Volunteers needed for studies on
Vaisnavism and the Social and Mental Health Professions

by Dhira devi dasi
(Dhira Dianne Crunkilton, MSW)
Posted February 18, 2003

As many of you know, Dhira Govinda dasa (David Wolf, MSW, Phd) has recently published pioneering studies on the effects of the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra on psycho-social functioning. His initial studies have laid the groundwork for establishing vaisnava philosophy and practices within the professional and academic world. His published work is attracting interest among professionals and impressing academics in the "soft sciences," such as social work and psychology. Such professionals are increasingly open to new interventions to help clients. I have presented Dhira Govinda prabhu's work to master's level counselors, doctoral students, and professors at the University of Georgia. Response to his work continues to be very favorable.

Attempting to build on Dhira Govinda prabhu's important publications, I am working on studies in my own doctoral program (in social work) at the University of Georgia. I am seeking help from fellow devotees around the country who might be helping others by utilizing chanting and or prasadam. The persons you are helping might be troubled by the "normal anxiety" of the material world, and/or they might have somewhat serious impairments, such as problems of homelessness, drug addiction, or chronic depression.

If you are (1) working in any capacity in the helping arena, (2) using vaisnava methods in any way to help others, and (3) interested in learning about a study that supports Srila Prabhupada's desire to preach to the intelligent class, please contact me for further information at dcrunkil@uga.edu or call (706) 425-9783.