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In a professional capacity, I am devoted and committed to educating others (i.e, oneself, families, businesses, and society) about the abilities of persons with disabilities and to assisting persons with disabilities in coping well and in creating the life they seek. I believe, wholeheartedly, that difficult and challenging experiences, which may include the presence of disability, present an opportunity for personal enlightenment, growth, and development and can be a catalyst for internal healing and for positive societal change. Yet, sometimes, it may be a while for some to see this, especially when the experience of disability is very personal.

For this reason, this section of the website is devoted to share with others living with a disability, professionals, and scholars information which may be of interest and value when living with a disability, learning more about the experience of disability, or when working with others either in a(n) direct or indirect manner. Information may be shared through:

  • Professional speaking engagements
  • Training of staff, employees, and companies about the capabilities of persons with disabilities
  • Writing and
  • Research

In my work with others, I focus on viewing people in holistic manner and from a strength-based perspective. I am committed to exploring, discussing, and promoting work and information related to helping persons with disabilities cope in a positive and resilient manner. While my interests are primarily focused on coping and adaptation to disability and on improving the lives of persons with disabilities, my research is particularly focused on forgiveness, compassion and self-compassion, resiliency, and coping interventions and approaches as they relate to disability. People interested in learning more, collaborating on research, or desiring to receive training at their place of business may contact me regarding availability.

Books on Living with a Disability

Living with a Disability: Finding Peace Amidst the Storm

Publisher: Counseling Association of India

Life is an experience filled with many twists and turns. While some may be predictable, others are not. The experience of living with a disability is not one society readily discusses or prepares people for very well. As a result, life following disability can feel ambiguous, confusing, or even unjust. Compounding this situation is the reality that life changes so quickly and people may be unsure of how to help themselves. For this reason, this book was written and can be used as a guide or a place in which persons with disabilities can safely explore some of their experiences. It may also be a resource useful for loved ones and professionals in understanding some of the experiences that occur following disability and in learning more about strategies and approaches for dealing with such experiences. People interested in reading more about the book or purchasing it may locate it on Amazon.com at: https://www.amazon.com/Living-Disability-Finding-Peace-Amidst-ebook

Reflections from the Past: Life Lessons for Better Living

Publisher:Counseling Association of India
Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. (2014). Resiliency, coping, and disability: The development of a resiliency intervention. ACA’s VISTAs, Spring Issue.

Resilience is a skill useful to all people, especially when they encounter sudden, life changing, or difficult situations. It is a part of life which has a lot of relevance to the needs of and experiences sometimes encountered by persons with disabilities. Yet, to date, very little is known about resilience or how people learn to face and move past challenging life events such as disability. Regardless of a person’s situation, resilience is something which can be learned or enhanced. Much of this book is devoted to the exploration of skills and lessons learned while living with a disability which have be used and can be cultivated or refined. It is a means through which people and professionals can discover which skills relate to them or to those they work with following disability. People interested in reading more about the book or purchasing it may locate it on Amazon.com at: https://www.amazon.com/REFLECTIONS-LESSONS-FOR-BETTER-LIVING-ebook

Stuntzner and Hartley’s Life Enhancement Intervention: Developing Resiliency Skills Following Disability

Publisher: Counseling Association of India
Resilience Title Page

Stuntzner and Hartley’s Life Enhancement Intervention: Developing Resiliency Skills Following Disability (2015) is a 10 – Module intervention developed to teach persons with disabilities information and skills related to resiliency and disability. The skills taught have been well-documented as those that are related to resiliency and to coping well with a disability. The skills covered do not represent all of those that may help people become more resilient, but they were carefully selected due to their duo-relationship with resiliency and adaptation to disability. Interested persons or professionals should contact me directly for more information. The cost of this product is $50.00.

Stuntzner’s Forgiveness Intervention: Learning to Forgive Yourself and Others

Publisher: Counseling Association of India
Stuntzner Forgiveness Title Page

Stuntzner’s Forgiveness Intervention (2015) is a 7 – module forgiveness intervention. The intervention was developed within a framework that primarily addresses the needs, issues, and adaptation concerns of persons with disabilities. Disability, as presented in the intervention, represents a broad term and the multitude of conditions or situations (i.e., cognitive, mental health, physical, degenerative/neurological, invisible and visible disabilities, learning, etc.) as well as the numerous experiences often associated with a disability. Although the focus of the intervention is on persons with disabilities and their needs, professionals should be aware that much of the information and concepts presented are useful for other populations, as well. The focus for this intervention is disability, though, due to the fact that very few interventions and professional resources exist for this group of people in relation to forgiveness and the numerous challenging and often socially marginalizing experiences they and/or their family, friends, and loved ones sometimes experience. Interested persons or professionals should contact me directly for more information. The cost of this product is $50.00.

