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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


We are calling for papers, panels, posters and other mediums of presentation that offer responses to the following question in pragmatic and innovative ways.

Deadline is January 4, 2015.


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? 
  • 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! 

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