This publishing center was founded in 2020. It is a primary outlet for publication of findings from the Edge of Knowledge, the research and development center of the New Global Professional School of Psychology. The Professional Psychology Press offers books primarily in four domains of professional psychology.
Personality and Interpersonal Psychology: provides findings from qualitative researh regarding the lives of individuals, couples and families with a focus on lifelong development.
Health psychology: provides psychological perspectives and practices at four levels: treatment, amelioration, prevention and reformation.
Organizational psychology: an appreciative perspective guides the organizational structures, processes and culture underlying the consultative and coaching strategies and tactics. and
Clinical psychology: provides perspectives and practices orientated toward the psychodynamic schools of psychotherapy, with a focus on the intersubjective/relational dimensions of effective clinical diagnosis and treatment.
Caring Deeply concerns four models of generativity (building on Erik Erikson’s description of the “generative” stage of adult development). Written by William Bergquist and Gary Quehl, this book documents the ways we, as adults, can be generative (a life-fulfilling enterprise) by raising children and/or producing a managing a major project. We can also be generative in our work with other people as a mentor, teacher, motivator, etc. within an organizational setting. At the third level of generativity, we expand our caring in time by serving as guardians of traditions, and at the fourth level we expand our caring in space by serving the communities in which we live and work (whether this be our local community or communities of a much broader scope). All four levels are described in some detail and relate to the fundamental choice in life between generativity and stagnation. In this book, the nature of deep caring is explored—as legacy (the way in which we live in some form beyond our personal lifetime).
There are many choices available to each of us during a lifetime. These choices can lead us to a self-renewing life or to stagnation and decline. Many of these decisions concern the way and the extent to which we care about other people, our heritage and our community.
We make choices. We may suffer from the wounds of betrayal and alienation—in some ways the violation of our life covenant—but we still have a chance to turn toward new purposes. We can shift from the wounded leader to the generative teacher. We can be transformed from the person who was left behind to the person who is helping a new generation lead the way into the future. Though we may have lost the opportunity to play an active role as parent to our children, a second form of parenting is available in abundance during late midlife. We can be parents to our organizations, to people for whom we serve as mentors, and to young people in our community. We can savor the joys of caring for our grandchildren and can become valuable volunteers in nonprofit organizations. Just as life seems to take away opportunities for active leadership, public recognition and parenting, it offers a second opportunity for new forms of parenting. Many ways in which to be a “parent” are available at all points in our life. We can be a parent not only to children and other people but also to ideas, subordinates, people we mentor, institutions, communities, and even cultures.
In essence, our need for generativity concerns two primarily factors. First, generativity is about extending our presence and influence with our own children, with the next generation, with our heritage, and with our community. We become gardeners who tend the garden. We want the flowers, the trees and the plants to live long after we do and to represent, in some important and tangible way, the manner in which we make an appearance on this earth. We want the garden to reassure us and the world that we made a difference.
There is a second primary factor in understanding the path to generativity. Generativity is about caring for that about which one truly cares. We can’t attend equally to every flower in the garden; we must determine which of the flowers we care about most and then devote deep, caring attention to them. So, in life, we must identify those few things about which we truly care when we reach our Autumnal years. This is what generativity is all about. We want to touch the important people in our lives and accomplish things as men and women of Autumn that leave a lasting impression.
We express and experience generativity through the enactment of four different, though interrelated, deep caring roles. First, there is the generativity that we experience as parents— even when our children are grown up and we are no longer their primary caretakers. Indeed, caring about our children does not fade away as we grow older; rather, it takes on a new form and is accompanied by the delight that comes with seeing our children succeed in their own lives and finding their own distinctive identity. The expression of this first mode of generativity need not be limited to the care for children we have raised from birth.
