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Preparations are set for the Sixth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging in Los Angeles, CA in February 2013

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Nov 29, 2012

PACCommunity members and renowned experts gather to shape confident future for aging population.

Featuring keynote speaker Wendy Lustbader, MSW, live webinar with Ram Dass, award recognition for Dr. James E. Birren,and presentation from Dr. Brian de Vries amongst many others.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, baby boomers will turn 65 at a rate of 10,000 per day for the next decade making them the fastest growing segment of the population. Future implications indicate: “tomorrow’s elderly will have quite different social, demographic, health, and economic characteristics than today’s elderly… as average length of life continues to increase, issues regarding the quality of active life expectancy are likely to assume greater importance.” In anticipation of this growing segment of our population, the Sixth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging, hosted by Fielding Graduate University’s Institute for Social Innovation, brings together notable speakers and workshop leaders to explore new and innovative approaches to positive aging. This year’s topic is “Life-Reimagined: New Approaches to Positive Aging” and the conference will take place February 10-12, 2013 at the Center for Healthy Communities at The California Endowment in Los Angeles.

The Sixth Annual International Conference on Positive Aging includes a variety of workshops that explore themes of creative expression, community, wellness, and life transitions.  Dr. Katrina Rogers, Provost of Fielding Graduate University and Senior Vice-President states:  “Positive aging promotes creativity, wellness, and growth. It means taking personal control of your life instead of being a victim or passive observer. In this model, aging presents a new opportunity for being socially active, for engaging with the community, for being productive, and for seeking a new meaning and purpose in life. This is why the conference is larger each year: people are interested about how to age well.” The conference provides opportunities to engage in physical and creative activities, including yoga, meditation, music, and connecting with others with similar interests.  Conference registration is open to the public.

Wendy Lustbader resized 600The keynote speaker for this year’s conference is Wendy Lustbader, MSW, who currently serves as Affiliate Associate Professor at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Ms. Lustbader has considerable experience working with older people, their families and caregivers, and lectures nationally on subjects related to aging.  As a medical social worker, she specialized for almost twenty years in out-patient mental health at the Pike Market Medical Clinic in Seattle, and has also practiced in a home health care agency, hospital geriatric unit, and nursing home. Ms. Lustbader’s first book was co-authored with Nancy Hooyman, Taking Care of Aging Family Members. This is a practical guide to caregiving which is still considered the best book of its kind by experts in the field of aging. At the opening reception on Sunday, February 10th, Ms. Lustbader will speak about her latest book, Life Gets Better: The Unexpected Pleasures of Growing Older.

 

Ram Dass resized 600The conference will also host a webinar with world-renowned American contemporary spiritual teacher and author Ram Dass. He is known for his personal and professional associations with Timothy Leary at Harvard University in the early 1960's, for his travels to India and his relationship with the Hindu guru Neem Karoli Baba, and for founding the charitable organizations Seva Foundation and Hanuman Foundation. His practice of karma yoga or spiritual service has opened up millions to their deep, yet individuated spiritual practice and path. Dass continues to uphold the boddhisatva ideal for others through his compassionate sharing of true knowledge and vision. His unique skill in getting people to cut through and feel divine love without dogma is still a positive influence on people all over the world.

 

BirrenPic resized 600Dr. James E. Birren is one of the "reigning pioneers" in the organized field of gerontology since the 1940s. He is a past president of The Gerontological Society of America, and author of over 250 publications. Dr. Birren will receive Fielding's Creative Longevity and Wisdom Award in recognition of his six decades of seminal contributions including the influential work on guided autobiography.

 

 

 

 

Brian de Vries resized 600Featured speaker Dr. Brian de Vries, Professor of Gerontology at San Francisco State University, and will share his extensive work on aging experiences, including bereavement among gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender adults.  He is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of American, a member of the Leadership Council for the American Society on Aging, and co-chair of the Lesbian and Gay Aging Issues Network constituency group. Most recently, Dr. de Vries has become a policy advisor for AARP, California. 

 

 

 

Attendees include professionals in the fields of health care, insurance, life planning, care giving and lifelong learning, as well as those interested in ageism, gaining, spirituality, creativity, wellness, entrepreneurship and more.

Early registration for the three day conference is $275 until January 14th, 2013, and $300 after. Single day tickets are $125. Registration includes meals and opening reception Sunday evening.  To attend only the Sunday dinner reception featuring keynote speaker Wendy Lustbader is $80.

To register, please visit: http://positiveaging2013.eventbrite.com/#

For more information and updates about the conference, please visit the website: http://www.positiveaging.fielding.edu/

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Fielding alumna recently presented at the Association for Coaching meeting in Scotland

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Fri, Nov 09, 2012

Leni Wildflower, PhD, (HOD '99) recently spoke at the Association for Coaching meeting in Scotland. 

