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Radical Honesty Trainers

Taber Shadburne, Master Trainer

Taber Shadburne

Taber Shadburne has a B.A. in music and comparative religion (summa cum laude) and an M.A. in counseling psychology, and has completed numerous professional trainings, including Hakomi Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, Gest

Since 1990, Taber has been in private practice, providing individual and couples therapy and leading personal growth groups and workshops. While designing and leading his own workshop called Radical Intimacy, he discovered Dr. Blanton’s book, Radical Honesty, and came to Virginia to work closely with Dr. Blanton and receive intensive training. Mr. Shadburne is certified as a Radical Honesty trainer and has co-led numerous workshops with Dr. Blanton. He has also conducted Radical Honesty workshops, provided Radical Honesty consultations and private appointments in various parts of the country. Taber Shadburne is Dr. Blanton’s senior trainer and has received certification as Master Trainer in Radical Honesty.

When not traveling, Mr. Shadburne is based in San Francisco, California.

Dr. Susan Campbell, Trainer

Susan Campbell, Ph.D.

Dr. Susan Campbell has authored nine books on relationships and conflict resolution, has delivered hundreds of seminars and workshop internationally, and has counseled thousands of individuals and couples. In demand with the press, radio and TV to help interpret the status of contemporary human work and love relations, she has appeared on CNN’s NewsNight and Good Morning America and Dr. Dean Edell.

Accomplished in the business world, Susan has directed a think tank, run non-profit organizations, consulted to Fortune 500 companies, and guest lectured at the Harvard, Stanford, and UCLA business schools.

An avid adventurer and proponent of “living your life out loud,” she has made millions, lost millions, lived in other cultures, and spent two years sailing her 47-foot sailboat halfway around the world.

Some of her more well-known book titles are: The Couples JourneyBeyond the Power Struggle, and Getting Real.

Her most recent research and writing has focused on dating – a scene widely regarded as fraught with tension and lacking in directness – and she proposes an exciting new model for dating and relating in her book, Truth in Dating: Find Love by Getting Real. Susan is gratified by the feedback from her publisher that in bookstores this book is “flying off the shelves…”

Greg Small, Corporate Trainer

Greg Small is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology (Electrical Engineering & Computer Sciences) and California Coast University (Business Management). Greg worked as quality and organizational development consultant to the Xerox Corporation consultant for over 18 years. While consulting to Xerox, he worked with the Xerox Total Quality Management strategy that received the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. He helped design and implement the Xerox strategy for Self-Directed Work Teams for the U.S. Service Organization, a strategy that encompassed 18,000 employees and 3,000 work teams.

As a private consultant, Mr. Small offers consulting services in strategic planning, organizational assessment, change management, empowerment, meeting effectiveness, team building, conflict management, and leadership development. He has worked with organizations such as Xerox, U.S. Navy Public Works Center, International Business Machines (IBM), Washington State Medical Assistance Administration, New Holland Farming Equipment, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, California Disability Evaluation Division, and U.S. Department of Commerce.

Greg has studied directly under experts such as Dr. Will Schutz (The Human Element), Dr. David Banner (Designing Effective Organizations), and Dr. Brad Blanton (gestalt theory & practices). He has completed training programs with Peter Senge (Fifth Discipline: Systems Theory), Dr. Edwards Deming (Management Practices), Dr. Peter Koestenbaum (Leadership: The Inner Side of Greatness), John Barry (Managing Business Dilemmas), Peter Block (Empowered Manager and Flawless Consulting), Harvard University (Negotiations Project: Getting To Yes), University Associates (Advanced Team Building Methods and Accelerated Training Methods), Robert Camp (Benchmarking Practices), Dr. Margaret Wheatley (Leadership and The New Science), and Kouzes and Posner (Leadership Challenge).

Mr. Small lives in Folsom, California with his wife, Pam Rex.

