Don holds accredited BA, MA, and PhD degrees in psychology and counseling – and is a Certified Life Coach specializing in Transition Mentoring. Transition mentoring is the process of identifying your goals, challenges and next level while supporting you to achieve it. He also has lifetime certification as a Community College Counselor (95089) and Community College Instructor (95088) in California.
For 21 years, Don directed The Trager Institute, an international educational organization promoting the somatic practice originated by Milton Trager, MD. The Trager Approach helps release deep-seated physical and mental patterns and facilitates deep relaxation, increased physical mobility, and mental clarity.
During that time, Don oversaw the production of four educational video projects and one audio project, made presentations at trade conferences, and was chosen as media spokesperson for a coalition of New York state somatic therapy organizations. He co-founded The Federation of Therapeutic Massage, Bodywork, and Somatic Practices Organizations, is a consultant to the BioSync Research Institute, and a member of the Board of Advisors of the International Somatic Movement Education and Therapy Association.
With more than 500 articles published in journals and magazines, Don has co-written a film script and television series treatment. He provides independent filmmaker interviews and film reviews to CineSource Magazine on a monthly basis.
Acting professionally for over 14 years, Don has appeared in more than 36 films and television programs, provided voice-overs for 8 productions, and performs frequently as a Standardized Patient for medical schools and private medical organizations. He also performs as a plaintiff and defendant in the IADC annual Trial Academy at Stanford University.
Don is a regular guest on From The Heart Production’s monthly BlogTalkRadio program, “Dissecting Docs with Don Schwartz and Carole Dean.” He also provides documentary film reviews to From The Heart Productions website.
His book, Telling Their Own Stories: Conversations with Documentary Filmmakers, is available from Amazon in Kindle or softback format.
Don maintains a Facebook page, OfficialDonSchwartz, which provides supportive information to independent filmmakers.
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