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  • Friday, July 24, 2020
  • 10:00AM - 12:00PM
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2020 Presenters

Nancy Pederson: Power in the Voices of Elder Hispanic Women

Join Nancy for a presentation of the findings of her research exploring the question, “What does it mean to feel powerless and empowered in the voices of Hispanic women over 60?” Learn more about what this group has to say about their experience with power and their stories of immigration.

Nancy Pedersen is a licensed psychotherapist who currently serves as the program director of Citywide Clinical Consultation Services at Institute on Aging, San Francisco. Nancy enjoys working on community-based programs that promote equity and access to person-centered services. When she is not working, Nancy likes to spend time with her family in her tea garden.

Leyla Eraslan: Exploring the Link Between Body and Life Satisfaction 

Scientific research in the field of body image and self-esteem has repeatedly shown the detrimental 

impacts of holding negative feelings about our bodies. These impacts include increased depression, anxiety, disordered eating, and health issues. Our intention is to build on current knowledge surrounding the link between body satisfaction and overall life satisfaction by demonstrating that body satisfaction can be changed through direct intervention and further, that altering body satisfaction can alter overall life satisfaction.

In partnership with the Berkeley-based nonprofit The Body Positive, we will be designing surveys to be delivered to body positivity course participants at college sites nationally. We also intend to administer a three-month followup aimed at understanding the effects over time of body positive education. In addition to the quantitative data gathered from these surveys, we intend to gather qualitative data through interviews with individuals who have experience body positive interventions. The goal of these interviews is to gain a deeper awareness of how such interventions impact both self-feelings and holistic life experience.

Join us to learn more about this fascinating and important area. We will also invite you to consider the relationship between your own life and body satisfaction.

Leyla Eraslan currently provides therapy services with Axis Mundi Center for Mental Health and is an adjunct faculty member at JFKU and Sofia University. An alumni of JFKU’s Counseling Psychology program, she is passionate about the intersection of art and change, and about deconstructing barriers to loving ourselves and our bodies.

Kari Miller and Zvi Bellin: Community-Based Reflexive Contemplative Practice

How can we use research methodology to connect and transform participants through a reflexive and HRC Zvicommunity process? This project is inspired by Smith’s Decolonizing Methodologies text, where the author makes a case for conducting qualitative research projects as a way of uprooting the biased idea in the social sciences that quantitative methods are more aligned with finding the “truth.”

The primary data in this project has been gathered through a collection of narratives in which participants reflected on their experience of holistic mental health. These narratives were gathered through a variety of reflexive research methods including peer interviewing, journaling, and art-making. The methodology thus blends Narrative Analysis, Community-Based Participatory Research, and Self-Reflexive Research to synthesize a diverse range of experiences into a rich presentation for the JFKU community.

Dr. Zvi Bellin, a licensed psychotherapist, is a core member of the Holistic Counseling Psychology faculty at JFKU, and directs the Holistic Research Center.

Samuel A. Malkemus, PhD: Vitality and Sexual Identity

This study attempts to show that vitality and sexual identity are positively correlated. It does so by exploring the hypothesis that an increase in sexual awareness, and thus a greater acceptance of the sexual self, may result in an increase in vitality. The importance of this study lies in its potential for transforming culturally embedded assumptions about sexuality and sexual health that reduce sexuality to genital function and desire.

Our research team is developing a multi-phase project that, while still in the planning phase, involves 1) developing and implementing a sexuality-vitality scale that will be administered to sexual education groups at the beginning and end of the course of study, 2) administering the scale to a diverse sample, and 3) collecting interviews with facilitators of sexual education and individuals who have gone through a process of sexual healing and awakening. 

We look forward to sharing our insight and inquiries into this exciting topic.

Samuel A. Malkemus, Phd, is a professor of clinical psychology and consciousness studies. He teaches graduate courses in the San Francisco Bay Area, California, and has a private practice in holistic counseling. You can find out more about him at www.instituteofholistictransformation.com.

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