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"Humanistic psychology is founded on a dedication to the wholeness of human life, a conviction that life has greater potential than has yet been realized, and an openness to a wide range of observations, methods, and practices. In this perspective we draw humility, challenge, and encouragement from the realization of how much about human beings is yet unknown. Commitment, struggle, successes and failures, and a continually receding frontier await those who would join us."  - James F. T. Bugental, 1992

Professional Life

James F.T. Bugental, Ph.D., B.S.P.P. (1915-2008)

 

Professional Activities

California Licensed Psychologist
California Licensed Marriage, Family and Child Counselor
Consultant, teacher, and writer about existential-humanistic psychotherapy
Lecturing and professor at over 200 college, universities, clinics, hospitals, professional schools, professional societies, in the U.S. and abroad
Honorary President, Existential-Humanistic Institute, San Francisco

 

Education and Training

Ph.D., psychology, Ohio State University, 1948
M.A., Sociology, George Peabody College, 1941
B.S., education, West Texas State Teacher’s College, 1940
Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board in Professional Psychology, 1953

 

Honors, Appointments and Professional Activity

Eagle Scout with Gold Palm, Boy Scouts of America, 1933
Clinical Psychologist (n.c.o.), Lawson Army General Hospital, Atlanta, GA 1945-46
U.S. Public Health Fellow, Ohio State University, 1946-48
Assistant professor of Psychology and Assistant Director Guidance Center, Georgia School of Technology, Atlanta, GA 1944-46
Assistant Psychology Instructor, Ohio State University, 1947-48
Volunteer staff, Cedars of Lebanon Psychiatric Clinic, 1948-49
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1948-1954
Partner, Psychological Service Associates, Los Angeles, 1953-69
Diplomate in Clinical Psychology, American Board in Professional Psychology, 1953
Consultant/Training Supervisor, Shell Oil Company, 1961-83; Superior Oil Company, 1981-83; and other business and industrial organizations
Staff Development program, Psychological Service Associates, Los Angeles, 1954-1968
Instructor, Fifth Annual Post-Doctoral Institute in Clinical Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe AZ, 1963
Board of Directors, leader various programs, Esalen Institute, 1964-1969
Workshop Leader, Dallas Society of Clinical Psychologists, 1966
Leader, Twelfth Annual institute of the Psychological Association of Saskatchewan an Psychiatric Services Branch of the Saskatchewan Department of Public Health, Saskatoon, 1967
Consultant, Educational Policy Research Center, Stanford Research Institute, 1968-71
Emeritus Clinical Faculty (formerly Associate Clinical Professor), Psychiatry, Stanford Medical School
Invited Seminarian, International Seminar on Human Unity, Sri Aurobindo Centenary, New Delhi, India, 1972
Pope John XXIII Lecturer, University of the Pacific, 1972
Charlotte Buhler Memorial Lecture, Humanistic Psychology Division American Psychological Association, New Orleans, 1974
Visiting Professor, U.S. International University, 1976, 77, 81
Invited lecturer, Sidney M. Jourard Memorial Conference, Tallahassee, FL, January, 1976
Invited address, Ninth Annual Friends Hospital Clinical Conference, Philadelphia, 1981
Founding Director, Inter/Logue, a non-profit training and psychotherapy center, Santa Rosa, CA 1981-87
Workshop leader, Academy for the Study of Psychotherapy, Tressler Center, Wilmington, DE, 1981-85, 1988
Keynote speaker, national Association of Pediatric Oncology Workers, San Francisco, 1982
Invited speaker, Pennsylvania State University, 1982-85, 1988-89
Invited speaker/workshop leader, annual scientific meeting and workshop Stanford Medical Center Clinical Faculty in Psychiatry, 1983
Keynote speaker, annual international meeting of the International Transactional Analysis Association, 1983
Workshop leader, Associated Psychologists of Central Pennsylvania and Pennsylvania State University, 1983-85, 1988
Keynote speaker, Institute for Existential-Dialogical Psychotherapy symposium, San Diego, 1985, 1988
Emeritus Professor, Saybrook Institute, San Francisco, CA
Workshop instructor, Educational Resources Associates, Toronto, Chicago, Boston, New York, 1986-87
Faculty, Evolution of Psychotherapy Conferences: Phoenix AZ 1985; Anaheim, CA 1990, Las Vegas, NV 1995, Anaheim, CA 2000
Recipient of a Certificate  “in recognition of the distinguished contribution to the discipline of clinical psychology” fro the Division of Clinical Psychology, American Psychological Association, 1986
Kentucky Colonel Certified by the Governor of Kentucky, 1986
Recipient of the Rollo may Award of the Mentor Society “for contributions to the literary pursuit,” 1987
Distinguished Clinician-Educator, J.F. Kennedy University, 1988
Visiting Scholar, University of Montana, 1988
Speaker/workshop leader, New York Open Center 1988, 1989, 1990
Speaker/workshop leader, Indiana State University of Pennsylvania, 1990
Distinguished Visiting Professor, California School Professional Psychology, Alameda, 1989-1990
Recipient of the Pathfinder Award of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, 1991
Speaker/workshop leader, California School of Professional Psychology, Berkeley/alameda, Los Angeles, 1993-95
Doctor of Humane Letters, Saybrook institute, July 1993
Seminar leader, Cape Cod institute, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1986, 1987, 1989, 1990, 1992, 1994, 1995
Workshop leader, Gabriola Island, British Columbia, 1993-97
Speaker/workshop leader, A.S.T.A.T. Network, Victoria, BC, 1996
Consultant, Institute for Existential Psychology and Psychotherapy, Moscow Russia
Rockefeller Scholar, California Institute of Integral Studies, 1995-1997
Recipient of the First Rollo may Award of the Division of Humanistic Psychology of the American Psychological Association, 1996
Founding member and occasional lecturer, Institute for Existential-Humanistic Psychology and Psychotherapy, San Francisco, 1997
Chief Instructor, program for psychotherapists from Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia. San Francisco, January 1997