Second, there is the generativity that comes with caring about young men and women who are not part of our immediate or extended family. This type of generativity often is engaged when we are older and in a position of some power or influence in an organization. We care for the next generation of leaders or the next generation of craftsmen and artisans in our field. We often are generative in this second way through our role as mentors. We run interference for younger people or for those who look up to us. We collaborate with them on projects, such as writing a book together with a newcomer in the field. We serve as role models that new people in our company emulate through job performance, personal values, and even lifestyle. We serve as mentors when we listen carefully to younger people talk about their problems and accomplishments. We serve as mentors when we encourage our protégés to take risks or to push beyond initial achievements. We sponsor younger people by inviting them into our world, our exclusive club or inner group.
There is a third way in which generativity is expressed. As guardians, we take responsibility for the cultural values and riches from which we all benefit, offering our concern beyond specific individuals in our society. We engage a social radius that extends beyond our immediate personal surroundings. Our domain of concern is no longer just our family, our organization, or even our community. We now care about the more fundamental legacies in our life and engage this caring through wisdom and integration of soul and spirit. While this third way to express generativity can be identified as a form of resistance to change, or as an overdose of nostalgia, it also can be seen as an expression of deep caring for that which remains valid in contemporary times and which continues as a source of wisdom regardless of its date of origin or the quaint way in which it is stated, painted, or sung.
Generativity is to be found in yet a fourth way. Men and women are generative in their care for the community in which they lived. When we are generative in late midlife we establish, support, or help to expand networking in our community. We move beyond our own family and the organizations in which we have worked. We are particularly suited at this time in our life to such roles as teacher, trainer or coach to the leaders or managers of nonprofit organizations or community action forums. These community-based generative services are not just about quiet leadership; they are also about voluntary community engagement (a key ingredient in any attempt to increase “social capital” or “community capital”). We don’t retire, we just quit working for money.
Insofar as men and women are serving in generative roles when working with other people, with an organization, or with their community during senior years, they are likely to be more inclined than ever before to exert authority in a collaborative and nurturing manner. And as they teach and mentor, they are also willing to take less credit and be less visible as they age. They already have acquired whatever power and recognition they are likely to get in their lives. They have had their “day in the sun.” These men and women now gain more gratification from watching their organizational or community or cultural “children” succeed than from succeeding themselves. They have shifted from a primary focus on their own success to a focus on significance—making a difference in the world. They care deeply.
William Bergquist, Ph.D. (Psychology) is an internationally known coach, consultant, trainer and educator. He is also a widely published author, researcher, and scholar. As an author of more than 50 books and 150 articles, Bill writes about profound personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. His book, The Postmodern Organization, has been identified as one of the 50 classics in organizational theory and has been translated into both Italian and Mandarin. In Our Fifties was featured on Good Morning America and in several metropolitan newspapers. The Professional School of Psychology (PSP), where William Bergquist serves as president, has for more than 40 years provided a unique model of education and training to accomplished professionals in countries throughout the world. Bill has served as consultant, coach and/or trainer to leaders in more than 1,000 organizations over the past 50 years and has co-founded the Library of Professional Coaching and founded the Library of Professional Psychology.
Gary Quehl is President of Quehl Associates, a national firm providing services to colleges, universities, and nonprofit organizations in the areas of executive coaching, leadership development, comprehensive strategic planning, governing board education, and fund raising. Dr. Quehl also served for sixteen-years as President and CEO of two Washington, DC-based, higher education associations: Council of Independent Colleges (the national service organization for private colleges and universities) and Council for Advancement and Support of Education (the international service organization for fund raising, public relations, marketing, and alumni officers from 3,400 colleges, universities, and independent schools in 74 countries). Gary has authored or co-authored 32 books and articles in the fields of public affairs, philanthropy, and higher education. He has served on 50 boards during a 45 year period, has led leadership seminars for non-profit and for-profit leaders and organizations, and has been senior fund raising counsel in helping universities and nonprofit organizations to raise $300 million. Quehl was co-founder of the Center for Nonprofit Leadership and has directed its Sage Leadership/Civic Engagement Project (Grass Valley and Nevada City, CA).
