Dr. James Lucas is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker who draws from the worlds of social work, psychology, and Buddhist spiritualities to better understand and support people through life's decision-making storms, or "stormy decisions". It is these decision-making storms that force us to consider in which direction we take our lives whether it be our health, work, family, or relationships across the lifespan and are often stressful and complex.
Through his research he seeks to understand the anatomy and dynamics of these decision-making storms in terms of the many decision appraisals made, people's experiences of decisional stress and conflict, as well the various decisional strategies utilised to cope with the stress and complexity involved and to maximise their satisfaction with the decision made. In this understanding, Dr. James Lucas works to develop ways to better support people in surviving, thriving, and creating meaning from the stormy decisions that arise in their lives.
Accredited Mental Health Social Worker - Australian Association of Social Workers
Associate Member - Australian Psychological Society
Stress and Coping
Social Work Field Education
J Lucas, K Moore
(2018), pp. 21-32, Stress and anxiety -- theories and realities, Berlin, Germany, B1
(2017), pp. 274-281, Routledge handbook of religion, spirituality and social work, Abingdon, Eng., B1
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