PsySR's 2011 Conference

PsySR"Transforming a World in Crisis:
The Role of Socially Responsible Psychology"

PsySR's 2011 Conference -- July 14-16 in Boston

Schedule of Events and Sessions (Subject to Change)

Further conference information, including registration and accommodations details, is available HERE.

ALL listed events are INCLUDED with your registration fee.



**Thursday Afternoon 1:00-2:30 PM**

Racism and White Privilege: The Underbelly of Social Justice Issues

Nancy Arvold

An interactive workshop examining how racism and white privilege undercut attempts at effective social justice work. Exercises and discussion will deepen participants' understanding of the impact on their work and life.

Understanding and Treating Psychosis: An Alternate Approach

Brigitte Ladisch

Excerpts from the film “Take These Broken Wings” will be shown and followed by discussion. The film questions and presents an alternative view to the dominant “biomedical” conception of psychosis.

Fundamentals of Restorative Practices

Alia Sheety & Carol Thomas

This session will include a discussion about the usefulness of proactive circles, the compass of shame, and the social discipline window as fundamental concepts of restorative practices.

**Thursday Afternoon 3:00-4:30 PM**

Can Dialogue Move Us Towards a More Socially Responsible Psychology?

Naomi Ruth Pinson & Frank Kashner

We invite survivors and practitioners of Psy to witness and reflect in a personal inquiry into the lived experience of harmful Psy practices, and PsySR’s future role.

Refuge: Caring for Survivors of Torture

Ben Achtenberg, Judy Eidelson & Marie Forgeard

Screening of excerpts from "Refuge," which profiles programs providing healthcare and social services to immigrant survivors of torture, with discussion of its use in educating and motivating professionals and students.

Sitting in the Fire: Empathic and Restorative Responses to Collective Trauma

Thom Allena & Oreet Rees

This workshop will focus on contemporary uses of restorative reconciliation practices and their production of empathic dialogue, transformative symbols, iconic memory and somatic ritual as healing responses to social violations and conflict.

**Thursday Evening Reception 5:00-7:00 PM**

**Thursday Evening Fine-Cut Screening of "Doctors of the Dark Side" 7:00-9:00 PM**


**Friday Morning Plenary Session 8:30-10:00 AM**

Keynote Address: Inequality Matters: How America’s Divide Undermines Our Communities

Chuck Collins, Institute for Policy Studies

Since the late 1970s, the U.S. has become a more polarized and unequal society. What do these extreme inequalities mean for the health of our economy, democracy, and communities? Our keynote speaker explores the meaning of these inequalities and prospects for change. Chuck Collins is a senior scholar at the Institute for Policy Studies and an expert on the social impact of wealth disparities. He is co-editor of the popular website and co-author of several books on inequality themes including The Moral Measure of Our Economy and Economic Apartheid in America.

**Friday Morning Plenary Session 10:15-11:45 AM**

Blogging and Social Media-ing for Peace and Justice

Mikhail Lyubansky, Kathie Malley-Morrison, Rob Kall & Cheryl Biren

Malcolm Gradwell wrote that "the revolution will not be tweeted." Have recent events proven him wrong? This session will explore the roles of social media and blogging in social justice work through personal narratives of Rob Kall, publisher of the citizen journalist site OpEdNews and host of The Rob Kall Bottom-Up Radio Show, Cheryl Biren, OpEdNews managing editor, independent blogger Kathie Malley-Morrison, and Psychology Today blogger Mikhail Lyubansky.

**Friday Luncheon and Meeting Noon-1:30 PM**

**Friday Afternoon 1:45-2:30 PM**

Participant Idea Exchanges (PIEs)

  • The “Two Languages of Empire” and the Strategy of “Linkage” - Michael Basseches
  • Workplace Issues for LGBT Employees in Homophobic Employment Environments - Mark Charles
  • Applying Psychology to Build Citizen Activism for Social Change - Gloria Gordon
  • Ecology of Homelessness Psychologists Seeking a Transformative Role - Brian Jones, Michelle Ronayne & Debra Harkins
  • The Role of Community-University Partnerships in a World in Crisis - Linda Silka
  • PsySR in the Classroom: Adding Peace-Relevant Topics to Classes - Joe Hatcher
  • Socially Responsible Psychology and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict - Donna Nassor
  • Modern Day Slavery: A Problem Binding all Humanity - Camelia Sheridan
  • Exploring the Top-Down Information Age to Bottom-Up Connection Age Shift - Rob Kall

**Friday Afternoon 2:45-4:15 PM**

Activism and Psychological Well-Being

Steven Reisner, Stephen Soldz & Roy Eidelson

This session will explore how political activism for social justice, human rights, truth and transparency enhances psychological well-being for those positively affected, for the activists themselves, and perhaps others.

Abolishing the Sex Trafficking Industry: Confronting Men's Demand for Prostitution

Melissa Farley, Matthew Bane, Norma Ramos, Emily Schuckman & Lina Nealon

Prostitution is "renting an organ for 10 minutes," according to a john. We will discuss sex buyers' role as creators of a global demand for prostitution, fueling human trafficking.

Social Justice Approaches to Health Equity: Tales from Local Communities

Tom Wolff, Nashira Baril & Abigail Ortiz

The Boston Public Health Commission’s Center for Health Equity and Social Justice works with community partners to address health inequities using a social-change approach that reflects a comprehensive understanding of racial justice.

The Psychology of Corporate Corruption

Floyd Rudmin, Brad Olson, Brigitte Ladisch, Ian Hansen, Steve Benson & Angela Brandão

We will discuss multi-level theories of why some corporations are out of control. We will discuss lobbying, law, history, policies, poverty, war, the environment, and human rights violations.

**Friday Afternoon 4:30-5:15 PM**

Participant Idea Exchanges (PIEs)

  • Social Justice: Pushing past boundaries in graduate training - Jonathan Dator, Vasudev Dixit, Nita Makhija & Margaret Brady-Amoon
  • Utilizing Social Courage to Confront Violations of Environmental Justice - Jeffrey Perrin, David House & Kelly Jankauskas
  • Discussing Gender Inequality with Men and Women - Negin Toosi & Laura Babbitt
  • Peace Soup: The Poetry of Peace Research and Action - Alan O'Hare, Father Emmanuel Rutangema & Quim Soler  
  • Understanding -> Action -> Transformation - Roberta Sprague
  • 21st Century Ethics: Research in the Digital Age - Michelle Ronayne, Johnny Nguyen, Misty Glover, Erica Taylor, Lise Couture & Danielle Casey
  • Trusting the Power of Empire vs. the Power of Spirit - Julie Oxenberg
  • Our Challenge: Achieving An Integrated, Phenomenal, Developmental (Political) Psychology - Michael O'Brien 

**Friday Evening Poster Session and Reception 6:00-7:30 PM**

  • People’s Voices in Favor of Peace and Against War - Charikleia Tsatsaroni
  • Non-Suicidal Self Injury (NSSI) - Shandelle Hether
  • After Haiti’s Earthquake: Tending Psyche in Trauma Zone Social Action Projects - Annie Jordan
  • Trends in Violence Using the National Index of Violence and Harm (NIVAH) - Rouba Youssef & Charles Collyer
  • Sectarian and Nonsectarian Violence: The Role of Social Coping for Maternal Mental Health in Northern Ireland - Laura Taylor, Christine Merrilees, E. Mark Cummings, Peter Shirlow, Marcie Goeke-Morey & Ed Cairns
  • Service Learning and Future Civic Engagement - Jadig Garcia, Katia Roth, Vanessa Frontiero & Debra Harkins
  • Values as Motivators for Improving Gender Equality - Sarah Mayer & Justin Hackett
  • Authoritarianism, Cognitive Deficits, and Political Polarization - Michael O’Brien
  • International Perspectives on the Effectiveness of Apology - Jennie Davidow & Mimi Maritz
  • Understanding and Counseling Victims of Domestic Violence in the Dominican Republic - Michelle McCoy Barrett & Thomas Barrett
  • Engaging Peace: Promoting Activism in a Nation at War - Andrew Potter & Erin Murtagh
  • The Development of Attitudes towards Forgiveness and Apology and Gender Differences - Matthew Aboukhalil, Adriana Estevez, Robert Collins, Samantha Murphy, Joe Doherty, Majed Ashy & Kathie Malley-Morrison


**Saturday Morning Plenary Session 8:30-10:00 AM**

Becoming a Socially Responsible Psychologist

Nahid Aziz, Deanne Bell, Steven Reisner & Richard Wagner

A multi-generational panel of PsySR members dedicated to advancing social justice and human rights will share reflections on formative experiences and influences, key challenges and choices, valuable lessons learned, and hopes and plans for the future. This special program is the third annual M. Brewster Smith Dialogue on Peace and Social Justice.

**Saturday Morning Plenary Session 10:30-12:30 PM**

Presidential Address and Next Steps for PsySR

Incoming PsySR President Luisa Saffiotti will share her reflections and this forum will provide an opportunity for attendees to discuss the issues, priorities, and strategies that might form the basis for PsySR's peace, social justice, human rights, and ecological sustainability efforts in the year ahead.

**Saturday Afternoon 2:00-3:30 PM**

Psychological and Structural Aspects of War

Dean Hammer, Floyd Rudmin, Kathie Malley-Morrison & Ian Hansen

Psychology is central to waging and ending wars. Our panel will discuss nonviolent methods toward peace, psyops, transparency (e.g., Wikileaks), recruitment methods, drones, and PTSD-related issues, and the "culture" wars.

Peacebuilding Near and Far: The Role for Psychology

Jancis Long

Challenges for peacebuilders concerning past perpetrators of violence, beneficiaries of chaos, dangers of unintentional harm will be illustrated with participant vignettes, and by questions from the work of Wessells, Watkins and Green.

Organizing Lessons From the Anti-torture Movement

Stephen Soldz, Trudy Bond, Carlos Rivera & Steven Reisner

We will discuss experiences of the movement opposing psychologist involvement in the US government’s torture program with a goal of extracting lessons for other organizing efforts in similar circumstances.

The Restorative Circle: An Alternative to Conventional Justice and Conflict Resolution

Mikhail Lyubansky, Duke Duchscherer & Sylvia Clute

Three different learners will share their experience of facilitating a restorative process developed in the favellas of Brazil and now spreading across the globe.

**Saturday Afternoon 4:00-5:30 PM**

The Yin and Yang of Social Change: Reconciling Critical and Strengths-Based Approaches toward Progressive Action

Brad Olson, Luisa Safiotti, Michael Basseches, Steve Benson, Angela Brandão, Thom Allena & Ted Strauss

Those who promote social action can often take different paths to change. Some are focused on peaceful behaviors, others on more vigorous actions. How do we reconcile the two approaches?

Psychoactivism in Israel-Palestine: A Critical Consideration

Maya Mukamel & Nissim Avissar

This symposium offers a critical reflection on some common ideas and practices that seem to be prevalent in the field of dialogue promotion and conflict resolution in Israel-Palestine.

Psychology's Role in Climate Change's Harm

Steve Shapiro & Sarah Conn

Climate change portends an enormous threat to humanity and is the result of our mismanagement of the planet’s natural resources. Participants at this session will explore how psychology may be the best means by which to reduce the harm climate change will bring.

Crises Beyond Borders: Challenges for International Psychology

Jancis Long, Nahid Aziz & Yeshashwork Kibour

Crises in Afghanistan involving imported and local violence and resource scarcity for education and mental health, and in Ethiopia with rapid social change suggest roles for responsible international psychology.

**Saturday Evening Closing Banquet 7:30-Midnight**