Dr. Dobbs has a multi-disciplinary background that ranges from computer science, to theology, to psychoanalysis and couples therapy. He actively consults for the Interdisciplinary Training Institute whose founder (and his wife), Dr. Connie Lillas, specializes in bringing together the many disciplines that address the needs of young children; from the hospital, to the consulting room, to the courtroom. Dr. Dobbs brings this model of integration to his teaching at Pacific Oaks, challenging students to identify and address their own personality traits and biases, and to pursue becoming a well-rounded mental health professional.
Conference Panelist and Presenter: Psychoanalysis and Couples Therapy: A Look Beneath the Surface, Newport Psychoanalytic Institute Spring Conference, February 2004.
Biofeedback for the MFT, Pacific Oaks College Continuing Education Workshop, November 21, 2003.
Psychology and Religion: An Object Relations View, Pacific Oaks College Continuing Education Workshop, September 29, 2001.
Psychotherapy of the Borderline Personality, Pacific Oaks College Continuing Education Course, October 15 -November 19, 1999.
Object Relations Theory and Therapy II: The British School, Pacific Oaks College Continuing Education Course, February 13 -May 1, 1998.
Object Relations Theory and Therapy I: The American School, Pacific Oaks College Continuing Education Course, September 18 -November 21, 1997.
Dobbs, Trevor. (2009) Faith, Theology and Psychoanalysis: The Life and Thought of Harry S. Guntrip [Publisher: James Clarke & Co: Cambridge, U.K.
Dobbs, Trevor. (2008). "Transformation in Psychoanalysis and Religion as 'Persons in Relationship': The Influence of John Macmurray." Psychoanalytic Inquiry, Vol. 28, No. 5, 590-598.
Dobbs, Trevor (2007), Faith Theology and Psychoanalysis: The Life and Thought of Harry Guntrip, Princeton Theological Monograph Series, Pickwick Publications, Eugene, OR.
Speidell, T. Editor (2003). Chapter 6, "John Macmurray as a Philosophical Basis for Harry Guntrip'sn Object Relations Theory," in On Being a Person: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Personality Theories, Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eugene, OR.
Speidell, T. Editor (2002). Chapter 10, "John Macmurray's Influence on Object Relations Psychology," in On Being Christian . . . and Human, Wipf & Stock Publishers, Eugene, OR.
He is the Educational Consultant for the Interdisciplinary Training Institute which provides post graduate training in Early Intervention and Infant Mental Health for professionals in a variety of children's service disciplines in Southern California.
Faculty, Supervising & Training Psychoanalyst, Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, Pasadena, California.
Certified Psychoanalyst, the Newport Psychoanalytic Institute, May 1998.
Licensed as a Marriage, Family & Child Counselor, July 1985.
California Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, Clinical Member.
Q: Please describe your teaching philosophy.
I employ a history and systems perspective within which to present the broad range of theories and approaches in the mental health field. I invite and challenge students to identify and articulate their own personality traits and biases, and then apply this to the variety of clinical approaches that they will learn in the program.
Q: Please provide a statement or philosophy regarding the practice of psychology.
I am trained both as an MFT and a Psychoanalyst, and emphasize the integration of disciplines as the context for a relational model of psychotherapy.
Q: Why did you choose to enter the field of psychology?
I entered the field of Marriage and Family Therapy initially, and then trained as a psychoanalyst, after becoming disillusioned with my scientific training in the computer field as adequate to provide an overall meaningful approach to life.
Q: What advice would you give to a student entering Pacific Oaks College?
Set your goals on identifying your own talents and areas to grow as your foundational point of reference in pursuit of becoming a Marriage and Family Therapist in this program. Ultimately what you hold in your hand is less important than if your hand is connected to your heart.