What I believe to be the heart of the Community Psychology, Liberation Psychology, and Ecopsychology specialization is the fieldwork process where students are “asked to listen actively to the kinds of cultural, community, or ecological issues” that call them to service and enaged in those communities. In each of the first two years of this specialization, students are asked to work with the insights and methods of depth psychology in a community setting. This setting provides a window through which one can study the interdependent relation between psyche, culture, and environment. Serving as a rite of passage for students in the program is the poster and/or multi-media presentation showcasing their work with these different communities and organizations.
“Searching for My Identity”; “Deportation of Mexican-born U.S. Veterans”; “Gentrification and the Future of Oakland, California”; “Druze Men’s Perspectives on Violence Against Women” were just a few titles of fieldwork presentations presented by Pacifica students on December 16, 2014.
To share this exquisite work of students and the communities they engage with I have provided a list of each presentation. To read more download the list of presentations complete with full abstracts.
A Difficult Mystery: Incorporation Phases of the Contemporary Vision Fast by Holly Allen
Missing Narrative: Loss of the Souls of Ancestors and Searching for My Identity by Fujika Ariarakawa
Deportation of Mexican-born U.S. Veterans: Confronting Alienation, Problems of Reintegration and Acculturation, and Difficulties of Living in a Foreign Mexico by Jaime A. Arteaga
Punctuating Places of Emphasis: Shaping Collective Identities and Co-creating Community by Aaqilah Islam at The Malonga Casquelord Center for The Arts in Oakland, CA
Telling the Story: A Way To Heal by Elizabeth Deligio
Engaging Local Oaxacans in English Literacy and Language Instruction: Bridge Building in a Shifting Rural California by Renata Funke
Recovery is Possible by Hanh Le at The Santa Barbara Rescue Mission, the Bethel House, AA/NA meetings in Santa Barbara area
Revealing the Unconscious: African Centered Nature Based Activities for African American Men by Jonathan D. McCray Sr.
Working with the Dineh: A Participatory Study of Generational Gaps and the Search for Patterns in Psychic Material by Jonathan Rudow at Black Mesa Reservation Land, AZ, USA.
Race First by Wanda Sabir at Universal Negro Improvement Association, African Communities League Centennial Celebration, Harlem, NY
Experiences on the Land in the Salisbury, Vermont, Area by Peter Charles Benedict at Salisbury, Vermont, and surrounding region
Lessons from the Land: Loss, Grief & Interconnection by Karen Bishop
Realizing Transformation: Insights on the Journey from Youth to Adult and Dismemberment to Rememberment by Christie Cramer at Penny Lane Centers, North Hills, CA
Transformational Media – Art of Community byHolly Duffy
Despair to Repair: Healing and Communal Re-Integrationt through “Healing and Rebuilding Our Communities” Program (HROC) byJennifer Edson
Through a Child’s Eyes: The Experience of Killing for Personal and Family Sustenance by Shayne Rivers at Multiple Northern California Family Farms
Gentrification and the People's Narrative of the Future of Oakland by Brandon Lott
Blood at the Roots: (Re)Membering Meaning of the Black Lived Experience through Poetic Expression by Alisa Orduna at Callie Rose Literary Café, Inglewood, CA
Learning to Trust: Laying the Foundation for Community Projects and Research Through Working with Cambodian Refugees by Karen Palamos at CERI-Center for the Empowerment of Refugees and Immigrants, Oakland, CA
Druze Men’s Perspectives on Violence Against Women by Maysar Sarieddine at Chouf District- Mount Lebanon, Lebanon