Carlton H. Oler, Ph.D., MAC, NHSP, BCPCC

Psychology Professor/Licensed Psychologist (PSY 20356)




Author of:

Coping with Stress for Academic Success

24 Strategies to Get the Most Out of Your Educational Experience

Available from or the Gavilan College Bookstore

Gavilan College

5055 Santa Teresa Boulevard

Gilroy, California 95020

(408) 852-2808

Office: SS 107 

                                             Spring 2015 Office Hours                                                     

 Monday and Wednesday: 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 to 3:15 p.m.

Thursday: 4:15 p.m. to 5:15 p.m.





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I am a psychology professor at Gavilan College. I was raised in San Francisco, California, and have been fortunate

to amass 33 years of clinical and teaching experience (e.g., staff clinical psychologist, clinical supervisor, consultant, associate

professor of psychology and counseling) in a variety of mental health and academic settings around the United States.



Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Cincinnati (OH)

M.Div. Coursework, Andrews University Theological Seminary (Berrien Springs, MI)

M.S., Counseling and Mental Health, California State University, East Bay (Hayward, CA)

B.A., Psychology, San Francisco State University

Diploma, Lowell High School (San Francisco, CA)



Postdoctoral Resident (Child, Family and Adult Psychotherapy, and Behavioral Medicine), Department of Psychiatry, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center (Oakland, CA)

Predoctoral Fellow (Outpatient Psychotherapy and Substance Abuse Treatment), Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine (New Haven, CT)



Licensed Psychologist (PSY 20356), State of California

Licensed Psychologist (015719), State of New York

National Health Service Psychologist (50889), National Register of Health Service Psychologists

Board Certified Professional Christian Counselor (0079), American Association of Christian Counselors

Master Addictions Counselor (4541), National Association of Forensic Counselors



I have published articles in such journals as Psychotherapy, Social and Behavioral Sciences,

Social Work, and the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, and presented hundreds of

seminars on various mental health, relationship health, physical health, and spiritual health topics

all over the United States, in Toronto, Ontario, and in Guyana, South America.


I decided to become a Psychologist at age 17 while taking a psychology class as a junior in high

school. I have never regretted the decision. I very much enjoy teaching because it provides an

excellent forum to sensitize students to the rich application of psychology to every sphere of life.

During my teaching career, psychology majors have surprised me with such awards as Instructor

of the Year, Most Inspirational Teacher, Most Interesting Class, and Most Christ-like. During my

doctoral studies, I received a full academic scholarship from the University of Cincinnati as well as

a scholarship from the National Association of Black Psychologists. My doctoral dissertation received

an “Honorable Mention” (3rd place) from the American Psychological Association Committee for

Ethnic Minority Affairs.


For recreation, I run! (especially 5K races), play Scrabble/Words With Friends, try to keep up with

the latest holistic health advances, and travel. I am a strong believer in the adage, “An ounce of

prevention is worth a pound of cure,” and therefore strive in my own life to practice a lifestyle (i.e.,

NEWSSTARTT) that not only prevents disease, but maximizes overall (holistic) health. If you’re

interested in a career in psychology or want information on how to achieve optimal overall health,

feel free to contact me.


Psychology and Psychology-related Associations to Explore

National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA)


California Latina/o Psychological Association (CLPA) (and numerous other valuable Latina/o links)


Asian American Psychological Association (AAPA)


Society of Indian Psychologists (SIP)


Association of Black Psychologists (ABpsi)


American Psychological Association (APA)

Society for the Psychology of Women (Division 35 of APA)

Society for the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Division 36 of APA)

Health Psychology (Division 38 of APA)

California Psychological Association

California Board of Psychology (information on how to become licensed as a Psychologist in California)


Board of Behavioral Sciences (information on how to become licensed as a Marriage and Family Therapist,

Social Worker, Professional Clinical Counselor, or Educational Psychologist in California)

American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD)

American Association on Health and Disability (AAHD)

American Counseling Association (ACA) (information on how to become a licensed/certified addictions counselor in the various states)

International Associaton of Correctional and Forensic Psychology

Association of Applied Sport Psychology, American Board of Sport Psychology, Exercise and Sport Psychology

National Association of Social Workers (NASW) 

National Association of Drama Therapy (information on how to become a Drama Therapist)

American Music Therapy Association (information on how to become a Music Therapist)

American Art Therapy Association (information on how to become an Art Therapist)



NEWSTART—principles to maximize overall health


NEWSTART Magazine (describes the principles to maximize overall health under Steps to Radiant Living)

Weimar Center of Health and Education (a health treatment center based on NEWSTART; cookbooks/videos)

Choose Veg (then click on Mercy for Animals, and then click on any of the videos under Investigations)you better have a strong stomach to watch this stuff! 

