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9th Annual Conference: Sept 21 – 24, 2017


Advocacy & Resilience Initiatives 

Human Dignity, Social Justice & Inclusivity

A Four-Day Multidisciplinary Conference

Themes include resiliency and advocacy, human dignity and social justice through practices in education, psychology, law, healthcare, peaceful homes & workplace initiatives, and the expressive arts. 


Offering Personalized  Graduate and Undergraduate degrees since 1975.–Students are supported in considering issues of community improvement, social justice and change, multiculturalism, and organizational innovation in their studies. 
For more information, visit  www.wisr.edu/welcome

Saturday September 23, 2017 6 P.M.


Marines Memorial Theatre

Union Square San Francisco

Dr. Edith Eva Eger presents “The CHOICE”

The Choice is a gift  to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed. Dr. Eger’s life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that suffering for the benefit of others. She has found true freedom  and forgiveness and shows us how we can as well. —DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.

Internationally acclaimed psychologist Dr. Edith Eger—one of the last remaining Holocaust survivors—tells her unforgettable story in this moving testament to the resilience of the human spirit and the power of choice in our lives.


International speaker, and best selling author Dr. Edith Eva Eger will share her inspiring story as a survivor of Auschwitz, and her incredible journey from Hungary to the United States, where she has become a renowned therapist, Best Selling Author, Human Dignity Advocate, and inspiring International Speaker.

One of the few living Holocaust survivors to remember the horrors of the camps, Edie has chosen to forgive her captors and find joy in her life every day. She combines her clinical knowledge and her own experiences with trauma to help others who have experienced painful events large and small.

The Choice weaves Eger’s personal story with case studies from her work as a psychologist. Her patients and their stories illustrate different phases of healing and show how people can choose and find freedom, regardless of circumstance.

“In this extraordinary chronicle of heroism and healing , Dr. Eger shows us how to escape the prisons of our own minds . . . Millions of people can learn from Dr. Eger’s inspiring cases and shocking personal story as well as her profound wisdom to heal their lives.”
—PHILIP ZIMBARDO, PhD, Stanford professor emeritus of psychology and New York Times author of The Lucifer Effect: Understanding How Good People Turn Evil

Dr. Eger’s message is powerful and important: “Your pain matters and is worth healing: you can choose to be joyful and free.”
Dr. Eger lectures frequently on the power of Love and healing. She is eighty-nine years old and still dancing.

A powerful, moving memoir—and a practical guide to healing—written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist.
Dr. Edie will offer a book signing after the keynote.


Satsuki Ina, Ph.D., Keynote Film and Speaker Presentation
Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, And Then They Came for Us is a cautionary tale for these dark times.

Dr. Ina is Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento. She was born in the Tule Lake Segregation Center, an American concentration camp, during WWII. As a licensed psychotherapist, her primary clinical work has focused on intergenerational families struggling with legacies of trauma.  Her research on the long-term impact of the WWII incarceration on the Japanese American family, has led her to produce two award winning documentary films, Children of the Camps, and From A Silk Cocoon. Both documentaries have been broadcast nationally on PBS. She is a community activist, educator, and spokesperson advocating for social justice. She currently continues her psychotherapy practice in Berkeley, California, addressing issues of community and historical trauma. 

As we commemorate the Executive 9066 which was signed by President Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, the filmdocuments through the use of photos taken by Dorothea Lange and others, the damage this did to 120,000 people, two thirds of whom were American citizens.


Dr. David Yamada, Professor of Law and Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, will discuss the intersection of workplace bullying and mobbing behaviors with psychological trauma.

Professor Yamada is an internationally recognized authority on workplace bullying. His model workplace anti-bullying legislation, the Healthy Workplace Bill, serves as the template for law reform efforts across the U.S.

Professor Yamada’s multidisciplinary work on work abuse includes collaborations with the American Psychological Association, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, and the Workplace Bullying Institute. Professor Yamada has earned degrees from Valparaiso University (B.A.), SUNY-Empire State College (M.A.), New York University School of Law (J.D.), and WISR (Ph.D.). He serves on the WISR board of directors. www.newworkplace.wordpress.com


Diana Canant and Heidi Hardin present their work in developing a global grassroots community care initiative, Turning the Tide, offering innovative trauma-informed care to individuals, families and communities.

