Ninth Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology

March 17, 2016 - March 20, 2016

San Francisco State University


Ninth Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology

American Psychological Association

Division 32 in Partnership with San Francisco State University

March 17 - 20, 2016

San Francisco State University

San Francisco, California

Speaker Announcement

The Committee is excited to announce the following Thought Leaders:

Ashanti BranchBeyond the Mask - Guiding Youth with Art & Support 

Kenn BurrowsFrom Fragmentation & Violence to Integration

Kathy Emery, PhD:  Developing Relationships & Building Movement 

Neal Gorenflo: The Sharing Movement & Common Good

Mickey HuffThe State of the Media & Censorship

Gary MalkinMusic as Medicine - Catalyzing Health & Creativity 

Erin McCandless, PhD: The State of World Peace - 2016

Fraser Pierson, PhDRewilding Humanistic Psychology

Donna Rockwell, PsyDMindfulness in Everyday Life

Jim RoughEscaping the Box w/ Collaborative Leadership Tools

Michael Samuels, MDArt as a Healing Force

Kirk Schneider, PhDThe Experiential Democracy Project

Ilene Serlin, PhD: The Art of Embodiment—Creating Ritual in Everyday Life

Tiffany ShlainHow Technology & Media Are Shaping Us

Isabelle Wachsmuth: Interface of Healthcare & Peace-Care

Additional speakers and conference schedule coming!

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Humanistic (R)evolution 2.0:  Re-Visioning Human Potential, Education & Healthcare


A Conference Summit – Unique Gathering for Unique Times

In the wake of unprecedented complexity and mounting challenges to human existence… we gather this year in San Francisco to call humanistic Thought Leaders to join in meaningful conversations – to meet and respond creatively to the challenges of our times. Join us and help take the humanistic (r)evolution to the next level.

We are calling together the humanistic psychology community as a collective "Think Tank" to clarify a new cultural story for our times – a story that will unite people across our differences and support humanity in its evolution.  We will explore five powerful topics or "conversations" that reflect the core issues of our time! These core conversations/discussions will be supported over the four days of the conference. By deepening these "core conversations" we hope to move toward a “politics of trust, healing and possibility” to replace the “politics of fear” that currently dominates our culture.

21st Century - Five Conversations That Matter:  

•   Art, Consciousness & Creative Education

•   Eco-Psychology, Economy & Sustainability

•   Health, Integral Thinking & The New Spirituality

•   Technology, Media & Society

•   Violence v. Collaboration & Peace Building

Come to the conference and add your voice to the day-to-day presentations and community forums -- as we discuss, reflect on and deepen our personal and shared understanding of these key issues. You can prepare for the conference by holding and reflecting on the following core questions before you arrive. Your ideas will add to our community conversations and potential actions:

(1) What will ignite and maintain a revolution in values toward greater depth, sensitivity, and caring – that counteracts the degradation of the human image and loss in confidence in human society upheld by popular culture and mass media.

(2) What do we (personally and collectively) need to lean into – to create the future we all want and need?

(3) What does 21st Century education look like?  How do we rethink “education” – to engage and empower students with the new story?

(4) What is the role of healthcare and healthcare professionals in this new story?

(5) What is the role of humanistic and transpersonal values in this increasingly technological and media driven age?

Resources for the New Story

The world has never been so complex as it is right now. We have been training to help integrate an unsettled and chaotic world that is dangerously diffuse. The human family is in need of a framework to hold this disparity together, and we can help. Here are some of the unique resources we bring as a community of thought leaders, as we gather for meaningful conversations:

The Integral Perspective and Systems Thinking

Systems Thinking is a discipline for seeing wholes and interrelationships -- a shift of mind from seeing through the detail complexity to understanding the underlying structures generating change. Unseen, mental and social structures hold us prisoner, and learning to see the structures within which we operate can free us from previously unseen forces and help us master the ability to change them. Integral thinking is a way of holding multiple systems of reality in creative tension to more effectively manage the complexity of reality and personal and collective development. 

An Understanding of the Role of Art in Education and New Futures Leadership

What forms of education are appropriate for students facing the complexity of the 21st Century? STEM education is often named, given the noteworthy successes of these fields this last Century.

Contrast this with engaged education focused on the social and creative arts and learning through direct (vs. abstract) experience. The arts teach students something the sciences cannot – the primacy, uniqueness and range of human experience. Studies show that mindful ritual and the multi-dimensional languages of art – sound, color, music, images, and story-telling – can shift human consciousness in profound ways – reminding us that when we slow down and become mindful we are surrounded by the resources of time and creative possibility.  

Engaged learning also teaches us that baby mammals, including humans, learn best by exploring and playing. Instead of treating play as luxury, we can understand play as essential to creative living and complex problem solving – that play, not work, is often the key to success. Our global future calls us to make science and art natural partners in 21st Century education.

According to Jim Leach, Director of the U.S. National Endowment for the Humanities, “Our culture is shaped by the arts and humanities often more than it is by politics. And in difficult times the arts, sciences, and humanities vastly increase in significance. This is one of those times.”

“Ask not what the world needs, rather ask what makes you come alive and go do that, for what the world needs is people who have come alive.”  --Howard Thurman, activist clergy-educator

A Sense of the Rising Feminine -- The “Relational (Creative vs. Reactive) Mind” 

Responding to the crises of our times from a deep place that connects us to the emerging future rather than reacting to the fear driving current problems. This culture of fear shapes our collective attention, making the world appear mean and dangerous, and blinding us to prevalence of human goodness, and the role of human imagination in shaping our world.

The times are calling us to create a story of possibility and grounded hope – a shared moral story that will help us make a difference and lean into the new and emerging future with existential strength and intelligence.

The Power of Nonviolent Activism and Gravity of Awe-Based Values of Humility, Wonder, and Appreciation for Life

Shifting anti-social norms, social pathology and a civilization of conflict and violence – through NV activism and education.

Memetic History and Evolution

A “Meme” is the cultural equivalent of a "gene.”  A meme is a unit of cultural transmission. Memetic evolution is the evolution of cultural consciousness. Graves, a colleague of Maslow’s was the research pioneer who developed “Spiral Dynamics” - a spiral of cultural evolution that takes us from our collective past to the current memetic groups living within the same culture. This knowledge is very useful in understanding cultural resistance to social change and politics in general.

Neurophenomenological Studies in Mindfulness and Social Intelligence

Welding the intimate, subjectively based descriptions of human experience provided by phenomenology with the measurable, “objectively” based studies conventional neuroscience can shed light on two pillars of humanistic transformation--mindfulness and social intelligence. 

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