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3rd Critical Multicultural Counselling Conference
June 27-28, 2005 at OISE/UT


Conference Sponsors:
Department of Adult Education and Counselling Psychology, OISE/UT
The Social Justice Cluster, Department of Sociology and Equity Studies, OISE/UT
Patrick Cassidy and Associates
The Toronto Women's Bookstore

Special Events Include:  



The OISE/UT Lifetime Achievement Award for Cross-Cultural Counselling

and "In the Therapist's Chair" is Dr. Pittu Laungani

Keynote and other papers will be published in the International Journal of Health Promotion and Education, as well as a special conference edition of Counselling Psychology Quarterly, 18(4).








DAY 1 
Monday June 27, 2005
THEME: Loss, Change, and Grief

8:30 to 9:00 am

9:00 to 9:15 am

Opening and Welcome
Smudging Ceremony - burning of sweet grass
Anne Solomon

Dr. Jane Gaskell
(Dean, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education)

9:15 to 10:45 am

Keynote Presentations: Grieving and Healing
Loss and Grief in Aboriginal Communities: Determinants and Conditions for Healing
Anne Poonwassie (CED Prairie Regional Centre for Focusing and Complex Trauma, Winnipeg)

Feminist Philosophy and Death
Dr. Samantha Brennan (University of Western Ontario)

10:45 to 11:00 am BREAK

11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Keynote Presentations: Death and Bereavement Across Cultures

Religious Rotes and Rituals in Death and Bereavement: An Indian Experience
Dr. Pittu Laungani

Disengagement and Reconstruction - A Jewish Approach to Death, Dying, Grief and Bereavement Dr. Norman Berlat (Rabbi, Baycrest Centre)

The Islamic Way of Death, Dying and Bereavement: A Psycho-spiritual Perspective
Imam Michael AbdurRashid Taylor (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health)

A Death on the Roof of the World: The Perspective of Tibetan Buddhism
 Dr. Uwe Gielen (St. Francis College, New York)

1:00 to 2:00 pm LUNCH
2:00 to 3:00 pm Keynote Presentation: Death, Dying and Grieving in the Movies
Dr. Fuat Ulus (Psychiatrist, Pennsylvania)
3:00 to 3:15 pm BREAK
3:15 to 4:45 pm

Parallel Presentation 1
Experiential Workshop on Loss, Change and Grief
Dr. Margaret Fisher (University of Toronto)

Parallel Presentation 2

Experiential Workshop: Traditional Movement Approaches to Coping with Loss, Change and Grief Dr. Judy Silver (OISE, University of Toronto)

Parallel Presentation 3
Behaviour unto Death: The Reconciliation of Behaviour and Social Reality
Dr. Ronald Marshall (University of the West Indies, Trinidad)

'Teddy bears, flowers and crucifixes’: Individual death and collective response to trauma
Dr. Roy Moodley (University of Toronto)

Reading from "Pray for the Scholars," two excerpts on funerals from a novel in progress, exploring funerals and death rituals for Holocaust survivor families and Jewish families more generally
Dr. Bonnie Burstow (University of Toronto)

Parallel Presentation 4
Grief and Loss in the Queer Community: Resiliency in the Face of Ongoing AIDS-related Multiple Loss
Yvette Perrault  (Director, AIDS Bereavement Project of Ontario)

Allowing Bereavement: Supporting Client's Spiritual and Existential Processes
Dr. William West (University of Manchester)

Why Therapists Need to Take the Loss of Companion Animals Seriously
Dr. Margaret Schneider (University of Toronto)