Leni spoke to a workshop of 90 people describing the Immunity To Change process designed by Bob Kegan and Lisa Lahey of Harvard University. Leni states, "It is a powerful tool for making changes in one’s personal and professional life." Leni is certified in this process and will present it next year in Australia at the International Coach Federation coaching conference.  Her new book The Hidden History of Coaching will be out early next year.

“Being an American living in London and being an executive coach, I decided that the way to see Europe was to offer to present the Kegan/Lahey Immunity to Change process to International Coach Federation coaching groups. In the coming months, I will be traveling in Stockholm, Sweden; Lisbon, Portugal; Budapest, Hungary; and Athens, Greece.  It is a wonderful way to present a program I believe in and to see Europe!”

The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching: From Theory to Practice (0470624442) cover imageLeni is the co-author of The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching. This book presents a stellar international panel of more than twenty practitioners offer an overview of the major theoretical models and sources of knowledge that have contributed to current coaching practice. For each theory and knowledge area there are specific examples of how it might effectively be applied in a coaching engagement and recommended resources for further study.

Drawing on a wide range of academic disciplines, including psychology, adult learning, conflict management, communication, organizational development, and leadership, Leni establishes the intellectual underpinnings of the profession. She identifies alternative sources of wisdom, such as spiritual traditions and the self-help and human potential movements, and covers a range of specialized approaches, from narrative and somatic coaching to coaching for sustainability, to create a rounded picture of coaching's origins and practices.

The Handbook of Knowledge-Based Coaching is available on Amazon.com

 

Tags: educational leadership, intentional change, conference, leadership, development, international, learning

Fielding doctoral student Michael Wilson actively helping homeless

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Thu, Nov 08, 2012

Housing with health services helps homeless in Surrey, BC: Official opening November 8th, 2013

Fielding Graduate University doctoral student and Executive Director of the Phoenix Drug and Alcohol Recovery and Education Society, Michael Wilson, play active role in the project.

Phoenix HouseQuibble Creek Health and Phoenix Transition Housing Centre is a partnership between the Province, the City of Surrey and Fraser Health Authority and contains 52 supportive housing units and 15 short-term transitional recovery beds. The building includes Fraser Health’s Recovery and Assessment Centre, with 25 beds for men and women requiring 24-hour recovery and assessment services, and a primary care, substance use and mental health clinic.  

The Recovery and Assessment Centre is a safe, sheltered environment to assist individuals recovering from acute intoxication. An interdisciplinary team of professionals including nurses, substance use support workers and outreach workers care for clients and connect them with the network of mental health and substance use services available.  

Michael, currently in the HOD doctoral program at Fielding, states: “The Phoenix Society’s mission is to create a therapeutic community, which provides clients with personal, social and psychological supports at every step of their recovery process. The new building will provide an array of additional supports and opportunities for our society to better meet the needs of the population we serve. The planning process to bring this development to construction has been years in the making and I would like to thank the Province, the City of Surrey, Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Fraser Health for the resources and support provided for our current Phoenix Centre and the new Quibble Creek Health and Phoenix Transition Housing Centre.”  

Clients at the primary care, substance use and mental health clinic receive care and treatment for medical, substance use and mental health issues. The team of health-care professionals include physicians, psychiatrists, nurses, clinical counsellors and social workers. Staff provides health information and education as well as some services on an outreach basis.   

Mayor Dianne Watts, City of Surrey, BC, commented: “Since 2009, we’ve taken over 350 people off the street in Surrey and found them permanent housing, thanks to our strong partnerships with the Province and community organizations.  This new development will help our most vulnerable citizens break free from the cycle of homelessness and poverty. We are helping people build healthier lives by providing them with the supports and housing they need.”

Tags: social justice, intentional change, leadership, higher education, fielding graduate university, human rights

Fielding alumna Dr. Kathy Cowan Sahadath presented at the Academy of Management

Posted by Hilary Edwards on Tue, Aug 14, 2012

Image KCS resized 600On Saturday August 4, 2012 in Boston, Massachusetts at the Academy of Management Conference, Fielding Graduate University alumna Dr. Kathy Cowan Sahadath, school of HOD, presented a professional development workshop along with Dr. Dawn-Marie Turner and Dr. Lysbeth van Silfhout. The workshop was titled "Less Communication and More Conversation: Using Conversation to Facilitate Organizational Change." The workshop focused on conversation as the most natural and powerful ways of communicating during change with the goal of teaching how to use conversation as the primary means of communication for enabling intentional change.

The workshop focused on three areas:
1.         The role communication plays in affecting the outcome of an organizational change initiative. 
2.         The natural rhythm of conversation that occurs during change.
3.         The use of the guided conversation technique as a practical and effective tool for facilitating change in an organization change.

Click here for copy of a new e-zine Dr. Kathy Cowan Sahadath, Dr. Dawn-Marie Turner and Dr. Lysbeth van Silfhout produced through the International Council on Organizational Change-The Change Leader

Dr. Kathy Cowan Sahadath can be contacted at sahadath@rogers.com

Tags: organizational change, Organizational development, intentional change, conversation