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Donald Schultz

Donald Schultz

Department Faculty
  • Program Faculty
    Department of Applied Clinical Psychology

Department
Applied Clinical Psychology
Address
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
Office Location
Office Phone
On-campus Ext.
Email
dschultz@thechicagoschool.edu
Website
Biography

Dr. Donald Schultz, an Associate Professor of Psychology, is an integral member of the faculty at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.  As a Core (Department) Faculty Member of the Applied Clinical Psychology Department, he teaches courses in existential-humanistic psychology, gerontology, life span development, family systems theories, cognitive-behavioral theories and various other areas within the clinical psychology realm. Dr. Schultz received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, his Master of Arts in General-Experimental Psychology from California State University, Northridge, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology from the California Graduate Institute. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he does extensive committee work, serves as a chair or reader on dissertation committees, chairs the comprehensive examination and candidacy interview committees, is an oral comprehensive examiner, and has served as a clinical supervisor at the Chicago School’s counseling center, among other activities, including having served as the Vice- Chair, then Chair, then Past Chair of the Southern California Faculty Council. In addition, he is an innovator of projects, programs and initiatives throughout the The Chicago School.  Recent examples include his serving as a Faculty Mentor to other Chicago School professors, as well as serving as a "shadowing professor" for Chicago School students as part of the Preparing Future Psychology Faculty (PF2) program.
As a California Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Dr. Schultz maintains a private practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Schultz’s clinical focus is interpersonal and existential in nature, with an emphasis on the “here and now” while also emphasizing successful aging and the achievement of life meaning as ultimate life goals. He actively applies his clinical and philosophical viewpoints to his teaching and practice. In addition to California state licensure, Dr. Schultz holds a Certificate in Gerontology from the California Graduate Institute, a Certificate in Clinical Supervision from the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences, and is certified as an Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias Treatment Specialist (ADODTS) from the Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences.

Education
  • BA, Psychology - University of California, Berkeley
  • MA, Experimental Psychology - California State University, Northridge
  • PhD, Psychology - California Graduate Institute
  • Certificate in Gerontology - California Graduate Institute
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision - Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences
  • Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Other Disorders Treatment Specialist (CADODTS) - Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences
Licensure(s)
  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist - California
  • Certificate in Gerontology - California Graduate Institute
  • Certificate in Clinical Supervision - Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences
  • Certified Alzheimer's Disease and Other Disorders Treatment Specialist (CADODTS) - Association for Advanced Training in the Behavioral Sciences
Areas Of Expertise

Select Presentations

  • Presenter, "The Experience of Humor in Older Adults", The Chicago School of Professional Psychology’s 17th Annual Cultural Impact Conference, Chicago, Illinois, “Faces of Humor”, with co-presenter Dr. Joseph Futerman (February 2013) 
  • Lecturer, “Aging in America: A Multicultural Perspective”, School of Psychology at Paulista University (UNIP), San Paolo, Brazil, Virtual Faculty Exchange Program, through an academic partnership with TCS ES, 5th Annual Symposium on Psycho-Gerontology, (November 2012) 
  • Panelist, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Humanistic-Existential Group, “How Much Does Theoretical Orientation Matter? – A Panel of Practitioners Discuss Similarities and Differences in Approach”, with co-panelists Dr. Guy Balice, Dr. Jonna Fries and Dr. Sarah Haider (October 2012) 
  • Presenter, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Multi-Campus Integration Conference, Chicago, Illinois, “’Meet Your Patient’: Teaching Clinical and Academic Concepts Through Cinematic Characters” (May 2012) 
  • Presenter, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Multi-Campus Integration Conference, Chicago, Illinois, “Successful Aging for the Personal and Professional Development of the TCSPP Professor: Preparing for Your ‘Final Exam’”, with co-presenter Dr. David Sitzer (May 2011) 
  • Co-Presenter, Santa Monica Co-Opportunity “Food for Thought” Speakers Program, “Successful Aging: Life Transitions and Finding Fulfillment in Your Later Years” (March 2011) 
  • In-Service/Didactic Training Series Speaker, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology Counseling Center, “Psychotherapeutic Considerations in Working with the Older Population” (July 2009, September 2009, February 2010) 
  • Guest Presenter, The Santa Monica Synagogue, “Death, Dying and Spirituality” (February 2009) Faculty Speaker, Prospective Student Orientations and Events, Admissions Department, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2008-present) 
  • In-Service Speaker, California Graduate Institute Counseling Center, “Suicidality Across the Life Span: Older-Age Suicide Assessment and Interventions” (May 2006, July 2007) 
  •  Featured Presenter, Conference on Successful Aging, Older People in Caring Atmospheres (OPICA) Senior Center (April 2000)

Select Publications

  • The Experience of Gratitude (co-author) - in development
  • Death Adaptation in the Older Individual (1997) - doctoral dissertation
  • Gray Matters: Attitudes at the 2nd Half of Life - in development
  • What I Want to be When I Grow Old - in development
  • The Experience of Humor in Older Adults - in development

Community Involvement

  • Member of the Santa Monica Synagogue's Chevra Kaddisha (Holy Society), a community and congregation outreach regarding death and dying issues

Professional Memberships

  • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Los Angeles County Psychological Association
  • Los Angeles Gerontology Research Group
  • Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor

Q&A

Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
A: I attempt to make learning as enjoyable for the students as possible. To this end, I employ various techniques, including lecture, discussion, Socratic questioning, protocol analysis, student presentations, and in-class activities including group formation and processing. Sometimes in the classroom setting, "less is more." One of my philosophical teaching goals is for students to say after a class session, "I didn't realize how easy this material was." That represents a successful class session for me.

Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
A: I think that patients come to psychotherapy with an underlying desire to find meaning in their lives. I see my task as that of removing the obstacles that have gotten in the way. Following the philosophical tenets of existential psychology, I help individuals deal with their "Existence Pain" (Yalom, 1989) through active empathic listening, and I also employ the Kohutian techniques of mirroring, empathy and twinship. An underlying part of my psychotherapeutic philosophy is that the individual desires to be directed toward the goal of successful aging, and I educate and direct patients toward methods of accomplishing that.

Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
A: I always felt that psychology was my special calling, along with a desire to understand the way the brain and emotions work together to create a specific individual's personality characteristics.

Q: What advice would you give to a student entering The Chicago School?
A: You are entering an extremely fascinating field, one that will change you for the better as you learn more about yourself and others, and make positive contributions to society at large.