AC4P Podcast

Actively Caring 4 People

Worry. Sadness. Grief. Overwhelmed. Isolated. Confused. Anger. Anxiety. These are just a handful of emotions I have heard (or felt) first-hand and read on social media within the last two weeks. As humans, and in a world of social media and anonymity,  emotions can be expressed all too easily. Let's face it, EMPATHY is HARD, but a necessary skill to practice on a daily basis. Join Dr. Scott Geller as he talks about empathy and how and why we should be more empathetic to continue to learn to ACTIVELY CARE FOR PEOPLE.

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About The Author

Scott Geller, Alumni Distinguished Professor at Virginia Tech is a senior partner of Safety Performance Solutions, Blacksburg, VA. He has authored or co-authored 52 books, 41 training manuals, 94 book chapters, 279 magazine articles, and more than 350 research articles addressing the development and evaluation of behavior-change interventions to improve quality of life. Dr. Geller is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, the Association for Psychological Science, the Association for Behavior Analysis International, and the World Academy of Productivity and Quality Sciences. He has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from the American Psychological Foundation and the International Organizational Behavior Management Network.

Books in the Scott Geller Collection


Actively Caring For People in schools book coverActively Caring for People in Schools

How to Cultivate a Culture of Compassion

This 108-page teaching/training manual shows you how to cultivate an optimal teaching/learning culture that prevents interpersonal conflict and bullying behavior. Leading-edge research-based lessons from psychological science are tailored for educational settings. Insightful dialogue-framed questions and proactive exercises are provided for one-on-one and group education/training.

Teachers, school administrators, parents, and school resource officers who read, discuss, and practice the research-based content of this manual will be well prepared and empowered to initiate and nurture an actively-caring-for-people (AC4P) culture at their centers of learning.

Building Positive Police/Citizen Relations

Police play a key role in creating a community of compassion and prosocial behavior. The authors call this “actively caring for people” (AC4P), and with this educational/training manual, they instruct readers on how to create an AC4P culture in their communities. Inspired by applied behavioral science and select principles from humanism, this guidebook teaches seven critical AC4P lessons through real-world examples, insightful dialogue, and exercises for applying the life lessons in the readers’ communities.

Law enforcement relations have been particularly tense in recent years, but with a better understanding of the evidence-based AC4P principles and applications, police and citizens can work together interdependently to cultivate a culture that promotes acts of kindness and reduces interpersonal conflict, bullying, and violence.

An Evidence-Based Manual for Effective Parenting

This teaching/learning guidebook targets parents and other caregivers and is actually the most important of the teaching/learning manuals in this list. Why, because the content is relevant for almost every human being. Most people have provided or will provide one-to-one care for a child at some point in their lives—from infancy to adolescence—including perhaps long-distance care for an adult son or daughter who questions a career choice, a marriage, or ways to raise their own children. The evidence-based principles illustrated in this 256-page manual can be applied to each of these situations and make the work of caring for children more effective and enjoyable for both caregiver and child.

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How to Cultivate a Brother’s/Sister’s Keeper Work Culture

This teaching/learning manual was designed to instruct and customize applications of research-based principles from psychological science relevant for cultivating a culture of interdependency in which people lookout for the safety and well-being of everyone in their workplace. The book is written by Professor Geller and his daughter, Krista Geller, who earned a Ph.D. in human development and a certificate in gerontology and spent many years helping her dad with his research and gaining experience that helped shape her education and career path. The target audience is the job-site worker, field engineer, superintendent, site manager, safety manager, and boots-on-the-ground wage worker.

Proven Principles  From Psychological Science

This unique teaching/learning resource was created to enhance the reader’s interpersonal relations at home, at work, at school, and throughout the community. It’s a Life Coach Guide—based on research-based evidence from psychological science that reveals secrets for beneficial self-awareness, interpersonal acumen, and continuous improvement.

The Human Dynamics of Achieving Injury Free WorkplaceThe Human Dynamics of Achieving an Injury-Free Workplace

Safety Directives from Psychological Science

An injury-free workplace requires effective ongoing engagement of all employees actively caring for the safety of themselves and their coworkers. This research-based 160-page workbook explains and illustrates how to make that happen. Readers learn ten safety-outcome objectives, each containing six evidence-based safety-action directives relevant to successfully address the human dynamics of injury prevention and cultivate an actively-caring-for-people (AC4P) culture.

The Courage to Actively Care book coverThe Courage to Actively Care

How to Cultivate a Culture of Interdependent Compassion

This is a realistic narrative about finding personal courage to achieve and sustain an actively-caring-for-people (AC4P) culture. This page-turner teaches critical evidence-based principles and procedures not covered in prior fictional narratives for the business world. In particular, this novel reveals practical ways to increase AC4P behavior throughout a work culture, thereby enhancing both individual and organizational performance.

The motivation to actively care book coverThe Motivation to Actively Care

How You Can Make it Happen

The storyline of this 250-page realistic novel follows from the prior storybook: “The Courage to Actively Care.” However, readers do not need to read the first novel in this series to understand, appreciate, and apply the evidence-based leadership lessons presented in this novel. Twenty research-based and practical leadership lessons are interspersed throughout the narrative as each lesson becomes relevant for a particular episode in the true-to-life story. Then at the end of this page-turner, several discussion questions are provided for each chapter—designed to stimulate personal reflection and interpersonal conversation about the real-life ramifications of the leadership and motivational lessons revealed throughout the narrative.

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How to Bring the Best Out of Yourself and Others

This educational/training manual teaches seven life lessons that should be taught and disseminated worldwide to benefit human welfare and quality of life. They have been derived from the author’s intensive and extensive study of human dynamics–five years in graduate school and more than 50 years as a teacher and researcher of psychology at Virginia Tech. The first four lessons connect directly to applied behavioral science and the remaining three life lessons reflect humanism, a domain of psychology considered by many to be opposite to behavioral science.

A primary aim of this teaching/learning manual is to convince the reader that these life lessons should be accepted and deemed important by everyone, regardless of bias toward a particular domain of psychological science. The academic label for this approach to benefiting human well-being is humanistic behaviorism, but the real-world label is Actively Caring for People (AC4P)