World changes took place in the last half of the
20th century. In 1971, there was evidence that a denouement in society
had begun. There had been major changes in the approaches to care in
medicine, law, education and government. Where could persons go to
maintain a healthy state of intellectual, physical, spiritual, and
excitational well being? One
answer was provided in the professional practice discipline in which
clients are assisted as they
live life on a day to day basis. The clients named the caring in this
theory, kinleining. Dr. M. Lucille Kinlein, Founder
What is the Profession of Kinlein?
is a relatively new profession among the caring professions. It has as
its formal object the phenomenon that every person has the power to take
action in living life moment by moment, hour by hour, day by day. It
is in the nature of human beings to take action based on a belief
system, or personal philosophy. Hence, persons' beliefs or philosophy of
life uniquely affect the results of taking action in living
The profession of kinlein encompasses the components of
education, research and professional practice. The agents for these
components are the Institute of Kinlein, the National Center of Kinlein,
(not for profit organization) and the American Kinlein Association.
profession observes the following premises:
- At conception a person receives the power to take action in living life
- There is dignity in
- Each person has the responsibility for and
the control over his or her actions
- A person can know self better than anyone else
can know that self
- A person can be assisted in a way that
benefits self and others
Common Man has pondered the "big questions" of life over the millennia. Who am I? What is my purpose? Where did I come from? Why do I do what I do? What should I do? Personal beliefs form as a person contends with such questions. In light of these beliefs, a philosophical foundation is built from which actions are taken and decisions are made as a person goes through life.
What is the Practice
The profession of kinlein has a practice
component whereby persons request assistance in regard to issues or
concerns life brings to them. One who practices kinlein is called a
kinleiner. The person, the client, is assisted from the perspective that
every human being has the power to take action in living life. People
seek assistance from the kinleiner in regard to almost any aspect of
living, often relationships, health, careers, raising children, and
others. These aspects of living and the beliefs people hold in regard to
them are related to that person's personal philosophy.
Question: What do kinleiners do?
Answer: Have you ever wished
for a professional person who would care with you as you move through all the
different situations life brings? Listening to you, providing an
objective view point without telling you what to do or how to do it?
Assisting you in building on all that is good and strong within you?
That's what kineiners do with their
listens to the person and builds on all that is good, strong and healthy
within the person. The kinleiner provides a gentle mirroring through
which the client may see self in a more objective light and may gain
insight into the power he has to take action. Kinleiners are in practice
in several states across the country.
History of the Profession
M. Lucille Kinlein, the founder of the profession, opened her office of independent practice of nursing in 1971, the first such practice in the world. Her clients soon named the care which they were receiving, kinlein and told others that they were going for kinleining, or referred to Lucille Kinlein as their kinleiner. The clients said they could not get this kind of care anywhere else. In 1979, in the midst of renowned recognition in the nursing world, Lucille Kinlein left that field and declared the founding of a new profession. It was validated as such in 1981 through research done at the graduate level at the University of Wisconsin and the University of Minnesota.*
*(Torrey, M. Joanne, "The Professional Practice Discipline of Kinlein." University of Wisconsin-Superior, May 1981; Gordon, Judith Lynne, "A Critical Analysis of the Theory of the Practice of Kinlein as a Scientific Theory," Universiy of Minnesota, August, 1981)