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Norm Amundson

Dr. Norman Amundson is a Professor in Counseling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. He has spoken at many national and international conferences and focuses his writings and talks on the importance of creativity, imagination, cultural awareness, and action as career development strategies.

Author: Norman Amundson

Titles: Active Engagement: The Being and Doing of Career Counselling (2009); The Physics of Living (2003); Metaphor Making: Your Career, Your Life, Your Way (2010); Hope-Filled Engagement (2011)

Publisher: Ergon Communications – www.ergoncommunications.com

Other Titles: S. Niles, N. Amundson & R. Neault (2011). Career Flow: A Hope Centered Approach to Career Development. Publisher: Pearson.

Norm Amundson: Career Flow

Betsy Best-Martini

Betsy Best-Martini is a recreational therapist working with older adults and frail elders. She consults, presents nationally and teaches at College of Marin.

Authors: Elizabeth Best-Martini & Kim Botenhagen

Title: Exercise for Frail Elders

How to Order: Human Kinetics, PO BOX 5076 Champaign, IL 61825-5076, 800-747-4457, www.humankinetics.com

Notes: Ebooks will be available in second edition due out in 2013. Contact www.betsybest.com for information on 3 publications.

Exercise for Frail Elders

Janice Blanchard

Janice Blanchard is a gerontologist and a nationally recognized writer, speaker and consultant on aging
issues. For over 15 years she has worked in academic, government and non-profit organizations to promote a new vision of aging that values elders for their wisdom and experience and as integral members of our communities.

Creativity in Later Life

Dick Bolles

Dick Bolles is author of the most popular careerplanning and job-hunting book in the world, What Color is Your Parachute?: A Practical Manual for Job-Hunters and Career-Changers. He has guided millions in their quest for not only the right job but also the right life. What Color is Your Parachute? was on the New York Times’ best-seller list for a remarkable 288 weeks over the years, and is considered one of the “25 Books That Have Shaped Readers’ Lives” throughout history, by the Library of Congress's Center for the Book.


Author: Richard N. Bolles

Title: What Color Is Your Parachute 2012

Description: Selected by TIME magazine this year as one of the 100 best non-fiction works to appear since 1923, this book is revised annually, and has sold 10 million copies thus far. The 2012 edition is dramatically different from previous editions.

Publisher: Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Crown Publishing, a division of Random House

How to Order: amazon.com or any bookstore

Other Titles: The Job-Hunter's Survival Guide; What Color Is Your Parachute Job-Hunter's Workbook; Finding Your Mission in Life; What Color Is Your Parachute for Teens (co-author: Carol Christen)
What Color is Your Parachute for Retirement (co-author: John Nelson)

Denise Bondy

Denise Bondy, a certified Activity Coordinator, has advocated for people with developmental disabilities for 30 years and engaged in the visual arts in many capacities. In addition to teaching art, she has worked with Bay Area agencies and was the activities and volunteer coordinator of The Cedars of Marin for 10 years. In 2009, she coordinated a unique and colorful multi-artist show titled "Working Out: Artists With Developmental Differences" in the Rasmussen Art Gallery on the Pacific Union College campus.

Creativity Lab Bibliography

Carmela Ann Carlyle

Carmela created the first Chair and Wheelchair Laughter Yoga Club in the world in 2007 which is also featured in this DVD. She trains eldercare professionals to be Certified Laughter Yoga Leaders.


DVD Title: Laughing with Older Adults: an instructional tool for leading joyful chair fitness

Description: This is an ideal tool for anyone who wishes to integrate the healing power of laughter into their work with older adults. The almost two hour-long DVD features laughter yoga with elders at different levels of care, from four residential care communities.

How to Order: PayPal (US); PayPal (CA residents).

Click to watch a three minute preview: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c-WfQCs57ak

Carmela Carlyle: Laughter Yoga with Older Adults

Chaplain Bruce Feldstein, MD

Bruce Feldstein is founder and Director of The Jewish Chaplaincy at Stanford University Medical Center since 2000, and is Adjunct Clinical Professor at Stanford University School of Medicine where he teaches Spirituality and Meaning in Medicine, a required class, and the Healer’s Art course.

Bridging with the Sacred

Sara Zeff Geber

Sara Zeff Geber, PhD., is the founder of LifeEncore. She is a speaker, author, and coach in later-life and retirement planning. She works cooperatively with financial planners to provide a 360-degree perspective on the adventures awaiting individuals in the baby boom generation as they re-invent the concept of retirement. Sara is the author of How to Manage Stress for Success: An AMACOM WorkSmart Series Book, and chapter author of “Choices,” in GPS for Success.

