(903) 892-2020

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.

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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.

PDF Flyer

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

 

Click here for Conference Schedule with more details (pdf format)

Click here for Registration & Disclosure Form

SEMINAR AND OPEN HOUSE, Saturday, August 25th

 

STUDENT-FACULTY COLLABORATION IN THE NEW, ONLINE COURSES, AND IN ASSESSING STUDENT LEARNING AT WISR

followed by Open House

Saturday, August 25

10am-12pm

 John Bilorusky, PhD, WISR President and Core Faculty Member

 ~John Bilorusky will present for discussion, strategies to use at WISR to assess student learning, to promote further student learning and provide evidence to external groups, such as an accrediting agency — of the substance, value and multi-dimensionality of student learning at WISR.

This seminar will help students and faculty to collaborate in conducting learning assessments in each course and throughout a student’s studies, and even beyond, in their endeavors as alumni.

~Dr. Bilorusky, will present a theoretical framework for assessing learning, developed out of 40+ years’ of experience in “learning the WISR way.” The presentation and subsequent discussion will include reflections on the strengths and limitations of specific well-defined indicators on the one hand, and textured, complex stories and exemplars of student learning, on the other hand. MFT Students: Attendance at the All School Gathering counts as attendance at an MFT seminar.

~The seminar will also allow significant time to discuss the format and structure of WISR’s new, online courses — some of which are already “live” at:  https://sites.google.com/wisr.edu/lms/home   In order to access, you must each time first sign into your wisr.edu email account!

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OPEN HOUSE at WISR!!

 Refreshments Provided

 Saturday, August 25th, noon to 4pm

 ~Prospective Students and others interested in learning more about WISR are invited to attend!

 ~We will have updates on plans for online learning with WISR’s pursuit for accreditation.

 ~Alumni, current students, faculty & board are invited to “check in” in person, by Zoom or phone, to share anecdotes and stories about their WISR experience.

~~Contact admin@wisr.edu or john.bilorusky@wisr.edu if you want to attend via zoom or telephone and provide a phone # in case of technical difficulties.

Author Event with WISR/CSSA Faculty Professor Peter Gabel, J.D., PhD. August 24, 6 – 9 pm Santa Rosa

Author Event with WISR/CSSA Faculty Professor
Peter Gabel, J.D., PhD.
at the Arlene Francis Center,
Santa Rosa
August 24,  6 pm – 9 pm

Join Peter Gabel and the Arlene Francis Center in Santa Rosa as Peter shares his newest book
The Desire for Mutual Recognition: Social Movements and the Dissolution of the False Self

Author Peter Gabel examines the struggle between desire and alienation as it unfolds across our social world, calling for a new social-spiritual activism that can go beyond the limitations of existing progressive theory and action, intentionally foster and sustain our capacity to heal what separates us, and inspire a new kind of social movement that can transform the world.

Peter Gabel is the former president of New College of California and was for over thirty years a professor at its public-interest law school. He is a founder of the critical legal studies movement and the Project for Integrating Spirituality, Law, and Politics. Editor-at-Large of the progressive Jewish magazine Tikkun, he is the author of numerous books and articles on law, politics, and social change. Peter is faculty at the Western Institute for Social Research and co-founder with Michael McAvoy of the Center for Social Spiritual Activism (CSSA).

Sat. August 4, 2018 Depression, Part I of II From Major to minor with Ronald Mah, LMFT, PhD

DEPRESSIONFrom Major to “minor,” Reaction, to the Blues, Part I of II 

Saturday, August 4, 10am-2pm
Ronald Mah, MA, LMFT, PhD, WISR Faculty

This seminar will be a study of the diagnosis, assessment, prognosis and treatment of depression. This includes study of the characteristics and dynamics associated with depression, ranging from neurotic styles found among “normal,” functioning adults to severe disorders—from having the blues, to the walking functional dysthymia.

Included is an examination of different systems of diagnosis, including the current edition of the DSM, and the strategies of treatment associated with these various diagnoses- distinctions and degrees. Study of evidence-based practices and therapeutic practices from, as well as study of differential diagnosis, the impact of co-occurring substance abuse disorders (in terms of self-medication for depression), established diagnostic criteria for expressions of depression. September 22 will be part II of this topic. Please RSVP by e-mail toronald@ronaldmah.com orjohn.bilorusky@wisr.edu for the Zoom video conference link and/or phone numbers if you plan to participate by videoconference or phone and provide a phone # in case of technical difficulties.

Sat. Sept. 9 Psychopharmacology Part II, 10 am – 12 pm with Karen Wall, EdD, LMFT, new WISR Faculty, Facilitator

As mental health practitioners, our work is to provide services with the goal of helping our client to reduce emotional pain, and to promote psychological growth and healing. Psychiatric medications are increasingly being prescribed by providers who are not psychiatrists; therefore, it is important for non-medical mental health providers, such as therapists, to be familiar with these medications in order to be able to monitor client responses for efficacy and side effects of the medications, and compliance in our clients who are taking these medications.

Regardless of the therapist’s degree of involvement or interest in medication management, the large body of evidence demonstrating the connection between certain mental disorders and neurochemical imbalances has made it important for therapists to be able to address medication-related topics that are directly related to diagnoses and referrals.

Please RSVP by e-mail to karen.wall@wisr.edu orjohn.bilorusky@wisr.edu for the Zoom video conference link and/or phone numbers if you plan to participate by videoconference or phone and provide a phone # in case of technical difficulties.

June is LGBTQI pride month!

This is celebrated in honor of the 1969 Stonewall Riots in Manhattan. The Stonewall riots were a tipping point for the Gay Liberation Movement in the United States. The Bay area has a plethora of pride events including Frameline Film Festival, Art and Music shows and exhibits, parades, marches, workshops, kids events and so much more Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally. The queer contribution to collective human dignity throughout time has gone largely unseen, undermined and unnoticed. These contributions are critical to societies being humane. Queer communities and especially queer communities of color have worked tirelessly to ensure basic human rights while bearing the brunt of racism and homophobia and/or transphobia.  LGBTQI history month is in October, but June is the month to celebrate, educate and stand in pride for queer communities all over the world.

 Although not in June, there will be a Seminar on Queerness on July 28th, 2018 10AM facilitated by WISR Doctoral Student Rosa Reinikainen. Come and learn more about queer experience, history, and contribution to the democracy.

For more information, our most recent events flyers can be found here: https://www.wisr.edu/hot-news/

 

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