Future Seminars & Events

Below is a draft and almost completed flyer for October.  If you have ideas for future seminars, please post them below.  Also, please leave feedback on the recent conference at http://3rdannualconference.wisrville.org/ .

WISR Faculty David Yamada will be visiting us the first weekend in November  and would like to know what you are interested in having a seminar about.



MEDIATORS BEYOND BORDERS                          
Saturday, October 15, 2011, 10am-1pm

Larry Loebig WISR PhD Candidate & Marilyn Jackson, PhD, WISR Faculty, Facilitators. 
This will be an organizational Meeting for WISR’s Student Chapter of Mediators Beyond Borders (MBB).  WISR is applying to Mediators Beyond Borders (http://www.mediatorsbeyondborders.org/) to be a college with a student chapter of MBB.   This was briefly discussed at the recent WISR 3rdAnnual Conference.  There it was decided that we should have this organizational meeting to: 1) Review the Chapter Constitution submitted to MBB to see if any amendments need to be made to that Constitution; 2) have participants share stories with one another about their relevant experiences engaging in mediation, and the nature of their interest in actively participating in WISR’s MBB Chapter; 3) plan next steps for organizational activities, and/or steps to explore what some options might be for activities; and 4) discuss how to involve others at WISR. WISR’s MBB Chapter is open to all currently enrolled students, as well as to prospective students who have submitted their $600 enrollment fee.  It is also open to WISR non-degree learners for a $100/year fee which gives them access to a blog on Wisrville (http://wisrville.org) and to membership in MBB, as well as participation in all WISR seminars and group learning activities (but not to for academic credit).  For those who cannot participate on site at WISR, but who would like to participate by phone line hook-up to WISR’s on site speakerphone, you may contact Marilyn Jackson (mail@wisr.edu) for the telephone conference line number and access code.

 II) MARRIAGE FAMILY THERAPY (MFT) SEMINARS are designed for students pursuing an MFT license.  Other interested persons are welcome to attend but are requested to RSVP. They will be held at WISR from 10am to 2pm with a short break.  Bring a bag lunch.

 Required seminars for our MA program leading to the State of California’s MFT and LPCC licenses are now available by telephone conference call.  Students or prospective students who wish to participate in a given seminar should contact the faculty member offering the seminar by e-mail to Ronald@RonaldMah.com or to carolejmorton@integrativepsychotherapist.net to gain access
to a phone conference call line
. In the future, many of the optional interdiscplinary seminars as well as the as the core seminars in action-research will be available by phone conference as well as on site participation–contact the faculty member leading each seminar for access information.

Ronald Mah, MA, MFT, WISR Faculty.

Saturday, October 8, 10:00am-2:00pm
This seminar will be at Ronald’s office: *433 Estudillo Ave., #305 in San Leandro, CA [(510) 614-5641. This series focuses on theories of human development and child development.  The fundamentals of developmental theories will be presented.  Various developmental theories and their application to therapy will be discussed including: Freud, Piaget, Erickson, Kohlberg. Developmental theories will be connected to application for assessment and diagnosis and treatment in therapy. (Upcoming seminar(s) with Ronald Mah will be November 19 in Berkeley at the WISR office. Subsequent seminars after November will be at the WISR office until next summer 2012.  www.ronaldmah.com/.

SPOUSAL ABUSE, Part III of IV                                           
Saturday, October 22, 10am-2pm

Carole Morton, MA, MFT, Faculty. This seminar will look at assessment and clinical intervention strategies, including the development of an effective victim safety plan and a non-violent decision making plan.  We will discuss the stages of escalation and, if there are children, how to keep them safe.  We will discuss community resources for the victim of spousal abuse.  We will also look at the cultural factors regarding spousal abuse, including same gender relationships. We will discuss the long term effects of spousal abuse including marital rape/suicide/homocide.  Upcoming seminar(s) with Carole Morton will be November 26. www.integrativepsychotherapist.net .


Audio recordings from WISR’s recent 3rd Annual Conference are now available on Wisrville.  Photos from the conference will soon be added to the same web page.  We are hoping that we can generate some post-conference dialogue about the conference and the content of some of the sessions on Wisrville. To post a comment (yes, we’re soliciting comments and hopingto continue the great dialogue from the conference!) and to learn how to access the audio files go to:http://3rdannualconference.wisrville.org/2011/08/30/invitation-to-engage-in-post-conference-dialogue-and-to-listen-to-audio-recordings-of-sessions/

WISR’s NEW WEBSITE!  WISR’s website:  www.wisr.edu has had a major make-over–check it out.  Also, WISR website and wisrville have links to recent news articles and commentaries from the progressive news service, Reader Supported News.

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Elder Care

Monika Scott and I have been discussing elder care including memory care, Alzheimer’s and the need for a better social safety net in the U.S.  Hello I am Monika, and I am currently working as an intern at Mercy Retirement Center in Oakland California.   Mercy is an assisted living and care center.  Mercy has a memory care unit  and I have learned about several techniques working with dementia residents. One is the ability for music to assist a resident to perform primary functions such as walking resident.  Music has been found to improve the communication between both hemispheres of the brain.

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WISRville Web Conference Media

Our learning community has been offered some seed funding to enhance our web conference capability.  In addition to enhancing  web and telephone based conference capacity, we now have shared access to utilize two macOSX  based servers. We are moving our communications network to a new hosting environment to help expand the capacity and to have a home base for the WISRville Learning Community.

