Shari Tarver Behring is Interim Dean in the Michael D. Eisner College of Education. Shari earned her M.S. degree in Clinical Psychology from Marquette University, and her Ph.D. in Educational Psychology/School Psychology option from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a CA. licensed psychologist, and holds a PPS credential in School Counseling and School Psychology. Her recent passion is in the area of faculty and staff self-care.

  • Ph.D. 1986, University of Wisconsin
  • M.S. 1981, Marquette University
  • B.S. 1976, University of South Dakota

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Presentations

Tarver Behring, S. & Jeffries, C. (2016, May). COE SUN Program: Promoting Self-Care and Wellbeing with Faculty and Staff at CSUN. Happiness is Happening: CSUN Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Wellbeing Student and Faculty Symposium, California State University, Northridge, Ca.
Title COE SUN Program: Promoting Self-Care and Wellbeing with Faculty and Staff at CSUN
Collaborators Carolyn Jeffries Happiness is Happening
Presentation Date 2016
Location CSUN Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Wellbeing Student and Faculty Symposium
Citation Tarver Behring, S. & Jeffries, C. (2016, May). COE SUN Program: Promoting Self-Care and Wellbeing with Faculty and Staff at CSUN. Happiness is Happening: CSUN Multidisciplinary Perspectives on Wellbeing Student and Faculty Symposium, California State University, Northridge, Ca.
Abstract Following a surge in university-based student wellness initiatives nationwide, many universities are now looking at self-care and wellbeing for faculty and staff as essential to optimal functioning and success for the students they serve. Based on analyses of self-care programs around the country and on our own Michael D. Eisner College of Education faculty and staff preferences, a self-care pilot program was developed and launched in early Spring 2015. We define self-care as taking responsibility for yourself to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle at work and in your personal world through individually determined, proactive activities. As a part of this initiative, we are collecting data on self-perceived attitudes and performance at work. We also are looking at whether offering decentralized services right in the building where faculty and staff work increases participation both at this location as well as serve as a gateway to increased participation in other self-care activities located on other parts of campus. Finally, we are investigating how the importance of self-care is being transmitted by faculty and staff to students in the College of Education teaching and counseling programs. This interactive presentation will describe the program highlighting research findings, modeling self-care activities, and sharing resources.  
Tarver Behring, S. (Oct. 2016). Self-care for CSUN library faculty and staff.
California State University Northridge, Northridge, Ca.
Title Self-care for CSUN library faculty and staff
Collaborators
Presentation Date 2016
Location CSUN Library
Citation Tarver Behring, S. (Oct. 2016). Self-care for CSUN library faculty and staff.
California State University Northridge, Northridge, Ca.
Abstract Presentation of the SUN (Self-Care for U at Northridge) Faculty and Staff Self-Care Program in the College of Education as a model for the library faculty and staff. Data and benefits were shared, and participants engaged in a mindfulness and relaxation meditation exercise.
Tarver Behring, S. & Jeffries, C. (2016, January). College of Education SUN Program: Self-Care for U at Northridge. CSUN Faculty Retreat, Northridge, Ca.
Title College of Education SUN Program: Self-Care for U at Northridge
Collaborators Carolyn Jeffrie
Presentation Date 2016
Location CSUN Faculty Retreat
Citation Tarver Behring, S. & Jeffries, C. (2016, January). College of Education SUN Program: Self-Care for U at Northridge. CSUN Faculty Retreat, Northridge, Ca.
Abstract Self-care means taking responsibility for yourself to maintain a healthy and balanced lifestyle at work and in your personal world through individually determined, proactive activities. Many universities are now looking at self-care for faculty and staff as essential to optimal functioning and success for both these individuals and the students whom they serve. The COE SUN Program at CSUN is exciting and innovative in that it was created in a decentralized fashion by the participants themselves and is collecting research evidence demonstrating its effectiveness. This interactive session will describe the program highlighting research findings, modeling self-care activities, and sharing resources.
Tarver Behring, S., Jeffries, C., Webb., A., & Burrows, K. (2015, June) Self-Care and Holistic Health Initiatives for Staff, Faculty, and Yourself. California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, San Francisco, Ca.
Title Self-Care and Holistic Health Initiatives for Staff, Faculty, and Yourself
Collaborators Carolyn Jeffries, Allen Web, Kenn Burrows
Presentation Date 2015
Location California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, San Francisco, Ca.
Citation Tarver Behring, S., Jeffries, C., Webb., A., & Burrows, K. (2015, June) Self-Care and Holistic Health Initiatives for Staff, Faculty, and Yourself. California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, San Francisco, Ca.
Abstract Health and wellness are key to sustainability and resilience – in ourselves, culture and nature. Presenters will discuss work-life imbalance, then quantifying wellness in Green Workplace assessments. Presenters will also discuss a wellness model in which faculty and staff often with “no time to eat” can make self-care a priority at work andin their personal lives. Presenters will describe the emerging Eco-Mind, a shift from fear and scarcity into creative engagement with Seven Challenges Facing Humanity, sup- ported by self-care skills and new forms of activism. Tools for personal wellness and community assessment will be provided.
Tarver Behring, S., Wright, & T. Sheppard, J.(2015, Oct.) Making the Transition to Department Chair: Self-care for New Chairs. CSU Chancellors Retreat, Long Beach, Ca.
Title Making the Transition to Department Chair
Collaborators Teresa Wright, Jason Sheppard
Presentation Date 2015
Location CSU Chancellors Retreat, Long Beach
Citation Tarver Behring, S., Wright, & T. Sheppard, J.(2015, Oct.) Making the Transition to Department Chair: Self-care for New Chairs. CSU Chancellors Retreat, Long Beach, Ca.
Abstract  This panel presentation included ways to find collaborative and effective self-care resources for new chairs and their faculty and staff as essential to a healthy CSU culture.
Tarver Behring, S. & Lazarony, P.(2014, August). From the Chairs Perspective: Faculty and Staff Self-Care as an Essential Component for a Healthy CSUN Campus Culture. CSUN Department Chairs and Deans Retreat, Northridge, Ca.
Title From the Chairs Perspective: Faculty and Staff Self-Care as an Essential Component for a Healthy CSUN Campus Culture
Collaborators Paul Lazarony
Presentation Date 2014
Location CSUN Department Chairs and Deans Retreat, CSUN
Citation Tarver Behring, S. & Lazarony, P.(2014, August). From the Chairs Perspective: Faculty and Staff Self-Care as an Essential Component for a Healthy CSUN Campus Culture. CSUN Department Chairs and Deans Retreat, Northridge, Ca.
Abstract Following a surge in university-based student wellness initiatives nationwide, faculty and staff self-care (FSS) programs are experiencing a similar growth spurt. Many universities are now looking at self-care for faculty and staff as essential to optimal functioning and success for both these individuals and the students whom they serve. The benefits of promoting self-care in the workplace are well documented. Yet self-care remains a lower priority for many faculty and staff for a number of reasons. This presentation discussed strategies and resources to increase engagement and future collaborative development of self-care activities toward making this an essential college cultural component

