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Barbara Morrill, PhD, is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Palo Alto. She received her M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College and her Ph.D. from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology in Palo Alto. She has taught Cross-Cultural Psychology for many years as an adjunct faculty member at The Institute of Transpersonal Psychology as well as at Notre Dame de Namur University in Belmont. Her lifelong commitment has been in the areas of unlearning racism, sexism, classism and homophobia and to the learnings and experience of culture, justice, compassion, reconciliation and diversity.
Barbara's experience and interest lies in women's psychological, spiritual, political and social development. She has served as an Associate Dean of Students at Wheaton College in Massachusetts when it was a Women's College and was secretary and founding member of SOAR, Societies Organized Against Racism. She has interviewed women cross-culturally across these lines of development in both Taiwan and Israel. Her dissertation, entitled Quest for Wholeness; The Individuation Process of Seven African American Women, A Case Study was completed in 1994.
Another area of interest and experience for Barbara has been in the area of Action-Inquiry, a leadership approach developed by William Torbert, Ph.D. former Dean of the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. Bill, an early follower of Gurdieff, is the author of many books and one of the more recent of his books Action Inquiry: The Secret of Timely and Transformative Leadership was reviewed by Barbara Morrill in 2005 ( B.Morrill, Journal of Transformative Leadership, Vol 3, No.3, July 2005).
In the mid 1980's Barbara used the leadership approach of Action-Inquiry as President of an organization in Hartford, Connecticut called Connecticut Works, a for-profit company placing women on welfare into private sector jobs. Because of this start-up in CT, she was then hired by the National Alliance of Business in WashingtonD.C. to replicate the core principles of "The Boston Compact" in five U.S. Cities. This included fostering collaboration between and among diverse sectors (business, government, and education)in order to accomplish measurable goals toward the overall objective of public school improvement with a concentration upon at-risk youth.
Upon Barbara's move to California and the beginning of graduate school, the study of The Analytical Psychology of Carl Gustav Jung became the center of her scholastic Inquiry. The following twenty years of continuing education would be fulfilled at The Jung Institute in San Francisco. Recently, in her role of Director of the "Circles of Inquiry" a program she organized at ITP, geared toward psyche and culture, she and ITP staff facilitated an event entitled "Psyche, Politics, and Transformation" looking at The Cultural Complex, with speakers Samuel Kimbles and Tom Singer, both Jungian professors, authors and analysts.
Barbara's training in psychology included a position at the (then) Belmont Hills Psychiatric Hospital as Senior Therapist in the Partial Hospitalization Program, where she facilitated group therapy as well as case management for patients regarding crisis intervention.
Since 2001, Barbara has been a member of Diamond Heart Six with A.H. Almaas and Karen Johnson as teachers. It is this ‘work' that informs her life, therapy and teaching. This spiritual path is integral in nature as it explores the unfolding of the soul's journey from the west's depictions of ego development to the boundless dimensions of consciousness of the east. In this same vein, her current qualitative research paper, awaiting publication,is entitled Being in the Face of Annihilation; Transformation Through Writing in the Lives of Two Dutch Women During the Holocaust: Etty Hillesum 1914-1942 andJetteke Frijda 1925-present was presented at a World Congress of Psychology and Spirituality sponsored by the Association of Transpersonal Psychology in New Delhi,India in 2008.
In short, how the inner reflects the outer, and in turn, how the outer reflects the inner is ultimately the nonduality of psyche, culture and cosmos. Barbara's journey of the union of theory and practice or the dance of reflection, transformation and action informs her
presence at CIIS.
Morrill, Barbara (2005) Book review: action inquiry: the secret of timely and transformative leadership, by Bill Torbert and Associates. Journal of Transformative Education, 3; 289.