Higher Path Print and Production (articles/books on health and wellness; info sheets on health; vegetarian cookbooks/recipes)

Morningstar Farms, Cedar Lake Foods, Worthington Loma Linda (vegetarian/vegan products)

Body Mass Index (BMI) Calculator (find out if you are in the weight range best for your health)

The National Weight Control Registry (read how 10,000+ individuals have lost weight and kept it off)





Health Links to Explore

College Health

Health Encyclopedia

The Merck Manual Medical Library

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Healthy Life (health and wellness information)

Uchee Pines Institute, Lifestyle Center of America, Wildwood Lifestyle Center (alternative/natural health treatment centers using natural remedies; vegetarian cookbooks/videos; vegetarian restuarant)

GB Health Watch (nutritional and dietary information)

Optimal Health Spectrums (alternative/natural health treatment clinic)

Natural,, National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database

Making Health ez (alternative/complementray/integrative medicine pratitioner in San Jose, CA)

Better Than Greens (an excellent resource on health infromation and health products)

Vitamins, Supplements and Natural Health Products (find out if the vitmain, supplement or natural health product youre taking really works) (features up to date information on drug side effects, prescription and over-the-counter medications)

Mesothelioma Guide, Mesothelioma Center at

California Black Health Network

Stress Management and Reduction

Mental Health

Anxiety Disorders Help

Focus Adolesccent Services Drug and Teen Substance Abuse, Phoenix House, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Drug, Stepping Stone Center for Recovery, Addiction Recovery,, Protecting your Child from Drug Use and Abuse (alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment resources)

Encyclopedia of Mental Health (information on all types of things related to mental health)

Alternative Mental Health


Other Interesting Links  to Explore (help to reach your dream of going to college)

100 Free College Rides You Dont Need Daddy (or Momma) to Pay For, Affordable Online Schools,, , simpletuition, Nursing/Public Health/Medicine scholarships (financial aid resources)

College Altas, 50 States Colleges, College Scholarships/Colleges/Online Degrees (links to college/university homepages in the U.S. and abroad, and rankings of colleges/universities)

Diverse Issues in Higher Education (a multicultural perspective on education)

Encyclopedia of Psychology

Fields/Careers in Psychology, Online Psychology Career CenterPsychology Career Center, Careers in Psychology, PsychologyDegreesZone,, Counseling Psychology, Professional Development Path, Online Psychology, Career Profiles, Accredited Online Colleges, Affordable Online Colleges,The Truth About Cheap and Affordable Online Schools,, MedicalField, All 50, Top Medical Assistant Schools, Online Medical Assistant Programs

PsychScholar (a collection of psychology links of all kinds, including links to psychology departments in the USA and around the world)

Free Online Personality Test and Quizzes, Implicit AssociationTest (IAT) (explanations on how just about anything works)

Reference (a good source for facts of all kinds)


Some Quotes/Sayings to Live by from Me to You

People can take almost anything from you, including your life, but they cant

  take away your health and educationso get all you can.

“True joy comes from serving, not being served.”


“What better way to live than give.”

What makes life worth living is giving.”

“If your happiness comes from giving rather than getting, you have plenty of

 opportunity to feel this way.”

“Giving springs from viewing people as more important than my time, my money,

  and my things.”

“Love is choosing over and over to say and do the things only for the best

  good of another—its a principle practiced that should not be based on feelings.”

No judging, just lovingthis isnt easy, but its something we must all do.

It takes more out of you to hate than it does to love.

If you truly want to appreciate and enjoy life, live in the presentyesterday has

  come and gone, tomorrow isnt here yet, and neither is breathing like you are now!


“The best jobs I’ve ever had, had me.”


“Those who don’t take care of business (TCB) are soon out of business (OOB).”

“If you keep busy doing the right things, you'll have no time for the wrong things.”

“Life is a lot about timing: the convergence of readiness and opportunity”—are you

  on ready-alert so that when opportunity knocks you’re already at the door?

“Optimism is the life blood of motivation.”

“Dreams without drive turn into nightmares.”

Dream BIG, and then take the necessary small steps to get there.

“Wisdom has to come from above if we don’t want to be-low.”

“If I had to do it all over again, Id start from above.

“The goal is not to be the best, but to do the best you can.”


“If you don’t think much of yourself, itll be hard to believe that anyone will either.”

If people dont see it in you, telling them about it wont make it so.

“It’s not only difficult to give what you don’t have, but to receive what you feel you

  don’t deserve.”


“Too often, we make things harder than they have to be.”

“Many continue in a path that seems right to them because they haven’t been informed

  of a better way.”

“Everyone can benefit from a check up from the neck-up.”

“You can’t lead anybody anywhere they don’t already want to go, so if they’re not

  budging, back-off or you’ll push them away.”

“Judge others less, and yourself more!

“Procrastination is a dagger in the back of academic success (and life success for that matter), and too many students are hemorrhaging potential as a result”—pull it out before it takes you out!

“Stay on top of your studies or they will stay on top of you—and crush you.”

True education encompasses more than just enhancement of the mental faculties—what

  about the physical, social and spiritual dimensions?”


“You can do what you wanna do when you wanna do it; you just don’t wanna do it

  yet, if at all.”

Its not the immensity of a task that makes it difficult, but the smallness of the

  motivation brought to it.

“If you want to succeed in school (and life in general), you must practice self-discipline:

 doing what you’ve got to do whether you feel like it or not because it needs to be done.”

“It takes most, if not all your time, energy and effort to be someone else, but little if

  any to be yourself.”


“Next time someone does you wrong, do them right.”

“Don’t want anyone to drive you crazy? Then don’t get into the car with her or him”—refuse

  to let what she or he says or does get to you, push your buttons, or get under your skin.

“Don’t ask me what I think, if you want only to hear yourself.”

I cant think for you, but I can give you something to think about.

“How can you take care of two—that relationship with your boyfriend, girlfriend or

  spouse—when you can’t even take care of one—that relationship with yourself?”


“No one made you do it, you chose to.”

“Chose to do the right thing in the vulnerable moment.”

“Three torpedoes sink a persons life: one from within—low self-esteem, and two from

  without—unhealthy relationships with someone or some thing/activity.”

“If the cost of staying is greater than the cost of leaving and theres no change in sight,

 get out!”


“Eat to live, don’t live to eat,” and while youre at it,Drink to live, dont live to drink.


“We take better care of the cars we ride in than our bodies we reside in.”


“If you neglect your health, you’re casting to the ground most important wealth.”

The fountain of youth is found in a lifestyle in harmony with the laws of health.

When I die, I want it to be because of old age, not because of this age.

Overweight? If you want to lose 10+ pounds and keep it off, drop dinner; if you want to lose 25+ pounds and keep it off, drop dinner and fast food; if you want to lose 40+

  pounds and keep it off, drop dinner and fast food, and exercise to the point of perspirationat least three times a week for 50 minutesguaranteed if you stick with it.

“A little exercise every now and then is a lot better than no exercise all the time—so do

 whatever you can whenever you can.


“Most of the time, we have a love-hate relationship with almost everything.”

“Life is about gain and loss, and one has to be able to handle both to survive.”

“Life should be more about growing up (becoming a better and better person), and not

  going up (climbing the pay scale).

“Materialism is an obsessional desire for more and more and better and better

  things—and one is never satisfied enough.”

Once you distinguish between needs (necessary for survival) and wants (not necessary

  for survival), and focus much less on striving for wants; stress decreases and contentment


“Addiction to anything is often a time-sucker, academic obstructer, mind messer-upper,

  health disrupter, relationship corrupter, lifestyle satisfaction-crusher, and financial abductor.”

“Hooked on alcohol or other drugs?—get help to straighten up before you’re straightened out.”

“Let go the mouse and get out the house.”

“Put down the remote and pick up a life.”

“The United States of America is becoming more and more a technocracy. Now

  there’s nothing inherently wrong with technology, but we should control it, it

  shouldn’t control us.

Its not about how much time you have, but how you use the time you have.

“The best gift you can give your children is a good marriage.”

“We’re supposed to build our lives around our children, not our children around

  our lives.”

“Want to cripple your children for life? Give them everything they want and fight

  all their battles.”

“The vast majority of the discriminated against don’t want handouts, just hands-off.”

Only with representative and mutual input, can representative and mutual benefit more

  likely result.


“If you think you have it bad, take a good look around you. Theres always someone

  who as it worse and would gladly trade places with you.”



Copyright © 2015

Carlton H. Oler, Ph.D., MAC, NHSP, BCPCC