Bob Van Oosterhout

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About Bob (...What about Bob?)
Anger and Impulse Control
Anxiety, Depression, PTSD
Behavioral Health Integration with Primary Care
Bring Truth to Fear: We CAN Work Together
Hard Times Cafe Model of Empowerment
Links to Videos for Online Stress Management at LCC
Managing Chronic Pain and Headaches
Mental Health
Moral Philosophy
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
Practical Psychology: What Works and Makes Sense
Problem Solving - Responding Effectively to Problems
Slow Down and Lighten Up
Spiritual Writing
Stress Management
What Works
Resume/Curriculum Vitae
Comments, Suggestions, Discussion



Please visit my new website 
This site contains videos and writing of Bob Van Oosterhout before 2020.  You are welcome to download any of these items and share them with a few friends.   However, copyright law requires that you obtain permission before using them for wider distribution.  Click on the menu to the left to read or download Bob's writing on various topics.

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 2/14/18  Essay "What is Love:  A Definition That Works"  posted to "Love" tab

11-15-17  New Page - Problem Solving - Responding Effectively to Problems on main menu + links to 14 more videos


10/21/17  Bring Truth to Fear updated

Update 3-30-17

Videos of a 2 day conference conducted by Bob with HTC Patrons on the Hard Times Cafe Model of Empowerment are now available under the Hard Times Cafe Model of Empowerment tab.

Update 3/29/17

Bring Truth to Fear, a project started after the U.S. election that grew out of the realization that the use of fear as a political tactic along with a lack of respect for the truth is undermining our capacity to work together to solve problems and maintain a stable and healthy democracy has been updated.

Update Feb 4, 2017

I have uploaded draft outlines for my presentation on "Always Choose Love" at the Interfaith Center for Spiritual Growth on Feb 12, 2017.

Text and links to video as well and links to videos mentioned in my talk "Bring Truth to Fear" at Interfaith on Jan 29 have been uploaded.

Update Jan. 27, 2017

A new tab, Bring Truth to Fear, has been added to the menu on the left.  This is the title of the book I am currently writing.  I plan to make draft chapters and outlines available when I am satisfied with them.  The draft for Chapter One has been posted.


Update 5-2-16 
    The 2nd edition owebassets/stand_up.jpgf Slow Down and Lighten Up: Letting Go of Stress and Tension was published on 4-28-16.  
     It is now available at

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Update 4-12-16

Video links to my 2014 and 2015 presentations at the TRENDS conference have been posted under the Balance tab

There is a new video tab, where eventually links to all available videos will be posted.  My 3 minute TEDx pitch in Traverse City on 2-28-16 is now available there.

Update 10-17-15

I have posted screens used during my presentation at the 2015 TRENDS Conference in Traverse City, MI under the Balance tab.

Update 9-30-15

I believe everything we need to know about psychology, human relationships and living an effective life can be summed up in four words.

Think of any human problem, conflict, struggle or difficulty.  Understanding these four words and the components and principles that underlie them will guide you in a direction that promotes health and effectiveness while leading to the development of potential and fulfillment.

“Practical Psychology: What Works and Makes Sense” is being developed as an app and website to help us understand and apply these four words to a wide range of situations and concerns.  Unlike a book, which has a fixed, linear format, this project is being designed to be interactive and responsive to different needs, interests, and circumstances as well as new information.

 Click on the Practical Psychology tab on the left to see more.


Update 9-29-15

I have posted handouts for my 2015 TRENDS  presentation under the Balance Tab

Update August 20, 2015

I have started uploading material for my new website and book to the Practical Psychology Tab and plan to regularly update this over the next few months.

I have also uploaded a couple of new videos and updated the links for videos used in my Online Stress Management class at LCC.



Update October 19, 2014
"Balance" has been added to the buttons of the left to provide follow-up information on my presentation "Restoring and Maintaining Physical, Mental, and Emotional Balance" at the 2014 Trends Conference.  Copies of the handout and outline can be downloaded and there is a link to videos, which describe techniques covered in the presentation.

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