Author: William Bergquist
As the subtitle of the book implies, Love Lingers Here concerns enduring intimate relationships that exist in our mid-21st Century world. Most books about couples are written by those doing couples therapy and are based on the assumption that successful couples are doing whatever the couples in therapy are not doing (called “pathological extension”). Love Lingers Here is based instead on interviews with more than 70 couples who have been together for many years (averaging 20 plus years together). Through thick and thin, these couples (both straight and gay) have remained loyal to one another and have found ways in which to adjust to changing conditions in their own lives and the world in which they reside.
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Making use of a model of developmental stages, the author, William Bergquist, has described how his couples have found ways to remain in love over time. Dr. Bergquist introduces new concepts regarding relationship-based covenants, remarriages within a relationship, and marker events (differences that make a difference). Making use of a metaphor regarding the “tectonic plates” that move below the earth’s crust, Bergquist offers inspiring narratives regarding how specific “plates” in the lives of couples are engaged at each of their developmental stages. These plates relate to such critical issues as the couple’s finances, establishing a home, and raising children or initiating a shared project. Both troubling earthquakes and majestic mountains are created by enduring intimate couples when confronting these issues—much as earthquakes and mountains are created by earth-bound tectonic plates.
Finally, attention is given to very long term relationships (from throughout the world) as well as the long-term relationship of some celebrity couples. A summary of the findings from this twenty-year study is provided for the benefit of those who wish themselves to establish and maintain enduring, intimate relationships—and find love that lingers with one another!
William Bergquist is an internationally known coach, consultant, trainer and educator. He is also a widely published author, researcher and scholar, and owns one of the few independent graduate schools in North America. As an author of more than 50 books and 150 articles, Bill writes about profound personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. He has conducted research and scholarship in North America, Europe and Asia to establish the foundation for his written work. His book, The Postmodern Organization, has been identified as one of the 50 classics in organizational theory and has been translated into both Italian and Mandarin. In Our Fifties was featured on Good Morning America and in several metropolitan newspapers. The Vitality of Senior Faculty received the annual research award in 1998 from the American Educational Research Association.
The Professional School of Psychology, where William Bergquist serves as president, offers a unique model of advanced training and education in countries throughout the world, blending intensive and flexible tutorial instruction with highly accessible and virtual interactive resources via email, teleconferences and other digitally mediated means. Bill has served as consultant, coach and/or trainer to leaders in more than 1,000 organizations over the past 50 years. Having consulted, trained and coached in organizations throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, Dr. Bergquist has written extensively about consulting, coaching and training strategies in more than two dozen publications, and co-founded the International Journal of Coaching in Organizations and International Consortium for Coaching in Organizations. During the past decade, Bergquist has also created or co-created two digital libraries (Library of Professional Coaching and Library of Professional Psychology) that together have published more than 1,500 vetted documents, are home to seven digital magazines and journals, as well as more than a dozen annual collections of essays and articles.
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Authors: Eliza Yong, Jayan Warrier and William Bergquist
With the greying of populations throughout the world, a book that provides intergeneration and cross-cultural perspectives on these years of Autumn would be welcomed—especially if these perspectives are being offered by both women and men. We are pleased to be able to offer this book with rich narratives and multiple insights, building on three historic narratives from three of the most influential regions on our world: Europe, Southeast Asia and India. Our book not only identified the challenges associated with the senior years of life, it also offers opportunities, actions to be taken and life-enriching changes to be made—hence the title “Awakening Spring in Autumn.” As the authors of this book, we come with a diversity not only of perspectives, but also of professional experiences. Our work ranges from that of personal psychotherapy to international corporate consulting and coaching. We also enter this writing enterprise with rich, inter-disciplinary expertise in such areas as literature, philosophy, and the arts. This expertise is evident in the many images we present and narratives we explore.
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Awakening Spring in Autumn
The analyses offered in Awakening Spring in Autumn span the many decades of senior adulthood. This is an important feature of our book, given that we now know that there are multiple stages of life even after 45. This has become increasingly apparent as men and women live longer lives. Instead of focusing on a specific decade of life or perpetuating the myths of a “mid-life crisis” and existential preparation for death after the mid-century, we focus on the diversity of life experiences during middle adulthood (45 to 65 years old)–biological, psychological and interpersonal. We know that everyone matures in their own unique way; yet all men and women around the world confront many of the same opportunities and challenges.
