ROBERT VAN OOSTERHOUT, M.A.
Phone (989) 539-1571 (989)
Date of Birth: February 5, 1950
M.A. Child Development, Clinical Psychology; Michigan State University, East
Lansing, MI. 1973-74.
B.S. Psychology, Sociology, English; Michigan
State University, East Lansing, MI. 1967-72.
Clinical Michigan Society for Bioenergetic
Analysis, Rochester, MI. 1978-82.
Limited License to Practice as a Psychologist in the State of Michigan; ID No. 02552 since
Licensed Master’s Social Worker Clinical and Macro License; ID No. 016909 since 1979
1976 –pres. Adjunct Professor:
Lansing Community College, Lansing, MI, Delta College, University Center, MI, Mid Michigan Community College, Harrison, MI.
I developed and taught courses in the Health and Fitness, Health Careers, Dance, and Student Development Services Departments
at LCC and taught in the Social Science Department at Delta College and the Health Education Department at Mid Michigan Community
College. I developed a course in Stress Management at Lansing Community College which I have taught since 1982.
- 2012 MidMichigan Health Park- Houghton Lake - Psychologist/Social Worker and Clinical Supervisor.
I provide counseling and individual, family, marital and group treatment to general referrals in a medical setting.
I developed a brief therapy group process for people suffering from stress, anxiety, and depression. I make hiring recommendations
and supervised clinical social work staff and trained interns in Social Work and Counseling.
Psychologist and Consultant: Private practice. Individual and family psychotherapy.
I also developed and taught workshops and provide consultation regarding empowerment, stress management, parenting and poverty
programs. I have worked privately and under contract with: State of MI FIA Office of Training and Staff Development,
FIA AmeriCorp Program, The Huron Valley Institute, Clinical Resources Inc., Psychological Associates, Northern MI Health
Services and provided training and workshops for a number of private organizations and businesses.
Hard Times Cafe (HTC), Harrison, MI. I co-founded and facilitated the development of an empowerment
program for people in poverty that has served over 1500 people. Participants had authority over all program functions
including administrative and office operations, running businesses and providing services. I served as consultant, advisor
and counselor and designed a self-managing team process as well as economic and computer systems where participants earned
Points of Improvement (POI) for demonstrating positive work habits and job skills while gaining training and work experience
in the program. POI are exchanged for merchandise available through HTC businesses or for vouchers for necessities.
I was responsible for writing grants, hiring and supervising staff and facilitating meetings. I also developed Family
Enrichment Teams, a participant managed process that focuses on improving skills, capabilities and conditions that remove
obstacles to employment and lead to healthy relationships. In 1998, HTC was appointed lead agency to coordinate Clare
County’s application to become a Federal Enterprise Community (EC). I designed the planning process, facilitated
community town hall meetings, and organized advisory boards and as steering committee that represented a wide range of community
interests. Clare County was one of 20 rural communities nationwide that received the EC designation.
1990 -1996 Psychologist: Catholic Family Services of Saginaw Diocese, Mt. Pleasant, MI.
I provided individual, family and marital therapy and community presentations with a primary focus on the treatment
of stress-related disorders, depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress.
1986 -1992 Psychologist;
Central Michigan Community Mental Health, Harrison and Mt. Pleasant, MI. Duties included: Outpatient psychotherapy
with children adolescents, adults and families; individual and group psychotherapy and interdisciplinary team evaluations
for chronically mentally ill persons. I developed a series of parenting classes and group therapy programs for pain management,
anxiety, and stress management.
1983 - 1985 Psychologist: North Central Community
Mental Health, Cadillac, MI. Responsibilities included clinical assessment and participation in the interdisciplinary
team process serving developmentally disabled persons living in a four county area.
1977 - 1981
Psychologist: State of Michigan, Department of Mental Health, Caro Regional Mental Health Center, Caro,
MI and Hillcrest Center for Developmental Disabilities, Howell, MI. Responsibilities included clinical assessment and
participation in the interdisciplinary team process for developmentally disabled persons living in DMH residential facilities.