4:45 pm. End of Day 1


DAY 2  Tuesday, June 28, 2005 THEME: Culture and Healing: Difficult Dialogues and Emerging Themes
8.30 - 9.00 Registration
9.00 - 9.15 Welcome and Introductions
9.15 - 10.15 Keynote Presentation: Building Multicultural Bridges: The Holy Grail or a Poisoned Chalice? · Dr. Pittu Laungani
10.15 - 11.15 Keynote Presentation: Empathy, Cultural Selves and Psychoanalytic Therapy
· Dr. Alan Roland (Psychoanalyst, New York)
11.15 - 11.30 BREAK
11.30 - 12.30 IN THE THERAPIST'S CHAIR - Interview - Dr. Pittu Laungani interviewed by Dr. Lana Stermac (Chair, Adult Education and Counselling Psychology Department, Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, U of T)
2.00 - 3.00 Keynote Presentation: Psychology, Diversity and Social Justice: Beyond Heterosexism and Across the Cultural Divide
· Dr. Beverly Greene (St. John's University, New York City)
3.00 - 3.15 BREAK
3.15 - 5.30

Parallel Presentation 1
· Healing from Inside Out: Connecting Indigenous Approaches to Today's Challenges in the Treatment of Complex Trauma (Anne Poonwassie - CED Prairie Regional Centre for Focusing and Complex Trauma, Winnipeg)
· A Relational-Cultural Feminist Approach to Counselling Work with Women (Joyce Curry and Shirley Addison, Women's Brief Psychotherapy Centre, Toronto; and Dr. Niva Piran, University of Toronto)
· Negotiating University Systems to Hear the Voices of, and Enhance Support for Black Men in Predominantly White Environments (Dr. John Wright, PhD., Cornell University)
· The Joy of Gender: Community Driven Approaches to Working with Gender-Variant Clients (Hershel T. Russel, University of Toronto)

Parallel Presentation 2
· Cognitive Behavioural Counselling in Functional Dyspepsia. Personality Traits and Expression of Anxiety and Anger in Functional Dyspepsia. A Comparison Between Northern and Southern European Patients: How Cultural Patterns May Affect the Effectiveness of Counselling (Dr. Isabel Rodrigues, Lisbon, Portugal)

· The Practice of Healing: A Discussion into the Social, Spiritual and Behavioural Aspects of Treatment (Dr. Ronald Marshall, University of the West Indies, Trinidad)
· Using the Eastern Wisdom of Mindfulness to Alleviate Caregiver Distress (Dr. Corey MacKenzie, University of Toronto)
Person Centered Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Incorporating a Multi-Cultural Perspective (Dr. Nina Josefowitz, University of Toronto)

· Hocus, Pokus: Superstitions in Psychotherapy (Dr. Ted Lo and Dr. Kenneth Fung, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health,Toronto)

Parallel Presentation 3
· Honoring traditional healing practices (Dr. William West, Manchester University)

· Indigenous Women Healing Practices: Perspectives from Africa and Asia (Dr. Njoki Nathani and Kimine Mayuzumi, University of Toronto)
· Morita Therapy: An Eastern Perspective for Action and Healing (Dr. Charles Chen, University of Toronto)
· Multiple Pespectives of Health and Healing Among Portuguese Immigrants from the Azores (Dr. Susan James, University of British Columbia)
· Exploring Traditional and Cultural Healing Among Chinese Immigrants: Canadian and American Perspectives (Dr. Joseph So, Trent University)

Parallel Presentation 4
· Discussion of Client Centered Therapy and Cultural Difference (Marjorie Witty, PhD., Illinois School of Professional Psychology, Chicago; and Sharon Mier, PhD., Cornell University)

· Representation of 'Subjective Distress' in Canadian-Caribbean, Indian, and Sri-Lankan Clients (Deanne Edwards, Deone Curling, and Tara Mohanathas, University of Toronto)
Canadian Immigration Experience: A Conflict Between Dreams of Flourishing and Confronting Reality (Dr. Jeanne Watson, University of Toronto; and Salaha Khan, University of Toronto)
·Counselling and Cultural Support Services for AbOriginal People (Anne. M. Solomon, University of Toronto)
· Voices from the Back of the Bus: Towards an inclusive model of multicultural psychotherapy (Dr. Roy Gillis, University of Toronto)

6.30 - 8.30 DINNER and Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award to Dr. Pittu Laungani at Faculty Club (41 Willcocks Street, Toronto)
Guest Speaker: The Hon. Alvin Curling (Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, Queen's Park).