Creating Community With Youth


Creating Community With Youth:

Perspectives From Depth and Liberation Psychologies

This event was a Pacifica Graduate Institute conference held on May 18-19, 2002 and hosted by the Community/Ecological Fieldwork and Research Council of the Depth Psychology Doctoral Program.

Depth Psychology has much to contribute to the creation of spaces for dialogue, the hosting of marginalized voices, the seeing-through of cultural myths, and the cultivation of community vision and imagination. Community and Ecological Fieldwork and Research at Pacifica Gradate Institute strive to nurture vocational leadings that nourish these capacities, working toward critical and interdisciplinary understanding that span the psychological and the cultural. This interactive conference explored how depth and liberation psychologies are inspiring and informing restorative community work with youth. Pacifica faculty, graduate students, and distinguished guest presenters turned their attention to the shape of this work where our focus is on creating soulful communities with our younger members.

Find out more about the Depth Psychology Doctoral Program.

Presentations Included:

Welcoming Comments
Stephen Aizenstat, Founder and President of Pacifica Graduate Institute

Re-imagining Youth:
Restoring Justice, Hope and Resilience in an Uncertain Time
Keynote, Aaron Kipnis, author of Angry Young Men
Amde Hamilton, Founder of the Watts Prophets, and Hip Hop Poetry Choir

Creating Community Coalitions for Youth:
Child Abuse and Gang Involvement

Pete Williams and Babatunde Folayemi

The Secret: Listening Deeply to Young People's Lives
Jose Santana's documentary film debut chronicling City at Peace

What Is a Depth Psychological Approach to Cultural Work?
Helene Lorenz and Mary Watkins (PDF document)

The Use of Participatory Adventures and Metaphors with Abused Children
Darrel Ranken and Kathryn Ranken

Central to Love: Reclaiming Romeo with Incarcerated Teens
Brent Blair (PDF document)

Witness to the South African Aids Pandemic:
Working with HIV-Positive Child Rape Survivors and Orphans

Lou Montgomery

Related web sites: Seeds of Light | Kali's Follies

An Ecological-Depth Psychological Approach to Working with Teenage Youth in a School Setting
Betsy Perluss (HTML document)

Reflections on Working with Latino Youth: The Challenge of Moving from 'Making a Difference' to 'Tending the Soul'
Matthew Green. (PDF document)

Adolescent Girls Imagining Worlds of Their Own
Heidi Gailor-Loflin

A Self-Initiated Rite of Passage: Dark Moon: Rising Sun.
Laura Mitchell. (PDF document)

Building Kiva:
Creating Intimate-Community Containment for Self-Initiated Rites of Passage
Laura Mitchell

Rhyming Life:
Perspectives on Inner City Youth by Prison Inmates
Suzan Still

Award Ceremony
Recipient: Jack Zimmerman, President of the Ojai Foundation and Founder of The Center for Council Training

Closing Comments and Council
Jack Zimmerman

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