Selected Publications:

Stuntzner, S. (in press). Resiliency and coping with disability: The family after.
Ahmedabad, Gujrat, India. Counseling Association of India.

Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. (in press). Family resilience following disability: Enhancing counselors’ skills in treating families. ACA VISTAs, Summer/Fall Issue.

Stuntzner, S., & Dalton, J. (in press). Forgiveness and disability: Reconsideration of
forgiveness as a vital component of the rehabilitation counseling profession. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, Fall Issue.

Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. (2015). Balancing self-compassion with self-
advocacy: A new approach for persons with disabilities. Annals of
Psychotherapy and Integrative Health, February Issue.

Stuntzner, S. (2014). Transformation following a disability. In M. Kroth & P.
Cranton’s (Eds.) Stories of transformative learning (pp. 41-44). Sense Publishing.

Stuntzner, S., & Dalton, J. (2014). Living with a disability: A gateway to practicing
forgiveness and compassion. Annals of Psychotherapy and Integrative Health, December Issue.

Stuntzner, S. (2014). Book Review: Neff, K. (2011). Self-compassion: Stop beating yourself up and leave your insecurities behind. Harper Collings Publishing. Annals of Psychotherapy and Integrative Health, October Issue.

Stuntzner, S. (2014). Self-Compassion and sexuality: A new model for women with
disabilities. ACA’s VISTAs, Summer Issue.

Stuntzner, S. (2014). Compassion and self-compassion: Exploration of utility as
essential components of the rehabilitation counseling profession. Journal of Applied Rehabilitation Counseling, 45(1), 37-44.

Stuntzner, S. (2014). Reflections from the past: Life lessons for better living.
Ahmedabad, Gujrat, India. Counseling Association of India.

Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. (2014). Disability and the counseling relationship:
What counselors need to know. ACA’s VISTAs, Winter Issue.

Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. (2014). Resiliency, coping, and disability: The
development of a resiliency intervention. ACA’s VISTAs, Spring Issue.

Stuntzner, S. (2013, December). Personal story: Living with a disability. Stanford
School of Medicine – The Compassion Journal.

Stuntzner, S. (2012). Living with disability: Finding peace amidst the storm.
Ahmedabad, Gujrat, India. Counseling Association of India.

Selected Presentations:

Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. (2015, March). Family Resilience and Coping Well
Following Disability: Enhancing Counselors’ Skills in Treating Families. Preconference Learning Institute at 2015 American Counseling Association Conference. Orlando, Florida.

Stuntzner, S. (2014, October). Forgiveness and Compassion: A Pathway for Healthier and Happier Living. Presentation at Youth Empowerment and Family Enhancement Workshop, Jaipur, India.

Stuntzner, S. (2014, August). Compassion and Self-compassion in Vocational
Rehabilitation Counseling. Fall 2014 Oregon Department of Vocational Rehabilitation In-service Training. Salem, Oregon.

Stuntzner, S. (2014, July). Rehabilitation Counseling – A Gateway to Healing,
Resilience, and Living Well. Keynote Speaker at 2014 Idaho Chapter of National Rehabilitation Counseling Association.

Hartley, M., & Stuntzner, S. (2014, May). Promoting Resilience: Interventions
Following a Traumatic Injury and Disability. Conference Presentation at 2014 Executive Summit, American Psychotherapy Association, Tucson, Arizona.

Stuntzner, S., Hartley, M., & Ware, S. (2014, March). A Closer Look at Disability:
Enhancing Counselors’ Effectiveness in Addressing the Needs of Persons with Disabilities. Pre-conference Learning Institute at 2014 American Counseling Association Conference. Honolulu, Hawaii.

Stuntzner, S., & Hartley, M. (2014, March). Resiliency, Disability, and Coping: The
Development of a Resiliency Intervention. Research Poster at 2014 American Counseling Association Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Dalton, J. & Stuntzner, S. (2013, April). Balancing Compassion with the Art of
Advocacy – Changing the Societal Paradigm of Westernized Thinking. Research Poster at National Council on Rehabilitation Education Conference, Manhattan Beach, CA.

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