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RALPH MITCHELL STEELE
110 Delgado St., Suite D; Box 9286
Santa Fe, New Mexico, 87501
Phone: (505) 982-4183
rmitchell@lifetransition.com
www.lifetransition.com

BIRTHDATE AND PLACE:
5-11-50;
Pawley's Island, South Carolina

First language was Gullah; and second is English

EDUCATION
2015-2016
Certified Integral Somatic Psychotherapy Professional Training
This included 72 hours of a three part certificate completion in advanced somatic experiencing trauma treatment. This training increases efficiency through greater awareness and embodiment of all the gross and subtle bodies that are contained in the absolute collective body of pure awareness. It focused on how the interaction of these bodies creates our experience, how difficult experiences dysregulate and disarmed them; and how they can be brought into better relationship with each other becoming regulated and balance, while psychological work takes place with the client. Raja Selvam, PhD, PhD, is a senior trainer in Peter Levine's, PhD Somatic Experiencing professional training program and the developer of ISP.


2007-2010
Certified Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
Somatic Experiencing is a body-awareness approach to trauma treatment. The three year training combines classes, individual sessions and case consultations, it is taught worldwide. Founded by Dr. Peter Levine, and based upon the realization that human beings have an innate ability to overcome the effects of trauma, SE restores self-regulation, a sense of aliveness, relaxation and wholeness to traumatized individuals. SE is used in the treatment of combat veterans, rape victims and survivors of natural catastrophes, auto accidents, post surgical trauma, chronic pain sufferers, and infants who expertienced traumatic births. Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute; Boulder, Colorado.

1997 - 2001
Buddhist Psychology; Insight Meditation Teacher Training:
Instructor: Jack Kornfield, Ph.D.,
Spirit Rock Meditation Center; Woodacre, Ca.

1999 - 2000
Monastic Training, as a monk in the monasteries of Burma and Thailand studying intensive meditation practices

1992 - 1994
Clinical Health Psychology Doctorate Program at The Fielding Institute, Santa Barbara, Ca.

1976 - 1979
M.A. in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling
University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California.


1974 - 1976
B.A. in Humanistic Psychology; B.A. in Religious Studies (Board Honors);
University of California, Santa Cruz, California

1972 - 1973
A.A. in Psychology
Spokane Falls Community College, Spokane, Washington.

PROFESSIONAL LICENSE
1994 -
New Mexico State License: Marriage, Family, & Therapy, # 0344

BOARD CERTIFICATION AND CREDENTIALS
1989 -
Fellow: American Academy of Pain Management: Management: Credential # 436.


1989 -
Member: American Society of Pain Management

1986 -
Clinical Member: of the American Association For Marriage And Family Therapy

1979 -
California Community College Counselor, Credential #210437. This qualifies me to do academic and personal counseling.

1979 -
California Community College Instructor, Credential #210435. This qualifies me to teach psychology courses.

BOARD AFFILIATION
1993- 1999
Chairperson: Program Committee
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Youth Shelter & Family Service

1995- 1999
Chairperson: Board of Trustees
Southwestern College
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Accredited Graduate College: M.A.s in Counseling and Art Therapy

PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
1995 -
Insight Meditation Society
Barrie, Massachuttes

Adjunct faculty to the staff of teachers

1990 -
Spirit Rock Meditation Center
Woodacre, California

Adjunct faculty to the staff of teachers

1989- 1997
Pinon Hills Psychiatric Hospital
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Individual Psychotherapy & Family Therapy. I had privileges to see physician referred patients and their families to work with stress, acute and chronic pain.

1988- 1997
St. Vincent Hospital
Santa Fe, New Mexico

I was a member of the "Professional Physician Sponsored Staff". I had privileges to see physician referred patients and their families, assisting them in the process of pain, grief & trauma. Supervisors: Stephen Lustbader & Lucas Van Orden, M.D. I am now part of a task force to put togeather a package to provide complimentary medicine for the Cancer Treatment Center. The expertise I bring to the team is "meditation", Dir. Rhonda Flack, M.D.

ACCOMPLISHMENT
2008 (September 13)
Cultural Diversity Acknowledgement

At Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, Ca. Ralph was honored as an Elder in the community for initiating meditation retreats for people of color and supporting diversity.

2006 (March 26 to April 6)
Agent Orange Conference, Vietnam

I was with a five member team of Vietnam Veterans representing Veterans for Peace, attended the first International Conference on Agent Orange in Hanoi and visited with over 300 victims in hospitals and care centers in Hanoi, Ho-Chi-Minh City, and Huê.

2005 (May 11-18)
Conflict Resolution & Youth Conference, Russia

I took two youths that participated with youths internationally on global environment discussions in St. Petersburg, Russia. We gave a presentation of the model about our “Youth, Leadership Training, Meditation, & Exploration Camp”. An annual camp held in Santa Fe, New Mexico. I also participated on a panel discussion with regards to making peace and resolving conflicts.

2003 (May 9-13)
Conflict Resolution Conference; St Petersburg, Russia

I attended and participated on a international panel discussion with regards to making peace and resolving conflicts.

1998
Founded R. Mitchell Steele Minority Scholarship Program

Southwestern College, Santa Fe, New Mexico

1997 (June 8-11)
Accompanied His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama

Meditation Team along with Alice Walker, Edwin James Olmos, Jack Kornfield, Stephen Levine and others in a conference entitled "Peace Making." San Francisco, Ca.

1985-1992
Originator/Founded, College Advisory Board

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Hospice Training Program Northern New Mexico Community College
El Rito, New Mexico

I was contracted to do a national needs assessment and feasibility study. The study also included a curriculum for students to get an Associate Degree and Continuing Education Certification for healthcare professionals. It was the first academic program in the nation. Under my supervision, this program has moved to Southwestern College, Santa Fe.