Diana Canant and Heidi Hardin present their work in developing a global grassroots community care initiative, a movement designed as a non-pathologizing, non-medical approach to utilizing the innate wisdom we all have within us to heal, recover and build resiliency.

Resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources that sustain their well-being, and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources to be provided in culturally meaningful ways.

The Center for Human Family envisions a global movement wherein the innate wisdom of all the world’s cultures and peoples come together as one human family, through the Expressive Arts, Grassroots Educational Initiatives and Global Conflict Resolution.

The focus on resilience for this conference is extremely empowering, positive, hopeful.  It articulates a goal… hope… a positive outcome and acknowledges strength, rather than weakness… wholeness rather than brokenness.

“Strong communities help individuals to heal. Strong individuals help communities to heal.”



Proposed Conference Schedule:


Selected papers with the themes of multiculturalism, resiliency, trauma informed care, education, healthy workplace initiatives, human dignity and social justice will be featured at the conference for presentation and/or for publication. 

Conference, Presentation and Speaker Schedule:


5 pm Thursday Evening: Check In, Welcome Gathering, WISR Berkeley

6 – 8 p.m. Thursday Evening Opening Workshop “Spiritual Abuse and Narcissism” Danish Qasim, WISR Master’s Student, and “Narcissism, Trauma and Resilience” Ronald Mah, M.F.T., Ph.D., WISR MFT Faculty Member, hosted at WISR Berkeley


Friday 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 am: “Self Empowerment in the Face of Emotional Trauma” Larry Berkelhemmer WISR Ph.D. and David Young Ph.D.

1:00 p.m. Friday: Multidisciplinary Panel on Racism, Discrimination and Social Justice hosted at WISR Berkeley

3:30 p.m. Friday: Celebrate 100th Birthday of Fernando Alegria. Join WISR in remembering the late WISR Board member, and world famous Chilean Poet and Activist, Fernando Alegria. Film, Vive Chile M, and discussion presented by filmmakers, WISR Ph.D. alumnus Uwe Blesching and WISR Board member, Marcia Campos.

6:30  p.m. – 9 p.m. Friday Evening: “In Utero”,  film and discussion. In Utero is a 40 minute documentary. Filmmakers Stephen and Kathleen Gyllenhaal explain epigenetics while discussing the impact of “unconscious” memories.  Presented by Dr. Oana Marcu, Ph.D. Dr. Marcu works at the Carl Sagan Center, SETI Institute, and NASA Ames Research Center International Space Station as an Astrobiologist.  Dr. Marcu has taught courses in developmental biology and is also a Systems-Oriented Traumatologist: hosted at WISR Berkeley


9:30 a.m. – Noon Saturday: Multidisciplinary Panel: hosted at WISR Berkeley–Memoir Writing, Personal Transformation and Social Change

Saturday 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.: WISR’s Future and Collaborations with Other People and Groups sharing WISR’s values, many of which are emphasized in this conference.

Collaboratives Presentation 12:30-2:00 p.m. Presentations and Papers, Discussion. Professor Sharon Caringal, Chair, Department of Social Sciences; University of the Philipines “Developing Resilience in Conflict-Affected Communities”

Saturday Refreshments and Socializing at WISR in Berkeley until 3:00 p.m.


Saturday 6-9 p.m. Marines Memorial Theatre Union Square San Francisco

6:00 pm Keynote, Dr. Eger presents “The CHOICE”

A powerful, moving memoir—and a practical guide to healing—written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds.“Your pain matters and is worth healing: you can choose to be joyful and free.” 

Speakers Suffolk Law Professor & WISR Alumnus Dr. David Yamada JD, Ph.D. || Heidi Hardin & Diana Canant

Intermission || Book Signing

8:00 pm Film Screening, “And Then They Came for Us” Satsuki Ina, Ph.D. speaks about her and Abby Ginzberg’s pioneering work as film maker, film producer, educator, clinical psychologist and social justice activist.


Sunday 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. : Dr. Edith Eger presents Resilience & Forgiveness & Clinical Practice Workshop***, All are Welcome to Register for this Event

 ***note: Sunday Workshop 3 CEU Credits are available for Educators, Health Care Professionals, Therapists and Counselors