Faculty Profile: Susan Campbell

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Susan Campbell

School: Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Susan Campbell is an author of nine books and founder of The Getting Real Work and Getting Real Seminars. Dr. Campbell has been a relationship coach for couples, families, singles, and business leaders since 1967. After earning her Ph.D. in Clinical/Counseling Psychology from the University of Massachusetts in 1967, she went on to become a member of that school's Graduate Faculty until 1977, when she left there to join the Saybrook faculty. During this time she has also pursued a career as a professional speaker and a consultant and trainer for CEOs, top and mid-level managers, and rank and file personnel. She is President of Getting Real Resources, a coaching and training company, which aims at changing the culture to make honesty the new cultural norm and making the world safe for differences.


University of Massachusetts Ph.D. Clinical/Organizational Psychology 1967

Temple University M.A. Counseling Psychology 1963

Drew University B.A. Psychology 1962

Post Doctoral Training

NTL Institute (formerly National Training Laboratories) Post-doctoral Internship in Organization Development and Large Systems Change (9 weeks full time, plus two years supervised field experience) 1970-72.

San Diego Gestalt Center Post doctoral Internship in Gestalt Applications to Personal and Organizational Change (4 weeks full time, one year supervised field experience) 1975-76.

Work Experience

1967-present: teamwork consultant and trainer, leadership coach, professional speaker, relationship coach

1967-1991: licensed clinical psychologist in private practice

1969-1977: Full time graduate faculty, University of Massachusetts, (Amherst, MA) School of Education (taught counseling, family therapy, group and organizational behavior in Applied Behavioral Sciences graduate program)

1980-1982: CEO of a non-profit education and research foundation, The Gaia Institute, San Francisco, CA (duties included strategic planning, budgeting, hiring, training, coaching, assessment, providing incentives, visioning, and inspiring commitment)

1977-1990: Half-time (core) graduate faculty, Peace and Conflict Studies Department, Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA

1990-present: Adjunct faculty Social Transformation Department, Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA


Author of nine books: Expanding Your Teaching Potential: Education for Participation in a Changing World (Irvington, 1977), Earth Community: Living Experiments in Cultural Transformation (Island, 1982); Beyond the Power Struggle: Dealing with Conflict in Love and Work (Impact, 1984), From Chaos to Confidence: Survival Strategies for the New Workplace (Simon and Schuster, 1995), Getting Real: 10 Truth Skills You Need to Live an Authentic Life (New World Library, 2001); Truth in Dating: Finding Love by Getting Real (New World Library, 2002); Saying What’s Real: Seven Keys to Authentic Communication and Relationship Success (New World Library, 2003).


Inventor of five educational card games: Getting Real, Truth at Work, Getting Real for Young People, Guest of Honor, and Truth in Dating

Audio Programs

Author of two audio tapes produced and distributed by Psychology
Today Magazine's "experts in the field series:" A Guide to Open
Communication and Why Opposites Attract: Discovering the Other You.

Video Programs

Campbell, Susan.”The Five Stages of Relationship: A Self-Guided Program for Couples,” produced and distributed by Access Video, Berkeley, CA (1987)

Campbell, Susan, “The Couples Journey,” on PBS Thinking Allowed with Jeffrey Mishlove, 1992, distributed by Thinking Allowed Productions, Oakland, CA.

Campbell, Susan. “Riding the Wave: Strategies for Change” (20 minute training video), produced by CRM Films, Los Angeles , CA

Other Related Experience

Susan was CEO of a non-profit education and research foundation for two years (1980 - 1982), an assignment which gave her hands-on experience as leader of a large organization.

She was the featured guest on the nationally televised talk show "The Dr. Dean Edell Show" (August, 1992) during which she wrote and performed a script to teach active listening and other "fair fighting" techniques to couples in crisis. The show featured a live demonstration of the benefits of active listening.

She was featured on CNN's NewsNight (November, 1985) during which she held a listener call-in conference on dealing with workplace conflicts.

References (in professional journals)
Anderson, Susan Campbell. “The Effects of Confrontation,” Journal of Counseling Psychology, Volume 16, Number 5, 1968.
Anderson, Susan Campbell, and Jules Zimmer. “The Dimensions of Empathy and Positive Regard,” Journal of Counseling Psychology, Volume 15, number 5, 1968.
Campbell, Susan. “Women and Success,” The Humanistic Psychology Institute Review, Volume 1, Number 1, Summer 1978.
Carkhuff, Robert, Susan Campbell Anderson and Mae Alixik, “Do We have a Theory of Vocational Choice?” Journal of Personnel and Guidance, Volume 46, Number 4, 1968.
Campbell, Susan. “Developing Ego-Strength in Drug-Dependent Persons Using Group Therapy,” Correctional Psychologist, Volume 4, Fall 1971.
Campbell, Susan. “Working through the Impasse in Self and Society: Gestalt Therapy Applications in Personal and Community Development,” The Gestalt Therapist, Volume 11, Number 1, Fall 1975.
Campbell, Susan. “Working Through the Power-Vulnerability Polarity,” Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, Volume 8, Number 2, 1977.
Campbell, Susan. “The Co-Creative Teacher: A Key Dimension in Accelerated Learning,” Journal of Accelerated Learning, Volume 10, Number 3, Spring 1980.

Work Experience Related to Change and Conflict Management

Susan has been an organizational consultant and trainer for 40 years,
specializing in organizational change, team building, and conflict resolution.

A small sampling of her professional experience in conflict resolution, mediation, and training is summarized below:

Developed a whole systems culture change program at San
Francisco General Hospital's Epidemiology Center - teaching conflict
and mediation skills to entire staff and advanced conflict and
group facilitation skills to a core group of internal trouble shooters.

Frequent guest lecturer at Harvard, UCLA and Stanford business
schools teaching courses in conflict, change, and group dynamics.

Conducted eight five-day Negotiation Skills Laboratories for
Managers sponsored by NTL Institute (1975 - 78).

Featured presenter on Negotiation Skills for several of the yearly
"Discover Solutions" conferences sponsored by Sonoma Business
Magazine (1988-1990).

In February 2008, she hosted a conference of thought leaders in the Honesty Movement called The Truth Summit. One outcome of the Summit was the creation of The Honesty Charter, similar to The Earth Charter, which gives structure and identity to the emerging cultural movement calling for greater transparency in business, government, and human relationships. To view The Honesty Charter visit honestycharter.blogspot.com/.

Dr. Campbells work has been featured in many popular magazines including New Woman, Psychology Today, Self, Harvard Business Review, Seventeen, Mens Health, New Age, Fast Company, and Yoga Journal. She has been a guest on many national TV talk shows including Dr Dean Edell, CNNs News Night, and Good Morning America.


Curriculum Vitae

Unavailable at this time.