Activities include: designing and coordinating the development of a Behavior Treatment Unit, setting up an activities program
for residents unable to attend outside programs because of hyperactive or disruptive behavior, designing and teaching staff
development programs, developing documentation procedures and initiating a system which enhanced the efficiency of the interdisciplinary
1977 - 1985 Mime and Improvisational Theater: I performed
as Fumbles the Clown and as part of the Fumbles and Shuffles Mime Team at parades, festivals, dinner programs and benefits
1976 - 1977 Prevention Analyst: Office of Juvenile
Justice Services, State of Michigan, Lansing, MI. Responsibilities included research regarding the etiology and prevention
of juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect, coordination of the Primary Prevention Task Force, involvement in the
development of goals, objectives and strategies for the State of Michigan in these areas, and writing sections of the Comprehensive
Plan for Juvenile Justice Services for the State of Michigan.
Care Coordinator: Office for Young Children, Lansing, MI. Responsibilities included writing two newsletters,
acting as a resource person, and coordinating the development of a support organization for child care providers.
1973 - 1974 Psychology Practicum: MSU Psychological Clinic, Michigan State University
and Ingham Intermediate School district, Mason MI. Supervised psychotherapy and assessment with children, adolescents,
1972 - 1974 Teacher and Director: Sunshine Cooperative Preschool,
Lansing MI. Responsibilities included developing and implementing a curriculum for preschool children and training parents
volunteers and aides.
COURSES AND SEMINARS TAUGHT:
1981 – pres. Stress
Management - course taught in PFW Department Lansing Community College online since 2001 and on-campus since 1982.
1999 Essentials of Empowerment: Lessons from the Hard Times Café, One-day workshops describing a
model which outlines the conditions and process for empowerment as well as the role of helpers and the process of becoming
an effective helper to over 600 professionals and volunteers in Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids and Clare MI.
Solution Focused Approach, State of MI, Office of Training and Staff Development, FIA, Twelve 4 day
training seminars in Strength Based / Solution Focused Interventions for FIA Specialists and Supervisors.
Communication and the Helping Role and Conflict Prevention and Resolution, two day workshops for AmeriCorp
workers sponsored by MI FIA, Mackinac Island and Benton Harbor, MI.
from the Heart, In service training for clinical staff of Catholic Family Services of Kalamazoo, MI.
Stress Management for Caregivers, Inservice Training for Community Mental Health staff, Saulte St.
Marie, MI 1995.
1995- 1996 Empowerment in Practice: Nuts, Bolts and How-To’s, two day seminar
offered three times in Harrison, MI.
1982 - 1999 Stress Management and Relaxation Training Workshop,
Adaptive Rehabilitation Cardiac and Health and Fitness Program, Health Careers Department, Lansing Community College.
1990 - 1994 Stress Management for Parents, Lansing Community College Health and Fitness Dept.
- 1992 Children of Divorce, group program for grade 1-8; Mid Michigan Alliance for Community Development,
Clare, Gladwin and Beaverton Schools.
1990 - 1991 Managing the Stress of Chronic Pain, The Therapy
Institute, Haslett, MI.
1990 - 1991 Stress Management, Mid Michigan Community College, Harrison, MI.
1988 - 1989 Stress Management and Relaxation Training, Northern Michigan Health Services, Houghton Lake,
1982 - 1987 Tuning the Human Body Workshop, PCA/Dance Department, Lansing Community College.
1982 - 1983 Stress Management and Relaxation Training, Adaptive Rehabilitation Cardiac Program, Health
Careers Department, Lansing Community College.
1982 - 1983 Tuning the Human Body, PCA/Dance Department,
Lansing Community College.
1983 Understanding Change, seminar for Nursing Faculty,
Lansing Community College.
1983 Burnout and Stress, seminar for staff, Psychiatric
Unit, St. Lawrence Hospital, Lansing, MI.
1982 - 1983 Bioenergetic Exercise, PCA/Dance Department,
Lansing Community College.
