Psychology Matters

I have taught psychology at Conestoga College now for 6 years and before that I worked as a learning specialist in the Disabilities Office.  It is my hope that this blog will enhance students’ learning, in what I believe to be a very important discipline – Psychology.

How important?

Just look at the key findings that Phillip G. Zimbardo lists that psychology has contributed to our self-understanding to date: a) psychological testing and assessment, b) positive reinforcement, c) psychological therapies, d) dynamic development across the life span, e) parenting, f) self-directed change, g) psychological stress and h) humanizing factory work.  Psychology has taught us the ways and means of understanding each other better and how to minimize conflict; it has the potential to provide us with the tools to solve some of the major threats of our times.  Resolving crises such as, global warming, the spread of aids and the reduction of violent conflict toward the creation of a compassionate society, will depend to a large extent on our ability to apply what we have learned in psychology.  (you can read Zimbardo’s entire article by clicking here.)

We are at an exciting crossroads right now as the Western scientific and the Eastern contemplative traditions begin a dialogue.  The fruits of this dialogue are already being gathered as we learn the ways in which “the mind” can shape our brains and our behaviour.  The mindfulness movement is a force within psychology that is currently the focus of much interest which we will explore in the courses offered herein.


Sept 2008

3 Responses to “Psychology Matters”

  1. Hi Barry, i am writing to inquire about the Mindfullness Based stress reduction course. Specifically, i was wondering about the courses and retreats you’ve attended that you can bring to your instruction of this course. Thanks, Jan

    • Hi Jan:

      I have taken the 7-day MBSR Teacher Training with Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli in summer 2008 and the 9-day Teacher practicum at the Center for Mindfulness at UMass in the summer of 2009. Also, I have taken workshops with Zindel Segal in 2007 and 2008, as well at with Mark Williams in the spring of 2008. The focus of the latter three sessions was Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.


  2. Barry et al — I have written a book right inline with this discussion. The title (provided by the major academic publisher Rowan and Littlefield, doesn’t quite match the content, however I hope you will check out: Exploring Intimacy: Cultivating Healthy Relationships through Insight and Intuition.
    Suzann Panek Robins, MA, CHT

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