4 Pillars of EBC In 1995, Thomas Leonard started the International Coach Federation (ICF) as a nonprofit organization for the coaching community. In 1999, accredited coach training programs were formed and by 2018, there were over 25,000 credentialed coaches and just over 1,000 Master Certified Coaches. The profession continues to grow and with that growth, new distinctions continue to surface. The term evidence-based coaching was introduced in 2003 to demonstrate how professional coaching is anchored in empirical and theoretical knowledge versus what others may describe as loosely constructed trends in pop psychology. In 2005, Fielding Graduate University began its [...]
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BY Four Arrows (Wahinkpe Topa), PHD Doctoral faculty, School of Leadership Studies August 6, 2020 75 years ago on August 6, 1945, a B-29 bomber dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan. In the winter of 1994, I received a call from Carolyn Jourdan. She was the executive director of a documentary featuring discussions between the surviving scientists of the Manhattan Project, entitled Half Lives: Keeping the World’s Biggest Secret. Carolyn told me she had read a book I wrote, and that it represented an important perspective she wanted to have in the film. I asked her what possible connection she [...]
BY PAM RUTLEDGE, PHD Doctoral faculty, Media Psychology August 4, 2020 You can manage your cognitive resources through program length. It used to be that sitcoms were 30 minutes and dramas were an hour (including commercial breaks). However, there has been a trend toward shorter form 20-30 minute dramatic programming. From a practical perspective, shorter programming allows for a greater breadth of consumption. It’s pretty clear that the quantity of media choices has grown, but the number of hours in a day has stayed the same. Yet the avowed enthusiasm for programs that demand a shorter investment of time raises questions [...]
BY PAM RUTLEDGE, PHD Doctoral faculty, Media Psychology JULY 21, 2020 What I Learned from the Virtual Media Psychology Symposium. An online symposium has the same benefits as online education, wider reach, easier access and better content. Now that Fielding Graduate University’s first Media Psychology Symposium is over, I have time to reflect on the experience. The Symposium was held virtually over two days (July 16 & 17) on Zoom, rather than in Chicago in-person, due to COVID-19. COVID or not, however, I think a virtual Media Psychology Symposium is really the way to go. Not only is virtual connectivity thematically appropriate with [...]
Karen Dill-Shackleford, PhD The American Psychological Association (APA) selected Karen Dill-Shackleford, PhD, as the incoming editor of Psychology of Popular Media. The APA journal, Psychology of Popular Media, focuses on peer-reviewed research into popular culture and general media influences on individual, group, and system behavior. [Read APA Editor Spotlight] It’s easy to trivialize popular media. But, the fact is, many of our pressing social problems play out in those spaces. If we understand their dynamics, we can help make things better." Karen Dill-Shackleford, PhD, is doctoral faculty in Media Psychology at Fielding Graduate University's School of Psychology. Dr. Shackleford [...]
BY PAM RUTLEDGE, PHD Doctoral faculty, Media Psychology JUNE 20, 2020 The voice of reason is entirely missing when stories activate fight or flight. Anything that is perceived as an attack on beliefs, identity or affiliation shuts down cognitive processes and makes collaboration difficult, if not impossible. Narratives reveal core values that have to be addressed for both groups for compromise to be achieved and conflict resolved. There is no “changing the other guy’s mind” when the fundamental worldview is so different. This is true in politics, business negotiations, consume behavior and interpersonal relationships. The solution: Deconstruct the competing narratives to [...]
The Chair of the Board Scholarship was established in 2012 by Trustee Michael B. Goldstein, JD, DHL. The scholarship supports Fielding student leaders who advocate for their student peers as participating members of their program’s Student Governance. Participating in Student Governance enables students to have a voice on program matters, working collaboratively with faculty and academic leaders. Jennifer Nosker, the Chair of the Board Scholarship recipient, was inspired to serve on Student Governance because she felt “it was important for all voices to be heard in the decision-making processes that impact students.” What does it mean to receive a scholarship [...]
Carrie Arnold, PhD Dr. Arnold began her role as the Director of the Evidence Based Coaching program on Monday, June 15, 2020. Dr. Arnold has a 27-year career that includes two decades in healthcare serving as a human resources and organization development leader. In 2011, she began her private practice as a leadership and executive coach, primarily partnering with leaders in the federal government, education, and healthcare. Her non-profit focus has positioned her to work alongside a diverse group of clients with strong social justice priorities. She is a master certified coach (MCC) with accredited coach training from Georgetown [...]
BY PAM RUTLEDGE, PHD Doctoral faculty, Media Psychology JUNE 10, 2020 According to Miriam Webster, doomscrolling and doomsurfing are new terms that describe continuous scrolling or surfing through negative news, even when it is depressing, demoralizing, distressing, or painful. Many people have found themselves continuously reading bad news about COVID-19 or the protests and police violence without the ability to stop or step back. This problem is a result of how the human brain is wired. Our brains instinctively pay attention to any potentially dangerous situation as part of the biological imperative of survival. Our brains are designed to constantly scan the horizon for potential threats. Since threats are more [...]
Fielding alum, Dr. Aiden Hirshfield, is a media psychologist and professional media consultant. His work focuses on the intersection of media and gender diversity, looking at the ways individuals use and engage with emerging media technology to explore and validate their identities. His dissertation provides context for important research in this area and offers insight on best practices for gender-inclusive research. Traditional social expectations of gender are being increasingly challenged by brave individuals who express themselves and identify outside of the gender binary (male/female). Gender is a social construct that differs greatly among cultures, generations, and geography. However, traditional depictions of [...]