Mark G. Shafer


Chemical Engineering

Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Cambridge, MA


Management -- Organization


Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Sloan School of Management,
Cambridge, MA


Social Sciences

University of California,
Irvine, CA



University of California,
Irvine, CA

Post Ph.D.

Research Associate

McDonnell Lab. for Psych. Research,
Washington University, St. Louis, MO


Clark Foundation Fellowship, Southwest Ctr. for Advanced Studies,
     Richardson, TX


McDermott Scholarship, Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
     Cambridge, MA


Distinguished Scholar Fellowship, University of California,
     Irvine, CA


Regent's Fellowship, University of California,
     Irvine, CA


Distinguished Graduate Scholar Award, School of Social Sciences,
     University of California, Irvine, CA

Research  (1969--1982)    Conducted at the Southwest Center for Advanced Studies (Richardson, TX), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (Cambridge, MA), University of California (Irvine, CA), and the McDonnell Laboratory for Psychical Research at Washington University (St. Louis, MO), this research focused initially in the areas of astronomy, physics, and chemical engineering, and later was concentrated in the fields of sociology, social psychology, and especially psychology, spanning a number of topics with specialization in the areas of personal growth, well-being, and human development.

Teaching  (1974--present)    Both credit and non-credit courses, and non-credit continuing education classes and lecture series have been offered over this period at numerous schools, colleges and universities. These offerings have all been within the field of the social sciences, particularly psychology. Well over 4000 contact hours are represented, at institutions including Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, University of Missouri, University of Illinois, University of Texas, Washington University (St. Louis), California State Colleges, Missouri State Colleges, Austin Independent School District, and Texas State Universities.

Workshops/Retreats  (1978--present)    Experiential group workshops and residential retreats have been led over this period in Colorado, California, Missouri, Texas, Mexico, Costa Rica, and Peru, offering participants intensive opportunities for experiences of well-being and growth in a guided setting. Focused almost exclusively on personal development, these represent well over 5000 contact hours.

Consulting/Training  (1982--present)    A variety of specialized seminars, courses, and workshops have been developed and offered for public and private institutions, primarily in the areas of personnel training, skill building, and effective psychological self-management. Conducted on an individually contracted basis, approximately 150 such offerings have been presented throughout the public and private sectors. Clients have included the Texas School for the Deaf, Austin Community College, University of Texas, 3M Corporation, the U.S. Postal Service, Scott and White Hospital, Institute for Real Estate Managers, Texas Criminal Justice System, Austin Independent School District, U.S. Army, Texas School for the Blind, Global Relationship Centers Inc., Abbott Laboratories, Texas Hospital Association, U.T. School of Nursing, and others.

Private Practice  (1982--present)    A non-licensed individual consultation practice has been conducted throughout this period, focusing on amelioration of psychological distress that is not of clinical severity, and on specific techniques for achieving greater well-being and growth in life. Approximately 500 sessions per year are conducted, each lasting between 60 and 90 minutes, with adults, couples, and families from the general population.

Areas of Specialization:

-   Stress management, burnout

-   Occupation/career development

-   Relationships repair & enhancement

-   Crisis, grief, loss, divorce

-   Singles recovery and growth

-   Co-dependence, addictiveness

-   Relaxation procedures & methods

-   Dream recall and interpretation

-   Development of the intuition

-   Emotional intelligence training

-   Mid-life transitions

-   Holistic health, spiritual growth

For further information please contact Dr. Shafer's office directly, at email address upper left of Home page.  


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