Fielding Graduate University News

An Overture to Dementia’s Soulful Memories

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Jul 31, 2013

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Fielding Graduate University alumna Deborah A. Forrest, PhD, (PSY '95) recently published a research-based book on dementia.

More than five million Americans suffer from Alzheimer’s, the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and many of us don’t know how to react, let alone help, when this disease strikes our loved ones.

In Touch the Spirit, Deborah Forrest, PhD, peels away the stereotypes and assumptions in order to explore and explain how we, the families, can offer and provide means of comfort, and, most importantly, human and mental contact with our loved ones afflicted with dementia.

Through entertaining and enlightening stories of hope and success, Forrest reminds us how the most simple acts, such as poetry, art, animals, and music, can open a channel of connection with those lost to time and reconnect with their souls. In addition, Touch the Spirit covers the research and progress being made toward dementia prevention, because an informed person is a prepared person. We must understand what medicines are effective, and how spirituality can play a major role in providing relief and comfort to all concerned.

Touch the Spirit is also about the caregivers, the families, and Forrest offers informative ways to combat the inevitable stress we suffer, as well as means to improve our health and enrich our spirits. We can’t care for those who need us if we aren’t physically and mentally capable of being there for them.

Touch the Spirit is much more than a professional overview of dementia; it is about restoring humanity and uplifting the bond that exists between human beings. It is about life, family, and most of all…love.

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Forrest holds degrees in nursing from St. Mary’s Hospital Nursing School, Knoxville, TN (RN); Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA (BSN); and The Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA (MSN) and degrees in clinical psychology from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA (MA & PhD). She has worked as a peri-operative educator and manager in several academic medical centers in the Southeast; a nursing director in a Texas psychiatric hospital; and a biomedical researcher and clinical affairs consultant to several Fortune 100 corporations.

In 1990, shortly after her return to graduate school for her doctorate in clinical psychology, Forrest began an association with Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, PhD. That association led to her dissertation research project with Kubler-Ross’s final grief workshops before her retirement. Immediately following the completion of her doctoral degree program, Forrest completed a one year postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Kentucky’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center & Sander’s Brown Center on Aging where she continued to expand her knowledge of gerontology and the diseases of aging. She has published extensively in professional and technical journals in various fields of medicine and health, and has taught and lectured in her fields of specialization – aging, dementia and spirituality, bereavement and bone marrow cancer. Since 1987 she has been repeatedly listed among the Who’s Who in Professional & Executive Women.

Forrest became a best-selling author with the publication of her book Symphony of Spirits: Encounters with the Spiritual Dimensions of Alzheimer’s (St. Martin’s Press, 2000). In 2002 she was invited by the Johnson & Johnson/Rosalyn Carter Institute Caregiver’s Program of Experts Panel to speak on the topic of “Faith and Spirituality.” As an author and speaker, Forrest continues to conducts lectures and presentations on aging, dementia and spirituality. Each presentation is designed to entertain, inspire and replenish the audience.

Touch the Spirit was just released this month and is available for domestic and international sales in paperback on Amazon.com, as an e-book on Kindle.com, and can also be found her website www.drdeborahforrest.com

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Tags: clinical psychology, fielding graduate university, aging

Fielding Graduate University Appoints Provost Katrina Rogers, PhD, as President

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Jul 25, 2013

Katrina Rogers, PhDThe Board of Trustees of Fielding Graduate University is pleased to announce the appointment of the university's provost, Katrina Rogers, PhD, as acting president beginning July 21, 2013. Rogers replaces Richard Meyers, PhD, who announced his decision last November to retire, after 51 years in academia, and 37 years as president for five higher education institutions.

In the educational and nonprofit sectors, Rogers has held many positions including as executive, consultant, board member, and teacher.  She led the European campus for Thunderbird School of Global Management in Geneva, Switzerland, for a nearly decade, working with international organizations such as the Red Cross, the World Trade Organization, and the European Union as well as companies such as Renault, Nestlé, Club Med, Levi-Strauss, and Disneyland Paris.

Rogers is a leader in the field of conservation, most notably with the Grand Canyon Trust and the Arboretum, both located in Arizona.  She led conservation projects in rural communities, lobbied Congress for stronger environmental legislation, and participated in restoration work in the US, China, and Costa Rica.  In the course of her work, Rogers raised more than $20 million in grants and donations for conservation efforts throughout the country.

