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Hurry! Time is running out to take these exclusive courses!

Can you believe the #YALILearns Challenge officially ends next week? It is amazing how quickly the time has gone! While you have until October 1 to earn your special #YALILearns badge by submitting your event report, the new Learn to Lead courses will no longer be available after next week. Here are the courses you could miss out on if you don’t take action now:

#YALIGoesGreen
The YALI Network Learn to Lead #YALIGoesGreen courses not only provide a basic understanding of climate change, but also teach you how to put your green plan into action!

Going Green for Social Entrepreneurs
Going Green for Business Entrepreneurs
#Africa4Her

Many girls can’t fulfill their dreams of receiving an education or starting their own business, just because of their gender. Our Learn to Lead #Africa4Her courses will help you learn ways to address this issue in your community.

Skill Building for Girls Advocacy
Empowering Women Entrepreneurs
#YALIVotes

The #YALIVotes courses are a great way to learn communication, networking, and team management skills that you can use to lead your community. After you take these two courses, you will be able to organize your own grassroots advocacy campaign and connect with public officials in your community.

Engaging with Public Officials for Positive Change
Organizing Grassroots Advocacy Campaigns

So, if you haven’t taken a Learn to Lead course yet, don’t delay–these Learn to Lead courses will be gone before you know it!

Don’t miss! Clinical dialogues around race, gender, and embodied psychotherapy Sept 30, 2016

EARLY BIRD ENDS JULY 31ST! 
 
WANT TO COME WITH SOME COLLEAGUES? BECOME A HOST!
SEE DETAILS BELOW



The Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia’s three-year, experiential program is one
weekend per month from September through early May, easily done while working.
    • Build strong clinical community
    • Take your skills to a more creative, risk taking, and deeper level,
    • Integrate yourself with your clinical work and your politics,
    • Learn so much about yourself in the process!

    

Host Committee

Want to get more involved? Be a part of the Host Committee! Purchase five or more tickets to receive a discount, connect with the Therapy Center network, and join us as a committee member at the event.

*  5+ tickets, use HOST5 for a 10% discount at purchase
*  10+ tickets, use HOST10 for a 15% discount at purchase

   

3 Continuing Education Credits
(for psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals)

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION

Therapy Center of Philadelphia (TCP) is in its fourth year of hosting a seminar for clinicians and community to come together and engage in a clinically scholarly dialogue around social justice issues and implications for therapy. Past seminars have explored the implications of feminist therapy in today’s world, implications of social location, privilege, and marginalization in the therapy relationship, as well as clinical issues for women/trans women experiencing homelessness or the aftermath of war. Our keynotes have included Dr. Nancy McWilliams, Dr. Beverly Greene, and Dr. Maureen Walker.
Building on these themes and in response to our current national climate, this year TCP offers a clinical conversation around how different bodily experiences present in the therapy space. We want to propose that attending to the body in different clinical ways can build healing and transformation. We want to examine how the interweaving of political and cultural forces impact one’s body and how we address this therapeutically. Specifically we want to examine how our bodies become targets of marginalization that create strategies of disconnection – from the self and from each other.
Using our own social locations as well as our own embodied experiences, speakers will explore the varying ways the clinical relationship can support a client to move beyond the oppressive stance of physical disposability (how certain bodies/people/communities are treated as more disposable and experience more violence) to an experience of agency, accountability, collectivity, and presence. Building on our own agency’s journey in the last few years, we will focus on how we become disconnected from ourselves and others because of racism, sexism, and trans-phobia. The panel will discuss how we as therapists can use exploration of body experience as an important way into the clinical work, particularly as it relates to internalized oppression, shame, and lack of safety.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
*  Identify how our bodies can become targets of marginalization that creates strategies of disconnection – from the self and from each other.
*  Learn how to recognize and make conscious the different ways that experiences of oppression and privilege become manifest in the body.
*  Apply theories of embodied and gestalt psychotherapies as important ways into the clinical healing process, particularly as it relates to internalized oppression, shame, and lack of safety.