Raven Dana, Trainer

Raven Dana

Raven Dana is Certified Life Coach and Clinical Handwriting Analyst with over 30 years of experience teaching self management, stress reduction and conflict resolution practices. She has a private coaching practice and facilitates workshops across the country. Dana possesses a laser-like talent for getting to the source of things. Some of her skills were acquired through her interesting childhood, and then honed through training in stress reduction, NLP, communications, gestalt practices, and meditation. Dana worked and trained with Brad Blanton PhD and was operations manager of Radical Honesty for three years. She is a certified Radical Honesty™ Coach and Radical Honesty™ Trainer. Raven was Certified in Clinical Handwriting Analysis through internationally known forensic handwriting experts Curtis and Bart Baggett. Dana used the term “Life Coach” nearly a decade before coaches became popular. Her work is distinctly different and more in depth than the style of coaching taught in most training programs today. Dana combines her extensive knowledge of body language, gender specific communication, stress reduction methods, and up-to-date research to reach her clients and achieve a high rate of success.

Contact Raven: [email protected] Phone: (216) 261-0181

Clara Griffin, Trainer

Clara Griffin is the founder of Venus Rising and creator of the Your Sexual Self Workshops. She is a sex educator and a sex, intimacy and relationship coach. She is also trained in Ericksonian and traditional hypnosis. She has trained in Gestalt therapy and Radical Honesty with Brad Blanton and is a certified Radical Honesty trainer.
E-mail Clara at [email protected]

Jerry Griffin, Trainer

Jerry Griffin is a Certified Radical Honesty Trainer and one hell of a nice guy who lives in Northern Virginia. Jerry is currently listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the person having attended the most Radical Honesty workshops. Jerry runs group meetings in the Batterer’s Intervention Program, a state-mandated program that provides behavioral counseling for individuals convicted of domestic violence.

Stephanie Roth, Trainer

Stephanie Roth

Stephanie Roth, certified Radical Honesty trainer, is an award-winning author, a popular motivational speaker and trainer, and a relationship coach specializing in communication and connection. Stephanie teaches people how to speak up and ask for what they want, how to recognize and honor differences in various personality types, and how to embrace those differences to get the job done.

Stephanie has a master’s degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Colorado at Denver and a Bachelor of Science in Technical Writing from Carnegie Mellon University. She is a graduate of Coach U, a Certified Radical Honesty™ facilitator, and a certified trainer for Fred Pryor Seminars/CareerTrack. She is the award-winning author and publisher of SEEK: Self-Esteem Enhancement Kit, a self-esteem curriculum for teenagers used by hundreds of schools, detention centers, probation offices, and private practices throughout the US and Canada. Stephanie is co-author of Empowering Vision for Dreamers, Visionaries and Other Entrepreneurs. She is author of the forthcoming book, Confessions of a Workshop Junkie: How I Stopped Learning and Started Living, due out in early 2013.

Stephanie Roth, 303-410-8167, www.askStephanieRoth.com

Marina Dervan, Trainer

Marina Dervan

Marina Dervan, ( aka, “The Honesty Coach.”) has excelled in the field of Management Consulting and Wellness Coaching for more than 25 years. From the 1990’s onward, Marina has served Corporate Clients from Wall street and North America, to the City of London and Continental Europe. Renowned as a dynamic, powerful, and inspiring Coach beyond comparison.

Marina specializes in 6 month Accelerated Development Programs for Corporate Executives, Couples Coaching, and Solution Focused thinking for Individuals and Teams. Marina has spent her entire career committed to finding compassionate solutions to ‘People Problems,’ and After years of studying with some of today’s greatest Thinkers and Psychologists, she developed her own system for identifying and navigating through the deluge of human emotions and physical ails.

Marina uses a synthesized system, that includes of all of the following methods she has been trained to teach:

Radical Honesty, Deceptive Indicators, The Enneagram, Solution Focused Therapy, The Human Element, LC/Loving Communication, Hypnotherapy, Systemic thinking, Lateral Thinking, Flow Team Dynamics, The Sedona Method, The Wartegg/Tree Projective Tests, Criminal Handwriting Analysis, Graphotherapy, The Tomatis Method, PTP/Processing Styles, Retrain the Brain. Hippocrates Health Educator.

