Land, Language, Silence: A Depth Psychological Perspective on Working with the Navajo at Black Mesa

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Oct 19, 2016 4:38:54 PM

A guest post by Bonnie Bright, Ph.D.

When Jonathan Rudow goes into a community to conduct research, he is highly conscious of the fact that he arrives with a particular lens—a lens we each develop individually over the course of our lives evolving from our personal experiences, family values, and cultural conditioning. That lens never allows for the full picture, Jonathan insisted when he sat down with me recently to discuss his work with the Navajo (or the Diné people, as they refer to themselves) at Back Mesa in Arizona. The term “Diné,” meaning—“the people”—is a preferred descriptor for the tribe, Jonathan learned, because in the worldview of the Diné, amongst the many varied animals and “figures” in the world, “the people” are considered just one more of those figures that make up the world. The name “Navajo” was never a name the Diné took upon themselves.

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Posted in: Connecting Cultures, Ecopsychology, community psychology

Pacifica Community Psychology Faculty & Students Present at SCRA's 15th Biennial Conference

Posted by Nikole Hollenitsch on Jun 15, 2015 2:40:00 PM

From June 25-28, 2015 on the campus of the University of Massachusetts Lowell, Pacifica faculty member Mary Watkins and students Jaime Arteaga, Peter Benedict, Karen Palamos,Lizzie Rodriguez, Peter Benedict, Jennifer Edson, and Laurie Kindel will engage and present to fellow attendees of the SCRA's 15th Biennial Conference. The Society for Community Research and Action (SCRA) is a division of the American Psychological Association, serving many different disciplines that focus on community research and action.

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Posted in: Pacifica News, community psychology