Fifty-Plus, Minus Kids: The Unique Challenges of "Solo Agers"

Sally Gelardin

Sally Gelardin delights in bringing together people and ideas. She is the first Poetics of Aging Conference Chair, Moderator of Careerwell’s Tele-Interviews with Industry Experts, Instructor of the Global Career Development Facilitator Training, Creator of Job Juggler’s Lifelong Employability Program, and Adjunct Faculty/Portfolio Evaluator at the University of San Francisco.

The Emerging Workforce Caregiving Housing Dilemma

The Integral Aging Process

Author: Sally Gelardin

Title: Career and Caregiving: Empowering the Shadow Workforce of Family Caregivers (National Career Development Association)

Description: As our population ages, the time has come to empower the shadow workforce – the over-worked, underpaid population of family caregivers. This wonderful book provides a unique and powerful contribution of care to caregivers—highly recommended. Dean Ornish, M.D. – Founder and President, Preventive Medicine Research Institute, Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco; Author, The Spectrum

How to Order: Available through the National Career Development Association

Other Titles: Starting and Growing a Business in the New Economy: Leading Career Entrepreneurs Share Stories and Strategies (National Career Development Association); The Mother-Daughter Relationship: Activities for Promoting Lifework Success. See additional publications.

Sally Gelardin; Career & Caregiving

John Gray

John Gray is the #1 Best Selling Relationship Author of all times.

Author: John Gray, PhD

Titles: The Mars and Venus Diet and Exercise Solution; Why Mars and Venus Collide

Description: Why Mars & Venus Collide – Improving Relationships by Understanding How Men and Women Cope Differently with Stress – Published by Harpers Collins; The Mars & Venus Diet & Exercise Solution – Create the Brain Chemistry of Health, Happiness, and Lasting Romance

How to Order: Available at www.marsvenus.com or Amazon

Other Titles: Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus; Mars and Venus on a Date; What You Feel You Can Heal; Men, Women and Relationships; Mars and Venus in Love; Mars and Venus Together Forever: A Practical Guide to Creating Lasting Intimacy; Mars and Venus in the Bedroom; Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus Book of Days; Mars and Venus Starting Over; How To Get What You Want and Want What You Have; Children Are from Heaven; Practical Miracles for Mars and Venus: Nine Principles for Lasting Love, Increasing Success, and Vibrant Health in the Twenty-first Century; Mars and Venus in the Workplace; Truly Mars & Venus; Mars and Venus: 365 Ways to Keep Passion Alive; Venus on Fire, Mars on Ice – Hormonal Balance – The Key to Life, Love, and Energy

John Gray: Mars & Venus Diet & Exercise Solution

Don Hanlon Johnson

Don Hanlon Johnson, PhD, is founder of the first graduate degree program in Somatic Psychology program in the United States, located at CIIS where he is a professor. Don Hanlon Johnson’s website

Author: Don Hanlon Johnson

Titles: Everyday Hopes, Utopian Dreams: Reflections on American Ideals; Body, Spirit and Democracy

Everyday Hopes, Utopian Ideals

Helen Harkness

CDA magazine

Publications: Best Jobs for the Future, The Career Chase; Don't Stop the Career Clock; Capitalizing on Career Chaos

Ken Keis

Ken Keis, MBA, CPC is considered a foremost global authority on the way assessment strategies and processes increase and multiply your success rate. He also has co-created CRG’s proprietary development models and written over 3 million words of content for 40 business training programs and 400+ articles. Ken is an expert on assisting individuals, families, teams, and organizations to realize their full potential and to live On Purpose!

Author: Ken Keis

Title: Why Aren’t You More Like Me?

Description: Each person has a distinct Personal Style. This book provides a roadmap for knowing yourself better and for understanding others!

How to Order: Order at: whyarentyoumorelikeme.com

Ken Keis: Why Aren't You More Like Me?

Orah Krug

Orah T. Krug, Ph.D., is a licensed psychotherapist with a private practice in Oakland, CA. She is the clinical training director of the Existential-Humanistic Institute of San Francisco and teaches at Saybrook Graduate School. Her current research focuses on the relationship between the cultivation of intra and interpersonal presence and the contextual factors of therapy associated with therapeutic change.

A Case Study Integrating (EMDR) Trauma Treatment with Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapy

James Bugental and Irvin Yalom Two Masters of Existential Therapy Cultivate Presence in the Therapeutic Encounter

Authors: Kirk Schneider, PhD and Orah Krug, Phd.

Title: Existential-Humanistic Therapy (2010)

Description: This book is part of from the series entitled “Theories of Psychotherapy.” From the liner notes, “APA offers the Theories of Psychotherapy Series as a focused resource for understanding the major theoretical models practiced by psychotherapists today. Each book, written by leaders in the field, emphasizes solid theory and evidence-based practice, illustrated with rich case examples…”
Thomas Greening had this to say about Existential-Humanistic Therapy, “I wish I could have read this book 50 years ago when I began practicing existential-humanistic therapy…And I wish Rollo May, Jim Bugental and others had lived to see their work so well explicated…Schneider and Krug have gifted us with a book that enriches this profound movement to make psychotherapy good for the soul.”

Publisher: American Psychological Association

Krug & Schneider: Existential-Humanistic Therapy

John Krumboltz

John Krumboltz, Professor of Education and Psychology at Stanford University, has won many research awards and has been designated as a “Living Legend in Counseling” by the American Counseling Association.

Happenstance Learning Theory

Authors: John Krumboltz and Al Levin

Title: Luck Is No Accident, Making the Most of Happenstance in Your Life and Career (2nd Edition)

Description: “The many inspiring stories and principles in this book show that our lives are totally unpredictable, yet, paradoxically within our control, when we take advantage of unforeseen encounters and events.” – Howard Figler

Publisher: Impact Publishers, P.O. Box 6016, Atascadero, CA 93423-6016; 805-466-5917; www.impactpublishers.com

Luck is No Accident

Fred Mandell

Fred Mandell is a writer, artist and creative catalyst for individuals and organizations, who has helped thousands here and abroad unlock their full creative powers.

What the Great Masters of Art Can Teach Us About Living with Creativity, Vitality and Meaning in the Second Half of Life

Authors: Fred Mandell PhD and Kathleen Jordan PhD

Title: Becoming a Life Change Artist; 7 Creative Skills to Reinvent Yourself at Any Stage of Life

Description: This book, filled with enlightening and moving stories of change, reveals a surprising secret: We all have much in common with the most creative artists and thinkers in history; the authors show how you can develop the core creative skills of the great masters such as Monet, Picasso, Berthe Morisot and use them to make successful life transitions.

Publisher: Penguin Avery, 375 Hudson Street, NYC, NY, 10014-3658, Adenike Olanrewaju 212-366-2255, adenike.olanrewaju@us.penguingroup.com

How to Order: Books are available in e-format. Amazon (Kindle, $14.99), Barnes and Nobles (Nook, $14.99)

Becoming a Life Change Artist

Rush Rehm and Courtney Walsh

Professor of Drama and Classics at Stanford University, Rush Rehm has written several books on Greek tragedy and is the Artistic Director of Stanford Summer Theater.

Classic Theater: A Selection from Beckett's "Happy Days"

Falstaff from Shakespeare's "Henry lV, Part 2"

Chorus followed by Oedipus, Sophocles' "Oedipus at Colonus"

Scene from Euripides' "Suppliant Women"

Shakespeare’s Sonnet 73

Author: Rush Rehm

Publications: Aeschylus' Oresteia: A Theatre Version (Melbourne 1978), Greek Tragic Theatre (Routledge: London 1992), Marriage to Death: The Conflation of Wedding and Funeral Rituals in Greek Tragedy (Princeton 1994), The Play of Space: Spatial Transformation in Greek Tragedy (Princeton 2002), and Radical Theatre: Greek Tragedy and the Modern World (Duckworth: London 2003).

Bill Ryan

William P. Ryan Phd. has been a licensed psychologist in private practice for over thirty-five years. He has taught college at both graduate and undergraduate levels and been a consultant in drug prevention, agencies for children and law enforcement.


Author: William P. Ryan PhD.

Title: Working From the Heart: A Therapist's Guide to Heart-Centered Psychotherapy

Description: Working From the Heart advocates that a therapist's expressions of non-sexual, non-romantic love are a core ingredient in effective psychotherapy. It addresses self-forgiveness, resolving major life dilemmas, love blocks and the notion of our big hearts from a heart-centered perspective.

How to order: Amazon.com

Publisher: Jason Aronson Publishing, a division of Rowman and Littlefield Books, Lanham MD

Other titles; Love Blocks: Breaking the Patterns That Undermine Relationships (co-author, Mary Ellen Donovan); In the Woods, At the Water: Healing Journeys Into Nature(co-author Jeanne Lightfoot); The Bench, The Council and The Prayer

Bill Ryan: Working from the Heart

Kirk J. Schneider

Kirk Schneider is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary humanistic psychology. Dr. Schneider is current editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute (EHI), and adjunct faculty at Saybrook Graduate School, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology. Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited eight books.

The Case for Existential Psychotherapy

Awakening to an Awe-Based Psychology

APA Monitor 2011

Author: Kirk J. Schneider

Titles: Awakening to Awe; The Paradoxical Self; Horror and the Holy; The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology; Rediscovery of Awe; Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy; Existential-Humanistic Therapy (Schneider and Krug)

Description: Awakening to Awe is a self-help meditation on an alternative–and growing—spiritual movement. This is a movement comprised of people who resist the “quick-fix” model for living and who reach for the farthest beyonds while standing firmly on earth.