*  Discuss how we as therapists can use our own social locations as well as our own embodied experiences to support a client to create an experience of agency, accountability, collectivity, and presence.
SCHEDULE
8:30-9:00 am Registration, Networking, and Hot Breakfast
9:00 am -12 pm Clinical Program
12:00-12:30 pm Closing and Evaluations
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (PSPP). PSPP is the local Chapter of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. This program is intended for mental health professionals of all experience levels and all theoretical orientations. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a psychoanalytic mode.
Responsibility for Content:
Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Psychologists:
This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.
Social Workers and Other Mental Health Professionals:
Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive 3 CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Division 39 approved programs.
Educators:
Act 48 credits are available to participants who hold an educational certificate in Pennsylvania. If you need Act 48 credits, please be sure to bring your PPID number to the event. Act 48 credits are processed by PSPP, and you will receive a letter in the mail documenting that you have earned 3 Act 48 credits a few weeks after the conference.
Participant’s Accessibility and Non-discrimination, and Ethics:
TCP, PSPP, and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible.
If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as handicapped accessibility, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Courtney Slater, Ph.D. at 267-225-1522 or e-mail courtney.l.slater@gmail.com.
There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflict of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity/utility of the content/approach as well as the limitations of the approach and most common risk factors, if any.

ANNOUNCEMENT
HIRING A CLINICAL SUPERVISOR – SOCIAL WORKER
TCP is hiring a new Clinical Supervisor to join its supervisory team.  The team, led by the Clinical Director, provides clinical oversight and supervision to all clinicians, including senior level therapists, associates obtaining hours for clinical licensure, and students. In line with its mission, the team also plays a strong role with the Executive Director and Board to guide program and policy directions for the agency.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced clinician with special interest and experience in clinical work, gender, and social justice issues. The Center is growing, and as we expand the supervisory team, our focus is on giving clinical staff opportunities for varied clinical expertise and style. Our clinicians come from diverse backgrounds and offer expertise in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, gestalt therapy, and contextual family therapy approaches; CBT,  and mindfulness. TCP has specific programs focusing on trauma work utilizing EMDR, trauma – sensitive yoga, music therapy for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, and a program for LGBT prospective parents.  TCP is fully trans-affirming and inclusive.
This is an independent contractor position.  The average hours are 10-15 a month. Opportunities to carry a small case load of clients can be considered too.

We Rise With Yazidi Women! One Billion Rising & Yazda Call on the World for Global Solidarity With and For Yazidi Women on 3 August

We Rise With Yazidi Women! One Billion Rising & Yazda Call on the World for Global Solidarity With and For Yazidi Women on 3 August

This 3 August marks the two-year anniversary of the brutal attack of the Yazidi people in Sinjar Province in the Northern region of Iraq, Two years since IS or ISIL (also known as ISIS or Daesh) stormed towns, villages, and historic homelands of the ethno-religious group, killing over 5,000 men and elders, enslaving over 7,000 women and children and displacing over 400,000 more. Two years since the humanitarian crisis in which thousands of internally displaced Yazidis were trapped on Sinjar Mountain, surrounded by Isis fighters determined to exterminate the indigenous group, dying of exposure and dehydration. Two years since the ongoing genocide of the Yazidi people began, including the desecration of homes, holy sites and women’s bodies.

The recently published Chilcot report in the UK, which revealed that former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, and his major allies – including former US President George Bush had illegally waged war in Iraq in March 2003 and militarily occupied it – further reiterates the connection that the Iraq War contributed to the rise of IS or ISIL in the region.

Nadia Murad is a 23-year-old victim of Isil’s crimes in Iraq and one of the thousands of Yazidi women who were abducted and enslaved by IS or ISIL. She was brutally raped by more than 12 members over a period of three months and was among the more than 5,000 Yazidi women taken captive when IS or ISIL swept through the group’s communities in Northern Iraq. After her escape, Nadia spoke out about her horrific experiences at the hands of IS or ISIL fighters to draw attention to the ongoing genocide. She has described how she and other young women were forced to pray before they were raped, and how they were treated as they were bought and sold like “sabia” – slaves.

“We were not worth the value of animals. They raped girls in groups, They did what a mind could not imagine. They commit rape and genocide crimes in the name of Islam. When they took me to Mosul to rape me, I forgot about my mother and brothers. Because what they were doing to the women was more difficult than death” – Nadia Murad

YAZDA is a global Yazidi organization who provides support for the victims of the genocide.

