Faculty Profile: Kirk Schneider

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Kirk Schneider

School: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Bio:
KIRK J. SCHNEIDER, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary humanistic psychology. He is current editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, vice-president of the Existential-Humanistic Institute, and adjunct faculty at Saybrook Graduate School and the California Institute of Integral Studies. He is also a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Schneider has published over 100 articles and chapters and has authored or edited eight books, The Paradoxical Self: Toward an Understanding of Our Contradictory Nature, Horror and the Holy: Wisdom-teachings of the Monster Tale, The Psychology of Existence: An Integrative, Clinical Perspective (with Rollo May; currently being translated into Chinese), The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Leading Edges in Theory, Research and Practice (with J. Bugental and F. Pierson), Rediscovery of Awe: Splendor, mystery, and the fluid center of life, and Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy: Guideposts to the Core of Practice (currently being translated into Russian). Dr. Schneider is the 2004 recipient of the Rollo May award for "outstanding and independent pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology" from the Humanistic Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association and is the 2009 recipient of the Living Institute "Cultural Innovator Award." Most recently, Dr. Schneider conducted Existential Therapy and Existential-Humanistic Therapy Over Time for an APA video series on psychotherapy (www.apa.org/videos) and with Dr. Ed Mendelowitz, completed the chapter on Existential Psychotherapy for Corsini and Wedding's Current Psychotherapies (8th ed.). Dr. Schneider's most recent books are: Awakening to Awe: Personal Stories of Profound Transformation (Jason Aronson, 2009), and Existential-Humanistic Therapy (co-authored with Dr. Orah Krug), which is due to be published in September, 2009 by the American Psychological Association as part of their monograph series on the major orientations in the field. Dr. Schneider has been invited to be the keynote speaker at the first Existential Psychology East West Conference in Nanjing, China 2010.
Major recent interviews on "Rediscovery of Awe" can be heard on San Francisco Bay Area's KQED Radio program "Forum" with Michael Krasny (see archives at www.kqed.org) and San Francisco Pacifica Radio's "Spirit in Action" program with Reverend Matthew Fox (see archives if still available www.kpfa.org). His talk on "Psychotherapy and the Mystery of Being," which was filmed by Canadian public television station TVO can be seen on You Tube.
For more info on Dr. Schneider and the Existential-Humanistic, see www.kirkjschneider.com, www. ehinstitute.org. and www.pacificinstitute.org/.
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Curriculum Vitae

Upcoming Presentations and Public Addresses

Dr. Schneider has lectured frequently at both national and international venues. These venues include the American Psychological Association (1987-2OO4); the first Soviet-American Humanistic Psychology Conference, Moscow (1991); the Lithuanian Association for Humanistic Psychology, University of Vilnius (1992/1996); Stanford University Medical Center (1995); Duquesne University (as visiting scholar) (1996), Seattle University (1992), Esalen Institute (1995), the Ernest Becker Foundation, Seattle (1992,1996, 2004); the Pacific News Service,San Francisco (1995); Lucasfilms /Skywalker Ranch, Novato, CA (1997); The Cleveland Museum of Art (1998), The Madness and Creativity Conference, Santa Fe, NM (1999), the International Network for Personal Meaning Conference, Vancouver, B.C. (2000, 2002, 2004), The Center for Humanistic Studies (2004) (as visiting lecturer), and Seattle University (2004). He will be the yearly visiting scholar for the East European Association for Existential Psychotherapy (a 5 nation organization) in Birstonas, Lithuania, in September of 2005, and Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the Colorado School of Professional of Psychology in Colorado Springs, in January of 2006. In August, 2006, Dr. Schneider was featured conducting Existential therapy for the APA (American Psychological Association) Video Series “Systems of Psychotherapy” currently available as a DVD online at www.apa.org/videos. Dr. Schneider has also sponsored, with psychotherapy.net, the release of a new DVD of his (and colleagues') interview with Rollo May in 1987. The DVD is called "Rollo May on Psychotherapy" and is available at www.psychotherapy.net. Currently, Dr. Schneider is co-authoring (with Saybrook alumna, Orah Krug)a volume on "Existential-Humanistic Therapy" for the American Psychological Association Monograph Series covering the major therapeutic orientations in the field. Recent presentations included a workshop on Existential-Integrative therapy and a discussion/video presentation of the above DVD featuring Rollo May at the Humanistic Psychotherapies conference in August 2007, as well as a presentation at the APA convention on positive psychology and humanistic psychology. In October, 2007, Dr. Schneider presented at the Non-Dual Wisdom Conference at the Calif. Inst. of Integral Studies, as well as at the Saybrook Colloquium in Los Angeles. He will be presenting with colleagues at the upcoming Existential-Humanistic Institute First Annual Conference, Nov. 9-11, 2007. In Jan. 2008, Dr. Schneider will again be a distinguished faculty presenter at the COSPP (now called University of the Rockies) in Colorado Springs, and in July, 2008, Dr. Schneider is a featured presenter in Toronto Canada.

Degrees, Discipline, Year, Institution

PhD, Psychology, 1984, Saybrook Institute

MA, Psychology, 1979, West Georgia College (now the State University of West Georgia).

