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WISR Action Research Books Available April 21st

Two WISR Books, authored by WISR President, John Bilorusky, with contributions from WISR faculty, alumni and students will be released by Routledge Press on April 21.

Routledge Press is offering a 20% discount on each book through June 30th. To order either or both books, and to read advanced reviews of each book by experts in the field, and to learn more about the contents of each book,  go to:

Principles and Methods: https://bit.ly/39p0BWJ

Cases and Stories: https://bit.ly/3d8QPZy

 

Join us for a special Zoom event on Saturday, May 1, 10 am to Noon Pacific Time, [zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81793797576 ]–

To celebrate WISR’s 46th Anniversary and to participate in a question and answer session with John Bilorusky about the two action-research books to be released by Routledge Press on April 21 (see links for ordering above). 

The books grew out of 45 years of efforts by John Bilorusky, and other faculty, students, and alumni at WISR, to develop and put into practice methods of transformative action-research.

These methods are partly distinctive to the learning and efforts at WISR, and very much also based on several intellectual traditions, including: the naturalistic research methods of symbolic interactionists, the scientific methods practiced by the most creative physical scientists (see for example, T.S. Kuhn’s Structure of Scientific Revolutions), and the Dreyfus Theory of Expert Knowledge. The second volume includes vignettes describing and reflecting on ways to do action research for community, organizational, societal, and personal transformation–by over 20 WISR students and alumni. Also included are chapters by WISR alums David YamadaDennis HastingsMargery Coffey, and Marilyn Jackson (also a faculty/staff member), as well as by WISR faculty member, Sudia Paloma McCaleb, and WISR Master’s student, Kence Anderson. Former WISR faculty members, the late Dr. Terry Lunsford, and Dr. Cynthia Lawrence made extensive contributions to previous articles that have been rewritten and included as important parts of the book, as did former students, Vera Labat and Shyaam Shabaka. 

FOR LATEST UPDATES ABOUT THE RELEASE OF THE NEW BOOKS, GO TO:

www.wisr.edu/newbooks

April Newsletter and April-May Seminars

WISR’s April Newsletter, and April & May Seminar schedules are now available.

Click on each to learn more:

April Newsletter

April and May Seminar Schedule

 

WISR Newsletter March 2021

Access WISR’s March 2021 newsletter and seminar announcements here.

 

 

 

WISR Discontinues BS Program to Continue to Emphasize Graduate Programs

In order to focus on our graduate programs, which have always been our main emphasis, we have discontinued our BS program in Community Leadership and Justice, as of February 2021 (all BS students enrolled in the past five years have completed their degrees!)

New Book by WISR Alumni

Now Available!

A beautifully illustrated, well-researched book, Dancing for Peace, by the Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project–a history of tribal government and treaty violations by the U.S. to today’s new tribal Constitution. 

The Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project (OTHRP), the designated cultural authority of the Omaha tribe, is conducting a fund-raiser to support their many efforts to educate tribal members and the larger society, to advance the tribe’s interests, and to preserve its cultural heritage.

Anyone wishing to donate at least $10 (half the proceeds to OTHRP, and by OTHRP’s wishes, half to WISR as decades-long collaborating and supporting organization) will receive access to an eBook (4 pdf files), Dancing for Peace (2021).

Access to all four pdf’s may be obtained by donating to WISR and OTHRP, at least $10.00 to the PayPal merchant: mail@wisr.edu –please check the option that the money is for “friends and family” since this the purchase of the pdf’s is a donation to two tax-exempt organizations (WISR and OTHRP who are sharing the donations equally, at the request of OTHRP).

Once you’ve made the donation, please request access to Dancing for Peace from either Margery Cofffey (margerycoffey@yahoo.com ) or John Bilorusky (johnb@wisr.edu) and you will receive a link to access and download the 4 pdf files.

Dancing for Peace takes a look at Traditional Tribal government documented by Dr. Francis La Flesche, Esq., in The Omaha Tribe (1911). It traces both the Treaty era from the Papal Bull in 1493 to the ending of that period in 1872 along with a discussion of the time in which the Treaties occurred and a critical look at their contents.

In 1934 the Congressional passage of the Indian Organization Act (IRA) imposed upon Indian Country, including the Omaha, a cookie-cutter “tribal” constitution that proved inadequate and alien to ancestral governance. Today, most Indigenous Nations have adopted new Constitutions, but not yet the Omaha. OTHRP has compiled a new Omaha Constitution based upon the 2007 Constitution of Ecuador, which reflects the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights. Both this constitution and the UN Declaration are included along with a Traditional Tale comic on Coyote and greed.

This book is copyrighted by OTHRP, and since the pdf’s are eBooks that you have received as a “thank you” for your donation. Therefore, the links accessing the pdf’s and the pdf’s themselves are not to be shared with anyone outside your family or immediate circle of closest friends. That is, you should only share them with others the same way you would loan a paperback book to one of your immediate friends or family members. Since the access to the pdf’s can be obtained for a very modest $10 donation ($10 donation for access to all pdf’s) and since this is an important fund-raiser and source of publicity for OTHRP and WISR, we encourage you to suggest to others, such as coworkers and community/professional colleagues, that they make a $10 donation to obtain access.

Thank you for your support of OTHRP and WISR, Dennis Hastings, Founder/Director of OTHRP, Margery Coffey, Assistant Director of OTHRP, richard chilton, Project Facilitator, OTHRP, and John Bilorusky, President and Faculty Member, WISR.

Dennis Hastings and Margery Coffey earned their MA and PhD degrees at WISR. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WISR SUPPORTS FACEBOOK AD BOYCOTT IN JULY!

WISR faculty voted June 26, 2020 to suspend our purchase of Facebook Ads during the month of July, in support of civil rights groups that have called for boycott of Facebook, because of Facebook’s failure to limit “racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic, white supremacist and otherwise violent content.”

 

 

RACIST POLICING PANEL

A PANEL DISCUSSION

Saturday, June 27, 2020
10am-12pm

Organized by Rosa Reinikainen, MFT, WISR Adjunct Faculty

Panelists:

Sevgi Fernandez, WISR Alum, Founder & President of Together We Stand

Richard Lawrence, MDiv, author of Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Stories and Reflections of a Multi-Racial Black Man’s Battles Against Racism in America

Monica Scott-Davis, LMFT, WISR Alum, Behavioral Health Clinician at Roots Clinic, Oakland & Private Practice in Berkeley, CA

Racist policing has a long history in the United States. From slave patrols to Jim Crow Laws and in present time with what Michelle Alexander calls “the New Jim Crow” there has been a long lineage of violence, harassment, harm and killing of Black and Brown people. Recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Rayshard Brooks by police and the lynchings like those of Ahmed Aubery, Robert Fuller, and black and trans women Raia Milton, Dominique Rem’mie Fells and many others have spurred a call to action. These killings add to the long list of African American people who have been killed by police officers and other lynching type of killings. We can not sit back and stay blinded to these injustices. There are currently protests and demonstrations of different forms happening around the country as well as around the world. The time for change has come.

This seminar is a panel discussion on the subject of Racist Policing and how we can create change. Therapists and Educators have a particular responsibility to address and dismantle racism. Racist Policing along with systemic forms of racism is particularly traumatic for black people. As therapists and educators we have a duty to help change and dismantle the traumatic, humiliating systems that deny black and brown people of their dignity and humanity. Panelists will discuss their work, world and lived experience related to this subject.

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82810919867; ID 828 1091 9867; phone# 669-900-6833. To RSVP or for help with technical difficulties call 510-655-2830 or email rosa.reinikainen@wisr.edu and provide a phone# in case of technical difficulties.

Western Institute for Social Research
2
930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 655-2830
www.wisr.edu 

Center for Child & Family Development Joins WISR!