Rogers has served as board president for the Environmental Fund of Arizona and currently serves as a trustee for the Public Dialogue Consortium and the Toda Institute for Global Policy and Peace Research. She was a Fulbright scholar for two years in Germany at the University of Tubingen and received the prestigious Bundeskanzler Post-Doctoral Fellowship from the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation.

Rogers first came to Fielding Graduate University in 2005 as the director of the Institute for Social Innovation, which provides leadership training and graduate level consulting projects primarily for nonprofit groups around the country. She was also the associate dean of Fielding’s School of Human and Organizational Development. In 2011, Rogers was appointed provost, and has been instrumental in leading a number of important initiatives, including facilitating the faculty’s curricular renewal process, the development of Fielding's strategic plan, and the advancement of digital initiatives in the doctoral learning environment.  She has also served on numerous committees steering the academic enterprise at the university and has been an active supporter of social justice and diversity, including sustainability and LGBTQ issues. Rogers has doctorates in political science and history from Northern Arizona University. She has a bachelor’s degree in history, graduating magna cum laude from Albertus Magnus College.

“I am honored to take on this important role and to serve Fielding in a new capacity as we move into our 40th anniversary,” Rogers said. “Fielding pioneered blended learning predicated on an understanding of learning that is mentor-based and relational at its core.  I look forward to working closely with faculty, students, alumni, staff and our various communities as we continue to build upon Fielding’s niche as a leading graduate institution that is accessible, affordable and relevant in today's society.”

Board of Trustees Chair Russ Goodman commented, “During her already impressive career, Katrina has distinguished herself as an effective leader and a positive agent of change.  As a respected advocate for the importance of graduate learning as an integral part of a flourishing society, Katrina embodies the core tenets of Fielding – scholarship, academic excellence, and service to the community.  These attributes, coupled with her unique understanding of and role in Fielding’s culture, make her the ideal person to lead the university and continue to advance its goals and commitment to higher learning.  We are extremely pleased that she has accepted this role.”

Fielding Graduate University is an accredited nonprofit leader in blended graduate education, combining face‐to‐face and online learning. Our curriculum offers quality degrees and courses for professionals living and working anywhere in the world. Fielding’s faculty members represent a breadth of scholarship and practice in the fields of educational leadership, human and organizational development, and clinical and media psychology. Maintaining Fielding’s reputation for quality programs, faculty are mentors and guides to self‐directed students who use their skills to become powerful, and socially‐responsible leaders in their communities, workplaces, and society.

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The Second Annual Fielding Alumni Track Begins!

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Jul 16, 2013

Hundreds of students, faculty, and alumni gather in Alexandria, Virginia for the Fielding Graduate University All Schools National Summer Session

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As an accredited nonprofit leader in blended graduate education, the learning model at Fielding Graduate University is a combination of face‐to‐face and online learning. Maintaining Fielding’s reputation for quality programs, during this week of face-to-face sessions, faculty are mentors and guides to self‐directed students who use their skills to become powerful, and socially‐responsible leaders in their communities, workplaces, and society. Much of the faculty-student relationship is one-to-one, harkening back to the classical tutorial model. Faculty members become academic partners with students. They honor students’ prior experience and their intellectual, personal, and professional goals. The result is a collaborative learning experience that elicits creative solutions and enlightened practice, and alumni who want to come back to reunite with their learning community.

Fielding alumni return each year not only to visit with faculty and colleagues, but to teach sessions and workshops of interest to broaden advanced learning, collaboration and success for Fielding alumni scholar and practitioners in attendance at national session. These special interest sessions offered at national session It is designed by, and for, alumni. The Alumni Track is open to all national session participants.

Wednesday July 17 |1:30pm-4:30pm 

Practicing Empowered Practice: A Meta-Conversation 

Julie Benesh, PhD, (HOD)               

Description: “Practice” is a consistent topic of discussion amongst the entire Fielding community. “Practice,” in this and other contexts, can mean many different things, all potentially valuable. This session is a place to meta-discuss and practice one’s practice(s) in the hopes of broadening and deepening it/them to supports one’s highest aims.

