Mary Beth Haines

Mary Beth


Mary Beth Haines

Adjunct Faculty

Online Programs
Saybrook University

I have helped people completing academic degrees since 1992, via editing, coaching, tutoring, mentoring, acting as committee person, ad hoc committee person, or liaison between the student and his or her chair. Phenomenological research is my first interest, but I have worked with people using narrative research, case study, IPA, ethnography, mindful inquiry, and some who used mixed methods. My business website is at Strong interests for me are spirituality, consciousness, human development including spiritual and faith development, and human thriving.

I worked in mental health for over 30 years, am certified in Oregon as a QMHP (Qualified Mental Health Professional) and a domestic violence intervention clinician, with the requisite 40-hour trainings in both working with perpetrators and with victims. I have worked as a general clinician, and worked in residential and day treatment with severely emotionally disturbed children. I created and led for eight years a program on how to safely intervene, transport, and physically restrain children who were acting out violently. I have experience and training working with people with differing physical abilities and conditions. I have also been trained in using energy techniques for mental health and for general practice. Some of the techniques I have been trained in and used with clients are Thought Field Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique (, Access Consciousness Bars, and Donna Eden's Energy Medicine.

Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise
Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Spirituality
Domestic Violence Spousal/Partner Abuse
PTSD/Trauma Posttraumatic Growth
Research Design/Methodology Phenomenology
Qualitative Inquiry
Therapeutic/Theoretical Orientation Transpersonal psychology
Education History
Degree Institution Year
BA Recreation and Parks Managment University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 1977
MA Human Development Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA 1995
PhD Human Development Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA 1999
Professional Memberships
Role Organization
Member Society for Phenomenology and the Human Sciences
QMHP, Oregon
Question and Answer
Describe your teaching philosophy or your approach to working with students.

Teaching is a way to share passion and enthusiasm for the process of learning with students. This requires a willingness to facilitate engagement for the learners with their own personal growth and development through the material being taught, no matter what the subject. The great thing about online education is that there is increasing diversity among both students and faculty. Facilitating learning experiences which promote critical thinking, while incorporating the skills, knowledge, and abilities each student brings into academic programs opens the way for students to become scholar practitioners. My goal is to provide a quality education to learners who are eager to undergo the transformational experience of moving from being practitioners to scholar practitioners who desire to contribute to an increasingly diverse community of scholar practitioners.

Spirit is the motivating force for opening the mind and the heart. In my work as an editor, consultant, and coach for graduate work, I have found myself able to support and challenge students from a variety of religious orientations in ways that furthered both their scholarship and their deepened understanding of their faith.

Spirit is the motivating force for opening the mind and the heart. In my work as an editor, consultant, and coach for graduate work, I have found myself able to support and challenge students from a variety of religious orientations in ways that furthered both their scholarship and their deepened understanding of their faith.

Why did you choose to enter your professional area(s)?

Every professional area I entered, from working with people with what were considered different types of physical disabilities, to working with severely emotionally disturbed children, to general mental health, to domestic violence intervention, to spiritual work, to energy work were things I got into because of curiosity and/or what I considered to be accidents: they were what became available at the time, and I felt interested. I have always wanted to serve, and enjoyed doing this in a variety of arenas: therapeutic recreation, mental health, spiritual engagement with the communities I chose. The one area that was different for me was beginning the work of editing, coaching, and in other ways assisting the academic writing process. That I began because I had abilities and skills in these areas that some of my friends in graduate school lacked confidence in. Because I was able to successfully assist others, they would recommend me to someone else, and it kept going from there.

What advice would you give a student entering Saybrook University?

Recognize that even if you consider yourself a good student with a lot of skills, you are a beginner. We are always beginners. This is a new program. In what ways will it open your mind? In what ways will it challenge your habits of thinking and of working? What are the details involved in academic writing and researching that you don't like so much? How is it that you can learn these, practice, and improve them as tools in your box of skills, tools, talents, and abilities? Even when learning is a joy, it is also often uncomfortable. Are you willing to move through the discomfort until the new becomes less challenging? Are you willing to turn to others for help when you need it? Are you willing to ask? Are you willing to share? Are you willing to serve in turn? Sometimes the best way to learn something new is to get together with a fellow student and talk together about it, whether online in discussion, through email, phone, or in person. Just the exercise of explaining to someone else what you do not understand can provide valuable learning, opening new awareness.

Curriculum Vitae
Title Location Date
Description of experience and process of writing co-authored book Prescott, AZ Sept. 2013
Blending narrative, collaboration, and dialogue for more effective learning in business courses, co-presenter IACBE Region VII Annual Meeting Nov. 2008
How to move through writing blocks Fielding Graduate University Summer Session July 2006
Counseling and mental health basics for group of leaders from Mizoram, India Placerville, CA Oct 30-Nov 2, 2001

Haines, M. B. & Minkler, L. (2012). Scribbling Into Being. New York, NY: Author House self publishing.

Professional Skills
Living in community, Spiritual development, Human lifespan development, Energy healing