Teaching

John is available to teach workshops, classes and lectures on a wide variety of relationship, mental health and spiritual development topics. He regularly offers such programs in Austin and nationally and is an experienced public speaker. John has taught at venues such as as the Seton Cove Spirituality Center, The University of Texas at Austin, St. Edward’s University, St. Andrews Episcopal School, and the Hays County probation treatment program. He is comfortable teaching diverse audiences including college students and mental health professionals. John’s areas of specialty include topics related to:

  • Relationships and marital issues
  • Promoting healthy relationship through an understanding of neurobiology
  • Spiritual development, including mindfulness training and non-denominational contemplative practice
  • Couple therapy, theory and methods (for professionals)
  • The new science of relationship (attachment, arousal regulation, interpersonal neurobiology) (for professionals)
  • Many other related areas

Sample of Presentations:

“Bringing Interpersonal Neuroscience into Couples Therapy” Attachment, Trauma & Intimacy Conference, hosted by Dr. Diane Poole-Heller, Boulder, CO. Presented alongside leaders in the field such as Richard Schwartz (IFS), Ellyn Bader, Maggie Phillips (SE) and Dr. Amir Levine. April, 2016.

Ready, Set, Love! Annual Conference. At the Khabele School Studio, Austin, TX. September, 2014

“How to Make Your Relationship Awesome!” Central Austin Attachment Parenting International, Austin, TX. June, 2014

“PACT Couples Therapy & Interpersonal Neurobiology” Austin Association of Marriage & Family Therapists, Austin, TX. April, 2014

“Internal Wellness for External Beauty” Panel discussion, Beauty360 Beauty & Wellness Expo, Palmer Events Center, Austin, TX. November 9-10, 2013

“Being More Connected as a Couple” Your Extraordinary Family Life conference with Dan Siegel, Shefali Tsabari and others. Hosted by Carrie Contey, PhD. entheos.com, November, 2013

“Toward Divine Peace: Acceptance and Achievement in Spiritual Growth” Seton Cove Spirituality Center, Austin, TX. July, 2011

“The Enlightened Therapist” Austin IN Connection (psychotherapy association for interpersonal neurobiology), Austin, TX. April, 2011

“The Powerful Role of Emotions in Spiritual Growth” Seton Cove Spirituality Center, Austin, TX. July, 2010

“A Crash Course in Enlightenment” Seton Cove Spirituality Center, Austin, TX, Jan, 2010

4-Part Series on Layers of the Heart, Hays County Sex Offender Treatment Program, Apr-Aug 2008

5-Week Series on Energy Healing, An introduction to the roots of holistic healing, its methods, and outcomes. Private workshop, June-August, 2008

“Energy Healing for Wellness & Spiritual Growth” World Wellness Weekend, Austin, TX May, 2008

Spirituality & Personal Growth, For faculty and the student body, in the Chapel at St. Andrews Episcopal Upper School, Feb, 2008 and Jan, 2009