BA, Psychology (Minor in Philosophy), 1978, Ohio State University

Current Projects and Professional Activities

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist and leading spokesperson for contemporary humanistic psychology. He is an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook Graduate School, the California Institute of Integral Studies, and the Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (through Divisions 32 [Humanistic], 42 [Independent Practice], and 12 [Clinical]). Dr. Schneider is on the editorial boards of The Journal of Humanistic Psychology, the Humanistic Psychologist, Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice (2002-2004), the Review of Existential Psychiatry and Psychology, Person-Centered and Experiential Psychotherapies, the Society for Laingian Studies, The International Journal of Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, and the Psychotherapy Patient. He is also past president and founding member of the newly formed Existential-Humanistic Institute (ehinstitute.org) of San Francisco. This is a training institute in existential-humanistic psychotherapy that holds workshops for Saybrook Graduate School and provides group case consultation. Dr. Schneider has published over 70 articles and chapters and has authored/edited five books—The Paradoxical Self: Toward an Understanding of Our Contradictory Nature (Plenum, 1990; Humanity Books, 1999, paperback); Horror and the Holy: Wisdom-teachings of the Monster Tale (Open Court, 1993); The Psychology of Existence: An Integrative, Clinical Perspective (co-authored with Rollo May, McGraw-Hill, 1995, currently being translated into Russian), The Handbook of Humanistic Psychology: Leading Edges in Theory, Research, and Practice (2001, Sage Publishing Co., published in paperback in 2002), and Rediscovery of Awe: Splendor, Mystery, and the Fluid Center of Life (June, 2004, Paragon House—www.paragonhouse.com). In March 1998, Dr. Schneider wrote the lead article in the American Psychologist entitled, “Toward a Science of the Heart: Romanticism and the Revival of Psychology,” and he completed (with Larry Leitner) the chapter on Humanistic psychotherapies for the Encyclopedia of Psychotherapy (Academic Press, 2002). Dr. Schneider also wrote the chapter on “Existential-Humanistic Psychotherapies” for the second edition of the widely acclaimed anthology “Essential Psychotherapies” (2003) edited by Alan Gurman and Stanley Messer. Dr. Schneider’s most recent honors include listing in Marquis “Who’s Who in America”, “Who’s Who in the World” (2004), and the Rollo May Award for “outstanding and independent pursuit of new frontiers in humanistic psychology” awarded by the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association (presented at the APA annual convention, 2004). In August 2005 Dr. Schneider was appointed Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology.
 

Current Publications

Schneider, K.J. (2005). Biology and awe: Psychology’s critical juncture. Humanistic

 

Schneider, K.J. (2003). The fluid center: An awe-based challenge to humanity. Journal of Humanistic psychology, 43.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Significant Publications

Schneider, K.J. (1998). Toward a science of the heart: Romanticism and the revival of psychology. American Psychologist, 53, (3), 277-289. (Lead article).

 

Schneider, K.J. (1999). The heart of Rollo May. Review of Existential Psychology and Psychiatry, 24, 104-110.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Important Conference Presentations

The International Network for Personal Meaning Conference, Vancouver, B.C. (2000, 2002, 2004), The Center for Humanistic Studies (2004) (as visiting lecturer), and Seattle University (2004). He will be the yearly visiting scholar for the East European Association for Existential Psychotherapy (a 5 nation organization) in Birstonas, Lithuania, in September of 2005, and Distinguished Visiting Faculty at the Colorado School of Professional of Psychology in Colorado Springs, in January of 2006. In December, 2005, Dr. Schneider will be the featured Existential therapist in the APA (American Psychological Association) Video Series “Systems of Psychotherapy” to be available on DVD in the summer of 2006. Please also note two interviews on KQED's Forum program with Michael Krasny, and KPFA's Spirit in Action program with Matthew Fox on my book "Rediscovery of Awe."

Research Interests

Main topics of interest: Awe, Awe-Based Psychology/Psychotherapy; Existential philosophy/psychology/theology; humanistic theory, practice, and research; visionary psychology; psychotherapy theory and research; gothic horror; spirituality and anxiety; neo-romanticism and neo-romantic psychology/therapy/research (including multiple case depth research) .

Research Expertise

Work to help students attain publication-level writing through my capacity as Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and as instructor.

Expertise Working with Saybrook Students

Main topics of interest: Awe, Awe-Based Psychology/Psychotherapy; Existential philosophy/psychology/theology; humanistic theory, practice, and research; visionary psychology; psychotherapy theory and research; gothic horror; spirituality and anxiety; neo-romanticism and neo-romantic psychology/therapy/research (including multiple case depth research) .

Research Expertise

Research Expertise Rating Guide:

  1. studied in a class or have read intensively on my own
  2. special training in the form of a workshop or equivalent
  3. taught a class in, or supervised research using this method (research practicum, on a dissertation or master's committee
  4. used in research myself
  5. published or presented at conferences my research using this method

Methods Traditionally Considered As Quantitative (But Need Not Be)

Laboratory Research
Field Experiments
Randomized Controlled Clinical
Quasi-experimental methods
Correlational Methods

Methods That Could Use Quantitative Or Qualitative Methods

Action Research
Survey Research
Interview Research
Observational Research
Epidemiological Research
Ethnography
Focus Groups
Self-Observational Methods
Narrative Methods
Feminist Methods
Content Analysis
Discovery-Oriented (psychotherapy)
Events paradigm (psychotherapy)
Archival Research
Case History Methods
Appreciative Inquiry
Multiple Case Depth Research
Hermeneutic Single Case Efficacy Design
Longitudinal research
Cross-sectional research

Methods Primarily Associated With Qualitative Research (But May Also Use Quantitative)

Ethnoautobiographical research
Hermeneutics
Grounded Theory
Phenomenology
Heuristic Research

Types of Analysis

Simple Parametric Statistics (t-test, etc.)
Confidence intervals
Analysis of Variance (including MANOVA)
Analysis of Covariance
Regression (including multiple regression)
Discriminant Function Analysis
Structural Equation Modeling/Path Analysis
Causal Modeling
Cluster Analysis
Survival Analysis
Nonparametrics
Bayesian Analysis
Meta-analysis and effect sizes
Factor Analysis
Time series analysis
Multidimensional scaling