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Dr. Jackson P. Rainer

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Department Head of Psychology and...

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Valdosta State University
1500 N Patterson St
Valdosta , Georgia 31698
United States

Company Description: Founded in 1906, Valdosta State University (VSU) is part of the University System of Georgia. VSU's three campuses include the main campus in Valdosta and campuses...   more

Employment History


  • PH.D.
  • degrees
    Georgia State University
  • degrees
    Florida State University
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JACKSON P. RAINER, PH.D., ..., 3 July 2014 [cached]
JACKSON P. RAINER, PH.D., ABPP has been a practicing psychologist working with gifted children, adolescents, and their families since the mid 1980s. He holds degrees from Florida State and Georgia State Universities, and is a board certified diplomate in clinical psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology (ABPP).
Prior to assuming his position as Department Head of Psychology and Counseling at Valdosta State University, Dr. Rainer served in faculty and administrative positions at Gardner-Webb and Georgia Southern Universities. Dr. Rainer has an active scholarship life, publishing on psychotherapeutic interventions, rural mental health, and grief and bereavement.
National Register of Health Service Psychologists, 10 May 2013 [cached]
The State of Rural Mental Health: Caring and the Community by Jackson Rainer, PhD., ABPP National Register of Health Service Psychologists
by Jackson Rainer, PhD, ABPP
Now I tell them to Jack Rainer."
Jackson Rainer, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical psychologist. Dr. Rainer has practiced for the last fifteen years in rural communities in the mountains of Western North Carolina and the Coastal Plains of South Georgia. He is currently the head of the Psychology and Counseling department of Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. He may be contacted at
In, J. P. Rainer (Ed).
Rainer, J.P. (Ed.) (2010).
Smalley, B.S., Warren, J.W., & Rainer, J.P. (Eds). (2012). Rural mental health. New York: Springer. Spoth, R. (1997). Challenges in defining and developing the field of rural mental health disorder preventive intervention research. American Journal of Community Psychology, 25 (4), 425-428.
Isolated and Alone: Therapeutic Interventions for Loneliness, 17 July 2013 [cached]
by Jackson Rainer & Johnathan Martin
“An excellent primer on loneliness, this book by Rainer and Martin offers a refreshing summary of research, clinical experience, theory, and therapeutic suggestions for mental health professionals.
Jackson Rainer, PhD, ABPP, is a board certified clinical psychologist who completed his doctorate in counseling psychology in 1986. He is nationally known and respected as a psychotherapist, teacher, and supervisor. In urban and rural settings, he has directed community mental health institutions and agencies, practiced psychotherapy with children, adults, couples, and families, and taught in universities and professional settings for a practice life that spans more than 25 years. His hybrid of professional service is now consolidated into a national consulting practice for psychotherapy and supervision. Dr. Rainer serves as Department Chair of Psychology and Counseling at Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Georgia. He is a former chair of the Publication Board for Division 29, Psychotherapy, of the American Psychological Association, and is on the editorial and publication boards of seven psychology journals. He specializes in work surrounding the crisis of loss due to catastrophic, chronic, and terminal illness.
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Dr. Jackson Rainer, a clinical psychologist, professor, and head of the Department of Psychology and Counseling at Valdosta State University in Georgia, agrees that it's important to move on if a dating partner or a friend can't be supportive of someone who is living with RA.
"If you are with someone who can't be empathetic or OK with who you are, go find someone else," says Rainer.
"Most people don't really want to disclose how they're different," says Rainer. "But there are times that the illness demands that, such as if you can't do certain things or participate in activities."
He recommends exploring alternate ways to join in with others, such as meeting with friends earlier in the day if you're too fatigued in the evenings, or proposing social activities that you can physically do that others would also enjoy, such as watching a movie, going out for coffee, or perhaps taking an easy-going bike ride. Having RA doesn't mean you can't have a social life, but sometimes you need to be a little creative to find what works best for you.
Rainer also advises that "people who have RA need two or three very good friends who are willing to understand and learn about the illness.
"Most people cannot tolerate the feeling ... [cached]
"Most people cannot tolerate the feeling of helplessness," says Jackson Rainer, professor of psychology at Georgia Southern University. "And in the presence of another's crisis, there is always the sense of helplessness. People are sorry to hear of another's crisis, but they are more relieved that the trauma did not happen to them, and this shame causes them to avoid the family or person in crisis. "They might make sure they're never in a situation where they have to talk to the family directly," according to Rainer.
Dr. Rainer calls this self-distancing "stiff-arming" - creating space from "it" happening to you - if bad things are happening to you and I stay away from you, I'll be safe.
But not all of us "stiff-arm. Dr. Rainer explains that true empathy inspires "instrumental aid.
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