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Department chair of East-West Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies and a former core faculty member in the Department of Consciousness & Transformative Studies at John F. Kennedy University. Academic adviser and adjunct faculty at Antioch University, Prescott College, and Pacifica Graduate Institute and former online General Psychology instructor for College of the Siskiyous. Has taught at New York Open Center, Schumacher College, Argosy Univesity, Sonoma State, New College of California, and Allan Hancock College, and is a thesis and dissertation examiner for Murdoch University and Monash University. Rank: full professor.
Founding Editor-in-Chief of Immanence: The Journal of Applied Mythology, Legend, and Folktale.
Psychology and Beyond
Has worked as a family therapist, lecturer, and group facilitator. PhD in depth psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. A thesis adviser, dissertation coordinator, and research director; has taught depth psychology, ecopsychology, family therapy, couples therapy, brief therapy, theories of therapy, theories of personality, social science research, history of psychology, Jung, dream analysis, transpersonal psych, Systems Theory, and mythology at six Bay Area schools. While working as a therapist he spent six years providing group counseling for men and women referred for mandatory therapy. Co-designed and launched the Certificate in Holistic Psychology at New York Open Center and the Certificate in Applied Mythology via the Depth Psychology Alliance.
Certified Master Gardener through the University of California Cooperative Extension, where he also earned a certificate in Sustainable Landscaping. Also holds a certificate in Permaculture Design. Was on the team that maintains Our Garden, a demonstration vegetable garden in Walnut Creek, California. Presents on "Gardening and Mental Health." In October of 2010, launched a Certificate in Ecotherapy at JFK University, the first of its kind in the world. Designed the curriculum for a Certificate in Ecotherapy and Sustainable Culture for The Graduate Institute in Connecticut. For the Powers of Place Initiative, co-wrote a curriculum for TerraPlaces, an online project to educate the public about how to explore the depths of one's locale. Launched a Certificate in Ecoresilience Leadership in Fall 2014 at the California Institute of Integral Studies.
Terrapsychology: Reengaging the Soul of Place came out in 2007, Deep California in 2008. Co-editor with Linda Buzzell-Saltzman, MFT of Ecotherapy: Healing with Nature in Mind, Sierra Club's 2009 sequel to Ecopsychology: Restoring the Earth, Healing the Mind. 2009: publication of Storied Lives: Discovering and Deepening Your Personal Myth and The Tears of Llorona: A Californian Odyssey of Place, Myth, and Homecoming. 2010: The Folly of Repetition and the Wisdom of Remembrance: 30 Crucial Neglected Lessons of History and edited the anthology Rebearths: Conversations with a World Ensouled. 2011: finished the Animate California Trilogy by publishing Ventral Depths and Edges, Peaks, and Vales. [All books available here.] 2016: guest co-edited the Long Emergency edition for the journal Ecopsychology.
Has written for ReVision, Huffington Post, AlterNet, HopeDance Magazine, The Journal of Critical Psychology, Spring Journal, Dream Network Journal, Jung Journal, Psychological Perspectives, The California Psychologist, and four anthologies, and has been interviewed by Time Magazine, SELF Magazine, Whole Living, Adbusters, the Los Angeles Times, the Conejo Valley Daily News, the Contra Costa Times, and Green Patriot Radio. In 2010 he presented "Ecotherapy: A Cultural Therapeutics for Coming Home" at Bioneers in San Rafael, CA.
Psychospirituality manuscript and depth psychology monograph reviewer for Routledge. Peer reviewer for the journals Ecopsychology and the Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature & Culture. Blogger at Huffington Post.
Founder and owner of World Soul Books. Cisco Webex, AnyMeeting, GoToMeeting, and Adobe Connect webinars. Trained in Canvas, Etudes, Spectrum Learning eCollege, D2L, Blackboard Collaborate, and Moodle online learning platforms.
Certificate in Greek Mythology from Oxford University (2014). Certificate in Hindu Scriptures from Harvard U (2016). Storytelling for Change Statement of Accomplishment (2016). Great Mythologies of the World (2016). Certificates in Egyptian and Norse Mythology.
International Association for Ecotherapy (board member)
Ecopsychology Journal (editorial board and peer reviewer)
Consciousness Journal (editorial board)
Holos Institute (board of directors)
National Storytelling Network (member)
Psychologists for Social Responsibility (member)
Society for Consciousness Studies (member)
Depth Psychology Alliance (member)
Supporter of the Earth Charter Initiative