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


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)


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.
*  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.
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
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.
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.
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.

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.

The Rights of the Child-CRC25 Google+ Hangout – 24 September 2014 -Children fr Tanzania@UN

Celebrating 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child! The children expected to participate are from: Australia, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Japan, Lebanon, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Tanzania,Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay and Yemen.
No matter where you are or how old you are, watch online and send your comments. Use #CRC25 and follow United Nations Human Rights.
On 24 September 2014 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) will dedicate a day to speak with children (defined as in the Convention on the Rights of the Child as persons under the age of 18) from 14 different countries. There will be four sessions during the day so that the Committee can speak to children in different timezones.

Free Online Business Course @Stanford 4people who want to start startups

Free business course is offered at Stanford for people who want to start any business. The course are scheduled for Fall starting 9/23/14 to 12/4/14. After the in-person lectures every Tuesday and Thursday, all lecture videos will be uploaded to this site http://startupclass.samaltman.com/ –  Hundreds of universities are organizing groups to watch the videos together, as well as peer evaluate the projects. See if your university already has a group, and if not, apply to be a leader. If it does, you’ll be able to sign up for that shortly!

In addition to the mailing list and Facebook group, a discussion forum will be set up specifically for students following along to discuss the contents of the lecture. Join either of the groups to get updated when that is live, as well as when the first lecture video is put online!


Y Combinator is taking its entrepreneurship lessons into the classroom. The accelerator said Tuesday its president, Sam Altman, will teach a class at Stanford this fall for budding startup founders. The instruction and course material will be made available online and free of charge.

Altman, a Stanford dropout himself, said the class is designed to be a single business course for entrepreneurs, covering about 30% of what a startup founder needs to know–the other 70% is unique to the startup’s product and situation. His favorite professor from Stanford, Mehran Sahami, is the faculty sponsor for the class. “He is like a legend,” says Altman.

The course, offered through the computer science department for two credits, will cover how to raise money, hire, grow a user base, leverage marketing, build company culture, execute business strategy, and more. In total, it will cover about 1,000 minutes of content in 20 videos, which Altman will post to his personal website.


Videos of the lectures, associated reading materials, and assignments will all be available here. There will be 20 videos, some with a speaker or two and some with a small panel. It’ll be 1,000 minutes of content if you watch it all.

We’ll cover how to come up with ideas and evaluate them, how to get users and grow, how to do sales and marketing, how to hire, how to raise money, company culture, operations and management, business strategy, and more.

You can’t teach everything necessary to succeed in starting a company, but I suspect we can teach a surprising amount. We’ve tried to take some of the best speakers from the past 9 years of Y Combinator dinners and arrange them in a way that will hopefully make sense.

We’re doing this because we believe helping a lot of people be better at starting companies will be good for everyone. It will hopefully be valuable even for people who don’t want to start startups.

Talks like these have really helped Y Combinator founders create their companies. We hope you find it helpful too!




Our Leaders Can’t Finish This Job Without Your Actions YOUTH!
The next phase of Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) to develop a prestigious network of leaders across critical sectors, cement stronger ties to the United States, and offer follow-on leadership opportunities in Africa, with the goal of strengthening democratic institutions and spurring economic growth is upon us; thus, we urge YOUTH and these

Young African leaders who visited the World Bank in July, and gave their views on Africa’s development, their role and what they’d like to see come out of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Forum to act NOW!.

Our leaders can’t finish this work without your participation in action. If you don’t know where to start; how about herehttps://youngafricanleaders.state.gov/resources/take-an-online-course/

‘The courses are very easy any high school student can pass. I took the first course and it took me less than 15 minutes to learn and take the test. Very easy, I would urge most youth who come into contact of this message to register for YALI network, or Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative, whichever apply. To do so will empower our youth around the globe economically” …dwalton