Editors: Christy Lewis, Kendell Munzer and William Berquist
This edited book portrays the future of an emerging field called Health Psychology. An edited book, with more than twenty essays written by members of the New Global PSP Community, it considers psychological perspectives and practices at four levels of health: treatment, amelioration, prevention and reformation.
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Dr. Camara Phyllis Jones of the American Public Health Organization offers a wonderful metaphor that sets the stage for the comprehensive model of health psychology offered in this book. She describes the situation where a cluster of people stand on the edge of a cliff. Some of the people fall off the cliff; fortunately, there are ambulances waiting at the bottom of the cliff to pick up the hurt people and take them to a hospital for treatment. This is model one (treatment).
Alternatively, nets and trampolines are placed halfway down the cliff which will catch the people as they fall off the cliff. This is model two (amelioration). A third alternative is for a fence to be built at the top of the cliff which prevents people from falling off the cliff. This third model (first order prevention) leads to fewer casualties. Jones suggests that there is a fourth model: people can be encouraged to move away from the edge of cliff. This fourth model (second order prevention: empowerment) eliminates the need for a fence, net or ambulance.
A comprehensive health psychology program embraces all four models. It provides treatment strategies, as well as strategies that reduce the impact of injury or illness. A comprehensive program also offers prevention strategies that discourage or block behaviors that lead to illness or injury. Finally, this program leads to a shift in public attitudes that move people to health-oriented values, priorities and perspectives regarding their own life and the life of other people in their family, community and society.
In this book, essays written by practicing psychologists from both North America and Asia provide diverse perspectives and practices regarding these four models of health psychology.
Christy Lewis, Psy.D. holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from The Professional School of Psychology. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and is Board Certified in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback training. Christy currently is the Director of The Biofeedback, Education, & Training Center, PLLC, which offers a biopsychosocial approach to therapy for clients who suffer from severe anxiety, depression, ADHD, ASD, pain management, and more.
Kendell Munzer, Psy.D. earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Curry College. In 2002 she earned her M.A in Counseling from Mercy College and in 2020 her Doctoral Degree in Psychology at The Professional School of Psychology. Kendell works with behaviorally challenged students, has an extensive background as a Behavioral Specialist and has conducted many staff trainings and seminars.
William Bergquist, Ph.D. is an internationally known coach and consultant, professor in the fields of psychology and management, and author of more than 50 books. Dr. Bergquist consults on and writes about personal, group, organizational and societal transitions and transformations. In recent years, Bergquist has focused on the processes of organizational coaching and societal justice.
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During the past several decades, organizations throughout the world have undergone a transition so profound as to be revolutionary. Turbulent public policies and regulations, fickle consumer needs and interests, shifting values about the quality of life and work, and the intrusion and acceleration of technological achievements have all brought at times almost unbearable pressure on corporations, social service agencies, schools, governmental bureaus, and other complex organizations. The demands for new modes of organization consultation have been very much both a part of and a response to these rapidly changing conditions.
In attempting to respond to these critical issues, most organizational consultants have found little time for reflection on the nature of their practice or for expansion of the range and scope of their tools and strategies. Consultbook is intended to provide just such a resource, one which will enable the practitioner to reflect on and expand their own perspectives and preferences regarding ways in which to improve organizational functions and fully engage human capital. This book is also intended as a resource for those who wish to practice an appreciative approach to organizational consultation. We build our model of organizational coaching on the foundation of a strongly held tenant regarding the appreciation of human capital in contemporary organization. We offer a variety of organizational consulting strategies and practices that lead through appreciation to the powerful, energizing release of human capital for the achievement of organizational success.
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This book addresses itself to the executive corporate Coaches who support leaders on their journey of achievement. Coachbook provides the most comprehensive survey for the practicing organizational coach and those who coordinate coaching programs within organizations.
It updates and contextualizes the thinking of the experienced coach, and provides a well-researched foundation for the newer coach. The field called organizational coaching emerged at the same time (during the 1990s) as many organizational analysts began identifying and describing a postmodern world of complexity, unpredictability and turbulence.
