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8th Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology

American Psychological Association Division 32

Humanistic (R)evolution

Innovative Relevance in a Complex World

March 26-29, 2015

The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Chicago, Illinois

Keynote Speakers

Friday:  Bruce Wampold
Saturday:  Theopia Jackson
Sunday:  Frederick Wertz

Thursday Workshop Presenters

Erik Craig

Invited Speakers

Joseph Martin Stevenson 
David Cain

What is a Humanistic (R)evolution?

The humanistic project has historically advocated for the worth, dignity, honor, and humane care of any and every human being, evermore humanizing de-humanizations locally, regionally, nationally and globally. Today’s complexity, though, brings great challenges to how we can care in innovative and relevant ways within a variety of worlds in pain. Innovative care in our complex world requires an extraordinary sensitivity to diverse ways of living that include responding to diverse practices of oppression. Caring well also means taking into account what it means to live in a multi-tasking culture that includes: a technological complexity that outruns our human capacity to process it; an economic interdependency unfairly distributed; ever dwindling natural resources; more and less connection than ever before; dramatic changes in health care delivery; exam-centric educational systems, among other challenges, all of which are situated in a world of dangerous political agendas loudly effecting some and silently effecting all.

What do we, as The Society of Humanistic Psychology, have to offer to this complex, hurting world that is seeking sustainable, innovative and relevant care?

  •  Is unconditional positive regard relevant anymore in a world which privileges profit at any and all cost? 
  • What does an understanding of existential, ontological givens offer to a neighborhood at war? 
  •  Is indigenous, shamanic wisdom irrelevant to the Affordable Care Act? 
  • What could phenomenology offer to STEM psychology? 
  • Who goes in the empty chair or the hot seat in an age of intense, co-constituted terrorism? 
  • Can the critical theorists and constructivists offer guidance to the hegemony of “core” curricular design in the classroom? 
  • Does positive psychology offer anything to our ecological crisis? 

Initiating a Humanistic (R)evolution

It is time for a humanistic (r)evolution which demonstrates through our research, practices of care, consultation, assessment, and advocacy that we can care well for a world teetering on the precipice. 

Come join the evolution of our revolution! 

All Thursday workshops are now included in the cost of registration!

Special Friday Event:  Erasing the Distance!

The humanistic tradition knows the importance of the arts in what it does.  Moreover, we value the power of experiential events that call and move us.
As their website notes http://erasingthedistance.org/), Erasing the Distance (ETD) is a non-profit arts organization based in Chicago that uses the power of performance to disarm stigma, spark dialogue, educate, and promote healing surrounding issues of mental health. Founded in 2005, they have currently reached over 50,000 audience members through our touring program<http://erasingthedistance.org/what-we-do/touring/> and public performances<http://erasingthedistance.org/what-we-do/public-performances/>. They also offer customizable training workshops<http://erasingthedistance.org/what-we-do/training/> for students, artists, mental health advocates and health professionals.  Their focus is on bringing alive the lived experience (through monologues) of suffering and resilience, with hopes of deconstructing stigmatization.

Although they have various packages to offer, we are looking to them for an evening's performance.  

Special thanks to the Chicago School of Professional Psychology for hosting the 2015 Division 32 Conference.