Writer-Author-Blogger, Instructor (Psychology, University of British Columbia), and Existential Coach/Consultant
Contributing to the social and psychological discourse on our human nature and current state. Specializing in (1) educational development and leadership, (2) psychological writing & editing, and (3) existential guidance for individuals, groups, and businesses.

Educational Events & Workshops

Click here for information on past and upcoming philosophy cafés (cafés-philo), including related discussion forums.

July 1-12 2019: Health Psychology: The Intersection of Psychology and Medicine
Future Global Leaders Program, UBC Extended Learning
This course provides a general introduction to the field of health psychology, a discipline broadly concerned with understanding the complex nature of the mind-body connection. A number of current research topics will be examined, including health promotion, disease prevention, stress and coping, social support, health disparities, management of chronic and terminal illness, and caregiving. Special attention will be paid to the biopsychosocial model, which emphasizes the interactions among physical, mental/emotional, and social factors in health and healthcare. This course is especially appropriate for students considering career paths in health-related fields such as kinesiology, nursing, medicine, psychology, and counselling.

Time: July 1st through 12th, 2019, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: UBC Point Grey
NOTE: This program is available to high school students only.

Click here for more information on the UBC Future Global Leaders Program.

February 14, 2019: 1st Meeting / Test-Run of the Psychology Café-Philo at UBC
Department of Psychology, University of British Columbia

Time: 4:00pm to 5:30pm
Location: POND 4038A & 4038B, University of British Columbia

July 2-27, 2018: Health Psychology: The Intersection of Psychology and Medicine
Future Global Leaders Program, UBC Extended Learning
This course provides a general introduction to the field of health psychology, a discipline broadly concerned with understanding the complex nature of the mind-body connection. A number of current research topics will be examined, including health promotion, disease prevention, stress and coping, social support, health disparities, management of chronic and terminal illness, and caregiving. Special attention will be paid to the biopsychosocial model, which emphasizes the interactions among physical, mental/emotional, and social factors in health and healthcare. This course is especially appropriate for students considering career paths in health-related fields such as kinesiology, nursing, medicine, psychology, and counselling.

Time: July 2nd through 27th, 2018, 9:00am to 12:00pm
Location: UBC Point Grey
NOTE: This program is available to high school students only.

November 4, 2017: You, Your Health, and Climate Change: Understanding the Connection
One Day @ UBC, UBC Continuing Studies
Course Description: The world’s climate system is an integral part of human health. In the past decade, the World Health Organization has advocated for the rebranding of climate change as a public health issue. This course will examine the complex interactions between human behaviour and various outcomes of climate change, from rising sea levels to changing weather. The effects on human health are far-reaching, including drought and wild fire, reduced agricultural productivity, and changes in the range of infectious diseases. A focus will be on the role of the individual in these processes and what can be done to mitigate their impact.

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Location: UBC Point Grey
Cost: $75 per person

June 5—9, 2017: The Psychology of Successful Aging
Ageless Pursuits Program, UBC Continuing Studies
Course Description: This course provides an introduction to the study of successful aging. From a psychological perspective, successful aging is defined as active and continued engagement with life. This definition overcomes the narrow understanding of success in later adulthood as simply the avoidance of disease and disability. Research has demonstrated that success is dependent upon a multitude of factors spanning physical, psychological, social, and spiritual domains. Topics will include stress management, meaning and purpose, and the optimization of pursuits through goal reengagement. Special attention will be paid to behaviours shown to foster a sense of satisfaction and peace in later life.

Time: 11:00am to 12:00pm, Monday through Friday (June 5 through 9)
Location: UBC Point Grey
Cost: See the following link.

May 25, 2017: 4th Meeting of the Bowen Island Philosophy Café (Café-Philo)
Hosted by the Bowen Island Lodge on Bowen Island, BC

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Bowen Island Lodge, Bowen Island, BC
Cost: $5 donation at door (to cover costs). Coffee, tea, and snacks provided. Beer and wine for purchase.

April 20, 2017: 3rd Gathering of the Bowen Island Philosophy Café (Café-Philo)
Hosted by the Bowen Island Lodge on Bowen Island, BC

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Bowen Island Lodge, Bowen Island, BC
Cost: $5 donation at door (to cover costs). Coffee, tea, and snacks provided. Beer and wine for purchase.

March 22, 2017: 2nd Gathering of the Bowen Island Philosophy Café (Café-Philo)
Hosted by the Bowen Island Lodge on Bowen Island, BC

Time: 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Location: Bowen Island Lodge, Bowen Island, BC
Cost: $5 donation at door (to cover costs). Coffee, tea, and snacks provided. Beer and wine for purchase.

February 25, 2017: Fight or Flight, or Frenzy? How to Manage Stress and Find Meaning in a Demanding World
One Day @ UBC, UBC Continuing Studies
Course Description: We live in a demanding and often chaotic world in which opportunities to relax seem beyond reach. Explore the role of stress in our everyday lives, including its impact on our bodies, minds, and spirits. Learn simple but scientifically supported strategies for coping with stress on a daily basis while also improving your sense of meaning and purpose in life. A focus on holistic health and well-being facilitates a more complete understanding of stress and how to reduce its impact in all facets of life.

Time: 9:30am to 4:30pm
Location: UBC Point Grey
Cost: $75 per person

February 15, 2017: 1st Meeting of the Bowen Island Philosophy Café (Café-Philo)
Hosted by the Bowen Island Lodge on Bowen Island, BC
I am excited to be hosting Bowen Island’s first Philosophy Café / Café-Philo at the beautiful Bowen Island Lodge. Our first conversation will revolve around the following question: In today’s climate, how do we continue cultivating a culture of acceptance, diversity, and equality? We will explore issues surrounding discrimination and bigotry within the context of the current political and social climates in North America and around the world. As Canadians, how can we best maintain and promote a multicultural and egalitarian society? What challenges stand before us? What can we do as individuals? Our goal is to provide a safe space for healthy, respectable conversation and debate in order to raise local consciousness.

Time: 7:30pm to 9:00pm
Location: Bowen Island Lodge, Bowen Island, BC
Cost: $5 entrance fee at door (to cover costs). Coffee, tea, and snacks provided. Beer and wine for purchase.