FACULTY FROM THE WEST
Rich Bargdill, Ph.D. received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the Existential Psychology program at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. His dissertation was on people’s experiences of habitual boredom. He currently teaches at the Virginia Commonwealth University after spending a decade at Saint Francis University in Loretto, PA. He is the author of “An Artist’s Thought Book: intriguing thoughts about the artistic process.” He is also editor and co-editor of two upcoming books: “A History of Psychology’s Good Life” and “Introduction to Humanistic Psychology: a supplemental text. In addition, he has served as Secretary, Membership Chair and Member-at-Large for “The Society for Humanistic Psychology” which is Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. Finally, he has won awards for his very short poems and for some of his visual artwork. His sculpture called “I’m a tree chopped down everyday” was awarded 1st place at the official State Art show in Pennsylvania. Recently, he had both a painting and a poem appear in Stay Awhile: Poetic Narratives on Multiculturalism and Diversity.
Rodger Broome, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at Utah Valley University teaching in the emergency services. He is a retired fire battalion chief and fire marshal who was responsible for fire code enforcement, community safety and development, and administrating the fire investigations team. He began his public safety career as a police officer where he served as a patrol officer for 7 years. As a police officer, he worked as a field training officer, medic on the SWAT team, and lead arson investigator. His education includes undergraduate degrees in criminal justice, fire science and psychology. Afterwards, he graduated from Saybrook University in San Francisco, California, USA, with a master’s and a doctorate degree in psychology. His research interests are in public safety and emergency worker psychology. Researched topics include: police firearms training, police vehicle pursuits, police shootings, firefighters’ building collapse survival, firefighter psychomotor training methods, and police dispatcher stress. He has been a volunteer member of the Utah Critical Incident Stress Management program since 2005 and currently a mental health consultant to the Provo City Police, Utah, USA. He still volunteers as a police patrol officer on a part-time basis.
Trent Claypool, PsyD. is an American Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the state of Colorado. He is a Co-Founder and Director of Marketing of the International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology (http://www.iiehp.org). He also works full-time as a Staff Psychologist at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs where he provides psychotherapy, psychological testing, and clinical supervision and operates his own private practice. He has served as the CE Chair for the Society for Humanistic Psychology, Division 32 of the American Psychological Association. His clinical specialties include treatment of Eating Disorders, treatment of Traumatic Stress, and Evaluation of Learning Disorders. He was born in Wyoming and currently resides in Colorado Springs, CO with his wife and daughter.
Jason Dias, PsyD. is a cofounder of the International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology as well an Adjunct Professor at Saybrook University alongside several other postings. He resides in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He has worked for over a decade with sex offenders, adults with developmental disabilities, people suffering from severe mental illness, and individuals experiencing both conditions at once. Jason is a novelist in his spare time and writes for A New Domain, a blog dedicated to existential psychology. His self-published book of parables, Paintings in Sand, can be found on Amazon.com at http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B003H.
Todd DuBose, Ph.D., is a Full Professor at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, where he is the Course Stream Coordinator for the Existential-Humanistic orientation, and an advisor for the psychology and religion focus area of research and study. He has over 30 years of experience caring for others in various ways, including as a chaplain, pastoral counselor, marriage and family therapist, group therapist, play therapist, clinical professional counselor, and, currently, as a licensed clinical psychologist. He holds degrees in philosophy (B.A., Georgia State University), religion (M.Div., Union Theological Seminary) and clinical psychology (Ph.D. Duquesne University). He is interested in the integration of contemporary continental philosophy of religion and human science psychology, particularly regarding the pluralism of values in how we understand the relationship between suffering, lived meaning and practices of care. He is the recipient of both the American Psychological Association’s Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology’s Carmi Harari Early Career Award for Inquiry and Application, and The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s Distinguished Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching. He has various multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed publications, and supervises, consults and presents at local, national, and international venues, such as in the Czech Republic, Great Britain, Canada, Hungary, Belgium, Greece, Mexico, Malaysia and China. His specialization is in existential-hermeneutical-phenomenological care for persons experiencing hopelessness or meaninglessness within life situations across the lifespan that are unwanted, unchangeable, irreversible, incurable or unrelenting. He is also interested in the deconstruction of various kinds of stigmatization, the exploration and critique of assumed foundational norms and standards of care, such as models of personhood and therapeutic care, critiques of assessment and diagnostic processes, definitions of ‘evidence,’ ‘empiricism,’ ‘outcomes,’ and ‘truth,’ and unfolding what is entailed in the vocation of a human science psychologist as a “Seelsorge,” or one who practices “soul care”.
Todd is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, has lived in eight states, and currently resides in Chicago, Illinois, Todd’s avocation is venturing into the culinary arts, particular creating country-comfort-soul food from around the world. He also has a great love of animals, enjoys classic rock and smooth jazz, soul inspiring film and theater, clowning around, heart to heart chats and international travel. Most of all, he is simply a human being.
Louis Hoffman, Ph.D. is an executive faculty member and director of the Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal Psychology Specialization at Saybrook University in San Francisco. He is a past-president of the Society of Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the American Psychological Association), current president of the Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association, and author of eleven books, including Existential Psychology East-West. He serves on the Editorial Board of several journals, including The Humanistic Psychologist, the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, PsycCRITIQUES: APA Review of Books, and Janus Head. An avid writer, he has published numerous book chapters and journal articles on a range of topics including existential and humanistic therapy, international psychology, multicultural issues in psychology, poetry and therapy, and philosophical issues in psychology. He has been recognized as a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, which is given for “unusual and outstanding contributions or performance in the field of psychology.” He has also been appointed as Fellow with the Society for Humanistic Psychology, the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, and APA Division 52 (International Psychology). As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Hoffman has many years of clinical experience providing therapy, supervision, and psychological assessments. Dr. Hoffman is active conducting trainings, giving conference presentations and lectures, and teaching courses in various countries around the world.
Monica Mansilla, Ph.D.
Michael Moats, Psy.D. describes himself (first and foremost) as a father, a husband, and a friend, and he understands the value of relationship in life and in the therapy room. His passion as a clinical psychologist lies in working with clients who are learning to redefine their lives and create new meaning, especially those dealing with grief and loss in its many forms (i.e., death, divorce, job loss, recent move, natural disaster, war.) He was raised in a rural area, in which family and community were an important part of his cultural heritage. However, racism was also a part of this community. Struggle, challenge, curiosity, and death were all experiences that would set him on a path that had not yet been understood, until later in his life. Time and time again, it has been relationship that has proven to be the most valuable and useful cornerstone in providing his life-changing encounters. It is only through these relationships that he has found his greatest accomplishments, including seeing the person beyond the class, color, belief, or whatever other domain that society tends to use to create separation versus flavor. Along with teaching cultural diversity at the college-level, his research interests includes a qualitative, cross-cultural study (China and the US) that investigated meaning making and the lessons learned through loss, as well as continuing to dialogue internationally to contribute to a more rounded perspective within the global, psychological community. Additionally, he is a co-founder of the International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology and a published poet and author of various book chapters and articles.
Ilene A. Serlin, Ph.D, BC-DMT, is a licensed psychologist and registered dance/movement therapist in practice in San Francisco and Marin county. She is the past president of the San Francisco Psychological Association, a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, and past-president of the Division of Humanistic Psychology. Ilene Serlin is Associated Distinguished Professor of Integral and Transpersonal Psychology at California Institute of Integral Studies, has taught at Saybrook University, Lesley University, UCLA, the NY Gestalt Institute and the C.G. Jung Institute in Zurich. Her international work includes trauma work with Syrian refugees in Jordan, and international training programs in Istanbul and China. She is the editor ofWhole Person Healthcare (2007, 3 vol., Praeger), over 100 chapters and articles on body, art and psychotherapy, and is on the editorial boards of PsycCritiques, theAmerican Dance Therapy Journal, the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, Arts & Health: An International Journal of Research, Policy and Practice, Journal of Applied Arts and Health, and The Humanistic Psychologist.
Mark Yang, PsyD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and co-founder and director of the International Institute of Existential-Humanistic Psychology (http://www.iiehp.org), whose mission is to promote Humanistic-Existential Psychology and provide counseling skills training to mental health professionals in Asia. He is also an adjunct professor, the director of the Existential-Humanistic Programs in Asia, and the Co-Director of the International Psychology Certificate Program at Saybrook University (www.saybrook.edu). He is actively involved in the training and supervision of psychology students from the Humanistic-Existential Perspective throughout Asia. His professional interests include: Existential Psychology, Individual and Group Psychotherapy, Grief and Bereavement Counseling, Legal and Ethical Issues in Clinical Practice, and Cross-Cultural Psychology. He was born in Taiwan and immigrated with his family to the United States when he was nine years old. He is also a dog-lover.