Books

Tarver Behring, S. & Spagna, M. E. (2010). Counseling with exceptional children. A. Vernon, (4rd Ed.)  in   Counseling Children and Adolescents, Denver, Co.:  Love Pub.
Title Counseling with exceptional children.
Collaborators Michael Spagna
Publish Date 2010
Love Publishing
Publisher Love Publishing
Citation Tarver Behring, S. & Spagna, M. E. (2010). Counseling with exceptional children. A. Vernon, (4rd Ed.)  in   Counseling Children and Adolescents, Denver, Co.:  Love Pub.
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Articles

Tarver Behring, S., Jeffries, C., & Spagna, M. (2017). Moving Toward a Culture of Self-Care in Higher Education. Inside Higher Ed.
Title Moving Toward a Culture of Self-Care in Higher Education
Collaborators Carolyn Jeffries, Michael Spagna
Publish Date 2017
Journal Inside Higher Ed
Citation Tarver Behring, S., Jeffries, C., & Spagna, M. (2017). Moving Toward a Culture of Self-Care in Higher Education. Inside Higher Ed.
Abstract
    Self-care in higher education is essential for the well-being of faculty and staff. This article presents a decentralized, inclusively developed model of self-care which has successfully iengaged faculty and staff in an institute of higher education for three years. Benfits of this unique mode are discussed.
Tarver Behring, S., Cabello, B., Kushida, D., & Murguia, A. (2000). Cultural modifications to current school-based consultation approaches reported by culturally diverse beginning consultants. School Psychology Review, 29, 354-367.
Title Cultural modifications to current school-based consultation approaches reported by culturally diverse beginning consultants
Collaborators Cabello, B., Kushida, D., & Murguia, A.
Publish Date 2000
Journal School Psychology Review
Citation Tarver Behring, S., Cabello, B., Kushida, D., & Murguia, A. (2000). Cultural modifications to current school-based consultation approaches reported by culturally diverse beginning consultants. School Psychology Review, 29, 354-367.
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Tarver Behring, S. & Spagna, M. E. (1998). The school counselor and full inclusion for children with special needs.  The School Counselor, 1, 51-56.
Title The school counselor and full inclusion for children with special needs.
Collaborators Michael Spagna
Publish Date 1998
Journal The School Counselor
Citation Tarver Behring, S. & Spagna, M. E. (1998). The school counselor and full inclusion for children with special needs.  The School Counselor, 1, 51-56.
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Tarver Behring, S. & Ingraham, C. L. (1998). Culture as a central component to consultation:  A call to the field.  Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation,9,57-72.
Title Culture as a central component to consultation: A call to the field.
Collaborators C. Ingraham
Publish Date 1998
Journal Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation
Citation Tarver Behring, S. & Ingraham, C. L. (1998). Culture as a central component to consultation:  A call to the field.  Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation,9,57-72.
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