ON 3 AUGUST, WE CALL ON THE WORLD TO SHOW SOLIDARITY FOR NADIA MURAD AND THE THOUSANDS OF YAZIDI WOMEN AND GIRLS SOLD AND CAPTURED AS SEX SLAVES – AND CALL FOR THE IMMEDIATE RELEASE OF THE CAPTURED 3,000 YAZIDI WOMEN.

WE CALL ON THE WORLD TO HONOR THE GENOCIDAL ATTACK ON SINJAR TWO YEARS AGO. WE AS A GLOBAL COMMUNITY, MUST KEEP THEIR STORIES AND THEIR SITUATION VISIBLE WITH THE STRENGTH OF OUR SOLIDARITY.

ORGANIZE SOLIDARITY EVENTS AND ACTION IN YOUR COMMUNITIES. Here are some suggested actions:

MARCHES. VIGILS. WALKS. SOLIDARITY VIDEOS AND PHOTOS

SHOW YOUR SOLIDARITY ONLINE ON SOCIAL MEDIA.  LETS FILL THE GLOBE ONLINE WITH OUR SUPPORT FOR OUR YAZIDI SISTERS AND OUR DEMAND FOR JUSTICE FOR THEM.

USE THE HASHTAG: #StopYazidiGenocide

READ more about the context of the Yazidi genocide >

1960s Zanzibar a happy Island – Cultures Exposures – ViWiDA-USA

Cultures Exposures
Expose yourself to different cultures and appreciate humans as they are. It is the elimination of racial differences

Intended to educate and empower the followers about other people cultures in order to gain knowledge, which may come in handy when visiting, or doing business in an environment where they differ in cultures and/or, in places where cultures and religion may seem to intertwine when compared to their own cultures.


We have started a new endeavor in order to include our wonderful community in the chance to bring about miracles and to help others.


Alicia’s new film Let Me In launches today. Watch it here.

Stand as one with people forced to flee conflict and disaster

Beautiful Family,

Today, June 20th is World Refugee Day.

I’m not an expert on the refugee crisis, but I am just like you – a human, a woman, a mother, a daughter, and a friend. When I learned that there are more refugees living in the world today than at any other point in history, and half of them are children, it totally took my breath away! It left me to wonder what if this was me? My sons? My family? My life?

I want you to imagine if you were a refugee if you were the one torn from the arms of your families and loved ones….one of 60 million people displaced with nowhere to call home. What would you do? How would you feel?

These are the questions my new film, Let Me In, seeks to answer. We’ve partnered with Care, Oxfam, and War Child, on a campaign to raise awareness and reinvigorate the conversation around the global refugee crisis.


The film is set to my new song “Hallelujah,” and reimagines the refugee crisis on America’s shores, displacing thousands in the Los Angeles area who must seek safety by crossing the border into Mexico.

Sadly, some seek to fan the flames of division and turn us against our fellow neighbors, but We Are Here to make the case for love and compassion.

Please take a few minutes to watch the film and think about what millions of families are going through around the world. These are people just like us, with families and careers and dreams. Let’s tell them we’re standing with them.

http://weareheremovement.com/letmein
With Love Only and Always,
– Alicia

Paying Tribute to Prince — RIP Prince!

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Week-end Cultures Exposed @viwidausa.org –

VIWIDA-USA improves and enriches the life experiences of women, youth and underprivileged individuals across the globe.

“Communities that give their daughters the same opportunities as their sons, they are more peaceful, they are more prosperous, they develop faster, they are more likely to succeed.” — President Barack Obama, July 26, 2015

#Empowering women and youth with education and life changing programs; thus, empowering communities economically @viwidausa.org

Victory Women in Development Association (ViWiDA)-USA is a nonprofit organization enriching the lives of women, youth, and underprivileged individuals in international and local communities by providing social, academic, and business programs that help participants gain skills, foster self- sufficiency and sustainable economic development.

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VICTORY: Phyoe Phyoe Aung Released

Today, prisoners of conscience Phyoe Phyoe Aung and her husband Lin Htet Naing were released along with other protesters who had been arrested in Myanmar for their activism.

Phyoe Phyoe AungThis is a huge victory for human rights and human rights defenders.

