Advanced Professional Training
Intensive Journal® Method
Staff and Administration
Our training program is designed to give you ongoing support and feedback as you work
through the study guides.
1. Director of Dialogue House: Jonathan Progoff
Mr. Progoff is responsible for all phases of the training program. This includes
selection of candidates for admission, the content of study guides, review of performance
in the training program and certification as a leader.
2. Director of the Advanced Studies
Program: Dr. Avis Smalley
Dr. Avis Smalley our director of the Advanced Studies Program, is a retired school
psychologist who specialized in clinical intervention for treatment of handicapped
children and their families. Her masters thesis in clinical psychology dealt with the
application of the Intensive Journal method for bereavement therapy. Prior to
her career as a school psychologist, Avis taught at elementary, high school and college
and has a strong interest in student-centered education. For her doctoral thesis,
Intensive Journal work was the basis on which her entire doctoral study was
developed and finalized.
Dr. Smalley will review your reports that are to be submitted for each study guide.
She will provide direct written feedback that you can then review with the senior
3. Senior Leaders
Several experienced leaders are serving as consultants or coaches to participants in
the training program. The purpose of the senior consultant is to give you an experienced
person to review your work in the study program and the feedback from Dr. Smalley. Your
fee for each study guide includes a few hours of consultation. Following your admission
to the program, we will select a senior consultant with whom you will work. We will try
to adhere to any preferences you have.