1983 Relaxation Through Movement, Acquired Brain Injury
Program, Health Careers Department, Lansing Community College.
1980 - 1982 Introduction to Movement
Therapy, PCA/Dance Department, Lansing Community College.
1980 - 1982 Movement Therapy Workshop, PCA/Dance
Department, Lansing Community College.
1982 Movement and Stress, PCA/Dance Department,
Lansing Community College.
1979 - 1980 Stress Management and Relaxation Training, Brighton Community
Education, Brighton, MI.
1979 Psychology of Personality, Delta College.
- 1977 Man's Changing Role, Student Development Services Department, Lansing Community College.
Male - Female Rap Group, Student Development Services Department, Lansing Community College.
Communication for Couples, Everywoman's Center, East Lansing, MI.
1970 - 1974 Sensitivity
to Children, various workshops and classes for Lansing Area schools and churches.
PRESENTATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS:
Recognizing and Responding to Fear-Based Thinking; Center for Teaching Excellence, Lansing Community College, September
Physical, Mental, & Emotional Balance for Learning and Health; Center for Teaching Excellence, Lansing
Community College, April 4, 2017.
Restoring and Maintaining Physical, Mental, and Emotional Balance for Health Care Educators
and Providers; Presentation at Trends in Occupational Studies Conference, Detroit, October 26, 2016
Slow Down and Lighten
Up: Letting Go of Stress and Tension 2nd edition; Good Enough Publishing, 2016.
Effects of Physical, Mental and Emotional
Balance on Health and Learning; Presentation at Trends in Occupational Studies Conference, Traverse City, MI, October 15,
Restoring and Maintaining Physical, Mental, and Emotional Balance; Presentation at Trends in Occupational Studies
Conference, Traverse City, MI, October 16, 2014
Leadership as a Process of Inclusion and Connection; Presentation at
MI-ACE Conference, East Lansing, MI June 6, 2014.
Nursing Without Stress; Presentation at Michigan Nurses Association
Annual Conference, Sept. 30, 2011.
New Perspective on Managing Chronic Pain and Headaches; Presentation at NASW-MI
Annual Conference, April 9, 2010.
Understanding and Resolving Problems with Anger and Impulse Control; Presentation
at NASW-MI Annual Conference, April 8, 2010.
New Perspectives on Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD; Presentation at
the NASW-MI Annual Conference, April 15, 2009
Common Ground, Common Good, Common Sense: A Process for Developing Health
Care Reform; and Understanding and Preventing Compassion Fatigue; Two presentations at the National Summit of Clinicians for
Health Care Justice, Washington DC, October 2008.
A New Perspective on Treating Anxiety, Depression, and PTSD; Presentation
to Northern Michigan Psychologists in Houghton Lake, MI
Brief Interventions that Work in a Primary Care Setting; one
day workshop for Michigan Primary Care Association Behavioral Health workers May 2008.
Various community education presentations
on Stress Management, Depression, Heart Health, Chronic Pain and health related issues at Mid Michigan Health Park - Houghton
“Slow Down and Lighten Up: Letting Go of Stress and Tension”; Good Enough Publishing; Harrison,
MI, USA, 2001.
“The Hard Times Cafe Family Opportunity Project” International Journal of Self Help and Self
Care; Vol 1, No. 2; 1999, 2000.
“What’s Wrong with Welfare and What We Can Do About It” -Best Paper
Award; 1996 Tina Milidrag Symposium on Human Service Innovation; Judson Center and Oakland University, 1996.
Effectively with Disadvantaged Persons" Workshop presenter, Clare, MI May 1994
"Lessons From the Hard
Times Cafe: Understanding the Needs of Poor People" at MI Dept. Of Social Services Volunteerism Conference, Lansing,
MI, August, 1993, Grand Rapids MI, August 1994
"The Hard Times Cafe: Working Together to Climb Out of Poverty"
at Michigan Conference on Homelessness Lansing, MI, October, 1992.
