Where we will take you
Our Management Model
Prometheum Institute was registered as a corporation in Ontario on January 6, 2004 and has remained fully incorporated as the business 2038626 Ontario Limited since that time.
The business name, Prometheum Institute was registered with The Department of Colleges and Universities of Ontario and was given as a Master Licence in September 2011. Under this licence, Prometheum Institute is allowed to provide mental health education to clients in three formats:
- Counselling services in a private setting
- Self-directed learning material in the form of written and audiovisual formats
- Training and supervising providers to use the Cognitive Empowerment approach for assessment, analysis, and therapeutic intervention.
Our management model is not medical. It is a psycho/socio/spiritual model based on an understanding that human function is driven by two levels of control. One is the paleo-mammalian brain or the limbic system that, through a sophisticated series of chemical responses to sensory input, initiates action based on the fight/flight responses discovered by Walter Cannon in 1903. The other is the supra-cerebral cognitive function that is driven by knowledge, understanding, and creative thinking. This, however, is initially rudimentary but is initialized and developed through guided stimulation in the formative years. Guided stimulation requires a balanced exposure to information, the discipline to process and use that information, and the encouragement to appreciate the value of this ability.
Our first consideration is that, without balanced exposure or if balanced exposure is insufficient, that cognitive function may not be strong enough to always stay in control allowing the fallback to the automatic responses of the paleo-mammalian brain. So, even the most educated person in one field may be insufficient in another and may show intelligence in the first but reactive behaviour in the second.
Our second consideration is that our life-challenges come from three areas of activity – material, biological, and social – that function independent of our presence but interact with it. Thus, a person may also be cognitively driven in one area but may fall back to the limbic system when confronted by challenges in the other two.
Our third consideration is that the paleo-mammalian response is necessary, not bad. It is the back-up when cognitive function is insufficiently able. Thus, suppressing it or punishing it is ineffective since its removal only reveals the insufficiency it is meant to backup. It is far more productive and effective to fill the holes or build the depth of cognitive capability. Then, the use of reactive responses will be reduced by attrition.
Thus, our presentation of personal management development in the six modules allows us to help you ‘see’ what may have been lacking in the cognitive preparation and help you work on building that or filling the holes left during your development. We see that much of unhealthy behaviour as the adult is caused by the reliance on the paleo-mammalian brain too often, too easily, and too intensely, and that this is driven, not by disease or immorality, but by the inability of the supra-cerebral intellect to take over in times of strife, turmoil, or heavy stress. Our focus, therefore, is on the stability of cognitive function as the true mental strength of the person.
Yes, it will be comprehensive. Yes it may at times seem difficult, but this is life. This is why we will encourage you to do it with the guidance of your own counsellor, or with requested discussions with us to help you interpret and apply the insights we will share.
First, let us examine the challenge
A few examples of how we see some common concerns
Let us see where we are taking you. A few short titbits to encourage your interest
Our Search for Meaning
About Substance Use
Though the modules are all free to use, we ask you to sign in so we know who is using them and so we can have some supervision over the traffic. In addition, you may wish to have a private appointment during your exploration of the content. We are willing to provide that. Having sign-in privileges will allow this connection to be seamless. If you wish to have an appointment, we do request that you put aside two hours for any appointment as we want you to reach a certain level of resolution before, during, or at the end of that consultation. If you cannot arrange a full two hours, we are willing to continue the session at another date as close as possible to the one you did not complete. This is considered a continuation of the service and will incur no additional fee.
When you have requested your appointment and we are able to accommodate you at your preferred date and time, we will send you an invoice for the cost of the appointment and a confirmation of the date and time. The cost of this 2-hour appointment is $200.00 CAD. (Special considerations may be requested and granted individually) Once this is submitted we will send you the googlemeet link you will use to attend your appointment. We look forward to working with you. Of course, you may feel comfoirtable going through the modules independently as you may have the insight and perspicacity to do them on your own. In that case, feel free to take it as a comlimentary service.
The Prometheum team
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