The detention of Phyoe Phyoe Aung (on the right in the picture) followed nationwide student protests, which started in 2014 and ended with the beating of students by police in Letpadan in March 2015. Scores of students and their supporters were arrested and detained throughout the country.

Finally, the demand for their freedom has been heard, and alongside many others, Phyoe Phyoe Aung and her husband now walk free.

While this is a step in the right direction, the government of Myanmar must release all remaining prisoners of conscience and ensure wholesale reform so that the country can end the cycle of discrimination, politically motivated arrests and imprisonment, and other human rights abuses once and for all.

Phyoe Phyoe Aung and other human rights defenders are vital to shaping the country’s future—it’s crucial that the government works to create space in civil society for them to operate freely.

With the world’s attention on Myanmar, we will celebrate the release of the protesters and challenge the Myanmar government to break away from the deeply repressive policies that for years have fueled arbitrary arrests and repression.

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The Uber of Banking is Uber – Join Uber and make extra cash

I use Uber to make money with my car & you can too. Use this link to sign up: 

The Uber of Banking is Uber

A recent Quartz (qz.com) article identified that up to 30% of Uber drivers in the US have never had a bank account — many operated previously as taxi drivers in the cash economy. To be a driver on Uber, however, they need a minimum of a debit card to get paid. So Uber has had to solve this problem by allowing drivers to sign up for a bank account as part of the Uber driver application process, in real-time. Unsurprisingly, this makes Uber the largest acquirer of small business bank accounts in the United States today, bigger than Wells, BofA and Chase combined.

You probably never thought of Uber as an acquirer of small business bank accounts, but if you’re an Uber driver and Uber can give you a debit card that enables you to get paid — then why would you go to a bank branch to open an account instead? It also means that as a entrepreneur bank account the next obvious move is to design day-to-day banking into Uber’s app instead of standing alone as a typical bank account or mobile banking app.

For the millions of permalancers or gigging economy workers, it’s highly likely that the first time a freelancer opens a bank account will be directly in response to a new ‘gig’ or job offer — if that employer (like Uber or AirBnB) offers you a bank account as part of the sign-up process, why would you stop signing up for Uber, drive to a branch and sign a piece of paper?

Uber is offering car leases to its drivers also — allowing drivers with no vehicle to sign up and get car financing backed by demand from Uber. This is what the new banking experience looks like for small business entrepreneurs. Uber is effectively doing all the sourcing for bank relationships, and has become an acquirer for bank accounts, leasing and insurance. An Uber driver has no reason to come to a bank branch for his needs today thanks to Uber’s commitment to experience design simply enabling the needs of a new driver.

Are you Ready? It’s Coming March 1st. #Africa4her

yali_56d35510c6c128.03740416Investing in women and girls is not only the right thing to do, it’s the smart thing to do. That’s because each action you take to increase a woman’s access to equal opportunity in the workplace, to let girls learn, and to eliminate gender-based violence benefits your community, country, and continent.

On March 1st the YALI Network will again turn its attention to #Africa4Her, a Network-wide initiative to spur awareness and positive action around the issues that keep women and girls from reaching their full potential. Over the coming weeks, YALI Network members can show their support for #Africa4Her by engaging in the activities we’ve outlined for the campaign.

Visit yali.state.gov/4her to pledge and learn what you can do throughout the campaign:

  • On March 1 start by pledging to invest in women and girls in your community. Once you make your pledge you will receive a personalized graphic with your name and pledge to share with your friends on your social media platforms.
  • On March 2 at 13:30 UTC join the conversation with a Twitter #YALICHAT with the Ambassador-at-Large for global women’s issues, Cathy Russell! Start asking questions today by tweeting at @YALINetwork using #YALICHAT and #Africa4Her.
  • Get inspired with the young African leaders at YALICreatives and submit, photos, art, videos or music that help tell a story of inspiring women and girls or individuals working with them in your community. Find more information at yalicreatives.com/africa4her/.
     
  • Later on this month, take our new YALI Network Online Course, Understanding the Human Rights of Women and Girls and earn a certificate. Once you have taken the course go out and educate your community by hosting a #YALILearns event and then tell us about it here.

There are more than 220,000 young African leaders in the YALI Network. Imagine the impact you could have on your community, your country and your continent if every one of you took an action to empower women and girls.

I look forward to pledging with you on March 1st!