About Us

About 2BSD

The foundation for 2BSD was provided by work conducted through the Initiative for Self-Determination in the College of Education at Wayne State University. The three prinicipal investigators for the Initiative were Dr. Sharon Field, Professor (Research and Clinical) of Educational Leadership, Dr. Alan Hoffman, Professor in Counseling Psychology, and Dr. Shlomo Sawilowsky, Professor in Educational Evaluation and Research. Over a period of 25 years, the team examined how people can be supported to navigate transitions and found that self-determination was an essential key to helping people successfully make changes in their lives. They examined  how self-determination can help people be successful, as well as what helps individuals be more self-determined and what gets in their way.  Most of the team’s work was conducted in schools, but activities were also extended to other groups, including parents, women’s groups and retirees. The work of the Initiative for Self-Determination was supported through several federal, state and private grants. Curricula, assessment instruments and workshops aimed at helping individuals maximize their self-determination were developed as part of the work of the Initiative for Self-Determination. A summary of the research the team conducted at WSU can be found at  http://coe.wayne.edu/self-determination/index.php .

Who We Are

Sharon Field, Ed.D.

The founder of 2BSD is Dr. Sharon Field. Sharon was Professor of Education (research and clinical) at Wayne State University from 1989-2010 and WSU College of Education Interim Associate Dean for Research from 2010-2012. While at WSU, she directed several federally funded self-determination research and demonstration projects. Sharon has experience working in k-12 schools as a special education teacher, job placement specialist and administrator. If you want to learn more about her academic background, click below to see a copy of her curriculum vitae.
Sharon retired from WSU in August, 2012 to focus on her passion for self-determination---both exploring and increasing her own self-determination and finding new ways to share information about self-determination with others. Since that time she has taken tap dance and floral design classes, read voraciously, spent great times with friends and family, put thousands of miles on her car on some great road trips, studied meditation and brain-based factors that affect emotions and self-determination, talked about self-determination at conferences, written for academic publications, and consulted with teachers, students and parents in schools about how self-determination can contribute to positive educational outcomes. Sharon has thoroughly enjoyed the freedom she has had to explore self-determination in new ways. She looks forward to expanding her self-determination journey, and meeting new friends, through 2BSD.

Alan Hoffman, Ed.D.

Dr. Alan Hoffman is Senior Partner of 2BSD. He is Professor and Founder of the Counseling Psychology program and Director of the Initiative for Self-Determination in the College of Education at Wayne State University. As a psychologist, he has extensive experience working with clients in private practice. With Drs. Sharon Field and Shlomo Sawilowsky, he has written numerous articles and books on self-determination. His expertise in couples and family psychology has had a major influence on the instructional materials and research the team has produced. For more information on Alan's academic background, please click below to see his curriculum vitae.
As Alan is moving toward retirement after 43 years of teaching at Wayne State University, he is beginning to explore new interests that contribute to his self-determination. He is enjoying time with family, playing golf, taking road trips with Sharon, striking out on new adventures, painting with watercolors, woodworking, and is thinking in new ways about self-determination. He is excited to be part of the 2BSD team and see where this new adventure will take him!

What We Do

Listen and Learn

We listen to find out what’s currently missing from the toolbox of self-determination resources and to discover resources and strategies we can pass along to meet those needs. Some of the people we learn from have been working in the field of self-determination for many years, others are new to it (and often have creative twists), and many have never called what they’re doing self-determination.  For example, the group at the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society has numerous resources for infusing meditation, a proven practice to promote self-awareness and reduce stress,  in higher education offerings. Dr. Marc Brackett at Yale has developed several tools that can be used in schools, including the RULER approach, to promote social and emotional learning, which is key to the know yourself, value yourself and act, components of the action model for self-determination.

Explore and Play

We also enjoy creating new resources or enhancing those that are existing so that we can help you become more self-determined.  We try to look at everything we do through a self-determination lens…..going to the movies (is there something in this film that could be used as an example of self-determination?), reading the newspaper (is there a report on research that could be linked to one of the self-determination action model elements?) talking with friends over coffee (what have they found helps or hinders them being self-determined?) We have fun trying out new strategies to support self-determination—some work, some don’t, but our attitude is to keep an open mind as we follow the self-determination model ourselves to find out what helps and what doesn’t.

Read and Write

We have become voracious readers in our efforts to find unusual resources that contribute to self-determination. Our reading list runs the gamut from scholarly articles, to newspapers, books and magazines. We also enjoy writing about our ideas so we can share them with others. Check out our blog for some of our current thinking.

Walk and Talk

Well, sometimes we drive and sometimes we fly, but we put walking first, because we have found that walking is such an excellent way to increase self-awareness and well-being. It helps us sort through our thoughts and ideas. We do our best to “walk the talk” so that we learn about self-determination from the inside out. We love to talk about our ideas about self-determination with others and we often, walk, drive or fly to do so. We hope we have an opportunity to talk with you!