to step forward into growth or to step back into safety.
— Abraham Maslow
Cuf earned his PhD in Psychology from Boston College and made history in 2006 as the first African American and first person of color to be President of AHP since its founding. He is a tenured Professor and Past Dean, of the College of Public and Community Service at University of Massachusetts-Boston, and currently serves as the college’s first Human Service Internship Coordinator. Additionally he is a co-founder of two visionary organizations (Interculture, Inc. and Association in Human Understanding), is co-founder of Massachusetts’ historic Commonwealth Diversity Fellows Program, has been a clinical practitioner for over thirty-five years; is a human relations, multicultural, and organizational development consultant and workshop facilitator; is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology; and is a published author of books, articles, and other writings (e.g., A New Perspective on Race and Color; Transitions in Consciousness from an African American Perspective; and Innovative Approaches to Education and Community Service). His newest book, scheduled to be released in July 2014 is entitled Evolving The Human Race Game. In his free time, Cuf enjoys dancing, biking, skating, movies, kayaking, sports (particularly basketball & football), traveling, and other eclectic activities.
Robert grew up in a family headed by two holistic M.D.’s, so he came by his interest in humanistic psychology honestly. He graduated from Johnston College in 1978 with a Master of Arts in Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology, and subsequently founded the nonprofit Human Potential Center in Austin, Texas in 1986. He is currently Executive Director of the Center, where he leads workshops and works with clients to help them embrace and live into the person they really want to be. He has presented thousands of workshops nationally and internationally, and recently presented a plenary workshop on self-esteem at the annual International Human Learning Resources Network conference, which is based on Virginia Satir’s work.
Bruce Southers, SCPM, M.B.A., B.A. (Psychology), is a former drug/alcohol counselor now working in the financial services industry. He has experience leading and working with non-profit organizations and now volunteers with Mended Little Hearts and Donate Life. Bruce has had a lifelong interest in Humanistic Psychology and lives in Kentucky with his wife and two children.
Michael G. Laurent, Ph.D. is the Chair for the Department of Marital & Family Therapy at California State University, Dominguez Hills, located in Carson, California. He has had extensive teaching, coordinating and supervision experiences at the University of Southern California, Cal State University Northridge and Phillips Graduate University. He is both licensed as a psychologist and Marital & Family Therapist in California. He started with AHP in 2015. But has been an active participant in APA, AAMFT, CAMFT, California Black Faculty & Staff, the Association of Black Psychologists and the United Red Cross for almost 30 years. His research areas include Gender Issues in Counseling, African American Men’s Mental & Physical Health, and the Study to Defeat Against All Models of Physical and Psychological Oppression. He is known for creating empowering support/therapy groups for Black men of different ages and his mentors and big influences in Humanistic Psychology include Leo Buscaglia (The Love/Hug Doctor)and Joe White (The Father of Black Psychology).
Stan is a Professor of Educational Psychology & Counseling at California State University Northridge. He is past President of AHP and has been a board member for 20 years. In addition to his work with AHP, Stan is the author of When Women Leave Men: How Men Feel, How Men Heal; Therapy With Couples: A Humanistic Approach; and The Deceived Society; Stan is also the author of two published novels entitled Enemies and Ruthless. In his free time, Stan enjoys playing tennis, playing scrabble, and attending the theatre regularly.
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Leland “Chip” Baggett, M.A. LPC received an M.A. in Humanistic Psychology from the University of West Georgia in 1977. He has been an active member on the Board of AHP since 1991, having served as president (2001-2002) and later as co-president (2009 – 2011). He is also past president of the North Carolina Mental Health Counselors Association. Chip has maintained a private psychotherapy practice for over thirty years in Asheville, North Carolina, where he integrates humanistic, existential, and archetypal elements into a mindfulness based approach to therapy. He has developed a unique approach to couples work which is presented in his book, “Waking Up Together: An Interactive Practice For Couples”. In 1988 he published a book of poetry, “So Where’s The Dawn”, which depicts the journey of emotional healing after the loss of a relationship. He and his partner, Natalie, love to ground their spiritual journey by tending to their home and property in the country just outside of Asheville, tending to its gardens and communing with the land and wildlife.
Angela Bonilla graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from CSULA and is a member of Psi Chi – The International Honor Society in Psychology. She is currently enrolled in graduate studies and serves as AHP Membership Coordinator. Please contact Angela for any issues related to joinng AHP, renewing your membership, or any issues relating to your member benefits.
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