American Psychological Association (APA)
Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA) (Consulting Member)
Illinois Chapter of ATSA
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS)
Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS) (Chicago Chapter)
Ercoli, R., Pluymert, J. & Diaz, M. (2009, March) Handling Hard Issues in Child Protection. Featured at the Conspire Conference: Willow Creek Association, South Barrington, IL.
Participated as part of a roundtable of experts regarding prevention of, and response to, child abuse within the church: Christianity Today International (Producer). (2008) Reducing the Risk: Keeping your child safe from child sexual abuse. [Training DVD]. (Christianity Today International 465 Gundersen Drive, Carol Stream IL 60188)
Ercoli, R., Pluymert, J., Pluymert, K. & Bueter, C. (2001, March) Implementing A Child Protection Plan. Featured at the Promiseland Conference: Willow Creek Association, South Barrington, IL.
Bonecutter, B., Ercoli, R. & Glassberg, R. (1997 August 17) Interrupting the Victim-Perpetrator Cycle: Treating Juvenile Sex Offender Behavior. Featured at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention - Chicago, IL.
Q. Please describe your philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A. The practice of psychology, for me, begins with my understanding of how people change: Change happens when vision of what could be (desire) is linked with tangible steps and the support of the community to encourage a person to pursue that which they fear rather than function through avoidance. It is ever our human purpose to keep developing and growing into a fuller sense of self and for what we were designed to become (purpose). My use of CBT, other theoretical orientations and research helps me to identify where in that process a person is stuck (vision, skills/steps, support, and motivation) and help them take the next step towards their healing.
Q. Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A. Coming to the decision to become a psychologist is was a matter of introspection, spiritual exploration, calling and desire. As a college student I originally prepared myself to become a mechanical engineer, but as I reflected on my personality, and what provided me energy and felt life giving I desired to work in a field with people. I then had a succession of transitions in which I considered becoming an educator, then a pastor and during a time of deep spiritual reflection sensed an affirmation and calling to work with those who are hurting and to strive in the development of others. This ultimately led to my choosing a career in psychology. As I look over the decades since that decision I have found myself reaffirmed again and again both internally and from those around me that I made the right decision. This is my career, my profession and my calling.
Q. What advice would you give a student entering The Chicago School of Professional Psychology?
A. Do not lose yourself, but find and hold on to your true self. This is a field in which those who seek to care for the wellbeing of others can forget that nothing can be given unless it is first received. Take care of yourself and embrace your humanity and your limitations. Only then will you have clarity about what you can give to others and what you cannot give and were not meant to give. There is no such thing as “fixing” anyone but yourself, so give it up. You cannot fix others, but you can influence them to step towards their own healing. A wise sage once told me as I prepared for takeoff in an airplane to “put your own oxygen mask on first before you attempt to help the person next to you.” This metaphor has saved my sanity and protected my clients from my own insanity.