Publisher: Jason Aronson, a Division of Rowman & Littlefield Books, Lanham, MD

How to Order Available at amazon.com.

Awakening to Awe

Beverly Scott and Patricia Cavanaugh

Bev Scott and Patricia Cavanaugh are partners in The 3rd Act, a life-planning process which promotes positive aging for those in mid-life and beyond.

Positive Psychology or the Psychology of Satisfaction

Ilene Serlin

Ilene A. Serlin, Ph.D., BC-DMT is a psychologist and registered dance/movement therapist in San Francisco and Marin. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, past President of the Division of Humanistic Psychology and served on the APA’s Presidential Task Force on Whole Person Psychology. She is Founder of the Arts Medicine Program at the Institute of Health and Healing at California Pacific Medical Center.

Action Stories

The Anne Sexton Complex

Poetic Movement

Author: Ilene Ava Serlin, Ph.D. (editor)

Title: Whole Person Healthcare (3 vols.)

Description: With healthcare services becoming more specialized, fractured, and costly, consumers are demanding more integrative, effective treatments that address the physical, spiritual, and psychological aspects of illness and health. This whole person approach to healthcare is increasingly being offered by healthcare professionals and in facilities nationwide.

How to Order: Available at abc-clio.com.

Ilene Serlin: Whole Person Healthcare

Nader Shabahangi

Nader is a licensed psychotherapist, and is cofounder/CEO of AgeSong Elder Communities. His multicultural background has fueled his passion for becoming an advocate for marginalized groups and for creating programs with the purpose of caring more comprehensively for elders.

Interview: Poetics of Aging Themes

Interview: Elder Care and Our Fear of Aging

Author: Nader R. Shabahangi

Titles: Gems of Wisdom: A Book of Elder Poetry and Prose; Conversations with Ed: Waiting for Forgetfulness: Why Are We So Afraid of Alzheimers Disease? (Pat Fox, Nader Shabahangi, Ed Voris); Faces of Aging

How to Order: Available at Amazon

Nader Shabahangi: Gems of Widsom

Matt Spalding, Puran Khalsa

Matthew Spalding completed his post-doctoral work at a Pacific Institute AgeSong residential treatment facility, providing individual psychotherapy, leading groups, and conducting a qualitative research study on the subject of this workshop proposal, published in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (2010; 50: 142.)

Puran Khalsa has been working/training in the field of psychology for over 10 years. Working with a broad spectrum of clients from children to elders, Puran believes that there are many points along each person’s journey that offer potential meaning specific to their stage of development.

Humanistic and Transpersonal Approaches to Psychotherapy for Elders with Dementia

Naomi Tickle

Naomi Tickle is an International speaker, career consultant and author of What Makes People Tick and Why. She was first introduced to Face Pattern Recognition 22 years ago. Amazed by the accuracy, she could immediately see how this approach could help individuals better understand themselves and the people they meet with.

Naomi has appeared on CNN, Fox News, NBC, BBC, Good Morning America and numerous television radio interviews around the world. Her clients include Norwich University, The Commonwealth Club, IBM marketing division, The World Trade Center, AT&T, National Semiconductor, College Administration, Orthodontist, Kinesiology, FAMA conferences plus many more.


Author: Naomi T. Tickle

Title: What Makes People Tick and Why

Description: This is a step by step guide on how to read key features in the face
that will help you to better understand yourself and the people you meet with. It includes photo's and sketches, plus an indepth description of the trait. Great for communications, relationships, understanding children, sales and much more.

Publisher: Daniels Publishing

How to Order: www.thefacereader.com

Other Titles: You Can Read A Face Like A Book

Naomi Tickle: You Can Read a Face Like a Book

Rob Tufel

Rob Tufel, MSW, MPH is the Director of Adult Services at Jewish Family & Children's Services of the East Bay. He also serves as the Vice-President of the Board of the U.C. Berkeley School of Public Health Alumni Association.

When the Professional and Personal Cross: Being a Geriatric Care Professional and Caring for Aging Parents

Gaea Yudron

Gaea Yudron, Director of Sage’s Play, is a best-selling author (Growing and Using the Healing Herbs, Gaea Weiss), healing arts practitioner and performing artist.

A New Wrinkle

Author: Gaea Yudron

Title: Songs of the Inner Life

Description: Songs of the Inner Life is a luminous memoir that chronicles the author’s rich inner world and her passionate outer engagements in pursuit of art, love, pleasure and spiritual communion. An unconventional and deeply compelling life review. This preview contains the book’s introduction and first three chapters.

Publisher: Sage’s Play, Box 484, Ashland, OR 97520

How to Order: Book preview will be available at Amazon.com.