Wednesday July 17 |1:30pm-4:30pm  

Coaching: Too Little Too Late 

John Hoover, PhD (HOD) 

Description: Coaching aligns what individuals do best with what the organization needs most.  Join a dynamic discussion of domestic and global trends in life coaching and executive coaching.

Thursday July 18 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Now I Become Myself:  Using Poetry and Circle Dance as a Path to the Authentic Self

Evelyn Torton Beck, PhD (PSY) & Judith Walton PhD (HOD)

Description: Poetry and dance have become widespread cultural phenomena in which the general public participates. These modalities can be particularly helpful to professionals. This workshop will demonstrate how poetry and simple circle dances can be used as tools to reach our authentic self—a first step to improving interactions with other individuals and groups. Inter-cultural communication across lines of differences are made easier and more likely by the use of these modalities, allowing a greater sense of authenticity to emerge.

Thursday July 18 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Putting Complexity to Work in Your Management Consulting Practice

James Webber, PhD (HOD) & Alice MacGillivray, PhD, (HOD)

Description: To build an understanding of the practical applications of complexity theory in management consulting; such that participants can enrich their approaches to consulting and coaching; in a way that is interactive, pragmatic and fun.

Thursday July 18 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

"Almost" Live at the Improv: How to Deliver Audience Engaging Academic Findings via Webcast, F2F, or Text

Heidi Maston, EdD (ELC)

Description: Participants will engage in group, small group, and individual workshop tasks in order to increase their communication and presentation skills. 

Thursday July 18 | 1:30pm-4:30pm

Taking a Communication Perspective: Transformative Learning in Systems

Beth Fisher Yoshida, PhD, CCS (HOD) & Ilene Wasserman, PhD (HOD)             

Description: An interactive 90-minute workshop integrating Transformative Learning Theory and Coordinated Management of Meaning (CMM). Presenters will highlight how the tools and concepts are used in two cases: healthcare and community, both of which are fostered environments ripe for transformative learning through praxis. Participants will learn how to apply tools and concepts to their own cases including a debrief that will explicitly link practice to theory.

Friday July 19 | 9:30am-12:30pm

Living Dialectics 

Judy Zeidel, PhD (HOD) & Susan Herrmann, MSW, LCSW, current HOD (TLSJ) student

Description: Participants will learn about Zeidel and Herrmann’s new theory of Living Dialectics:  A developmental path and process that describes the journey of abuse from the Lived Taboo Story, through various forms and complexities of self-narratives, to dialogue, to dialectic, culminating in connected knowing and the call to social action.

Friday July 19 | 9:30am-12:30pm 

Knowing Ourselves as Social Justice Educators

Cheri Gurse, PhD (HOD)

Description:  Fielding graduates make a difference for others who also are dedicated to making a difference.  This session’s goal is to enhance our expertise at this and understanding of ourselves as social justice educators specifically working across difference. Participants will deepen personal identities as justice educators and learn more about other peoples’ social identities.

Friday July 19| 1:30pm-4:30pm              

The First Year Out: Making the Transition to Post-Doctoral Life Michelle Mehta, PhD (HOD) Margo Okazawa-Ray (HOD Interim Dean), Kathie Court, PhD (HOD), Luann Fortune, PhD (HOD), Patti Millar, PhD (HOD), Marisa Sanchez, PhD (HOD)

Description: The purpose of this workshop is to explore the transition that takes place during the first year after becoming a PhD. The desired outcomes are to provide a forum for recent alumni to share their experiences, and prepare prospective graduates for this part of their journey.

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Tags: educational leadership, psychology, Organizational development, fielding graduate university, graduate education

Addressing Dilemmas of Multiculturalism with TEK

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Jul 16, 2013
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Fielding Graduate University is pleased to feature a free and open to the public educational seminar titled Addressing Dilemmas of Multiculturalism with Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) with Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs) as a part of the Fielding Educational Series Thursday, July 18thfrom 7:30pm – 9:00 pm  at the at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 500 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22331.

The Fielding Educational Series features select presentations that are timely and relevant to current social issues from the scholarly fields of human and organizational development, psychology, and educational leadership and change.

This thought-provoking presentation and interactive dialogue will consider seven dualities that often occur with how multiculturalism exists in Western societies from an Indigenous perspective. Four Arrows shows how Indigenous wisdom that has focused on good relationships with all animate and inanimate beings offers a holistic and balancing approach to authentic multicultural goals, especially as they relate to:
  • Cultural ignorance vs. cultural wisdom
  • Distrust vs. trust
  • Cultural hegemony vs. public good
  • Self-identity prejudice vs. diversity strength
  • Recognition demands vs. equity demands
  • Religion vs. spirituality
  • Rhetoric vs. reality
Four Arrows, aka Don Trent Jacobs, former dean of education at Oglala Lakota College and tenured associate professor at Northern Arizona University, is faculty in the School of Educational Leadership and Change at Fielding Graduate University. Selected by AERO as one of 27 visionaries in education for the text, Turning Points, and recipient of the 2012 Mid-Day Star Award for his work with Canadian Aboriginals and the 2004 Moral Courage Award for his activism by the Martin Springer Institute for Holocaust Studies, he has published numerous books, chapters and articles on critical/ anarchist education and wellness as viewed through the lens of Indigenous Wisdom. His work has been praised by such notable thinkers as Vine Deloria Jr., Noam Chomsky, Parker Palmer, Sunita Gandhi, Rachael Kessler, Chet Bowers and Henry Giroux. His most recent book, Teaching Truly: A Curriculum to Indigenize Mainstream Education, was released by Peter Lang in April 2013.

 For more information and to RSVP: http://fieldingeducationalseriessummer2013.eventbrite.com/

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Tags: educational leadership, diversity, fielding graduate university

Psychotherapist Ruthellen Josselson, PhD, and Justin Frank, MD, author of Obama on the Couch Examine Obama’s Life History

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Jul 11, 2013

Obama and the Search for Racial Identity

obama on the couch cover resized 600We live in a time of turmoil about racial identity and its meaning. Barack Obama’s memoir, Dreams from My Father, implicitly describes the intersections of psychological experience and the social discourses in which identity is created and performed. 

Fielding Graduate University is pleased to present a free and open to the public educational seminar titled Obama and the Search for Racial Identity with presenters Ruthellen Josselson, PHD and Justin Frank, MD, author of Obama on the Couch as a part of the Fielding Educational Series. In this semiar, the presenters will examine Obama’s life history for its insights about the adoption of racial identity in circumstances which reveal its complexities.  There will be ample time for audience questions and discussion.

This seminar will be held Friday, July 19th from 7:30 – 9:30 pm at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 500 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22331.  The Fielding Educational Series features select presentations that are timely and relevant to current social issues from the scholarly fields of human and organizational development, psychology, and educational leadership and change. 

RJ photo  HF07 resized 600Ruthellen Josselson, PhD, is professor of clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University and a psychotherapist in practice. She recently published a new book titled, Interviewing for Qualitative Inquiry: A Relational Approach, and was also named editor of a new APA journal, Qualitative Psychology. She was formerly a professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Visiting Professor at Harvard University and a Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. She received both the Henry A. Murray Award and the Theodore R. Sarbin Award from the American Psychological Association as well as a Fulbright Fellowship. She is co-director of the Irvin D. Yalom Institute of Psychotherapy.

Justin A. Frank, MD, practices and teaches psychoanalysis in Washington, DC where heJustin A Frank author photo resized 600 is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the George Washington University Medical Center. A clinician with more than thirty years’ experience, Frank has been a former columnist for Salon.com, DailyBeast.com, and continues to be a frequent contributor to HuffingtonPost.com on topics as diverse as politics, film, and theater.

Obama and the Search for Racial Identity is sponsored by the Alonso Center for Psychodynamic Studies in the School of Psychology at Fielding Graduate University. The focus of the Alonso Center is to bring together psychologists and psychiatrists, educators, writers and artists, organizational development experts, and the general public to strengthen the understanding of and support for adaptive, resilient human relationships. These efforts are directed at educating the public and professional communities about the value of dynamic psychotherapy and the centrality of the psychotherapist-client relationship in the provision of effective mental health care. They encourage and support the application of psychodynamic and relational principles in everyday life, including education, business, journalism, and the arts.

