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Welcome to the website for THE FIELD PSYCH TRUST, a charitable trust honoring the life and professional contributions of psychologist/educator Arthur W. Combs, Ph.D. Dr. Combs spent most of his professional career (spanning nearly seven decades) establishing, refining, researching and implementing a theoretical position known as Perceptual (Field) Psychology, which he first developed with Dr. Donald Snygg in the 1940’s. He went on to share implications derived from this position in therapeutic, educational and other settings. (For more about his ideas and legacy, see EXCERPTS from Dr. Combs’ writings and FAQ.)

THE FIELD PSYCH TRUST provides grant funding to encourage graduate student research grounded in Perceptual (Field) Psychology perspectives. It also supports publication of manuscripts related to Dr. Combs’ professional life and work. Proposals are invited which explore the history, contributions and further development of Perceptual (Field) Psychology in relation to the research and writings of Arthur W. Combs. (For more information about grant applications and the review process regarding them, see APPLICATION and FAQ.)

THE FIELD PSYCH TRUST is pleased to announce its donation of a comprehensive collection of the publications of Arthur W. Combs, Ph.D., known as the Arthur W. Combs Publications Collection, to the Ingram Library on the campus of the University of West Georgia.  The collection includes approximately 25 books or monographs and over 160 articles published between 1943 and 2004.  Many of these were revised and/or reprinted and several were translated into other languages.  The writings of Arthur W. Combs address such topics as:

– Understanding the relationship between behavior and experience

– Becoming a more effective professional helper (e.g., teacher, counselor, nurse, administrator, coach, leader)

– Examining assumptions and beliefs that can undermine or sustain positive and productive human relations

– Promoting meaningful learning and educational reform

– Conducting more relevant research on matters of consequence to the human condition.

October, 2015
The Field Psych Trust is pleased to announce that the contents of the personal library of Arthur W. Combs, Ph.D., have been donated to the Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, TX.  The Psychology Department at Sul Ross is in the process of developing a Psychology program with a humanistic/existential orientation which is strongly reflective of the Person-Centered Approach.  For more information regarding the Psychology Department, contact James W. Downing, Ph.D., Dean, Arts & Sciences and Professor of Psychology, Sul Ross State University (jdowning@sulross.edu).  For information about donated materials in the personal library, contact April Aultman Becker, Dean of Library and Information Technologies, Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, PO Box C-109, Alpine, TX  79830 (april.becker@sulross.edu).

Since 2014, the TRUST has sponsored an annual Arthur W. Combs Legacy Writing Competition, open to graduate students at all levels.  An honorarium of $500 will be awarded to the winner each year.  [Click on “Legacy Competition” in menu at the top for additional details.]  Submissions are invited.

RELEASED 2004:
Suggestions for approaching serious problems of the 21st century by Arthur W. Combs and Robert A. Blume.
Title: The Continuing American Revolution. A Psychological Perspective.
Available from THE FIELD PSYCH TRUST, 301 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117.
Cost: $21.95 per copy (US), plus $5 shipping & handling.
$28.95 per copy (CAN), plus $10 shipping & handling.
Discounts are available for multiple-copy orders.
This book takes a hard look at the turmoil in our culture and makes suggestions for extending the vision inherent in the American Revolution to better address the situation in which we find ourselves.

RELEASED December, 2006:
The autobiography of Arthur W. Combs, Ph.D. Edited and with an Epilogue by Anne C. Richards.
Title: In Search of Fulfillment: The Quest of Psychologist/Educator Arthur W. Combs.
Available from FREEPERSON PRESS, 1516 Grant Ave., Suite 212, Novato, CA 94945 or from THE FIELD PSYCH TRUST, 301 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117.
Cost = $29.95 per copy (US), plus shipping & handling.
$34.25 per copy (CAN), plus shipping & handling.
This book presents Art’s life as a case study in the quest for human fulfillment, interpreting salient aspects of his life story from the perspective of the Perceptual-experiential (Field) psychology which he formulated with Donald Snygg in 1947.

RELEASED November, 2010:
Introductory book of writings by Arthur W. Combs. Edited by Anne C. Richards.
Title: Matters of Consequence: Selected Writings of Arthur W. Combs, Ph.D.
Available from THE FIELD PSYCH TRUST, 301 Dixie Street, Carrollton, GA 30117.
Cost = $20.00 per copy (US), plus $5 shipping & handling
$25.00 per copy (CAN), plus $10 shipping & handling
Discounts are available for multiple-copy orders. This book provides an introduction to ideas and understandings advanced by Arthur W. Combs and his co-authors that have continuing relevance for addressing contemporary concerns and problems in psychology, education, therapeutic relationships, society and culture.

THE FIELD PSYCH TRUST welcomes charitable donations to sustain its pursuits. (See CONTACT page.)

Thanks for your interest in this site and in the work of THE FIELD PSYCH TRUST.

Contact:

Anne C. Richards, Ed.D.

Trustee, THE FIELD PSYCH TRUST

Professor Emerita, Department of Psychology

University of West Georgia