East-West Psychology


EWP Academic News Archive -2013

  • 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.

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EWP Ph.D. student Larry Norris initiates student organization: Entheogenic Research, Integration and Education (ERIE) and its first annual conference.

ERIE's mission is to provide a safe container for three areas of the entheogenic dialogue: 1) discussing contemporary research and scholarship involving sacred medicine 2) opening a space to share and integrate experiences and 3) envisioning a deep educational paradigm including plant teachers, from a Western context.

EWP alum and adjunct faculty Alessandra Strada, Ph.D., has much to celebrate

1. She recently delivered a webinar for the California Hospice and Palliative Care Association titled: "Grief, Depression, and Demoralization in Hospice Patients: Diagnostic Challenges and Treatment Modalities".

2. Her second upcoming book "The Helping Professional's Guide to End of Life Care: Practical Tools for Emotional, Social, and Spiritual Support for the Dying", Published by New Harbinger, can be preordered online.

3. She was invited to give the following talks at APA Conference next August:
How to become a prescribing psychologist Interprofessional palliative care for the geriatric population Grief, demoralization, and depression in patients with advance illness.

EWP chair Jorge Ferrer publishes in Transpersonal Psychology Review and becomes member of its Editorial Board.

The upcoming issue of Transpersonal Psychology Review (Spring 2012), published by The British Psychological Society in the UK, features an exchange between John Rowan and Jorge Ferrer on their previous articles published in the same journal. In the Editorial, the editor Michael Daniels welcomes Ferrer as new member of the journal's Editorial Board.

Ph.D. student Samuel Malkemus will present "The Clash of Instinct and Culture: Diderot, Nietzsche, Freud and Evolutionary Ethics" at the Mid-Winter meeting for the Society of Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology, APA Division 24 in Dallas, TX on March 1st.

Sam's paper explores the tension between human instinctual nature and civilization as it evolves through the thought of Diderot, Nietzsche and Freud. It involves three primary aims: (1) To reveal the historical background from which Freud's vision of psychic conflict emerged, (2) to present a philosophical critique of such a conflictual stalemate, and (3) to ground Freud's theory of instinct in contemporary evolutionary biology. It is proposed that the evolutionary ethics presented by the philosopher Maxine Sheets-Johnstone may serve as a textual basis for re-envisioning a depth psychological theory of the instincts that is informed by current scientific research.

EWP alum and adjunct professor Alessandra Strada, Ph.D., along with her co authors Peter Homel, Ph.D., Sharon Tennstedt, Ph.D., J. Andrew Billings, MD., Russell K. Portenoy, MD., will publish in the journal Palliative and Supportive Care.

The title of the paper is: "Spiritual Well-Being in Patients with Heart and Lung Disease" and reports a study of 206 patients with advanced congestive heart failure and advanced lung disease recruited from a hospital in New York and a hospital is Boston. These patients were interviewed at several points over a 30 months period to explore their level of spiritual well-being, how it helped them cope with their illness, and how it changed overtime as their illness continued to advance.

EWP Ph.D.c Judson Davis publishes his article "Jung at the Foot of Mt. Kailash: A Transpersonal Synthesis of Depth Psychology, Tibetan Tantra, and the Sacred Mythic Imagery of East and West" in the most recent edition of The Journal of Transpersonal Studies (www.transpersonalstudies.org, in the special section on ecopsychology).

EWP Ph.D. student Clara Lindstrom publishes along side Rick Tarnas, Stan Grof, and Sean Kelly in Archai: The Journal of Archetypal Cosmology.

The title of Clara's article is "Richard Feynman: An Archetypal Analysis of No Ordinary Genius."

In the article Clara uses the lens of archetypal astrology to explore the life and personality of a long time hero of hers, eminent Nobel Prize-winning physicist Richard Feynman. In the words of the journal's editor, Keiron Le Grice, "one implication of Lindstrom's analysis is that archetypal astrology, even when applied within a predominantly secular and scientific context, can illuminate the major patterns and themes of an individual's life, providing a basis for a more deeply meaningful and potentially enchanted relationship with the cosmos."

EWP Ph.D. student Monica Mody will publish her essay "Double Vision: Revisiting the Container of the East-West Encounter" in Maty Lieblich's, M.A., forthcoming journal devoted East-West Psychology

Of her article, Monica writes "A pure space of East-West encounter is not conceivable today, since successive encounters have already transformed both the East and the West into hyphenated or hybrid spatialities. Creating a more holistic and authentic personal spiritual culture requires that I make conscious all the narratives, traditions, and beliefs, that form part my experience."