Director of the Alonso Center and School of Psychology doctoral faculty member Samuel Osherson, PhD, stated, “We chose this particular topic because the Alonso Center has a long time interest in the psychological challenges and opportunities involved in a time of changing ethnic and racial identities. We think the US is in a time of major transition involving ethnic and racial identity. Ruthellen offers a distinctive approach to the question of identity, with her focus on Barack Obama. Her talk is important not only because she analyzes the life history of a major political figure, and even more importantly, she uses that analysis to highlight some important pathways for us all in this time of change and transition.”

The Fielding Educational Series featuring Obama and the Search for Racial Identity is free and open to the public.

Friday July 19th from 7:30pm – 9:30 pm, Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 500 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22331, Room: MAGNOLIA C

For more information and to RSVP: http://fieldingeducationalseriessummer2013.eventbrite.com/

Tags: psychology, higher education, fielding graduate university

The Expulsion, The Sacrifice, and The Accusation Together Comprise The (In)humanity Triptych

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Mon, Jul 08, 2013

The AccusationThree Artistic Biblical Narratives Painted Through the Lens of the Holocaust

Fielding Graduate University is pleased to present a free and open to the public educational seminar titled An Afternoon of Art and Conversation with Sanford Drob on Wednesday, July 17th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm at the Hilton Alexandria Mark Center, 500 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22331 as a part of a series of presentations being held during the university's annual summer week long educational gathering.  The Fielding Educational Series features select presentations that are timely and relevant to current social issues from the scholarly fields of human and organizational development, psychology, and educational leadership and change.

Sanford Drob, PhD, is a psychologist, philosopher, and artist, whose interests range over such varied topics as forensic psychology, psychological assessment, Jewish mysticism, the mind-body problem, and dialectical thinking. Drob is on the core faculty in clinical psychology at Fielding Graduate University.

Drob will exhibit and discuss the development, execution and meaning of his oil-paintings “The Expulsion,” “The Sacrifice,” and “The Accusation.” These paintings, which together comprise the artist’s “(In)humanity Triptych,” provide a reading of three biblical narratives through the lens of the holocaust and raise issues of personal and social ethics and justice.  At the same time these paintings reflect the artist’s immersion in the Jewish mystical tradition and existential psychology. Drob will engage in a dialog on the theological and psychological themes expressed in these paintings, describe the transformation in his own psyche that resulted from his creating these works, and elicit viewers’ reactions to the paintings’ thematic content. About the collection of paintings, Drob states, “I believe that after the Holocaust we can no longer read biblical narratives as the archetypes of Jewish and human experience. The “revelations” of the Torah and other biblical books have been supplemented, if not superseded, by the events of the twentieth century.”

Read more about Drob’s paintings: http://inhumanitytriptych.blogspot.com/

Sanford DrobDrob holds doctorates in both clinical psychology and philosophy, and he maintains a strong interest in the interface between psychology, philosophy and theology. In addition to numerous professional publications in clinical, health and forensic psychology, Drob is the author of four scholarly books and numerous articles on the philosophical and psychological aspects of Jewish mysticism. Taken together his books provide a comprehensive philosophical and psychological interpretation of the Kabbalah, and explore its historical and conceptual connections with other religious traditions and the thought of such thinkers as Hegel, Freud, Jung and Derrida.  In addition to numerous professional publications in clinical, health and forensic psychology, Drob is the author of four scholarly books and numerous articles on the philosophical and psychological aspects of Jewish mysticism. In addition, his book, Reading the Red Book: An Interpretive Guide to C. G. Jung’s Liber Novus was published by Spring Journal Books in 2012.

Along with An Afternoon of Art and Conversation with Sanford Drob on Wednesday, July 17th from 4:00 – 6:00 pm, Fielding Educational Series also features the following presentations:

Wednesday, July 17, from 7:30- 9:00 pm

Cross-Schools Perspectives on Violence in US Society with Mario Borunda, EdD, & Margo Okazawa-Rey, EdD

Thursday, July 18, from 7:30-9:00 pm

Addressing Dilemmas of Multiculturalism with Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK)with Four Arrows (Don Trent Jacobs) 

Friday, July 19, from 7:00 – 10:00 pm

Alonso Center for Psychodynamic Studies presents: Barak Obama and the Search for Racial Identity with Ruthellen Josselson, PHD and discussant Justin Frank, MD, author of Obama on the Couch

For more information and to RSVP: http://fieldingeducationalseriessummer2013.eventbrite.com/


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