Richard Clark was born in 1950, in Ontario, Canada. He traversed through the 1960s (and through highschool and college) in the 'usual' manner of freedom and experimentation, and traveled widely throughout North America. He was known to lean heavily on this quote from William Blake: "The road to excess leads to the palace of wisdom." [i] (Certainly the excess part was true, but some people would question where that excess led him.)
He's been a construction worker, miner, soldier, military policeman, security consultant, driving instructor, artist, police constable, seniors' outreach worker, teacher, writer, and musician. Since 1986 he's been an addictions therapist, seminar leader, consultant, and counsellor. In the last few years Richard has trained in relaxation/Swedish massage therapy, and offers this service to clients seeking massage. In service to a holistic approach to healing and recovery, he provides access to certain naturopathic, professional/non-retail health products for physiological balance and all-round health.
Richard Clark trained for four years in addictions treatment (and many of the issues related to addictions) at Grant MacEwan College , the Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, The Justice Institute of B.C., The Human Potential Institute , and The Whole Person Recovery Center. He is a certified Alcohol and Drug Counsellor through the Canadian Council of Professional Certification. Additionally, he is certified in Self Regulation Therapy® through the Canadian Foundation for Trauma Research and Education; is a Certified Life Skills Coach and Coach Trainer; and is professionally trained in Swedish/relaxation massage.
As a therapist and seminar leader, Richard has worked for colleges, First Nations' communities, the Sales Industry, non-profit social service agencies, prisons (in Alberta, Canada and in Washington, USA), monasteries, recovery houses, and treatment centers. He has developed and delivered special programs regarding anger/rage, family violence—intervention strategies for isolated communities and education programs for perpetrators of violence, communications programs, personal development for learning-disabled adults, sexuality, and training in applied problem solving. He has lectured across Canada, in the US, and in Moscow, Russia. As an educator, lecturer, and therapist, his work focuses on personal transformation and healing related to:
- addictions to anger, violence, relationships, sex, alcohol, drugs, body image/exercise, religion, etc.,
- gender and relationship issues, stress and trauma, sexuality, and resolution of or detachment from abusive relationships,
- program development, counsellor supervision, addiction-interventions; and,
- seminar and classroom training in communications, life management skills, leadership, sexuality, conflict resolution, and addictions counselling.
His first book, Addictions & Spiritual Transformation, is a detailed examination of the journey of transformation—going from addicted to recovered, through the twelve steps—for alcoholics, addicts, and those who help them. His second book, Facets of Personal Transformation, is scheduled for publication in 2007.
Richard maintains a private counselling practice and lives in Vancouver, Canada.
[i] William Blake, from Proverbs of Hell, which begins:
"In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy. / Drive your cart and your plow over the bones of the dead. / The road of excess leads to the palace of wisdom. / Prudence is a rich, ugly old maid courted by Incapacity. / He who desires but acts not, breeds pestilence ..."
The Portable Blake
Edited by Alfred Kazin
Viking Portable Library,