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“Building strong families is a self-preservation strategy for any rational and sane society. An enlightened society is one which supports all of its members in reaching their full potential as human beings.

I believe we can become true architects of our destinies rather than mere captives of our fate, of our past. This liberating model allows for true freedom as each segment of society takes responsibility for itself and for our extended human family. It is a strengths-based and wellness model which leads to evolutionary growth, resilience, and development towards the higher reaches of human nature. It is a vision of hope, based on the most powerful force in all of nature: love.”

Carl Totton, Psy.D.

Professor of Psychology
Dept. of School Psychology at Phillips Graduate University
Chatsworth, CA

Dr. Carl Totton, PsyD, is a licensed clinical and educational psychologist. He is currently chair and professor of school psychology at Phillips Graduate Institute in Chatsworth, California. He has taught in five colleges and universities, and is on the advisory boards of several non-profit organizations, including Rancho San Antonio Home for Boys.

Dr. Totton has worked for nearly 25 years as a school psychologist and school counselor. He has experience in a wide variety of clinical settings including psychiatric inpatient and general medical hospitals, community mental health clinics, rehabilitation and substance abuse agencies, a state diagnostic center, and in private practice. He has specialized in the provision of services for physically and psychiatrically disabled adults, adolescents, and children.

Dr. Totton received his BS and MS degrees in rehabilitation counseling from California State University, Los Angeles, and a Doctor of Psychology degree from Pepperdine University. He holds pupil personnel services credentials in both school psychology and school counseling, and licenses in clinical and educational psychology. He is board certified in school neuropsychology and is a nationally certified school psychologist. He has taught seminars in a wide variety of topics including assessment and treatment of emotionally disturbed children and adolescents, stress management and relaxation training with children, self-care for psychologists, crisis intervention with college students, psychological first aid in the workplace, and depression and suicide prevention. He is a frequent keynote speaker and workshop presenter for several organizations.

Dr. Totton is the director of the Taoist Institute of Los Angeles where he teaches programs in Chinese-based health care and education, martial arts, and mindfulness meditation. He is an ordained Taoist Priest and Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP). Dr. Totton’s doctoral dissertation in clinical psychology examined meditation as an altered state of consciousness.

Presently, Dr. Totton is involved in networking with organizations engaged in prevention and education for innovative anti-bullying programs, leading to the establishment of “Safe Zones” for children. He has published several manuals for professionals and graduate students in psychology, and assessment and test selection manuals for school psychologists. He is currently working on his first book of poetry.