In memory of Faith Holmes Teyber
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Faith Holmes Teyber, professor emeritus of Psychology in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences passed away on July 4, 2018.
At the very young age of 5, as a result of witnessing the oppression and subjugation of her family and other South Africans who were fighting against apartheid, she was determined to lead a life where she could make a difference. She left her home in Swaziland, South Africa at the age of 16 to attend college in California, graduating in three years and ultimately earning a PhD in Clinical Psychology at UCLA. She became a role model—“a star”—for members of her own family as well as other South Africans.
She was a masterful teacher, researcher, and clinician. Her exceptional talent as a therapist provided graduate students in the M.S. Clinical Counseling program with an outstanding education and clinical training experience for more than three decades. Her collaborative work with Dr. Laura Kamptner led to groundbreaking work with incarcerated mothers and fathers involving parent training, trauma recovery, and therapeutic intervention as a multipronged effort to stem the intergenerational cycle of incarceration. She retired from CSUSB in 2013.
She published numerous articles and books on psychotherapy, cultural psychology, child abuse, and the psychology of women. Her co-authored text with her husband Ed (Interpersonal Process in Therapy: An Integrative Model-7th ed.) continues to be one of the most respected and widely used textbooks on the therapeutic process in counselor training.
She was always compassionate towards those in need, especially at-risk children, youth, and their parents.
She is survived by her husband, Ed, his two sons Ted and Reed, her sons Andrew and Cameron, and a host of other family members and friends.