persons of all ages and cultural backgrounds, mid-life and aging issues, assessment, and counselor education. With her husband, Dr. Thomas J. Sweeney, she co-authored and edited Counseling for Wellness: Theory, Research, and Practice (2005) published by the American Counseling Association. This book describes two counseling-based wellness models, assessment instruments, and over three decades of wellness research by multiple authors, including dozens of doctoral dissertations completed at institutions in the United States and internationally. Tangible suggestions for applying the wellness models in education, community services, and business and industry settings can be found within these works.
Dr. Myers worked with researchers internationally who shared common interests in wellness. Most of this research uses the Indivisible Self Model of Wellness (IS-Wel) and the Five Factor Wellness Inventory (5F-Wel), which has been adapted into multiple languages and cultures. To learn more, read her full bio.
Dr. Thomas J. Sweeney
Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education, Ohio University
Executive Director Emeritus, Chi Sigma Iota
Dr. Tom Sweeney is Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education in the College of Education at Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor's degree at the University of Akron, and his Master's degree in counseling at the University of Wisconsin (Madison). His doctoral degree in Counselor Education was received from Ohio State University.
Dr. Sweeney has served the profession of counseling in numerous capacities including the Executive Director and founding President of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International (CSI). With his assistance, the counseling honor society (CSI) has grown since 1985 to over 280 plus campus based chapters, 100,000 members initiated, and an annual active membership of over 15,000 worldwide. Representing all specialties of professional counseling, CSI is now one of largest counseling associations in the world advocating for professional counselors and their clients through the promotion of both personal and professional excellence.
He has authored numerous publications including books, monographs, book chapters, research reports, and articles. He was noted as among the top 2-5% contributors over a recent fifteen year period to the Journal of Counseling and Development. Besides the fifth edition of his book, Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy (2009), he is co-author of Ivey, Ivey, Myers, & Sweeney, Developmental Counseling and Therapy; Promoting Wellness Over the Life Span (2005), co-author and editor, Myers & Sweeney, Wellness Counseling: Theory, Research, & Practice (2005) and co-author and editor of the ACES award winning book (2013) with Chang, Barrio-Minton, C., Dixon, A., Myers, J.E., and Sweeney, T.J. (Eds.; 2011) Professional Counseling Excellence through Leadership and Advocacy. New York: Routledge, Taylor and Francis.To learn more, read his full bio.