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Dr. Robert Schmitt is the Director of the Consciousness, Spirituality, and Integrated Health Specialization (CSIH) and full time faculty in the Psychology Program of Saybrook University. He has a Ph.D. in Spirituality (Fordham University) and Masters Degrees in Counseling, Philosophy and Sacred Theology. His goal has been to integrate spirituality and psychology as a scholar-practitioner. Before coming to Saybrook Dr. Schmitt was on the core faculty at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (now Sofia University) and before that at Santa Clara University. Besides his faculty roles, his practice has also included spiritual guide, Jesuit priest, Novice Director, administrator (as dean at 2 schools and as president at 3 schools), author and Hospice Chaplain.
- Areas of Expertise
Area Expertise Executive and Career Coaching Coaching Life Coaching Pastoral care Religion and psychology Consciousness & Spirituality Studies Spirituality Counseling Work/Life Balance Ethical & Legal Issues Code of Conduct for Counselors Life Coaching Leadership & Management Collaborative Management Leadership and Management
- Education History
Degree Institution Year B.A. Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 1960 PhL Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA 1961 S.T.M. Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 1968 M.A. Counseling Santa Clara University, Santa Clara, CA 1987 Ph.D. Fordham University, New York 1974
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Describe your teaching philosophy or your approach to working with students.
I have concentrated on the areas of spirituality and psychology in my studies and research because my life passion has been to help people and groups clarify and achieve their life meaning and purpose. That perspective is at the heart of my approach to teaching. I seek to help students gain the knowledge they need for their degree and explore how the topics studied relate to their interests and goals. I also believe that true knowledge (in John Newman’s words, real knowledge rather than simply notional knowledge) transforms the student. And so I help students ask how this knowledge impacts their life and work. Finally, I approach each course as an opportunity for me to learn more. In that sense we are all explorers together.
- Curriculum Vitae
Research on ethical issues facing therapists
Research on impact of an evolutionary cosmology on religion, psychology and ethics.
Research on religious wounding
Research on spiritual direction with those outside a religious tradition
Research on the medieval imagery within the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius of Loyola
Research on religious experiences and images of Sacred Feminine
Research on transpersonal education and management
Research on discernment or whole person decision making
Research on differences between regional accreditation bodies
- Professional Skills
Religious wounding, Discernment (individual and group), Spirituality for those outside any tradition, Christian spiritual direction and formation, Ignatian Spirituality, Balancing masculine and feminine characteristics, An evolutionary cosmology, Integrating spirituality and psychology, Strategic Planning