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Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Wed, Jan 29, 2014

Living Beyond Terrorism: Israeli Stories of Hope and Healing

Fielding Alumna and Institute for Social Innovation Fellow, Zieva Konvisser, PhD (HOD '06), publishes book relaying the experience of survivors and relatives of survivors and victims discuss their life journeys – from terrorism to hope and optimism and from grief to meaning and healing.

Lving Beyond  book cover resized 600No one can forget the devastating aftermath of a suicide bomber detonating in a crowded bus. But what happens to the survivors of such indiscriminate and horrific attacks? Will the physical and emotional scars overwhelm them, or will they be able to transcend the traumatic experience and lead healthy and fulfilling lives? Many of those who survive are able to grow and thrive, as described in Living Beyond Terrorism. This book shares compelling stories of hope and healing, as told by ordinary people who – while riding in buses, dining in restaurants, shopping in markets, studying at colleges, visiting hotels, or walking along the street – suddenly became the innocent victims of indiscriminate terrorist attacks in Israel and in the West Bank, primarily between 2000 and 2006. Forty-eight survivors and relatives of survivors and victims discuss their remarkable life journeys; they speak not just of moving on with life as usual, but of moving forward with new purpose, contributing to society, and turning tragedy into action. They bear witness to their experiences in order to make sense of them as best as they can, and to help others.

The powerful stories in Living Beyond Terrorism are testimony to their inner strength and determination and inspire each of us as we meet the challenges in our lives.

Zieva resized 600Zieva Konvisser’s diverse career has evolved from pharmaceutical chemist to automotive executive to earning a post-retirement PhD in human development. As a fellow of the Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University, her research focuses on the human impact of traumatic events, such as terrorism, genocide, war, and wrongful conviction. She has served on the National Commission on American Jewish Women and the boards of several community, philanthropic, and professional organizations and is currently on the international board of the Israel Center for the Treatment of Psychotrauma. Whether in the laboratory, the parts distribution center, the streets of Jerusalem, or the boardroom, she has always been driven by a commitment to make a positive difference in people’s lives and the communities in which they live and work

Format: Paperback
ISBN 10: 9652296430
ISBN 13: 9789652296436
Catalog Number: 9789652296436
Number of Pages: 256
Year Published: 2014

Living Beyond Terrorism can be purchased on Amazon.com.

Tags: disaster mental health, fielding graduate university, human development, scholar activist

Veteran's Advocate Brockton Hunter to speak in Santa Barbara

Posted by Ari Morguelan on Wed, Oct 31, 2012

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Fielding Graduate University is proud to host Brockton D. Hunter, a nationally recognized expert on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) impacts on combat veterans, as he presents “Echoes of War: The Combat Veteran in the Criminal Justice System” on Thursday, November 15th from 5:00pm-6:30pm at the Santa Barbara Jury Assembly Room in Santa Barbara, 1108 Santa Barbara Street. The public is invited to attend this free presentation, made possible by an Emerging Needs Grant from the Fund for Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara County Superior Court.

Mr. Hunter is an attorney and former Army Scout who is recognized throughout the United States for his work on behalf of veterans in criminal courts. He drafted Minnesota’s landmark Veterans Sentencing legislation and has consulted for the Obama Presidential Transition Team, the Department of Defense, and the Department of Veterans Affairs.

PTSD is recognized as a common side-effect of war: 20% of the 2.6 million Americans returning home from service in Afghanistan and Iraq are expected to suffer from its effects. Mr. Hunter will discuss the history of PTSD including ties to criminal behavior and lessons to be learned by those involved in the administration of criminal justice.  He will also examine how criminal charges serve as an opportunity to identify and assist troubled veterans, enabling them to return to their communities as assets instead of liabilities.

Veterans Treatment Courts are gaining national recognition as a tool to help identify and treat PTSD in combat veterans.  A local effort, led by the Honorable George Eskin, with support from Fielding Graduate University’s Institute for Social Innovation and other community stakeholders, is working to develop and implement the best approach to supporting Santa Barbara County veterans while protecting public safety.

The Institute for Social Innovation partnered with the Santa Barbara County Superior Court, Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, Santa Barbara County Bar Association, and the Common Ground Santa Barbara Homeless Advocacy Project to sponsor this event.  1.5 hours of MCLE Substance Abuse credit are available to attendees. Please email sbwl.admin@gmail.com for information on MCLE credit.

For more details about the event, please contact:
James Kyriaco Jr, MPA, Project Manager, Institute for Social Innovation
Phone: (805) 898-2906                              
Email: jkyriaco@fielding.edu

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Fielding's Gil Reyes Honored by Psychology Association

Posted by Sylvia Williams on Mon, Jan 30, 2012

describe the imageOn January 27, Gil Reyes, PhD, was honored by the Santa Barbara (CA) Clinical Psychology Association. An associate dean in Fielding’s School of Psychology, Reyes was given the association’s Legacy Award for his many contributions to the organization and to the field of professional psychology. Reyes is a well-known expert on aspects of disasters and mental health services. He works directly with disaster victims, trains other professionals to do so, and publishes extensively. Congratulations, Gil.

Tags: mental health services APA, disaster mental health, clinical psychology, healthcare, graduate education