 

Editorial Boards

Psychological Reports, 1958-65
Existential Psychiatry, 1965-70
Journal of applied Behavioral Science, 1971-72
Interpersonal Development, 1968-76
Journal of Humanistic Psychology, 1963 (Assistant Editor, 1963-66) -
Psychotherapy, 1963-70, 1976-85
Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 1969 -
Clinician’s Research Digest, 1987-88
The Humanistic Psychologist, 1988 -
Journal of the Society for Existential Analysis, 1994 -
American Journal of Psychotherapy, 1994 -
Curriculum Consultant, Directions in Clinical Psychology, National Program of Continuing Education, 1991-1992

 

Memberships

Fellow, American Psychological Association, 1943 -
Association for Humanistic Psychology, 1961 - (President, 1962-63)
California State Psychological Association, 1948 - (President 1960-61)
Southern California Psychological Association, 1948-68 (President 1955-56)
Los Angeles Society of Clinical Psychologists, 1950-68 (President, 1952-53)
Association for Transpersonal Psychology, 1969
American Academy of Psychotherapists, 1956-67
National Training Laboratories in Group Development, 1963-74, (Fellow, 1969-74)
Sigma Xi, Psi Chi, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Delta Kappa

 

Publications; Aritcles, Reviews, Chapters, etc.

11 books published and 6 unpublished industry and non-industry related books; top 5 most popular books have been reprinted in French, Finnish, Spanish (for Mexico and Spain), German, Dutch, Russian, Italian, Chinese and Japanese
Over 200 articles in professional and technical journals
Over 30 reprinting of articles in books by other editors
20 plus other publications in specialized forms

 

View list of James Bugental's professional associations.

You can't make a plant grow by pulling on it, but what you can do is clear away the weeds, be sure it gets nutrients and sunlight, water and then the inward growth process will have a chance to operate. We'll, it's the same with all of us, with human beings.

- James Bugental