Dr. Norm Christiansen, Ph.D. has been part of The Woodhall School for several years, first as a coach for Physical Training, then as a personal trainer for some of the students, and as Mindfulness Facilitator for faculty and students when Woodhall incorporated Mindfulness Practice in the Communications Program. Next year, he will be teaching a Health and Wellness class to the students.
Dr. Christiansen earned his doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and says that he began the real learning of how to help others after graduating. “After working with diverse populations of children, adolescents, and adults in many different settings, I became disillusioned and saw the limitations of the medical model to help others change and grow,” he explained. He began to explore the area of Optimal Performance and worked with elite athletes on the US Figure Skating and US Olympic teams, teaching them mindfulness skills to help them relax, focus and regulate their emotions to enhance their performances. He has also worked with artists, writers, actors, dancers and other performance artists. Dr. Christiansen has practiced Yoga on and off for 25 years and devotedly for the past 12 years. After completing his teacher training at Kripalu Yoga Center he began to see yoga as meditation or mindfulness in motion.
Dr. Christiansen explains, “The course, ‘Health and Wellness: How to Lead a Meaningful Life,’ will be presented through the ground breaking science of Positive Psychology, which explores the roots of a happy and meaningful life. The course will draw information and inferences from cross-disciplinary research in psychology, neuroscience, evolutionary biology, nutrition, fitness and more.”
We are pleased that Dr. Christiansen will be expanding his role as a member of The Woodhall School.