To Help us develop Wisrville into a functional easy to use web based conference media center … what would you want to do?

A few things come to mind that I would like to see…

We would  have the ability to participate in all school gatherings and other important wisr.edu events from anyplace that had telephone or internet access.  We now have the ability to call in and join the community live.

We now have a more expanded choice to be part of the community. You can choose to participate  live or later review and observe what happened by streaming it on demand.

You also have a choice to participate via audio or audio/video

With the new service, we would have the ability to have meetings with desk sharing.  It is also something that can be used for seminars and various virtual learning tanks.  Groups can create shared real time documents, files, power points and all manner of web based media.

As a community member we can facilitate learning experiences with a community from anywhere and with anyone who has telephone, cellular or internet access. I  can see the learner/teacher benefits and the professional development possibilities.  How can we use these tool to enhance our professional and organizational lives?

We can use the network to develop and participate in virtual study groups, mindleader groups and action think tanks.  I am looking for ways to use the center for Coaching, Conflict Resolution, Action Research and music.

We can be a Host Service for Web Based Community Action Think Tanks and  Resolution Think Tanks.

Here is a challenge to the community.  Can we create a series of 15 minute action research based subject matter papers?  The hope is that each member of the wisrville.org learning community will create at least one paper per year. Papers can be as simple as audio pod casts or PDF compilations of your wisrville.org blog.

However if you care to explore some web based digital publishing for fun, credit and possible profit … you have the access the knowledge and the resources to get as elaborate as your digitized multimedia imagination can devise using the networked hardware and easy to use software resources that are available.  If  desired the papers will be made available to share with the community and even the SEO world online.  Publish the results of your action research, observation and reflection.  I noticed we can eventually have a translation service and make transcripts available in major non english languages.

I don’t have much trouble thinking of things or even making up lots of things we could do.

The question I need to ask, will this be of benefit to you and  do you see some possibilities?






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The Truth Commission and Restorative Justice

Posted on January 8, 2011 (moved from M. Jackson blog) 

In June of 2009, we showed a film at WISR called Zulu Love Letters, which was critical of the Truth Commission in South Africa.  The point was that for such terrible crimes, the movement toward healing that was supposed to happen was not nearly enough.  This article, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Truth_and_Reconciliation_Commission_(South_Africa) , refers to this process as being a type of restorative justice, which I think is appropriate and which I think is a good idea, and I have always been impressed that they were able to carry it so far in South Africa when you consider all the horrible things that people have done to other people through the ages. I learned when we showed the film, however, that some people did not think this process was appropriate or nearly enough, considering the damage that had been done. It is a challenge for people of faith and Christians like Desmond Tutu who apply their faith in this way. I truly believe there needs to be more restorative justice to heal society and not just punish people. I hope to study this article referenced above for starters and would like to dialogue with others more about this so feel free to post your comments here and let me and others know what you think.

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The Role and Importance of Collaboration in Inquiry & Action Research

This will be the first of a series of quarterly seminars on Action Research to be held on Saturday, January 15, 10:00am-12:30pm, led by John Bilorusky, PhD and Marilyn Jackson, PhD, Faculty, Facilitators. 

We will discuss the significant role collaboration plays in inquiry in community-based participatory action-research, cutting-edge research in the natural sciences, popular education, including the folk school movement and WISR student academic projects.  This seminar will be supplemented by articles and learning exercises available online.  All WISR students are expected to participate actively in learning about and in using collaboration in action-research.  Participation in this seminar and follow up learning activities is the best and easiest way to accomplish this. You are invited to bring fingerfood snacks to share. ***MFT Students: Since there will be only one regular MFT seminar in January, attendance at the action-research seminar not only addresses  part of the WISR action-research requirement, but also counts as attendance at an MFT seminar this month.

Followup to Action Research Seminar: For those who can’t make it on the 15th, there will be a followup phone conference led by WISR Faculty, Cynthia Lawrence and Marilyn Jackson.  Please contact mail@wisr.edu or 510/655-2830 with the Tuesday or Wednesday evenings you would be available to participate, in January or early February.

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The Commons is historically a place that is shared by a community for communal use.  The article, Theft of the Commons at Thom Hartmann’s website, sees it at something that took away from the communal aspect of society in Europe.  http://www.thomhartmann.com/forum/2010/04/theft-commons-tradition  I had read that this was to help peasants get ahead.  Do you know about this or have an opinion?

Roger Mason’s upcoming seminar on December 9th will be about the Shakers, an experimental community in the U.S.  Here’s a website I found that talks about this community that came out of the Quakers: http://www.maineshakers.com/history.html

The intent with this blog is for the WISR community to have a place to communicate about for instance, what individuals are working on or comments related to seminars.  If you give each entry a Category Name, it will be organized on the side of the page that way as well as by month.  Let’s hear what you have to say…….

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About Us

“Commons” is a blog of http://wisrville.org/ for students, faculty and others of the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR pronounced “wiser”) who want to engage in discussion about a variety of topics we are developing in our social research studies.

To find out more about WISR, go to our website, http://www.wisr.edu/about/index.htm .

To those readers who aren’t part of WISR’s programs, we welcome your comments and hope that you will tell us how what you read relates to your experience.  We see ourselves as builders of knowledge and hope you will join us on this path.



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