The Sixth Annual Conference for the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Div. 32) of the APA
Feb. 28 - March 3, 2013
Theme: Community in Difference: Cultivating a Home for Love and Justice in an Indifferent World
The Society for Humanistic Psychology is please to invite proposals for presentations at its annual conference in Santa Barbara, California at the Pacifica Graduate Institute, to be held Feb. 28 - March 3, 2013.
The main title of the conference, "Community in Difference" is an intentional play on words. When read audibly, the phrase could be interpreted to mean a community that is indifferent to its membership. This is the shadow side of a community that strives to create a respect for difference. Icy detachment is a danger of seeking diversity through indifference. The notion of indifference also conjures associations to the call to be free of prejudice and bias in our interactions with others. Yet, as human beings, we are saturated by history and by our cultural understandings, and so indifference or neutrality is a utopian (as in impossible), even if well-intentioned promise. Also, a community that is indifferent would not truly be a community, since part of what it means to be a community is to have a care and concern for others in the community, and to rally around shared values and goals. How does one cultivate a home within community that is not indifferent, yet which is mindful of the violence of prejudice and discrimination, despite good intentions? We invite reflection for this conference on this dilemma that is so central to the Society's current focus.
Brent Potter, PhD, LMHC, CMHS, MMHS
Telephone: (206) 832-7872