Manuel J. Costa has been participating in Guild seminars since 1971. He has been a Guild Leader since 1981. He has an M.A. in Religious Education (Catholic University of America, 1968) and another in Counseling Psychology (Santa Clara University, 1977). He has been a licensed psychotherapist (MFT) since 1978. His book for middle-school-aged children, Tackling Life Head On, was published in 1997. He is a widower with two sons and a daughter, and is currently working on the second draft of a book about the key teachings of Jesus and their relevance to our lives.