David Bedrick, J.D., Dipl. PW, is a counselor, educator, and attorney. He is the author of the forthcoming book, Talking Back to Dr. Phil: Alternatives to Mainstream Psychology.
His broad range of knowledge is apparent in the scope of topics he taught while on the faculty of the University of Phoenix, including courses on philosophy (critical thinking and ethics) and psychology (addictions and dependencies, negotiation and mediation, clinical interviewing, cultural diversity, ethics in human services, and group work), as well as employment law and conflict management in the MBA program. His love of diverse audiences is apparent in the variety of venues where he has taught, such as the U.S. Navy, 3M, the American Society of Training and Development, the Process Work Institute, psychological associations, and small groups focusing on personal growth. In 2005, he received the Teacher of the Year Award in Human Services from the University of Phoenix.
As a practitioner of process-oriented psychology, a branch of Jungian psychology, he has worked with groups, couples, and individuals for nearly twenty years. His graduate work in psychology at the University of Minnesota and clinical training at the Process Work Institute, where he is a diplomate and teacher as well as serving on the ethics committee and on the advisory board for the master’s program in conflict resolution, provided the basis for the “love-based psychology” he advocates in this book.
Bedrick has also been a member of the Oregon State Bar since 1999, when he graduated first in his class from Lewis and Clark Law School. His mastery in psychology, conflict resolution, and law led to a focus on family law with a specialty in resolving intractable custody disputes. His dedication to serving the community was acknowledged in 2003 by the Oregon State Bar, which presented him with the Award for the Highest Level of Pro Bono Service.
In 1982, he cofounded the organizational consulting firm Applied Personnel Technologies, Inc. (APT), which utilized cutting-edge expertise in psychometrics to build a survey-feedback system for analyzing and changing organizational cultures, a system that has since been used by such organizations as Honeywell, Polaroid, First Bank, Cray Research, Northwestern National Life, and Control Data Corporation. Bedrick has also served as a team builder and management trainer to organizations ranging from local women’s shelters and United Way to Fortune 500 companies. In 1986, he won the American Society of Training and Developments’ Professional Excellence Award for Technological Innovation in employee development.
Currently, he maintains a practice as a counselor and coach for individuals and groups, and speaks on topics ranging from ethics, diversity, relationships, and conflict facilitation to dreams, diet, body image, anger, and shame.
This blog “talks back” to a century of normative psychology, an approach that often has more to do with socialization than well-being. It presents a love-based psychology that: