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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.

Perspectives on The Green New Deal & Environmental Justice, Where Do We Go From Here?

Saturday, April 25th, 10am-12:30pm

Join us to hear our three panelists, followed by discussion.

The Green New Deal: A Capitalist Solution to a Capital Problem? Cara Judea Alhadeff, PhD (www.carajudea.com/www.zazudreams.com),
is a member of WISR’s Academic Advisory Board and former Professor of Gender and Critical Pedagogy at UC Santa Cruz . She is a fine-art photographer/ video-artist, Iyengar yoga teacher, and author of dozens of books and articles on philosophy, art, gender, ethnic, and cultural studies. Dr. Alhadeff will discuss how activists can live their ethics in order to collectively organize for climate justice. Dr. Alhadeff states that At this juncture of geopolitical,ecological, social, and corporeal catastrophes, we must question and critically reframe supposed solutions such as ‘sustainability,’ ‘the Green New Deal,’ and the Renewable Revolution (‘renewable’ energy alternatives to fossil-fuel addicted economies). These relational paradigm shifts must include historical, cross-cultural, and intergenerational perspectives.

The Green New Deal and the Transformative Power of Change: Sudia Paloma McCaleb, EdD is a WISR Faculty member and Director of WISR’s EdD Program, formerly of New College of CA. She is also Director of the Center for Critical Environmental and Global Literacy (www.ccegl.org) which builds collaborative relationships between Bay Area educators (and beyond) and indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico and Sonsonate, El Salvador.  Dr. Paloma McCaleb has led a dozen interactive (with music and discussion) workshops on “The Green New Deal” (GND), a conceptual framework for future legislation in Congress that will address the climate crisis while ensuring that social justice is held paramount during the course of the transition. 

Environmental Justice: Kyle Bilorusky, BA candidate in “Society and Environment” at UC Berkeley. Kyle has recently assisted Sudia Paloma, in introducing the Green New Deal at the ethnically diverse Oakland Tech High School. Previously, Kyle did internships in the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and California Public Interest Research Group, and was mentored by Margaret Gordon, head of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project. Kyle Bilorusky will present insights from his honors thesis on increasing attention to Environmental Justice in secondary school high school curricula. 

To join from a distance use Zoom Meeting ID 690-486-240, https://zoom.us/j/690486240 or by phone 669 900 6833. For help with technical difficulties call 510 655 2830 or email john.bilorusky@wisr.edu.

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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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MOBILIZING & COMING TOGETHER DURING THE CORONAVIRUS

REV. RICHARD LAWRENCE REFLECTIONS ON BATTLES WITH RACISM Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:00 am-12:30pm

Richard Lawrence' book, Light Bright Damn Near White

Victor Bloomberg, LCSW, WISR EdD Student, and Richard Lawrence, MDiv, WISR Board of Directors, Facilitators. 

In conversation with therapist Victor Bloomberg, author, activist and retired minister Richard Lawrence recently asked, “How is it that I’ve always known that I’m loved and lovable despite all of the abuse that I’ve suffered from racism?” Implicit in Richard’s question is a premise: the power required for emancipation is love. Our dialog is intimate. Intimacy is healing, empowering; and the vulnerability is mutual. Clinical education for psychotherapy attempts to teach methods of intimacy constrained by the Hippocratic Oath. We hope to show examples of non-clinical intimacy guided by the same ethics. Richard and Victor plan to use the seminar conversation and post-seminar feedback to guide their continuing efforts. Their project’s goal is to create short videos that can be used at WISR and in the community to support social justice activists.

This will be the premier showing of an 8 minute video that Richard and Victor produced. In it, Richard shares an incident of racism and imagines turning it into an educational resource to combat racism. The significance of racist injustice is discussed. It is the second video produced by Victor and Richard in the past few months. The first video they produced was shared on the WISR Community Discussion Forum at Google Plus. The theme that ties each video is: “Respect for dignity empowers and emancipates.” The first video provides some context for the seminar. The Youtube  link is: https://youtu.be/jfj6YK6cACA . Following the premier of the second video, the seminar conversation will begin!

Richard Lawrence and Victor Bloomberg co-founded a nonprofit,  “Info Power To The People, Inc.,” in 2004. Its mission is to support the development of  grassroots organizations. Both of them emerged from the historic wave of movements for human and civil rights during the 1960s. Richard’s work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Jesse Jackson in Chicago instilled in him a lifelong dedication to social justice activism. Richard’s memoir is the foundation for continuing conversations between him and Victor. It is: “Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Stories and Reflections of a Multi-Racial Black Man’s Battles Against Racism in America” 

To join from a distance use Zoom Meeting ID 204-739-752, https://zoom.us/j/204739752 or by phone 669 900 6833. For help with technical difficulties call 510 655 2830 or email john.bilorusky@wisr.edu

WISR 11th ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

Thursday through Saturday, October 24-26, 2019


TRANSFORMING OURSELVES AND THE WORLD:

The Western Institute for Social Research (WISR)
Learning Community in its 45th Year

 

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JANUARY 2019 TESTIMONIAL AND ANNOUNCEMENT OF RECENTLY RECEIVED AWARDS–FROM WISR DOCTORAL ALUMNUS, WILLIAM HEINEKE OF WYOMING

In his WISR dissertation, Bill developed a model for multidisciplinary professional teams concerned with the prevention and treatment of child abuse. . . . Bill’s letter to WISR: “Giving you a bit of an update with some surprises coming totally unexpectedly.  I was the recipient of three awards.  One was a Health Care Provider of the Year given by the Campbell County Health Care Foundation. The second was the Legend Award by my employer, Campbell County Memorial Hospital.  The third was one of ‘Ten Who Made a Difference’ award by the Gillette News Record.  Enclosed are copies.  The work/research I did at WISR was a major contribution to helping with children.  The treatment manual I did at WISR I presented at a conference–for early interventions with children.  I learned six months later–I gave the manual at the conference (and) they were used to start programs in New Zealand and Ohio.  My WISR experience is one I continue to rely upon as a strong source of strength and continued worth in the field. Warmest Regards, Bill Heineke”

WISR STUDENT, KAREN YOUNG AWARDED A MINI GRANT FOR PROJECT TO DECREASE CONSUMPTION OF SUGAR SWEETENED BEVERAGES AMONG YOUNG ADULTS

As part of her WISR doctoral course work, Karen Young recently completed an evaluation of a projected funded by a $10,000 mini grant by LifeLong Medical Care and the City of Berkeley to implement a health education and awareness project. The goal of this project, called “Water Wise” was to decrease the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages and increase the consumption of water. The Water Wise awareness competition was an internet competition where individuals and groups age 16 to 24, were able to express the benefits of drinking water and the harmful effects of drinking sugar sweetened soft drinks in a 3 minute video. The Water Wise videos were much like infomercials disseminating a diverse but consistent message regarding healthy hydration. Each contestant was competing for cash awards to get the most online views of their health education awareness video. During the course of the project, there were a total of 3,706 unduplicated video views or votes. A total of twenty (20) videos were uploaded on the Water Wise Website, https://waterwiseics4.wixsite.com/mysite

Beyond this project, alone, Karen’s research suggests that “When a community is not consulted about messaging, the messages may not be received openly or not at all. When the gate keepers or the experts do not consult the appropriate leadership, they may not have the power to convince a community about what is relevant, important or necessary.”

WISR STUDENT, GABRIELA HOFMEYER, AWARDED A NADC/CALIFORNIA ARTS COUNCIL GRANT FOR DISABLED ARTISTS

WISR student, Gabriela Hofmeyer, was awarded a NADC/California Arts Council Grant for Disabled Artists for her proposed Community Outreach Expressive Arts & Trauma Awareness and Recovery Projects. The statewide award is to support Community Outreach Projects and Awareness Programs by Disabled Artists in California, sponsored by the National Arts and Disability Center, the California Arts Council and the Semel Institute, UCLA.

Request for Donations to Support WISR’s Formal Application and Review for Accreditation

November 12, 2018

Hello WISR Students, Alumni, Board, Faculty and Friends,

This is an update that WISR is making toward great progress toward accreditation, although a positive outcome can never be guaranteed. And, this is a strong appeal to those of you who are able to do so, to donate to WISR before the end of 2018. As many of you recall, we received an anonymous donation (not from me nor any friend or relative) from a member of our community of $15,000 in early 2018. The donation was put in our account right away as an act of good faith, and it was supposed to be matched before the end of 2018, and so far, we have received only $6,000 in matching donations, although in early 2018 several pledged to give more by end of 2018.

Beyond the importance of matching this $15,000, it should be known that while our prospects for accreditation look quite promising, we do have a couple of big financial hurdles in the next 12 months.  First and foremost, we will have to pay about $45,000 in accreditation fees—first, $25,000 to submit our self-study and our online courses for review by DEAC  in early 2019, and then, hopefully $20,000 for a site visit late in 2019.

We have enough in our savings account to pay for half of those costs, and can use most of our $25,000 line of credit with the bank to pay for the rest of the costs.  However, our chances for getting accreditation in the next two years go up considerably if 1) we don’t touch our savings account, and 2) are actually able to increase the $23,000 in savings with another $25,000.  Having nearly $50,000 in savings would be a huge plus in seeking accreditation.

We will be able to do #1 if we get $25,000 in donations in the next two months, and we may be able to do #2 if we get $20,000 in donations in 2019.  In all other respects our finances are very solid, and our student enrollment is beginning to slowly grow—and more, and continued, referrals of prospective students to help us to grow slightly faster will be helpful as well.

While not asking for or expecting any special appreciation, I want to add that this year, as I did the previous year, I have cut my own salary by $26,000 (by 1/3). I say this to emphasize that I believe we are at a crossroads in WISR’s history, and I want to do my part to pitch in—to help sustain WISR for many years to come—even beyond my own lifetime. Further, many individuals among faculty and staff are donating their time. If we all pitch in, our likelihood for achieving accreditation will grow significantly!

All donations, large and small will be appreciated, and because of WISR’s non-profit 501(c)3 status they are likely tax-deductible.

Your contributions of time and energy to participating in our self-study process and outreach to prospective students (groups and individuals) are also greatly appreciated.

Sincerely,

John Bilorusky, PhD
WISR President and Member of the Faculty

For more information, please visit our web page on Giving.

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