Take an Online Course
3 Steps to Online Learning:
1. Register for a YALI Network account.
2. Complete one of the YALI Network courses below by watching, listening to or reading the three lectures associated with each course.
3. Earn a YALI Network Certificate* by passing the quizzes after each lecture and the test after each course.
4. *Download a YALI Network Certificate for each course from the website or your email after you pass the test.
For more online learning opportunities, check out the YALI Network collection of massive open online courses (MOOCs).
Here are some of the courses that will benefit you.
Business and Entrepreneurship Course
1776 Co-Founder Evan Burfield breaks down the basics of starting and growing a business including how to develop a great pitch. Complete all three lecture quizzes and pass the test to earn a YALI Network Certificate in Business and Entrepreneurship.
Civic Leadership Course
Independent NGO Consultant Hilary Binder-Aviles offers practical advice for running an effective NGO including how to draft and implement work plans. Complete all three lecture quizzes and pass the test to earn a YALI Network Certificate in Civic Leadership.
Public Management Course
Dr. Eric Bing, a Senior Fellow in Global Health with the George W. Bush Institute and a Professor of Global Health at Southern Methodist University, describes a successful public-private partnership. Complete all three lecture quizzes and pass the test to earn a YALI Network Certificate in Public Management.
Leadership Course
Dr. D. Christopher Kayes, a Professor of Management at George Washington University, presents basic leadership concepts including the differences between leadership and management. Complete all three lecture quizzes and pass the test to earn a YALI Network Certificate in Leadership.


Our OWFI Sisters In Iraq Need Your Urgent Support

Our OWFI Sisters In Iraq Need Your Urgent Support

The situation in Iraq is shocking and brutal. Our sisters are being murdered, raped, sold and held hostage. They have asked for our help.

By donating to the Rising Fund you will immediately benefit women on the ground. 100% of donations will go directly to these efforts via the Organization of Women’s Freedom Iraq (OWFI). Please consider donating whatever you can – everything and anything will help.

Long time V-Day sister Yanar Mohammed from OWFI wrote last night:

Dear Friends in V-Day,

Here in Iraq, we are shocked every other day with a new massacre. After ISIS invaded the city of Mosul, one city fell after the other, and the political and military establishment in Iraq turned out to be a joke, but a bad one, for which millions of Iraqis had to pay the price.

In the following weeks of June, “Sunni” ISIS attacked the Turkomen Shia of the city of Telafar and caused the mass immigration of hundreds of thousands. After killing hundreds of the men, and kidnapping their wives and sisters and detaining them in what is similar to concentration camps; in schools, a movie theater building and in the airport. Hundreds of women were destined to becoming sexual slaves and human shields in this city.

In July, many cities of Western Iraq were invaded also, Tikrit and Baiji where the oil fields were taken, and tens of thousands of residents turned into refugees.

Our OWFI branch in the city of Hawija was flooded by refugee women and their children, who were sheltered in our offices, and then distributed to the houses of our supporters. And Hawija also fell under ISIS control, but with less atrocities, because many of the locals joined ISIS ranks, due to the previous oppression of the Iraqi government to them. Still, an ISIS leader came to our office and questioned our representative ms. Khadija Husein angrily, asking where her financing was from. The locals defended her, saying that her services were very important and that they need it. Therefore, OWFI has a branch which is open and functioning under the Islamic State now.


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Share the facts about Ebola and help stop the spread of this disease.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is something that matters to all of us, and President Obama is asking you, as leaders in your communities, to share the facts about Ebola and help stop the spread of this disease.

Watch or listen to his message to you here:

As President Obama asks in the video, take a few moments to learn the facts about Ebola and inform others.

Here are some of the facts on symptoms and preventions of Ebola from last week’s #YALICHAT with medical experts from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

According to the CDC, here are the four ways to protect yourself:

  1. Practice good hygiene.
  2. Avoid contact with bodily fluids of infected persons.
  3. Don’t handle the body of an Ebola fatality.
  4. Avoid contact with nonhuman primates and bats, their meat and their bodily fluids.

Ebola is not spread by air or water, but it can spread through direct contact with objects that have been contaminated with the virus, such as, blankets, linens, utensils, etc.

Also remember that anyone who is sick with Ebola can spread the virus. If someone you know is exhibiting the following symptoms, he or she should be quarantined at a health facility to receive proper treatment and to avoid the spread of the disease. Symptoms are: a fever greater than 38.6°C or 101.5°F, a severe headache, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhage.

Be a part of the solution. Share this graphic with Ebola facts with your family, friends and community.
Be a part of the solution. Share this graphic with Ebola facts with your family, friends and community.

For details about Ebola, follow this link: