Long-time MindFreedom member and supporter Al Siebert has died at the age of 75. Al was well known as a psychologist, author and lecturer on the topic of resiliency, and surviving even the most traumatic of events. His books on resiliency and mental health alternatives were very popular. What is less known is that Al as a graduate student experienced the psychiatric system and a diagnosis of “schizophrenia,” but after a few days escaped the institution, and went on to his successful career. Once he was established, Al later self-published a little-known book about how he personally survived the psychiatric system.

Al Siebert: Psychologist, author and psychiatric survivor.



Obituary for Al Siebert: Mental Health Advocate

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Lawrence Albert “Al” Siebert was born Jan. 21, 1934, in Portland, Ore., to Donald and Mildred Siebert. After a long battle with colon cancer, he died peacefully at his home overlooking the river on June 25, 2009, with his family surrounding him.

A lifelong resident of Portland, Al graduated from Grant High School, received his BA in psychology from Willamette University,  and his MA and PhD in psychology from the University of Michigan.  He was an ex-paratrooper, a volunteer recovery group leader with  Vietnam veterans, served as chairman of the Multnomah County  School Board, and spoke about survivor resiliency at NW tribal  gatherings. He served as a volunteer consultant to the World Trade  Center 9/11 Survivors Network.

He currently was one of three  senior advisors working with the US Army Medical Service to create  “Provider Resiliency Training” workshops for the working staff in US  Army medical installations, and was the lead resiliency trainer for the  Eastern Management Development Center for federal managers. 

Dr. Siebert, Director of The Resiliency Center, was internationally  recognized for his research into the inner nature of highly resilient  survivors. His books include: The Resiliency Advantage, winner of the  Independent Publishers “2006 Best Self-Help Book of the Year” award  and published in three languages; The Survivor Personality, now in its  eighteenth printing and published in seven languages; and The Adult  Student’s Guide to Survival & Success, 2008 USA Book News Award  Finalist, Education/Academic category.

Articles by him, books and magazines quoting his work, and use of his  popular quiz “How Resilient Are You?” have appeared in many media,  including The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, and Oprah.  Al is survived by his wife, Molly, his stepson Elton Barksdale, his sister  and brother-in-law Mary and Chad Karr, uncle Harold Slane, nieces  Leslie and Kristin Pintarich, Cherie Costello, nephew Dan Pintarich,  grand-nieces Erin and Kimberly Costello, Elizabeth Pintarich, and  grand-nephew Matthew Pintarich.

At his request, no service is planned. Al asked that in lieu of flowers,  donations be sent to the Providence Cancer Center and Hospice  where he received outstanding, compassionate care. For more about  Al and his work and to leave comments for the family, see

Lawrence Albert “Al” Siebert

Jan. 21, 1934 ~ June 25, 2009

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