Main Conference Day 2 – May 28 (Sat)

Saturday 28 May, 2016
2/F., 5 Sassoon Rd, Pokfulam, Hong Kong

Healers Heal Thyself: Trauma-Informed Care within a Humanistic LensSpeaker: Theopia Jackson, Ph.D.
(Saybrook University)

Speaker's Bios
“Try this bracelet: if it fits you wear it; but if it hurts you throw it away no matter how shiny”
~African Proverb
It has been posited that individual trauma results from an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that are experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual's functioning and physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being (SAMHSA, 2012). Further conceptualization is warranted when considering the direct and indirect implications for the developing person at the individual and collective (societal) levels, persons-within-context. Many evidenced-based approaches fall short in addressing complex trauma and there are significant limitations in the literature in considering more humanistic, creative healing approaches to recovery, prevention, and/or protective factors. More specifically, there is even less attention to the provider or healer within a cultural framework; what is needed to nurture, sustain, and retain our strongest tool in this work – the use of self. This talk will review the foundational trauma-informed care information with specific focus on humanistic implications of therapists as healers and the potential transformation at the individual and institutional levels.
Madame Butterfly: East, West, & Art as a Philosophical MediumSpeaker: Candice Hershman, Ph.D.
Speaker's Bios
Puccini’s famous opera, Madame Butterfly, is a story of what happens when two people of very different cultures become lovers, entering each other’s worlds with an inevitable misunderstanding of what is personally and culturally meaningful to each individual. What begins as ecstatic fascination ends in disconnect and despair. Despite tragedy, meaning shifts, resulting in personal transformation. In this presentation, Madame Butterfly will serve as a template to facilitate dialogue on the following themes: A) The multimodal dimensions of meaning making: physical sensing; emotions, and; thought. B) How dis-integration of various dimensions of experiencing can limit and even vacate a person’s life of the depth that is integral to meaning. C) How interpersonal relationship can serve as a container for re-integration of the various personal dimensions of meaning making, thus resulting in transformation of meaning systems. D) How does understanding of different cultural ideations respective to multimodal dimensions of meaning making help us collectively move towards one another with respect, sensitivity, and honoring the unknown dimensions of others? How does this help reduce threat and increase safety and care in the world we share? E) How does this translate into practice, whether through education, clinical work, or related professions?
An East-West Search for Meaning:
A Taoist-Phenomenological Epistemology

Speaker: Rodger Broome, Ph.D.
(Utah Valley University)

Speaker's Bios
Eastern and Western philosophy have both aimed at explaining our existence as human beings, our relationship with our world, and how we ought to live our lives within a cosmological context. While the East and the West have various philosophical traditions that disagree with one another, it is my view that the Eastern Taoist philosophy and Western Phenomenology are compatible and conversant with one another in an epistemological dialogue (Fung, 1997; Giorgi, 1985, 2001, 2009; Husserl, 1970, 1983, 2001; Merton, 1965/2004). What makes these two approaches fundamentally compatible is their starting points for the sources and the examination of evidence, which is: in human experience. As a phenomenological psychological researcher, I posit that Husserl’s (2001) call “Back to the things themselves” with respect to human experience is parallel with the Taoist’s approach to contemplating human experience in solitude (Fung, 1997). In both cases, the main instrument used in the analysis is the consciousness of the researcher and not a computer program as is used in the modern mainstream quantitative psychological research methods. Statistics can give us a sense of magnitude, extent or weight of relative importance in psychological issues, but it cannot provide for us meaningfulness and understanding of psychological phenomena.
Assessing the Authentic Self-Somatic and Emotional IntegrationSpeaker: Jenna Noah, M.A.
(Saybrook University)

Speaker's Bios
Clients often refer to the stories that have driven them to therapy. These stories can be beneficial at times but at times over intellectualization can prevent the clients from relating to their emotions and their direct felt experience. Bob Edelstein states, "The Existential Humanistic perspective is based on the belief that there is mind–body integration. Thus, it is valuable to have clients check for bodily sensations behind their story line (Gendlin, 1996). This facilitates them in being more present in their body in the moment" (2015, p.446). In this presentation Jenna Noah will describe working with somatic experiences to assist with emotional integration in therapy. Jenna will discuss the benefits of accessing your own emotions and somatic experiences during therapy as well as helping clients to do access their emotions and somatic experiences.
A Case Study of How Conditioned Social Values Diminish Human Authenticity and Potential from the Perspective of Zhi-Mian PsychologySpeaker: Wang Xuefu, Ph.D.
(Zhi-Mian Institute, Nanjing China)

Speaker's Bios
In Chinese society today, social values have become extremely conditioned by materialism. The mind of the populace are instilled and inculcated with values that are churned out by the production line of our commercialized culture and education. This presentation will present a case to serve as an alarm call to awaken people to the rampancy of this dehumanizing influence which is turning humanity into robots. The case will show how everyday people are uprooted from feelings of natural happiness and true sense of values resulting in anxiety and depression such that their authenticity is compromised and their potential diminished.
The Human Potential of Attitude Change: A Phenomenological Perspective on LogotherapySpeaker: Bruce Lee
(Alliant International University)

Speaker's Bios
Maximizing our potential is a key developmental process in the self-actualization of human beings. In the perspective of Viktor Frankl’s Logotherapy, the will to meaning is the foundation for searching for meaning of life. To utilize this potential, we need to embrace our free will to choose and take up an attitude in the face of unavoidable suffering. Husserl’s Phenomenology gives us inspiration for understanding the importance of the shifting from so-called natural attitude to phenomenological attitude. Through the taking up of a phenomenological attitude, we can expand our horizons in facing our lives and the authentic meaning inside it. It is encouraged for individuals and psychotherapists to adequately realize the significance of this attitudinal shifting in finding meanings and interacting with clients in the helping process.
Working with Trauma: Post-Traumatic Growth and Dance Movement TherapyFacilitators: Ilene Serlin, Ph.D. and Rainbow Ho, Ph.D.
(Centre on Behavioral Health)

Dr. Rainbow Ho's Bios
Dr. Ilene Serlin's Bios
The arts provide symbolic nonverbal ways to work with unspeakable trauma, natural and manmade disasters, dislocation and caregiver burnout. Building on creativity, they facilitate posttraumatic growth, growth through adversity, hardiness, optimism and resilience. Used to build resiliency in a Whole Person context, they bring together body, speech, mind and spirit. Re-awakening the senses, they help us rediscover our authentic selves and reach for our full potential. This workshop will teach health professionals basic skills in nonverbal and symbolic communication to help them work with trauma more effectively.
The Absurdity of the Reality of One’s Ultimate “Aloneness” and One’s Search For A “Cure” In the Familiar.Facilitator: Nathaniel Granger, Ph.D.
(Saybrook University)
Facilitator's Bios
This workshop will explore the practice of psychotherapy from a perspective that human beings’ most fundamental concern is existential isolation. Aloneness and existential isolation produces a highly uncomfortable subjective state and, as is the case with any dysphoria, is not tolerated by the individual for long. One of the fundamental facts that patients must discover in therapy is that, though interpersonal encounter may temper existential isolation, it cannot eliminate it. Robert Hobson asserted, “To be a human being means to be lonely. To go on becoming a person means exploring new modes of resting in our loneliness.” While psychotherapy cannot serve as the filler of the of the “loneliness void,” it can aid in the exploration of new modes of resting in our loneliness.