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Sunday Meeting -The Development of Moral Motivation


Michael Schulman

Meg Chapman Presides


We’ll explore the developmental sources of moral motivation, discuss the kinds of experiences that indicate the beginnings of moral emotions and cognitions, and review how moral motivation can be encouraged.


Michael Schulman, Ph.D. is a psychologist and the author of the books Bringing Up a Moral Child: A New Approach for Teaching Your Child To Be Kind, Just, and Responsible (Doubleday, 1994; Addison-Wesley, 1985),The Passionate Mind: Bringing Up an Intelligent and Creative Child (The Free Press, 1991; a Book-of-the-Month Club selection), Schools as Moral Communities: A Framework and Guide for School Administrators, Principals, and Teachers (The Anti-Defamation League, 1995), Building Moral Communities: A Guide for Educators (CSEE, 2006).

He has written the chapters, "The Passion to Know: A Developmental Perspective" and "How We Become Moral: The Sources of Moral Motivation" for The Handbook of Positive Psychology (edited by C.R. Snyder and S.J. Lopez for Oxford University Press, 2002), and "The Prevention of Antisocial Behavior Through Moral Motivation Training (or Why Isn't There More Street Crime?)" for Protecting the Children (edited by R.P. Lotion; Haworth Press, 1990). He has also written many professional and popular articles and book chapters on moral motivation, aggression, childrearing, and acting, including articles for Parents and Working Mother magazines. His most recent articles are "Confidence Techniques for Clinical Practice: Anti-Anxiety Procedures Developed in an Acting Class," The Behavior Therapist, 2009, 32, 8 (Winter),[masked], and “Defending Others,” Connections (Newsletter of CSEE), October 2011 (Vol. 31, No. 2).

He has appeared on many television shows, including Oprah and Sally Jessie Rafael, and is often consulted for articles on child rearing and other topics by periodicals such as The New York TimesTime Magazine, andNewsweek.

His work as a psychologist at Leaked and Watts Service, Inc., a foster care agency in New York, includes providing psychological treatment to inner city adolescents and youngsters and designing "moral motivation" programs for adolescents living in congregate care settings (described in "The Caring Profile: A Values Modification Program for Adolescents in Residential Facilities," Journal of Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 1996, Vol. 14, No. 1 and "Who Fits the Caring Profile?", Residential Group Care Quarterly of the Child Welfare League of America, Spring 2000).

He is Chairman of the Columbia University Seminar on Ethics, Moral Education, and Society, had assistant professor positions of psychology at Rutgers and Fordham Universities, lectured widely to professional and parent groups, has been a consultant to public and private schools and television programs on values and character education issues, and was a task force leader at the White House Conference on Character Education.

He has been an acting teacher, director, and playwright, founded the British-American Acting Academy, authored a number of theatre books, published by Penguin, Bantam, and St. Martin's Press, and taught at the Lee Strasburg Theatre Institute in New York and LAMDA in London. His innovative work as an acting teacher was featured in a chapter of the Penguin book, The New Generation of Acting Teachers by Eva Mekler.








Entry to our 100-year-old building and meeting rooms is available for most wheelchair users with prior arrangements. Please call ahead  [masked] x 107) for setup of our portable system and plan to arrive one hour before start time.


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