Dr. Roger Olson Bio:

Roger Olson, Psy.D. is a clinical psychologist at St. Luke’s Center for Neurobehavioral Medicine in Boise, Idaho.  He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from George Fox University and completed his internship at the University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute.  He has been in practice for 20 years and enjoys helping children and families thrive from a strength-based perspective. In his spare time, he loves spending time in the outdoors (running, fishing, golfing, etc.). An author who inspires him is Viktor Frankl.  In his book “Man’s Search for Meaning.” He says, “Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” He teaches us that we have response-ability, the ability to choose our response rather than just react and take on a helpless stance.  He gives us a great example of resilience in the face of adversity.

In this episode we talk about:

  • How Roger got started in his work
  • Details about the Strong Minds program that he put together
  • Special success stories from his work with parents and families

Book Recommendations:

  • Biglan, A., Flay, B., Embry, D., & Sandler, I. (2012).  The critical role of nurturing environments for promoting human well-being.  American Psychologist, 67(4), 257-271. 
  • Gottman, J. (1998). Raising an emotionally intelligent child. New York, NY: Simon and Schuster.
  • Hughes, D., & Baylin, J. (2012). Brain-based parenting: The neuroscience of caregiving for healthy attachment. New York, NY: Norton.
  • Kabat-Zinn, J. & Kabat-Zinn, M. (1997). Everyday blessings: The inner work of mindful parenting. New York, NY: Hachette Books.
  • Niemiec, R. (2014). Mindfulness and Character Strengths. Boston, MA: Hogrefe Publishing.  
  • Seaward. B. (2007). Stand like mountain, flow like water: Reflections on stress and human spirituality. Dearfield Beach, FL: Health Communications, Inc.
  • Shaddix, C. & Duncan, L. (2016). Mindful parenting begins at the beginning. In  I. Ivtzan & T. Lomas (Eds.), Mindfulness in positive psychology: The science of meditation and wellbeing. New York, NY: Routledge. 
  • Siegel, D., & Hartzell, M. (2003). Parenting from the inside out: How a deeper self- understanding can help you raise children who thrive. New York, NY: Tarcher/Penguin.
  • Suskind, D., (2015). Thirty million words: Building a child’s brain. New York, NY: Dutton.