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WESTERN INSTITUTE 3220 Sacramento Street, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 655-2830





     Thursday, August 13, 6:30-8:30pm

    Agnes Morton, RN, MSN, MPH, WISR PhD Student Presenter, with John Bilorusky, PhD,

    WISR Faculty. In 2005, long-time public health professional, Agnes Morton relocated from San

    Francisco to Miami, Florida to become active in the fight for social change and social justice in

    Overtown, where she was born and raised. Last year, her WISR seminar,

    “The Struggle For Social Change In Miami’s Overtown Community”

    focused on the historical legacy, socio-political dynamics and social

    change strategies being utilized in the residents’ quest for health access,

    social justice, and revitalization of this distressed community. Agnes will share an update of collaborative activities and strategies she’s

    currently engaged in to help educate and empower the Overtown

    community in becoming a healthier place to live and grow. As one example, a short video entitled “Common Ground” will demonstrate this

    community’s collective action in successfully halting construction plans for an intended freeway

    ramp that would have had a negative impact on the health and safety of Overtown residents.

    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.

    COUPLES THERAPY (now 3 of 4, 4th session added) (Note Alternative Location Below*) Saturday, August 1st, 10am-2pm

    Ronald Mah, MA, MFT, WISR Faculty. Any given couple can present a complexity of issues. One

    couple's challenges may be completely different from another couple's problems or needs. One

    particular or favored theory or therapeutic approach CANNOT fit all couples. Does the therapeutic

    approach fit the particular couple? These seminars focus on multiple assessments that clarify

    complexities in couple's presentation, which then leads to more effective treatments. This series has

    been opened to a limited number of other therapists who will be attending besides WISR students.

    ***NOTE: This seminar and the September 19th seminar will be conducted at Ronald's office

    in San Leandro- 433 Estudillo Ave., #305, San Leandro- (510) 614-5641. (Part 4 will be on

    September 19th.)

AGING & LONG TERM CARE (3 of 3) Saturday August 22, 10am-2pm

    Carole Morton, MA, MFT, Faculty. This will be the final class in a three-part seminar series

    covering the biological, social and psychological aspects of aging as well as how to assess and treat

    problems that arise for the individual during this time. We will look at issues of abuse, mental

    and/or physical illness/decline, drug and alcohol use, bereavement support, assisting with finding

    long-term care (when necessary), healthy aging strategies and new information from the anti-aging

    movement. (The next seminar led by Carole Morton will be on September 26th.) ?Prospective students and others wishing to learn more about WISR are invited to attend these seminars.

    WISR is on Sacramento at Harmon Street, one block north of Alcatraz. Contact WISR if you want to carpool.

    ~~~See Next Page for Announcements~~~

WESTERN INSTITUTE 3220 Sacramento Street, Berkeley, CA 94702 (510) 655-2830



    COLLABORATIVE LEARNING ABOUT SOCIAL ACTION & INQUIRY thA Phone Conference* Tuesday, September 15, 6:30-8:30pm John Bilorusky, PhD, WISR Faculty, will present the history of WISR’s approach to Action

    Research: What is it and how does it relate to various approaches to social research and social action?

    We will apply this to our goal to build community action think tanks. This will be the first in a series of seminars on WISR’s approach to social research and social action and a first step in developing more collaborative efforts for inquiry among people in the WISR learning community. This will provide a context for the conference on September 24-25. Action Research is one of WISR’s few requirements so all WISR Students are asked to participate. RSVP for the phone number and Conference Call login number.


    Vera Labat, MPH, WISR Faculty, Presenter Saturday, September 19, 10:00am-1pm

    We will look at principles of critical inquiry to think out of the box about prevention and

    containment strategies for influenza. Nurses and other health care providers and interested lay

    people are invited to this seminar. Three (3) CEs will be available for attendance by Nurses.

    RSVP. Location to be announced.

    INQUIRY AND LEARNING: BUILDING COMMUNITY ACTION THINK TANKS th Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25

    10:00-4:00pm, Thursday and Friday, speakers will include students who will be

    graduating on Friday evening, September 25th, including:

    Dennis Hastings and Margery Coffey, PhD candidates, a joint dissertation: Grandfather

    Remembers: Broken Treaties/Stolen Land: The Omaha Land Theft, documenting

    America's Foreign Policy as experienced by an American Indian Nation

    David Yamada, PhD candidate: Workplace Bullying (and the intention to develop a

    Boston-based think tank)

    Zak Kondo, PhD candidate: African American History and US Politics and Racism

Jeanelyse Doran Adams, MDiv, BA candidate: Mediating the Obstacles to Social Change by

    Understanding Human Behavior

~~~Additional presentations to be announced, including…

    Mark Snaer, a WISR MA Student: Developing a Think Tank in Sacramento

The Arts and Social Change: A Panel and Discussion by the WISR Community th Thursday, September 24, 6:00 8:00 pm

    Though this conference will be sponsored by the Western Institute for Social Research (WISR) your tax

    deductible donations to support WISR are welcome and encouraged.

     th ?Prospective students and others wishing to learn more about WISR are invited to attend these seminars. WISR GRADUATION (at Redwood Gardens in Berkeley) Friday evening, September 25WISR is on Sacramento at Harmon Street, one block north of Alcatraz. Contact WISR if you want to carpool.

    WISR is looking for alternate space(s) for future events when we have more than one event or when we need

    more room. If you know of a free or lost cost location, please let us know.

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