East-West Psychology

2011

EWP Academic News Archive - 2011

EWP doctoral candidate Stephen Julich and doctoral student Heidi Fraser are awarded the Cultural Integration Fellowship (CIF) 2011 Integral Scholarships

Stephen's recent research has focused on the images of death and transformation in the Mother's visionary yoga, and their evolution from her early days with Max and Alma Théon, to her later years with Sri Aurobindo and beyond. He is employing C. G. Jung's technique of amplifying myth and symbol as a method for uncovering the ways in which the roots of these images resonate with contemporary and ancient systems of esotericism.

Heidi's proposed dissertation research will look at the effects of the East-West psychology curriculum on a person's life through narrative inquiry.

As part of the scholarship award, both Stephen and Heidi will present their work at the CIIS Founder's Symposium in May 2012.

EWP Ph.D. student Monica Mody presents at the & Now Festival of New Writing

& Now Festival of New Writing 2011: Tomorrowland Forever was held at the University of California, San Diego, October 13-15, 2011. The paper Monica presented at the &Now Festival of New Writing 2011 integrates heart based/ transpersonal hermeneutics with experimental aesthetic positions. Topics discussed include the space and the discourse of how "love" can be productive for contemporary artists, and how spiritual emergency can be an opening into artistic emergence. She was also on a critical panel that aimed to conceptualize different ways in which the discourse of "futurity" or "progress" in art often hides straitjacketed heteronormative and/or pro-capitalist narratives, and a creative panel where she presented her poetry.

EWP core faculty Craig Chalquist initiates Encyclopedia Sophia, a multi-platform compendium for cultural mentors

The primary goal of the Encyclopedia Sophia Project is to collect cultural wisdom-work into a free, multi-volume, multi-platform resource accessible around the world. Its catalogue will feature a huge variety of ideas and practices contributed by experts with hands-on field experience.

EWP Ph.D. student Masoud Aref speaks at an international psychology conference

On October 1, 2011, Masoud was invited to give a lecture in the closing ceremony of the First International Congress of Child and Adolescence Psychology in Shiraz, Iran. The title of his talk was "Applying the Integral Approach to Childhood and Adolescence."

EWP chair Jorge Ferrer publishes paper in the Journal of Transpersonal Psychology

The current 2011 issue of the Journal Transpersonal Psychology (Vol. 43, Number 1) features as leading article the essay by Jorge Ferrer, "Participatory Spirituality and Transpersonal Theory: A Ten-Year Retrospective." The essay sums up Jorge's participatory transpersonal approach, reviews the influence of the approach over the last decade, addresses the main criticisms of his work, and reflects on the future of participatory transpersonalism.

EWP Ph.D. student Masoud Aref will teach two graduate courses at Azad University in Iran

During his leave of absence from his Ph.D. program, Masoud will be teaching two graduate courses at the Azad University, Iran. He will teach "Knowledge of the Soul" and "Personality Theories," and plans to bring transpersonal perspectives gained during his studies at the EWP department to his classrooms.

EWP Ph.D. student Larry Norris is awarded the Kranske Scholarship

Larry Norris has been awarded a Kranske Scholarship to support his research project, "Ayahuasca Grand Visions and Virtual Reality Visions: A Conceptual Analysis of Archival Post-Ayahuasca Interviews." Larry will be building a taxonomy of ayahuasca experiences drawn from interviews compiled at the Wasiwaska Research Center for the Study of Psychointegrator Plants, Visionary Art, and Consciousness, Florianópolis, Brazil, directed by Dr. Luis Eduardo Luna. The Kranzke Scholarship program offers awards of up to $5,000 per year for student research of psychedelic/entheogenic plants or substances.

EWP chair Jorge Ferrer publishes paper in The Transpersonal Psychology Review

The 2011 summer issue of the journal The Transpersonal Psychology Review (published by the British Psychological Society) features as leading article an essay by Jorge Ferrer on "Participation, Metaphysics, and Enlightenment: Reflections on Ken Wilber's Recent Work." This is the first time that Jorge offers further critical reflections on Wilber's work since the publications of Revisioning Transpersonal Theory ten years ago.

EWP Ph.D.c Renee Stephens will have her first book published in January 2012

Full*Filled: The 6-Week Weight-Loss Plan for Changing Your Relationship with Food-and Your Life-from the Inside Out

EWP adjunct Greg Bogart's book, Dreamwork and Self-Healing, is now available in a Kindle Edition

Available at Amazon.com and Karnacbooks.com.