In this world, leaders (and their coaches) find the edges of their personal and professional abilities constantly challenged by flatter, networked, global workforces and vertiginously changing business landscapes. Equipped with personal leadership and business experience as well as scholarly backgrounds in organizational psychology, philosophy, linguistics and executive development, Bergquist and Mura have 50 combined years of working as coaches throughout the world. Interweaving theory and practice, they have constructed a framework of masterful organizational coaching strategies that address the most frequent and delicate coaching scenarios.
In Chapter One, the authors describe multiple ways in which an appreciative approach may be applied as a powerful coaching strategy that not only doesn’t dull the results-focus of the coaching but actually maximizes its chances of success. They then turn in Chapter Two to the sophisticated interpersonal communication tools needed by anyone who wishes to provide effective organizational coaching. In Chapter Three, Bergquist and Mura differentiate between three clusters of coaching models and offer a comprehensive taxonomy of organizational coaching that provides an invaluable map for the professional coach. The authors focus in detail on each of these three coaching clusters in the following three chapters of Coachbook.
Specifically, in Chapter Four they describe Behavioral coaching, the processes by which coaches help leaders refine or transform their one-on-one as well as team interactions. Decisional coaching focuses on dealing with the choices and dilemmas facing leaders in modern working life; it is described in Chapter Five. Chapter Six concerns the cluster of models that relate to Aspirational Coaching as it addresses more values and purpose based coaching issues. The last section of the book includes over 30 ready-to-use Coaching Resources – tools that have been carefully selected and have repeatedly proven useful and appropriate in a vast variety of challenging coaching engagements. The authors expect to interact with their readers in order to improve and expand this collection in the future.
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Members of the New Global PSP Community publish books outside the three presses of Ash Point Publishing. Here are ones that concern psychological perspectives on health, organizations and human services practices (focus of the Professional Psychology Press):
Authors: William Bergquist, Juli Betwee and David Meuel
Few organizations can afford all the specialized expertise and technology they need to respond nimbly to emerging needs, regardless of the type of clients they serve. As market demands grow increasingly complex and resources are strained, strategic alliances and joint ventures are becoming business as usual–not only within business sectors, but between them as well. When these alliances succeed, they open up whole new worlds for the participating partners: new products and services, new markets, access to resources, smarter ways of doing things.
Building Strategic Relationships shows how successful alliances are launched, developed, and concluded–within the corporate world and between corporate entities and government or nonprofit institutions. The authors draw from more than two hundred interviews and seventy-five case studies of varied partnerships–including a customer-supplier alliance between a newspaper publisher and a newsprint supplier, a joint venture between a school district and a major accounting firm, and others–to provide perspective, guidance, and detailed case examples that will help progressive partners achieve their goals in all phases of partnership.
Authors: William Bergquist, Elinor Greenberg, and Alan Klaum
From Publishers Weekly: “This is an optimistic, encouraging . . . report about how 70 Americans in their 50s handle the special burdens and opportunities that attend their particular time of life. The study concentrates on those who have spouses, children and grandchildren, and although single, heterosexual people will find scant advice here, several sections deal with middle-aged gay people. There is interesting information on how today’s 50-year-olds differ from yesteryear’s and how they are faring with their grown offspring who move back to the family home. Bergquist (president of the Professional School of Psychology in San Francisco), Greenberg (a Denver educational consultant) and Klaum (a San Francisco therapist) stress the need for positive images of the age-50-59 population.”
From Library Journal: ” If conclusions can be drawn about fiftysomething adults based on a study of 73 men and women aged 50 to 60 done in 1987-91, then this book provides valuable questions and answers on how that age group identifies and adapts to the unique features of being in their fifties. Very little is currently available on this decade of life, and as the baby boomers approach it, the topic is certain to be of interest. The authors, all professionals in the fields of psychology, personal management, and adult studies, explore the areas of health, family, work, and leadership before presenting their own message of challenge to others entering their fifties. The lack of resources on this subject is reason enough for purchase.”