The Center for Child & Family Development officially joined WISR this week. The Center has for 35 years provided children and families, particularly under-served families, with school-based family counseling services in Bay area public, private, and Catholic schools while also providing supervised training and internship opportunities for individuals training to be licensed therapists. Toni Nemia, LMFT is the Executive Director and Jacqueline Shinefield, EdD is Chair of the Advisory Board. This is an important new opportunity for WISR to collaborate with a group committed to education for social justice. The Center will be a very valuable practicum option for those WISR MFT students who wish to gain experience in school-based family counseling in the Bay Area, and an unpaid internship option for recent WISR MFT alums.

 

Coronavirus Pandemic, Part II

 

Pandemic Stress Reduction Project

Report from the Disastershock Global Volunteer Team

 

Saturday, May 16th

10:30am to 12:30pm PT

Part Two, WISR seminar series on the Coronavirus Pandemic:

Immediate Tasks and the Bigger Picture

Dr. Brian Gerrard, WISR’s Chief Academic Officer and several of his colleagues . . .

The Disastershock Global Volunteer Team consists of 70 members from 22 countries. This international team, formed in April, 2020, has as its mission translating the Amazon book Disastershock: How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disaster into 20 different languages and providing them free to parents, educators and mental health professionals around the world. The team leaders: Brian Gerrard and Sue Linville Shaffer, together with the Chinese team leader – Ning Tang; the Spanish team leader – Damian Gallegos-Lemos; and the New York City team leader – Jacqueline Shinefield, will give a progress report on how their specific sub-teams are helping families to cope with the stress caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. Attendees will learn about the real-world challenges for making psychosocial interventions during a disaster.

To join from a distance use Zoom Meeting ID: 196-243-617  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/196243617 or by phone 669 900 6833. For help with technical difficulties call John Bilorusky at 510 601 8164 or email johnb@wisr.edu.

Upcoming Seminars at WISR–Online Only! By Zoom

The Western Institute for Social Research (WISR — pronounced “wiser”) offers individualized BS, MS and EdD degree programs for working adults living in the Bay Area, throughout the US and around the world. Tuition is an affordable $625/month, our MS in Psychology leads to the State MFT and LPCC licenses, and students may design interdisciplinary and tailored-made areas of study within Education and Social Change, and Community Leadership and Justice. WISR faculty are a distinctive group, who combine intellectual rigor with practical know-how, and they are eager to guide, mentor, support and collaborate with each student in personalized ways.

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 UPCOMING SEMINARS 

 

All seminars are online by zoom, community friends welcome!  More detailed information, including list of MFT seminars, and  technology discussions at:  https://www.wisr.edu/hot-news/

Saturday, April 25th, 10 am- 12:30 pm:  THE GREEN NEW DEAL & ENVIRONMENTAL
JUSTICE, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  join by zoom:   https://zoom.us/j/204739752

Saturday, May 2nd, 10 am to Noon: HUMAN DIGNITY AND HUMILIATION DIALOGUE  join by zoom: https://zoom.us/j/259655949

Saturday, May 9, 10 am to Noon: MFT Practicum Process Group and Seminar on TeleTherapy—zoom info to be announced.  Contact johnb@wisr.edu for details.

Saturday, May 16th: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. NEW!  JUST ANNOUNCED! There will be another WISR seminar for mutual support, discussion, and idea- and information-sharing on the current crisis, and beyond-on Saturday, May 16th, 10:30 am: Topic: Coronavirus Seminar–Immediate Tasks and the Bigger Picture —  Time: May 16, 2020 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada — Join Zoom Meeting  — https://zoom.us/j/196243617?pwd=aGExb1l2QmM2QjVOV2NCK1hhTUh4dz09  

Saturday, May 23rd, 10am-1pm. PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND DIAGNOSTIC PRINCIPLES VI.  Join by Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/192461465       

Saturday, May 30th, 10 am to 12:30 pm: PROFESSIONAL WELLBEING, A TURNING OF THE SOUL! join by zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/239196828 

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