Email Marina at marina [at] thehonestycoach [dot] com or visit her website at http://thehonestycoach.com

Trainers in Training

Tuulia Syvanen
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From Tuulia:
“I grew up in a dysfunctional family where expressing feelings of any kind (both negative and positive) was frowned upon. I became passionate about self-expression and self-awareness, and learned the importance of me setting my boundaries and of me speaking up. Most important, I learned the power of honesty, which I am now passionate about passing on to my son, to those around me and to those in my workshops. My life’s mission is to help create more love and connection between people through honest sharing and by expressing all feelings and without a need to change oneself or others.

“I’ve changed my life for the better by practicing Radical Honesty. I have more loving, honest and evolving relationships in my life (especially those with my son, my parents and my partner). I say what is important to me. I express my anger and my appreciation in the moment most of time. And though I still sometimes catch myself withholding, I try to be loving towards myself when I get it wrong. I don’t make others responsible for my own feelings (as I used to do). Best of all, I have learned to ask for what I want—and to my great joy, many times I even get it!”

About Tuulia:
Tuulia Syvanen is a coach and workshop leader and doing 1:1 coaching and leading RH workshops throughout Europe. For two decades, she held leadership positions at international, non-profit organizations that are concerned with social and environmental justice issues. A native of Finland, she has lived in Germany, The Netherlands, New Zealand and Canada.

Since March 2015, Tuulia has been a trainer-in-training under the guidance of RH’s founder, Dr. Brad Blanton, and RH Master Trainer, Taber Shadburne. She will complete her four-year certificate in the “Human-to-Human Coaching and Therapy Program” in Finland in November 2016. Tuulia is an NLP Certified Practitioner and has also done additional trainings in Anger Work, the Landmark Forum and Conflict Management and is training to be a leader of Dr. Fischer’s Rebuilding Divorce Seminars. She earned a BA in Journalism from the University of Tampere and has a 14-year-old son.

From Brad:
Radical Honesty workshops attended, organized, assisted and/or led:
2012: 7-day RH Workshop in Greece
2015: 9-day RH Workshop in Colorado
2015: 7-day RH Workshop in Greece with Brad Blanton with Taber Shadburne (Assistant)
2015: 7-day RH Workshop in Greece with Taber Shadburne (Assistant)
2015: Weekend RH Workshop in Finland with Taber Shadburne (Organizer and Assistant)
2015: Weekend RH Workshop in Amsterdam with Taber Shadburne (Organizer and Assistant)
2015: Weekend RH Workshop in Amsterdam (Leader)
2016: Weekend RH Workshop in Amsterdam (Leader)
2016: 3-day Advanced RH Workshop in Amsterdam (Leader)
2016: Weekend RH Workshop in Frankfurt (Leader)
2016: 2-day Introduction to RH in Munich with Brad Blanton (Assistant)
2016: 9-day RH Workshop in Germany with Taber Shadburne (Organizer and Assistant)
2016: 7-day RH Workshop in Greece with Brad Blanton and Taber Shadburne (Assistant)
2016: 5-Day RH Workshop in Finland (Leader)

“Tuulia Syvanen is a very focused and committed achiever. Once she gets her teeth into something she doesn’t let go until she has digested it! We have been trying to teach her to be more of a slob and a little less intellectually aggressive but without much luck. She has, however, a most redeeming quality. She has a heart. She has a big heart. And her son, her friends, her past lovers and current lover, and her family have been wonderful teachers to her as well as having learned some from her. They have all been teaching each other about coming more from the heart than from the mind. They experiment with giving up control and carefulness and withholdingin exchange for focusing on awareness, experience, presence, and allowing things to happen sometimes instead of making them happen. And as it all turns out, having a big heart and having a big mind go together just fine—as long as noticing is given precedence over thinking, and thinking is interrupted more often by noticing than noticing is interrupted by thinking.

Tuulia wants to help others learn to love without too much interference from their minds, and maybe even just a little bit of help from their minds, just as she has been doing in her personal life, which is the fundamental authority of a Radical Honesty Trainer. We look forward to her formal certification in February 2017. Taber and I are proud of her and happy with her and she continues to get better at interrupting minds and nourishing beings based on caring for how they care about each other by being radically honest.”


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