New core faculty member Craig Chalquist, Ph.D., intiates green space in Oakland

Craig Chalquist, Ph.D., is part of a local mental health team applying for a grant to build a labyrinth and green space in Oakland for community restoration. Upon receipt of the grant, Dr. Chalquist will lead a research team of ecotherapists to collect data on the beneficial effects of green space on mental health. Adjunct faculty member Renee Soule is part of this research effort, and both CIIS and John F. Kennedy University have officially endorsed it. A Hollywood filmmaker stands by to shoot the assembly of the research area and to interview project participants.

EWP alum Bahman A.K. Shirazi, Ph.D., edits a special issue of the online journal Integral Review

Integral Review is available free of charge at the following link: http://integral-review.org/current_issue/index.asp

The general theme is Integral Education and there are contributions from a cross section of the CIIS community including a paper by Adrian Villasenor-Galarza (EWP Ph.D. student).

EWP chair Jorge Ferrer publishes paper in The Transpersonal Psychology Review

The 2011 summer issue of the journal The Transpersonal Psychology Review (published by the British Psychological Society) features as leading article an essay by Jorge Ferrer on "Participation, Metaphysics, and Enlightenment: Reflections on Ken Wilber's Recent Work." This is the first time that Jorge offers further critical reflections on Wilber's work since the publications of Revisioning Transpersonal Theory ten years ago.

EWP alum and adjunct teacher Judith Kinst appointed full-time core faculty at GTU

Rev. Daijaku Kinst has been appointed full-time Assistant Professor of Buddhism and Buddhist Pastoral Care at the Institute of Buddhist Studies, Graduate Theological Union, where she is also the Director of the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program. Judith teaches classes in Buddhist Pastoral Care, Buddhism and Psychology, Zen Buddhism, and Zen Buddhist Meditation, as well as advises the Buddhist Chaplaincy students.

EWP Ph.D. student Alena Coons presents at International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology

Alena will offer a presentation on "An Integral Approach to Teaching Research Methods in Counseling Psychology" at the International Conference on the Teaching of Psychology (Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Vancouver, Canada), a conference designed for teachers of psychology who are interested in enhancing their teaching skills, exchanging perspectives, and exploring new ideas. The conference will include topics such as classroom demonstrations, new teaching methods, and issues of assessment.

EWP Ph.D. students and candidates present at the International Conference of Expressive Arts

EWP Ph.D. students Claire Polansky and Sylvia Hartowicz, and EWP doctoral candidate Stephen Julich, present at the International Conference of Expressive Arts in Lima, Peru. Claire's presentation will be on "Transcending the Spiritual Emergency through Open Studio Art;" Sylvia will be co-leading a workshop on "The Art of Now: Creative Grounding Through Change and Transformation;" and Stephen will offer a Jungian investigation of the "mirror of Parvati" (Parvatidarpana) in Kashmir Shaivism.

EWP Ph.D.c David Treleaven will publish in Journal of Child and Family Studies

Coauthored with R. Snyder and S. Shapiro, David's paper on "Attachment Theory and Mindfulness" has been recently accepted for publication on Journal of Child and Family Studies. David is currently completing his dissertation on "Meditation and Trauma: A Comparative Study of Somatic Experiencing and the Western Vipassana Movement."

EWP Ph.D. student Georgia Bailey presents at the Global Conference of International Enneagram Association

Building on her professional background in Enneagram and her current studies at EWP, Georgia will present "Use of Embodied Spiritual Inquiry and the Enneagram to Integrate Spiritual Experience."

EWP Ph.D.c Alex Rachel presents at the Daimonic Imagination Conference

Celebrated at the University of Kent (UK), this interdisciplinary conference addressed the question of inspired creativity and its source. Alex presented his ongoing doctoral research in his talk on "Daimonic Symbiosis: An Inquiry into the Psychic Coevolution of the Subtle Species." Judson Davis's presentation was also accepted but he could attend the conference.

EWP Ph.D. student Pauline Cashion presents at the American Comparative Literature Association

Pauline participated at a seminar session on "The Archive of Unreason," where she discussed truth and multiple ways of knowing in reference to the story of Sakuntala, found in one of the sacred/epic texts of India, the Mahabharata.

EWP students, alums, and faculty present at the Symposium on Integral Consciousness

EWP Ph.D. student Matthew Morey, EWP alums Kundan Singh, Charles Flores, Hilary Anderson, Amelia Pryor, and EWP core faculty and chair Jorge Ferrer, and adjunct faculty Jürgen Kremer, Kimmy Johnson, Les Lancaster, and Jacob Sherman, presented at the CIIS Founders Symposium on Integral Consciousness (April 15, 2011).

EWP Ph.D. candidate Alex Rachel and alum Elisabeth Husserl present at the Cosmology of Love Conference

Alex Rachel presented on "The Pan-Erotic and the Subtle Worlds" and Elisabeth on "Aphrodite, Hera and the Economics of Love" at the California Institute of Integral Studies, April 22-23, 2011.

EWP Ph.D. student Zayin Neumann launches web site on Participatory Studies and becomes Book Review Editor of transpersonal journal

Zayin Neumann recently launched a web site (www.participatorystudies.com), featuring essays of many participatory thinkers (Tarnas, Heron, Ferrer) and providing a forum for discussion. Zayin also became the Book Review Editor for the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies.

EWP Ph.D.c Helge Osterhold appointed to the faculty at UCSF School of Medicine

Helge has been officially appointed to the faculty at the Department of Family and Community Medicine, UCSF School of Medicine. He will be co-teaching (with a physician) "Foundations of Patient Care," a two-year class in which medical students develop their clinical skills, including everything from clinical reasoning to empathic communication, cultural humility, and self-awareness. Helge is currently completing his EWP dissertation on "Suffering with a Cause: Synchronicity as a Pathway to Understanding Illness and Injury as a Facilitator of Integral Transformation."

EWP chair Jorge Ferrer's The Participatory Turn reviewed in Journal of Contemporary Religion

The latest issue of the Journal of Contemporary Religion features a book review of Jorge Ferrer and Jacob Sherman's The Participatory Turn, by George Adams. The issues is available both in hard copy and electronically at the CIIS Library. In addition, an edited version of Ann Gleig and N. Boeving's review will appear in the next issue of Spiritus: The Journal of Christian Spirituality.

EWP Ph.D. graduate Rochelle Suri publishes in Journal of Humanistic Psychology

Drawing on her EWP dissertation, Rochelle Suri (Ph.D., 2010) authored the article, "Making Sense of Voices: An Exploration of Meaningfulness in Auditory Hallucinations in Schizophrenia," in the latest 2011 issue of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology (51: 152-71). Free access to the article available at the CIIS Library page.

EWP faculty Brendan Collins co-facilitates workshop on sexual desire and spiritual longing

Brendan Collins, EWP core faculty member, will be co-facilitating (w/ Elisabeth Ursic) the workshop "Reimagining Sexual Desire and Spiritual Longing in Sacred Texts," at the Expanding the Circle conference on March 4, 10:30-12:00. Complimentary registration is available for CIIS faculty, staff and students. Please contact expandingthecircle@ciis.edu if you would like to join the entire conference March 3-6, 2011 at Hotel Nikko in Downtown San Francisco.

EWP Ph.D. graduate Rochelle Suri publishes in International Journal of Transpersonal Studies

Rochelle Suri (Ph.D., 2010) coauthored (w/ Daniel Pitchford) the article, "The Gift of Life: Death as Teacher in the Aghori Sect," in the latest issue of the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, which also includes two introductory essays by its editor the EWP graduate Glenn Hartelius (Ph.D., 2009). For free access to the entire issue, go to: http://www.transpersonalstudies.org/volume_28_2009_2.html.

EWP Ph.D. candidate Yalila Espinoza is awarded the Kranske Scholarship

Yalila Espinoza has been awarded a Kranske Scholarship to support her dissertation research project, The Erotic Nature of Plants: A Heuristic Inquiry of Women's Sexual/Spiritual Experiences with Amazonian Plant Teachers." The Kranzke Scholarship program offers awards of up to $5,000 per year for student research of psychedelic/entheogenic plants or substances on a range of perspectives, including psychology of consciousness, historical, literary, ethnographic, shamanic, spiritual, therapeutic, indigenous or traditional healing practices, and educational.

EWP Ph.D. candidate David Treleaven is awarded the Baumann Scholarship
David Treleaven received the Baumann Scholarship in support of his dissertation project, "Meditation and Trauma: A Comparative Study of Somatic Experiencing and the Western Vipassana Movement." The Baumann scholarship program supports student research projects "that focus on three specific patterns of thought and social enactment believed to lead to unnecessary suffering as well as diminished actualization of human potential." It pays the full tuition for the semester and is renewable.