"Slow Down and Lighten Up - Learning to Humor
Stress" Presentation at Michigan Education Association Annual Conference, March 1992, March, 1993, March 1994;
"Stress and Humor" Presentation to DSS staff and foster care workers, Mt. Pleasant, MI 12/91.
to Humor Stress" Presentation at Co-Workers Day, Catholic Family Services, Saginaw, MI, October, 1991.
Ease to the Workplace" Presentation to Consumers Power staff, Alma, Gladwin and Clare, MI., May - June, 1991.
"Managing Stress at Work" Four session workshop for Clare County Road Commission staff June, 1991.
Management for Parents" Presentation to Midland Schools parents and staff, May 1991.
for Parents" Series of four presentations for Harrison Alternative Education Program, May 1991.
Down and Lighten Up" Two presentations to Nursing staff at Sparrow Hospital, Lansing, MI, May 1991.
and Enjoying Intimacy" Presentation and mime performance at Clare County Motherfest sponsored by Clare DSS, May 1991.
"Bringing Ease to the Workplace" Presentation to Consumers Power staff, Alma, MI June, 1991.
Management" Presentation at MEA Annual Conference, Grand Rapids, MI, March 1991.
"Understanding and Enjoying
Intimacy" Presentation at conference: Building Blocks Toward Heathy Relationships, sponsored by Diocese of Saginaw, March
"Managing the Stress of Illness" Presentation to Cancer Support Group, Mid MI Regional Medical
Center, Clare, MI February 1991.
Support Group for Families involved with Mid East War, Mt. Pleasant, MI January, February,
"Managing the Stress of Illness" Presentation to Post Polio Support Group, Mid MI Regional Medical Center,
"Stress Management for Parents" Presentation at "Families of the Future" Conference
sponsored by Mid Michigan Alliance, Clare, MI November 1990.
"Managing the Stress of Childcare" Presentation
to staff of Family Resource Center, Clare, MI, August, 1990.
"Learning to Humor Stress" Presentation
to Educational Secretaries Association, Cadillac, MI 1988.
"Understanding Change" Presentation at Golden
Years Day, Houghton Lake, MI. 1988.
"Stress and Humor" Presentation at Women's Wellness Day, Houghton
Lake, MI, 1987
"The Magic of Confidence" Presentation with the Part-Time Players, Golden
Years Day, Lake City, MI 1986.
"Slow Down and Lighten Up - Easy Exercise for the Prevention and Relief of Depression"
presented at "Depression: Recognition and Treatment" sponsored by the LCC Center for Aging Education, Lansing, MI
"Confidence and Assertiveness" presentation for the Senior Wellness Program sponsored by Northern Michigan
Health Services, Houghton Lake, MI 1985.
"Understanding Discipline" presentation for MSU Cooperative Extension
Time Out Program, Lake City MI, 1985.
"Counseling Approaches with Mentally Retarded Persons" presentation at
4th Annual Developmental Disabilities Conference, Grayling, MI 1984.
Mime and Improvisation performances at "The
Healing Power of Laughter Play" conference in Toronto Ontario May, 1984.
"Depression and the Body" presented
at "Depression: Recognition and Treatment" sponsored by the LCC Center for Aging Education, Lansing, MI 1983.
"Stress and Exceptional Children" Keynote Address at the Minnesota Council For Exceptional Children Conference,
Minneapolis, MN 1980.
"Approaches for Dealing with Problem Behavior" Workshop Chairperson, AAESPH National
Conference, Chicago, IL 1979.
Van Oosterhout and Trojanowicz, "A Model for the Etiology of Juvenile Delinquency
with Implications for Prevention and Treatment" Police Chief, April 1979.
"An Approach for Staff Development
and Motivation" Presentation at MAAMD Psychology Conference, Lansing, MI 1979.
"The Use of Relaxation
in Dealing with Withdrawn, Hyperactive and Aggressive Behavior" Presentation at AAESPH National Conference, Baltimore,
"Alternative Approaches to Behavior Management" Presentation at MAAMD Psychology Conference,
Lansing, MI 1978