EWP Academic News
- EWP alum Bahman A. K. Shirazi, Ph.D., organized a special event and invited Indian scholars to CIIS on Wednesday Oct 16th from 4-6pm in Namaste Hall. The evening will be an exploration focused on what constitutes happiness according to Yoga Psychology, the relationship between well-being and happiness in this context, and how the experience of wholeness contributes to the existing discourse on the subject.
- EWP alum and adjunct faculty member Alessandra Strada, Ph.D, offers three workshops at the annual conference of the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association in Palm Springs, CA that focus on:
1) Update on grief reactions in the palliative and hospice setting
2) Navigating cultural hotspots with patients and families
3)Professional self-care: exploring the nature of exquisite empathy
- EWP core faculty Jorge Ferrer interviewed by media commentator Ugur Alkan
This 30m interview involved East-West Psychology, the California Institute of Integral Studies, shamanic research, Richard Tarnas' archetypal astrology, problems with modern psychology, UFO abductions, and the possibly multidimensional nature of the cosmos
- EWP alum Payton Tontz, Ph.D., will be offering a new group in October 2013 called 'Applying the Principles of Non-Dual Reality to Your Life'
- EWP student Thomas Woodbury, better known as Zhiwa, has published a paper in the current issue of Ecopsychology - a review and response to the second edition of Andy Fishers "Radical Ecopsychology." Additionally, Fishers replies to Zhiwa's response in the same issue.
- EWP Ph.D. student, Sylvia Zofia Hartowicz, MA, ATR-BC, offers a day-long drama and expressive arts therapy workshop for women in September 2013.
- EWP alum, Linda Cunningham, Ph.D., has published a new book: Sandplay and the Clinical Relationship Cunningham provides grounding in clinical theory, neuroscience and attachment theory in a way that is profoundly helpful to clinicians working in a variety of modalities and also opens up new territory in sandplay, helping these specific therapists work with clinical issues that classical sandplay theory does not address.
- EWP alum Tara Rutherford, Ph.D., was named Education and Employment Specialist at Covenant House in Oakland Covenant House is a shelter for transition age youth that are homeless and in need of social services. Her job will be to help these youth to find employment or the education that they will need in order to be successful after the leave the shelter.
- Alums of the EWP doctoral program, Alex Rachael and Judson Davis, as well as EWP adjunct faculty member Marguerite Rigoglioso, have all contributed essays to the recent publication - Daimonic Imagination: Uncanny Intelligence Cambridge Scholars Publishing says of the work: "From the artistic genius to the tarot reader, a sense of communication with another order of reality is commonly affirmed; this ‘other' may be termed god, angel, spirit, muse, daimon or alien, or it may be seen as an aspect of the human imagination or the ‘unconscious' in a psychological sense. This volume of essays celebrates the daimonic presence in a diversity of manifestations, presenting new insights into inspired creativity and human beings' relationship with mysterious and numinous dimensions of reality."
- Jason K. Norris (EWP PhDc) was a presenter at the Institute of Noetic Sciences' 15th International Conference near Palm Springs, CA(July 17 - 21, 2013). Jason gave a 15 min Saturday morning plenary presentation to over 400 people and received a standing ovation. It was also the international debut of his newly released album, A Journey of Sound and Rhythm: Volume One (released July 2, 2013)
- EWP Ph.D student Monica Mody received the Spring 2013
Social Justice and Community Research Award from Student Alliance for her research that draws attention to and helps extend openings to critical moments and narratives of hope amongst the indigenous peoples (Scheduled Tribes or adivasis) of Jharkhand, India.
- Rod Penalosa, EWP Ph.D.c, presented a paper on "The Impact of Culture and Religiosity on the Self-Identification Issues of Filipno Catholic Gay Men" at the Critical Ethnic Studies Association conference on Decolonizing Future Intellectual Legacies and Activist Practices at the University of Illinois, Chicago, on September 19, 2013
- EWP faculty Jorge Ferrer's interview with shipibo shaman Guillermo Arevalo was published in Sacred Hoop
The current 20 anniversary issue of the magazine Sacred Hoop features an interview by EWP core faculty Jorge Ferrer with master shipibo shaman Guillermo Arevalo. Interview was carried out in 2008 during Ferrer's one-month visit to Guillermo's center in the jungle around Iquitos, Peru, and addresses questions such as the dynamics of healing with sacred plants, sorcery and shamanism, the legitimacy of Western shamans, and bio-piracy.
- EWP alum Anna Swisher, MA, offers workshops: Embodying Nature: Connecting with Our Sources of Joy and Vitality
- Jason K. Norris, EWP Ph.D.c, presented at the Sunday Summit of the Brain, Mind, and Consciousness Conference at UC Santa Cruz on Sunday, May 5th, 2013
- EWP Ph.D. student Ebede Ndi gave a presentation at the Association of Black Psychologists' 45th annual International Convention July 26, 2013. The theme of the convention is "The Universality of African-Centered Psychology: Merging Domestic and Global Perspectives"
- EWP Ph.D. student Heidi Fraser was accepted to present "East-West Psychology: An Integral Education for the Evolution of Consciousness" at the International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology in Vancouver, BC July 2013.
- EWP Ph.D.c Sam Malkemus published his article, "Towards a General Theory of Enaction: Biological, Transpersonal, and Phenomonological Dimensions," in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology Read the full article.
- EWP Ph.D. student Glennery L. Besson's article "The Nature of Sand" was recently published in the first Russian-English Jungian Sandplay Therapy Almanac.
- Entire issue of Cambio features EWP Student led group ERIE (Entheogenic Research, Integration, and Education).
- Recently defended Ph.D.c Yalila Espinoza will be offering Erotic Intelligence (EI) Circles in Oakland, a space which invites the activation the sensual body, inspiring one to be passionately intimate with primordial love energy. E.I. circles offer a supportive and safe container where this liberation is remembered within the magic of community synergy, and through weaving together story-telling, meditation, visualizations, dream work, art therapy, physical movement, music, and rituals.