Profession of Kinlein
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Institute of Kinlein

The purpose of the Institute of Kinlein is to meet the societal need for professional care through education and research in the Profession of Kinlein.

The Program of Study at the Institute offers courses in four divisions of content: Philosophy Applied, Theory of Moving in Esca, Human Relationships Through Life, and the Theory of Assisting Clients. 

Director of the Institute
M. Lucille Kinlein

The design for the offerings in the Institute of Kinlein is that of Stoas in ancient Greece. The student has the responsibility of  pursuing questions and answers in light of the material presented in Stoas: Philosophy Applied, Theory of Moving in Esca, Human Relationships Through Life, and  the Theory of Assisting Clients. Upon successful completion of the program of study, the student becomes certified in the practice of kinlein (CPK) or may use this background to enhance his or her own life.

For more information or to apply contact:

Mary L. Bolin, CPK or Linda Waggoner, CPK  907-227-5971

IOK Faculty Conference Held in Hyattsville, MD April 2017
Out of necessity the faculty conference for 2017 took on an appearance very different from what was planned and what was expected. The long time administrator for the Profession of Kinlein, Betty Beachamp, died a few days prior to the opening of the Conference. In light of that event the Faculty moved with actions that would complete work began three years ago. That work culminated in the transferring of the kinleinal library and the holdings of the IOK. These materials now reside at the Instititute of Kinlein, Wausau, Wisconsin.
Institute of Kinlein Program of Study - Anchorage Regional Office

The Profession of Kinlein is proud to announce and celebrate the graduation of two students, Bonny Nelson and Victoria Jenkins from the Institute of Kinlein Program of Study.  A graduation ceremony with a reception was held June 11, 2017 in Anchorage, Alaska with many family, friends and colleagues attending. All of the Alaskan kinleiners, Karen Carpenter, Judy Calhoun and Kay Alley along with faculty, Linda Waggoner and Mary Bolin participated in the ceremony.  Both graduates passed the National Examination for Certification in the Practice of Kinlein which was administered August 24, 2017.   The successful completion of the examination, along with the acceptance of the privilege and responsibility incumbant of all kinleiners, qualifies Mrs. Nelson and Mrs. Jenkins as certified in the practice of kinlein. Recognition of this accomplishment will be given at the American Kinlein Association in College Park, Maryland in October 2017.

Graduates Bonny Nelson and Victoria Jenkins
Bonny Nelson receiving diploma with Kinleiners Kay Alley, Judy Calhoun and Karen Carpenter, Faculty Mary Bolin and Linda Waggoner
 Comments from the Graduation Ceremony by faculty, Linda Waggoner

How It All Started

The Profession of Kinlein started as an idea with Dr. M. Lucille Kinlein, a nurse educator and researcher, while she was still practicing nursing during the late 1960s.  She envisioned a model where people could be helped in a different way from the traditional medical model of the doctors and nurses knowing what was best for the person.  She had a desire to care-with people in a way that recognized the dignity of the person, the power within the person to take action on one’s own behalf and the necessity of the professional to take the time to listen to what the person had to say.  In 1971 she left her teaching position, hung out a shingle and opened an office to see clients. She was written up in Time and Newsweek Magazine as the first independent generalist nurse.  Other nurses began asking her to teach and in 1976 she started traveling around the United States teaching what she was doing and speaking about her theoretical base. As Dr. Kinlein analyzed client data it became evident to her that what she was practicing was broader than nursing.  In 1979 at the National Assembly of Kinlein the practice was declared a new profession.


Mary Bolin and I were both on the faculty of the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Nursing. We have traveled a similar path with kinlein and it has been a joy to have a colleague and friend to work closely with for 38 years. After reading Lucille Kinlein’s book in 1978, I met her at the Alaska Nurses Association Convention and invited her to return to Alaska in January of 1979 to teach a course on the kinlein theory at the School of Nursing. Mary and I both attended this week long class and began to study with Dr. Kinlein.  Our very first office was opened in the spring of 1979 and over a year later in the fall of 1980 we resigned our teaching positions with University of Alaska Anchorage and went into full time private practice.


From the beginning as a wife and mother, studying this theory of the human being changed every area of my life. Coming to understand that dignity is a quality inherent in every person and not dependent on one’s actions, helped me know that my response to every person would be one of respect regardless of their appearance, actions or views.  I began to understand that a person is in control of their words and actions and responsible for the results; that every word a person’s speaks contains self and has an effect on others. I loved that the practice of kinlein built on what is strong, healthy and beautiful in a person. The biggest shift for me was learning to listen fully to a person and coming to believe that a person knows self better than anyone else knows them. The theory that kinlein presents about the intangible part of a person and the processes that precede every word spoken was so helpful in understanding myself and others. This affected not only my professional life, but my family life and friendships. Understanding the nature of man and woman and that they were not in competition, but meant to complement and support one another strengthened my marriage.


We had no idea of what we were getting into in 1979 as we opened our practices. Now 38 years later as Mary and I look back, we are amazed and thankful to see the profoundness of what happened. We along with a small group of kinlein colleagues were instrumental in co-developing this profession with Dr. Kinlein. From the ground up, in addition to assisting clients in our private practice, we developed all the parts: a professional organization; a profession journal; and an institute for education and research.  We have helped author two books for the profession.  Mary and I have practiced kinlein from the tip of Alaska to Central America. We have assisted clients and community groups, taught classes for non-profit organizations, universities, and private entities.


Now we have had the opportunity to stand on the solidness of the theory and teach it to a new generation of kinleiners.  Now these new kinleiners will add their unique part to the profession, bringing new vision and richness. We are proud of these graduates and congratulate them.


Faculty of the Institute
Kay Alley, B.A., CPK
Grace F. Bates, M.S., CPK 

Mary L. Bolin, M.S., CPK 

Karen Carpenter, B.S., CPK

Mary Glynn, M.K., CPK

Annette James, M.S., D.K., CPK

Nancy Kohorn Henricks, B.S., CPK

Jeanette Tedesco, Ph.D., CPK

M. Joanne Torrey, MSEd, CPK

Loretta Ulmschneider, B.A., CPK

Linda Waggoner, M.S., CPK

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