EWP Ph.D. students appointed fellowships at the new Center for Writing and Scholarship at CIIS.

EWP Ph.D. students Alena Coons, Ebede Ndi, Glennery Besson, and Heidi Fraser, as well as EWP Ph.D.c Stephen Julich, have been awarded fellowships at the new Center for Writing and Scholarship (CWS). CWS is committed to supporting the academic and professional development of its tutoring staff through the CWS Fellows Program, a year-long program designed to prepare the next generation of college instructors to work with students on academic writing. The CWS Fellows Program provides participants with a comprehensive, year-long program of weekly pedagogical training, personal and professional development, and compensated work as a writing tutor and writing instructor in multiple contexts within the CIIS community.

EWP Alums Hannah Romanowsky and Bahman Shirazi to present at conference

Hannah Romanowsky M.A. and Bahman Shirazi Ph.D. will present at a spirituality and psychology conference: Spirituality: Promises and Pitfalls. The conference will be at Menlo College, CA in February 2012.

Hannah Romanowsky will be facilitating a guedra workshop titled: Dance as a Psycho-Spiritual Practice in the Muslim World.

Bahman Shirazi's workshop is titled Metaphysical Instincts & Spiritual Bypassing.

EWP alum and adjunct professor Alessandra Strada awarded the highest certification in death and dying.

Alessandra Strada Ph.D. has been awarded the title of Fellow in Thanatology by the Association for Death Education and Counseling, which is the highest certification in death and dying.

EWP alum Jeremy (Caifang) Zhu has two scholarly successes.

Jeremy (Caifang) Zhu Ph.D. has published an article in Asian Philosophy and presented on a panel at the APA convention held in August 2011. Please find the details of his achievements below.

Zhu, Caifang. (2011). The Hermeneutics of Chan Buddhism: Reading Koans from the Blue Cliff Record. Asian Philosophy (UK), 21: 4, 373-393 This link has the abstract and related info http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/pdf/10.1080/09552367.2011.635892

Meditation Initiated Integrative Therapy . A panel presentation given by Jeremy Zhu with Division 32 at the annual convention of APA in Washington D.C. on August 6.

EWP chair Jorge Ferrer's "Participatory Turn" translated into spanish.

The Spanish edition of Jorge Ferrer's and Jacob Sherman's anthology, The Participatory Turn: Spirituality, Mysticism, Religious Studies (SUNY Press, 2008), has been published in Spain under the title El Giro Participativo: Espiritualidad, Misticismo y el Estudio de las Religiones (Barcelona: Kairos, 2011). The publishing house is organizing a book signing event and newspapers interviews with Ferrer during his upcoming visit to Barcelona.

EWP chair Jorge Ferrer publishes book chapter on the teaching of mysticism.

An upcoming anthology on the teaching of mysticism edited by Professor W. Parsons (Teaching Mysticism. American Academy of Religion Series, Oxford University Press) features a chapter by Jorge Ferrer, "Teaching the Graduate Seminar in Comparative Mysticism: A Participatory Integral Approach." The chapter is based on Ferrer's 10-year pedagogical experimentation on his EWP doctoral seminar on "Comparative Mysticism."

EWP alum Martina Dannecker teaches two courses at CIIS.

Martina Dannecker (Ph.D., 2005) will be teaching two courses at CIIS during the spring 2012 semester: "The Experience of the Feminine through Philosophical Inquiry and Emotion" in the Philosophy, Cosmology and Consciousness Department, and "Living Emotional Intelligence From the Heart" in the Asian and Comparative Studies Department.

EWP chair Jorge Ferrer publishes essay on the future of religion.

The first issue of the newly launched magazine Tikkun: Culture, Spirituality, Politics (now published by Duke University Press) will feature an essay by Jorge Ferrer, "The Future of World Religion: Four Scenarios, One Dream."

EWP doctoral student Jason K. Norris publishes through the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS).

"The Power of Sound to Heal" is the featured article of IONS Fall/Winter 2011 membership bulletin, The Noetic Post. Jason also wrote for Noetic Now, IONS' online journal--that article is titled "Sounds of Transformation: Vedic Breath, Orisha Heart."

EWP professor Greg Bogart recieves fantastic review of his book Dreamwork and Self-Healing: Unfolding the Symbols of the Unconscious.

The review was published in Journal of Transpersonal Psychology, 2011, Vol. 43, No. 1, pp. 112-115, Reviewed by Professor Jenny Wade from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology.