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Drs. Ron and Mary Hulnick
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Dr. H. Ronald Hulnick has served as the President of the University of Santa Monica in Santa Monica, Calif., since 1983. He is responsible for directing all aspects of the University’s well-being, including serving as a member of the University Board of Trustees, supervising and directing financial areas such as budget preparation, implementation and evaluation, long-range planning and fundraising, and overseeing all current and proposed university offerings.

Dr. Hulnick holds a Ph.D. in counseling and educational psychology from New Mexico State University and an M.A. in clinical psychology from Long Island University. Licensed in the state of California as a marriage and family therapist, Dr. Hulnick has been in private practice for over 25 years, working with individuals, couples, families and groups.

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Dr. Mary R. Hulnick has served as the Chief Academic Officer of the University of Santa Monica since 1981. In this role, she is responsible for all academic matters including curriculum development, academic standards and policy, faculty/student relationships and faculty development at USM. She also has an active role in the University’s Executive Team and provides leadership of staff and faculty in the areas of administrative and executive functioning at the University.

Licensed as a clinical psychologist and as a marriage and family therapist in the state of California, Dr. Hulnick has maintained a private practice for over 25 years, working with individuals, couples, families and groups. Her special emphases and gifts include the areas of spiritual psychology, consciousness counseling, couples counseling, nurturing the divine feminine and answering the call.

Dr. Hulnick holds both a Ph.D. and an M.S. degree in counseling and guidance from Iowa State University. She is a member of Psi Chi, a national honorary psychology fraternity, and Sigma Tau Delta, a national honorary English fraternity. She is a Clinical Member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and is also a member of the American Psychological Association.

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Ron and Mary are pioneers and innovators in the field of spiritual psychology, and they have played a seminal role in the development of the study and practice of spiritual psychology at the University of Santa Monica. Spiritual psychology is defined as the study and practice of the art and science of human evolution in consciousness. The University’s Programs in spiritual psychology are offered within the context of soul-centered education, which recognizes spiritual reality and begins with the assertion that rather than human beings who have a soul; we are souls having a human experience. This principle evokes a radical paradigm shift, which results in a psychological and educational process whose goal is to bring forth the beauty, wisdom and compassion inherent in every human being.

In co-creative partnership, Ron and Mary have provided leadership in designing, implementing, and facilitating the University’s Graduate Degree Programs in spiritual psychology; consciousness, health and healing; and soul-centered leadership. They are actively involved in designing programs and seminars for the University, including USM’s Online Classroom.

Ron and Mary have just completed "Loyalty to Your Soul: The Heart of Spiritual Psychology," published by Hay House in February 2011. They are also the authors of "Financial Freedom in Eight Minutes a Day," published in 1994 by Rodale Press. Ron is the founder of USM’s Prison Project, a service project conducted by USM graduates at Valley State Women’s Prison in Chowchilla, Calif. This service project inspired the award-winning documentary "Freedom to Choose," for which both Ron and Mary served as executive producers. The "Freedom to Choose" documentary won the 2009 Emerging Filmmaker Showcase in the documentary category at the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival.

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Gratitude: The Spirit of Thanksgiving

(1) Comments | Posted November 24, 2015 | 8:48 AM


There's a delightful quote I remember from reading Winnie-the-Pooh as a child: "Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude."

Very early on, my mother had me writing--err ... painstakingly composing--my own...

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12 Keys To A Heart-to-Heart Relationship

(10) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 8:00 AM

In this, our third article about relationships, we'll once again begin by sharing the single greatest relationship myth in recorded history. And why do we keep repeating ourselves? Well, as one of our USM students remarked in a large group sharing, "My boyfriend says I...

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4 Additional Keys to a Heart-to-Heart Relationship

(10) Comments | Posted November 29, 2011 | 7:30 AM

In our last article, we revealed the single greatest relationship myth in recorded history. "If only you would change, everything would be so much better. And, of course, you need to change in ways that I, your partner, am absolutely certain would be to our mutual benefit."


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4 Keys to a Heart-to-Heart Relationship

(62) Comments | Posted November 18, 2011 | 8:37 AM

Intimate personal relationships are no doubt among the most precious as well as one of the most puzzling of life's experiences. Perhaps the reason for this state of affairs is that many people approach relationships from a perspective that will never take them where they'd like to go.

Why? Because...

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Spiritual Evolution: The Path to a Meaningful Life?

(19) Comments | Posted May 16, 2011 | 7:00 AM

Henry David Thoreau, in the mid 1800s, wrote, "Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them."

A century and a half has passed, and Thoreau's words still strongly echo in our lives. Consider the current levels of war, poverty, sickness,...

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