I would like to thank the many people who contributed from their time, attention, and generous efforts to this work. First, I would like to thank Downing Cless, Ph.D., who guided me in shaping this study into a coherent and comprehensive piece of scholarship. Also of great impact has been Steven Hart, Ph.D., whose exhaustive reading of drafts of this book and challenging critical inquiry into my findings have greatly strengthened this work. I would also like to thank Laurence Senelick, Ph.D., John Conklin, Ph.D., and Lorraine Moller, Ph.D. for their time and help in developing this book. I would be remiss to neglect the contributions of Barbara Grossman, Ph.D. and Don Weingust, Ph.D., both of whose early input helped shape my approach to the study and the structure of this work. Not to be forgotten are my parents, Ruth M. and Valentino J. Tocci, who helped me greatly throughout this process.
Of invaluable note are the practitioners whose infinite patience with, and attentive answers to, my seemingly endless questions alone made this book possible. Akila Couloumbis, Beverly Rich-Morris, Ray Gordon, Alba Oms, Curt L. Tofteland, Katherine Vockins, Jackie Massei, and Agnes Wilcox have contributed so abundantly of themselves that mere words cannot express my appreciation.