Psychology Insider: A New Video Initiative

Mar 28, 2013 by Dr. Robert Weathers

At CalSouthern, we are proud to apply our signature “personal touch” to our learners’ academic experience. By interacting weekly with actively engaged faculty mentors, as well as your similarly interested classmates in the program, you are invited into a personally meaningful and practical educational journey.

Our courses focus on integrating the theoretical, more technical aspects of the curriculum with your own personal experience and self-reflection. We aim for a unique combination where your learning experience integrates so-called “book learning” with your own accrued life wisdom. Both are valuable!

To the above goals then, our faculty mentors are invested in constantly updating the curriculum with all major, new developments in this rapidly growing field. To ensure that you are receiving the most cutting-edge education imaginable, we are currently incorporating a new and comprehensive enrichment of all our courses. Soon, you will able to view your faculty mentors and other experts in your chosen field as they present “mini-lectures” in video format.

As part of this brand-new initiative to bring you face-to-face in an online format with your course faculty in their special areas of expertise, the School of Behavioral Sciences is introducing two new video series. The first addresses “Creativity in Education.” The second is earmarked for our new Certificate in Addiction Studies, and is titled “Addiction and Recovery.” It is my pleasure to host these series.

Creativity in Education includes brief, “bite-sized” presentations on such topics as “Creative Block and the Surrender of the Ego” where I explore the experience of “creative block” from psychological perspectives, including those of Carl Jung and Rollo May. In “Einstein, a Little Birdy and Personal Creativity” I apply the following quotation, by Albert Einstein, to effective problem-solving, critical thinking, and living creatively: “The significant problems we have cannot be solved at the same level of thinking with which we created them.”

The Addiction in Recover series follows a similar format and explores a variety of topics. In “New, Holistic Treatment Models” I introduce you to a brand-new website, www.integralrecovery.com, and a related textbook to be published in May 2013, while providing for a comprehensive approach to working with addictions, based on the work of integral psychological theorist Ken Wilber.

In “Why Not ‘Just Say No’?” I refer to the latest in neurophysiological research to help understand why addicts may continue on self-destructive paths, seemingly incapable of resisting the pull of alcohol or drugs.

These and several other helpful videos are now up and running on the CalSouthern website, and embedded in this article below. Many more will follow. All of this is offered in the spirit of providing you, our learners, with the finest, most interactive, creative, and cutting-edge resources possible.

Happy learning to all!

Creativity in Education:

 

Addiction and Recovery:

 

About the author:
A highly regarded educator and university administrator, as well as recovery coach, author, and public speaker, Dr. Bob Weathers holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology, with an M.A. in religious studies. Over the course of his professional career, “Dr. Bob” has provided tens of thousands of hours of therapeutic counseling and recovery coaching to satisfied clients. He has also committed the past 35 years to teaching, training, and inspiring graduate-level mental health providers at several southern California universities, most recently here at California Southern University.

Dr. Bob is currently academic effectiveness coordinator at CalSouthern, engaged full-time in ongoing initiatives for improving the educational experience of our learners, including his chairing the brand-new Student Advisory Council (more about this soon to be announced in a future newsletter). Additionally, Dr. Bob has published numerous articles in a broad cross-section of respected professional reference books, journals, and edited volumes.

Dr. Bob’s current writing and in-demand public speaking focus on applying the principles of Integral Recovery (a body/mind/spirit approach) to healing from the shame and stigma of active addiction on the way to sustained, successful recovery. For fun, he loves to perform locally, as an avid, lifelong drummer, in his own widely praised jazz ensemble.

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