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Edmond Otis, Senior Consultant with Baron Center, Inc. and President of Edmond Otis & Associates, combines experience as a licensed psychotherapist (MFT 31194), author, trainer, and accomplished university educator, with 37 years of intense traditional karate practice. (He is internationally recognized as a world-class competitor, instructor, and coach.) Edmond blends these distinctive skills and insights into training programs that apply classic martial art principles and cutting edge research to life's most difficult personal and professional challenges—creating practical strategies and effective interventions for difficult workplace situations.

Edmond recently retired from the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside, to devote himself fully to training, coaching, and consulting. On faculty from 1981 to 2006, his tenure included positions in Humanities, English, Education, and Honors, where he had developed numerous courses integrating traditional martial art philosophy with modern western life. He was awarded the UC Distinguished Teaching Award in 2002.

Before concentrating his energies fully on teaching, training, and consulting, Mr. Otis spent 10 years in clinical private practice as a marriage, family and child therapist, where he treated a wide variety of clients and situations. During that period he trained therapists in "brief-strategic" therapy, led corporate workshops and retreats, and developed programs that focused on stress management, leadership, communication, anxiety, conflict, and anger.

Edmond is 52 years old. He has been married for 17 years, and has two children. He and his family live in Oceanside, California, a beach town that sits halfway between Orange County and San Diego.

Student Comments

"Edmond Otis did a Great Job!"

"I think this workshop should be mandatory
for all public contact personnel and I
will put the skills I learned to use as
soon as I get back to the library"

"I think many people on staff would
benefit from this workshop - can we have
it again?"

"Good mix of lecture and exercises. Great
presentation style, easy to follow, good
examples, engaging"