WISeR 9th Annual Conference Bay Area 2017 : "The CHOICE"- Advocacy & Resilience Initiatives. Human Dignity, Social Justice & In

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WISeR 9th Annual Conference Bay Area 2017 : "The Choice"- Resilience Initiatives, Innovative Trauma Informed Care, The Power of Expressive Arts,  Peaceful Homes, Inclusive Workplaces & Society; Education & Healthcare, Multiculturalism & Social Justice***
***CEU Credits are available for Educators, Health Care Professionals, Therapists, Counselors and Attorneys for this conference
Selected papers with the themes of multiculturalism, resiliency, trauma informed care, education, healthy workplace initiatives, human dignity and social justice will be featured at the conference for presentation and/or for publication. 
4 DAY Conference, Presentation and Speaker Schedule:

Thursday Evening: Check In, Welcome Gathering, Opening Workshop, hosted at WISR Berkeley

Friday: Professional & Academic Workshops, Presentations and Papers: hosted at WISR Berkeley

Friday Evening:  "In Utero", presented by Dr. Oana Marcu, NASA Scientist, Systems-Oriented Traumatologist: hosted at WISR Berkeley

Saturday Morning: Multidisciplinary Panel: hosted at WISR Berkeley

Saturday Evening: Keynote, Dr. Eger Speakers, Book Signing and Evening Reception, Marines Memorial Theater Union Square San Francisco 
Saturday Evening: 7:30 pm Film Screening
And Then They Came for Us, Filmmakers Abby Ginzberg and Satsuki Ina, Ph.D. present their work as film makers and social justice activists. Marine Memorial Theater, Union Square San Francisco

Sunday: Dr. Edith Eger Resilience & Forgiveness Workshop***, All are Welcome, hosted at WISR Berkeley

 ***note: Sunday Workshop CEU Credits are available for Educators, Health Care Professionals, Therapists, Counselors and Attorneys
 Saturday, September 23, 2017 6 PM: Dr. Edith Eva Eger, Keynote Speaker

International speaker, and best selling  author Dr. Edith Eva Eger will share her inspiring story as a survivor of Auschwitz, and her incredible journey from Hungary to the United States, where she has become a renowned therapist, Best Selling Author, Human Dignity Advocate, and inspiring International Speaker. Dr. Eger has been featured on Oprah, TED Talks, and most recently offered the keynote for the California Legislature Annual Caucus. 
Edith Eger was sixteen years old when the Nazis came to her hometown in Hungary and took her Jewish family to an interment center and then to Auschwitz. Her parents were sent to the gas chamber by Joseph Mengele soon after they arrived at the camp. Hours later Mengele demanded that Edie dance a waltz to “The Blue Danube” and rewarded her with a loaf of bread that she shared with her fellow prisoners. These women later helped save Edie’s life.
One of the few living Holocaust survivors to remember the horrors of the camps, Edie has chosen to forgive her captors and find joy in her life every day. She combines her clinical knowledge and her own experiences with trauma to help others who have experienced painful events large and small.
Dr. Eger’s message is powerful and important: “Your pain matters and is worth healing: you can choose to be joyful and free.” 
Dr. Eger lectures frequently on the power of love and healing. She is eighty-nine years old and still dancing.


Dr. Eger will offer tools you can use right away for developing your innate confidence, resiliency and supporting self-empowerment and healing from adversity. Her highly anticipated book, The Choice has received a distinguished and very personal recommendation from friend and mentor Bishop Desmond Tutu.
The Choice is a gift to humanity.  One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed. Dr. Eger’s life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that suffering for the benefit of others.  She has found true freedom and forgiveness and shows us how we can as well. —DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate
The Choice weaves Eger’s personal story with case studies from her work as a psychologist. Her patients and their stories illustrate different phases of healing and show how people can choose to escape the prisons they construct in their minds and find freedom, regardless of circumstance.
A powerful, moving memoir—and a practical guide to healing—written by Dr. Edith Eva Eger, an eminent psychologist whose own experiences as a Holocaust survivor help her treat patients and allow them to escape the prisons of their own minds.
Dr. Edie will offer a book signing after the keynote.


Film Screening and Talk with Filmmaker and Social Justice Activist Satsuki Ina and Peabody Award Winning Filmmaker, Abby Ginzberg share their insight as  social justice activists and their pioneering work as filmmakers.  

And Then They Came For Us
As we commemorate the 75th anniversary of Executive Order 9066 which was signed by President Roosevelt on Feb. 19, 1942, the film documents through the use of photos taken by Dorothea Lange and others, the damage this order did to 120,000 people, two thirds of whom were American citizens.  Featuring George Takei and many others who were incarcerated, And Then They Came for Us, demonstrates the importance of speaking up.  Knowing our history is the first step in making sure we do not repeat it.  And Then They Came for Us is a cautionary tale. 
Born behind barbed wire at the Tule Lake Segregation Center during World War II, Dr. Ina is Professor Emeritus in the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento and founder of the Family Study Center. As a licensed psychotherapist specializing in marriage and family therapy, advanced multicultural psychology and community trauma, she has conducted groups for Japanese Americans who were children in the prison camps. Satsuki Ina is a producer and director, known for From a Silk Cocoon (2005), Children of the Camps (1999) and Resistance at Tule Lake (2017). 

Dr. David Yamada, Professor of Law and Director of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk University Law School in Boston, will discuss the intersection of workplace bullying and mobbing behaviors with psychological trauma.  Professor Yamada is an internationally recognized authority on workplace bullying. His model workplace anti-bullying legislation, the Healthy Workplace Bill, serves as the template for law reform efforts across the U.S. His multidisciplinary work on work abuse includes collaborations with the American Psychological Association, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, and the Workplace Bullying Institute. Professor Yamada has earned degrees from Valparaiso University (B.A.), SUNY-Empire State College (M.A.), New York University School of Law (J.D.), and WISR (Ph.D.). He serves on the WISR board of directors.


Diana Canant and Heidi Hardin present their work in developing a global grassroots community care initiative, Turning the Tide , a movement designed as a non-pathologizing, non-medical approach to utilizing the innate wisdom we all have within us to heal, recover and build resiliency. The Center for Human Family envisions a global movement wherein the innate wisdom of all the world's cultures and peoples come together as one human family, through the Expressive Arts, Grassroots Educational Initiatives and Global Conflict Resolution. Resilience is both the capacity of individuals to navigate their way to the psychological, social, cultural, and physical resources that sustain their well-being, and their capacity individually and collectively to negotiate for these resources to be provided in culturally meaningful ways.
The focus on resilience for this conference is extremely empowering, positive, hopeful.  It articulates a goal... hope... a positive outcome and acknowledges strength, rather than weakness... wholeness rather than brokenness. 
"Strong communities help individuals to heal. Strong individuals help communities to heal."

This is a part of a four day Conference on resiliency, healthy workplace initiatives, multiculturalism, trauma informed care, social justice, human dignity and the expressive arts.  

Sponsored by Western Institute of Soclai Research, A Premiere Academic Institution Celebrating 40+ Years of Social Justice in Education and Multicultural Studies
In partnership with ThinkRound, Ardicare Foundation, The Tanya Project, and New Workplace Institute


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