James L Creighton Ph.D.
James Creighton, Ph.D., is the author of Loving Through Your Differences: Building Strong Relationships from Separate Realities. He is a psychologist and relationship consultant who has worked with couples and conducted communications training for nearly 50 years. Creighton recently developed and conducted couples conflict training for several hundred professional staff of the Thailand Department of Mental Health, based on a new Thai translation of Creighton’s book, How Loving Couples Fight. He has taught throughout North America as well as in Korea, Japan, Brazil, Egypt, Russia and the Republic of Georgia.
In the l960s, Creighton was appointed the first Regional Director for "Parent Effectiveness Training," a nationwide conflict resolution and communications skills training program for parents. For many years Creighton also served as a consultant to the Cancer Support and Education Center in Menlo Park, helping couples faced with life-threatening diseases establish more effective communication skills. Subsequently he worked with couples coping with AIDS as parts of the Cancer Center’s STEPS program.
He has trained counselors for the University of California, the Job Corps, the Neighborhood Youth Corps, and numerous public school systems. He has conducted conflict resolution and communication skills training programs nationally for Fortune 500 corporations such as Hewlett Packard and Wells Fargo Bank. He has mediated organizational conflicts for numerous corporate and governmental clients. He is a leader in helping governmental agencies and private corporations address a concerned public on environmental and health issues by applying conflict resolution and communications skills. He has assisted in the design of more than 200 conflict resolution processes for many of the most controversial environmental conflicts of our time, including many regarding nuclear waste, the building of dams and power plants, disposal of toxic waste, airport noise, highway construction, water conservation, and other key issues.
He currently lives in Maui, where he works with men who have been arrested for domestic violence or abuse.
Creighton holds a Ph.D. in Psychology from the International Institute for Advanced Studies (external degree), and a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, CA, where he also participated in honors programs in American Studies and Political Theory.