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Accompaniment: Psychosocial, Trans-Species and Earth-Based with Mary Watkins, PhD

October  29, 2013
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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Mary Watkins, PhD

Accompaniment: Psychosocial, Trans-Species and Earth-Based with Mary Watkins, PhD

About the Presentation

In this talk, liberation psychologist Mary Watkins will advocate for the re-orientation of the lifework of psychologists through engagement in “accompaniment.” She will begin by describing the emergence of the idea of accompaniment in liberation theology in Latin America, and then will chart its migration into liberatory forms of psychology as “psychosocial accompaniment.” Watkins will describe phenomenologically what is entailed in the stance of accompaniment and what is at stake in its ethics, highlighting differences from mainstream stances in psychology, and drawing implications for both trans-species and earth-based accompaniment.

About the Presenter

Mary Watkins, PhD, professor at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, is currently director of community and ecopsychological fieldwork and research, and was founding co-chair of its doctoral specialization in community psychology, liberation psychology, and ecopsychology. She is co-author of "Toward Psychologies of Liberation" and "Talking with Young Children about Adoption," and author of "Waking Dreams and Invisible Guests: The Development of Imaginal Dialogues."

For More Information

Contact Kimberly Moody at kmoody@ciis.edu or (415) 575-6225.

Namaste Hall, California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94103


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