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Holistic Research Center Launch Celebration

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La Peña
3105 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94705

March 5, 2017 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM

Please join the John F. Kennedy University community as we celebrate the opening of the Holistic Research Center (HRC).

The HRC is generously funded by the National University System INNOVATIONS GRANT program. This initiative enables JFKU core and adjunct faculty, NUS-Affiliate faculty, and alumni an institutional structure to collaborate on projects, connect to financial and administrative support, and maintain motivation for researching, publishing, and presenting in holistic mental health fields of study.

6 p.m. Doors Open
6:30 p.m. Panel Discussion - "Cultivating Holistic Wisdom in Psychotherapy"
7:30 p.m. Networking and Hors d'oeuvres
In service to the community, we will be honoring the work of City Slickers Farms in West Oakland!

Panel Moderator:
Dr. Doreen Maller is the Chair of Holistic Counseling Psychology at John F Kennedy University, a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and holds a PhD in Transformative Learning. Dr. Maller works with, teaches and presents on a variety of topics related to bio/social/societal impacts on mental health and particularly as they relate to families in crisis. She is the series editor of the Praeger Handbook of Community Mental Health (2013) and is currently editing a volume on Mental Health and the Aging population.

Panelists:
Dr. Albert Wong, a former Marshall Scholar, has longstanding interests in the intersection of performance art, somatics, psychotherapy, and scalable technology. He served as residential staff at the Esalen Institute for five years. In 2006, he built a social network designed to foster peer emotional support. He has been featured on PBS, in Time Magazine, and the book The American Soul Rush. His work has been published in titles ranging from the scientific journal Biological Cybernetics to the book anthology Radical Spirit. One of his film projects, Step One Breathe, was named Best Drama at the Maryville Film Festival. He was educated at Princeton, Oxford, and the University of Tennessee and is the recipient of numerous national science awards (Westinghouse Science Talent Scholarship, Goldwater Scholarship). He currently is an Associate Professor and Core Faculty at JFK University where he serves as the Director of the Somatic Psychology Specialization.

Dr. Shahara Godfrey is a graduate of the UCLA Mindfulness and Awareness Research Center program and holds a MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University with a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning from California Institute of Integral Studies. In addition, she is a graduate of the UCLA Mindfulness and Awareness Research Center program as well as a teacher at the East Bay Meditation Center. Shahara also contributed a chapter on Aging and Illness in the book, Real World Mindfulness for Beginners.

Sonia Cristina Suárez is a graduate fellow with the Hellman Foundation and a Doctoral student in Ethnic Studies at UC Berkeley. Sonia's research is non-Western, Afro-Latinx, and Afro-Indigenous healing and knowledge systems in response to prevailing, biomedicalized notions of mental illness among people of color. This work involves the study of race, gender, sexuality and hierarchies of knowledge in mental healthcare and the archive of psychopathology. The archive of race, science, psychopathology reveals concepts of brujería (Spanish for 'magic', or often, 'witchcraft') and other aspects of "culture-bound" illness, such as the syndrome known both colloquially and formally as Ataque de Nervios. The goals of this line of inquiry are to deconstruct damaging perceptions and diagnoses of Latinx and Afro-Latinx women of color and to instead produce knowledge of mental health/illness through Afro, Indigenous, and diasporic Latinx knowledges that are rooted in ancestral systems technologies of healing.