1993 – Present
Life Transition Institute, Santa Fe, NM

Founding President of a Non- Profit 501 c-3 for the purpose of promoting freedom from racism and social injustice through the practice of meditation.

1987 - Present
Life Transition Therapy,Inc., Santa Fe, N.M.

Mindfulness Meditation Pain Program, (11 years endorsement of U Mass. Medical Center; Stress Reduction & Relaxation Program; Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D, Director). Health Center that provides Marriage, Family & Individual Therapy; Acupuncture; and Massage

1986-1989
Casa Libre Prison Project
Rehabilitation Center
Santa Fe, New Mexico

I helped in designing and implementing this rehabilitation program .

1983-1984
Santa Fe Community Alcohol Management Program
Ayudantes, Inc.
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

I developed a out-patient, municipal court-referred D.W.I. program. This program provides 44 hours per client of group, individual, and peer therapy over a three month period. It emphasized nutrition, mental and physical breathing exercises, education, and peer involvement.

WORK EXPERIENCE
1994 Consultant
Prison Project Return
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

A rehabilitation program that work with people recently released from Angola prison. There minimum time in prison was five years. Bob Roberts, DDS., PhD.,Dir.

9/82-12/82 Consultant
Hospice Maranath
N. 1620 Monroe
Spokane, Washington

I facilitated a staff retreat and a nine-week in-service training program, assisted the hospice nurse and volunteer staff in relaxation and pain therapy.

1990 - Present Vipassana Meditation Teacher
I conduct vipassana(insight), meditation retreats nationally.
1992-Present President
Life Transition Therapy Institute:

This is a 501-C-3 not for profit institute offers educational events in the field of meditation based pain management and health psychology to the general public.

1984-2003 President/Director
Life Transition Therapy, Inc.
110 Delgado Compound Suite A
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

This private clinic emphasizes work in the areas of grief, stress and pain management, alcohol and drug abuse, yoga, massage, rolfing, workshops and training for medical staff regarding terminally ill patients and pain management. Psychotherapy is available for individuals, families and children.
Karl Ray, M.D.,Psychiatrist; Medical Consultant

2/86-1/91 Grief Counselor
Lovelace Medical Center
Santa Fe, New Mexico

Was a provider for Lovelace Health Plan in the area of Grief Counseling for individual, families, couples and children.

4/85-5/86 Psychotherapist
Santa Fe Psychiatric Hospital
Santa Fe, New Mexico

I design and implemented a Multiple Family Therapy program

4/86-5/87 Psychotherapist
Pinon Hills Psychiatric Hospital
Santa Fe, New Mexico

I did in-patient family, marriage, and individual counseling.

9/84-10/85 Faculty Member
Health Occupations Division
Northern New Mexico Community College
Espanola and Santa Fe, New Mexico

Course titles offered:
"Awareness of Death and Dying"
"Helping the Living and Dying: Emotion and Change"
"Introduction to Hospice Philosophy of Care"

7/83-8/84 Psychotherapist and Program Manager
Santa Fe Community Alcohol Management Program
Ayudantes, Inc.
P.O. Box 2799
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501

11/82-1/83 Grief Counselor
Dying Center, Dale Borglum, Director
Santa Fe, New Mexico

I served as a temporary staff-member at the Center, answering crisis calls originating world-wide.

1/81-8/82 Grief Counselor Volunteer
Sister of Holy Names Convent
Fort Wright Drive, Spokane, Washington

I did relaxation and pain therapy in the infirmary, helping each nun through the process of dying, and coordinating relaxation therapy workshops.

3/82-8/82 Grief Counselor
Spokane, and Seattle, Washington.

I provided grief counseling, primarily through home visits.

1/82-3/82 Instructor: Death & Dying Education
Holy Family Hospital
Spokane, Washington

I was a member of the teaching faculty at Holy Family Hospital Wellness Program, teaching a course in Stress Management entitled: "Awareness of Life as a Preparation For Death".

2/80-8/80 Mental Health Counselor
Santa Cruz Community Counseling Center
Santa Cruz, California

I worked in the out-patient Counseling Department, in the areas of drug and alcohol abuse; facilitated groups in the Residential Treatment Center and specialized in veterans' counseling.

2/79-6/80 Family Counseling
1130 McKendre St.
San Jose, California

Divorce counseling; workshops on child custody and divorce issues.

7/79-7/79 Respite Worker
Family Resource Center
Seaside, California

Provided counseling for families in crisis. I did referral for families to various agencies in the community.

9/78-6/79 Academic Counselor
University of California
Santa Cruz, California

Administrative supervisor for a peer counseling program, provided literature from graduate school and fellowships', provided graduate school advising. I also did counseling in areas of stress, crisis, drug abuse, and careers.

11/75-3/76 Career Counselor
Santa Cruz County Veterans' Service Office
Santa Cruz, California

I provided career and vocational counseling; counseled veterans on delayed stress syndrome, and facilitated veterans' groups.

9/72-5/73 Adolescent Counselor
Morning Star Boys' Ranch
Spokane, Washington

Provided individual and group counseling for adolescent boys; organized recreational activities.

7/72-9/72 Rehabilitation Counselor
Office of Probation and Parole
Work Release Unit
Spokane, Washington

I provided alcohol, drug abuse, career and vocational counseling to prisoners who had served a minimum of five years in prison. This department was designed to help the prisoner adjust to living in society again.

5/67-9/67 Youth Employment Manager
Youth Center
Yokota Air Force Base, Japan

I provided teen counseling and supervised the child care program.

MILITARY SERVICE
1969- 1971
United States Army, Honorable Discharge, Rank E-5
Vietnam Disabled Vietnam Veteran

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