November 18, 2008

AFCPE Annual Conference

Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education (AFCPE) is a professional organization focused on supporting, promoting and advancing the field of financial counseling and planning education. The AFCPE Annual Conference will take place November 19 - 21, 2008 at the Hyatt Regency Orange County, 11999 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA.

November 14, 2008

11/19/2008 Colloquium: life-changing experiences

Libby Plowman, Ph.D. student in Family Social Science will share her life-changing experiences “down-under? which included internships at Big Brothers Big Sisters and Prison Outreach programs at JewishCare. Join us on Wednesday November 19 in 278 McNeal from 12 to 1 pm.

October 30, 2008

11/12/08 Colloquium: I will not ever forget this summer – it changed my life

Janet Yeats, Ph.D. student in the MFT program will share her experiences leading trauma, grief and loss seminars throughout Kenya and teaching a Pre-Marital Counseling course at the International Christian Ministries School in Kenya.

October 20, 2008

10/29 Colloquium: Activate Your Lecture: Increase Students’ attention, interest, and retention

Join us on Wednesday October 29 in 278 McNeal from 12 to 1 pm for Activate Your Lecture: Increase Students’ attention, interest, and retention.

Amelia Blackerby, FSoS IT fellow will present a new teaching technology-student response systems “clickers.? She’ll share the pros and cons, testimonials from teachers and students, a few "behind the scenes" tips, and how to utilize the technology in your classroom.

October 16, 2008

Impact of Mass Trauma on Children and Families

Dates and focus of the 2008-2009 Mass Trauma Reading Group
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October 16, 2008 meeting

Ecological, resilience, narrative, attachment and ambiguous loss perspectives
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October 15, 2008

10/22 Colloquium: Below the Line of Poverty - Teaching Experiences in Mozambique

Join us on Wednesday October 22 in 278 McNeal from 12 to 1 pm for:
Below the Line of Poverty
Teaching Experiences in Mozambique presented by Jill Trites

Jill Trites, a Senior Teaching Specialist in the Department of Postsecondary Teaching and Learning, will share her recent volunteering experience in the Beira, Mozambique area teaching English courses to primary school students, youth, and adults and provided teacher training for the schoolteachers. She regards her teaching experiences as a significant opportunity to learn more about the culture and people of Mozambique, which is considered to be one of the poorest countries in the world with seventy percent of the population living below the poverty line.

October 14, 2008

Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET) Trauma treatment for survivors of war and torture

As part of the International Mass Trauma program of research in the Department of Family Social Science, you are invited to attend a seminar on Narrative Exposure Therapy (NET). Seminar presented by its originators from Germany and vivo Foundation.

NET is an evidence based intervention developed for the treatment of PTSD implemented worldwide to those affected by traumatic events resulting from war, organized violence and natural disasters. It incorporates cognitive-behavioral exposure therapy and testimony therapy, explicitly addressing the sociopolitical aspects of healing. The seminar will address the cognitive and neuroscientific background of NET, the procedure and the current state of evaluation research with asylum seekers, refugees, and war survivors in conflict regions.

DATE: Monday, November 10th, 2008

TIME: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (seminar)
12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. (refreshments and Q&A)

LOCATION: University of Minnesota, St. Paul Campus
Classroom Office Building, Room B25
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This event is free and open to the public

For more information contact Dr. Liz Wieling

Guest Presenters Dept. of Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy, University of Bielefeld, Germany:

Claudia Catani, Ph.D.
Expertise: Neurophysiology of stress reactions; epidemiology and treatment of trauma related disorders of organized and family violence
Board Member of vivo Germany and Italy

Frank Neuner, Ph.D.
Expertise: Psychotherapy of torture victims; clinical and neuroscientific research
Board Member of vivo Germany, Italy and Uganda Co-sponsored by the Department of Family Social Science and the Center for Victims of Torture

October 10, 2008

Mass Traua Reading Group

Mass Trauma Reading Group, co-facilitated by Dr. Liz Wieling FSoS and Drs. Rosa Garcia-Peltoniemi and Paul Orieny from the Center for Victims of Torture.

The first meeting is Thursday, October 16th from 4:00-5:30 in McNeal 377.

The focus of this year's readings is on the impact of mass trauma on children and families. These are casual (but rich) meetings where we gather to discuss reading materials and link the information to clinical and professional experiences.

This opportunity is available to MFT students.
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October 8, 2008

The Iraqi Art Project


The University of Minnesota department of Family Social Science is hosting a small group exhibition called The Iraqi Art Project (IAP). The paintings are made by artists from Karbala, Iraq and loaned to the department by the IAP whose goal is to personalize relationships between people of Iraqi and the United States. Because of the internal disruption of society in Iraq today, these artists are unable to show their work at home. Instead, these paintings were carried to the US in suitcases and examined at numerous checkpoints along the journey. Viewing these paintings gives us the chance to see how this group of Iraqi artists interprets their home and their lives.

Visitors are encouraged to write a note to the artists-after the exhibit, the notes will be translated and given to each artist.

The exhibit is open for viewing
Monday - Friday 8-12 am and 1-4 pm
October 10 - December 12, 2008
Family Social Science
University of Minnesota
290 McNeal Hall
1985 Buford Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55108
For more information call 612-625-6202.

10/15 Colloquium: “Was there a method to our madness? Confessions based on our participatory research and evaluation work with diverse cultural groups.?

2008-2009 Family Social Science Colloquium. Wednesday October 15 in 278 McNeal from 12 to 1 pm.
Mary Marczak, Evaluation Specialist for Family Development in Extension and graduate students Ali Hurtado, Alisha Hardman, Arthur Brown, KyuJin Yon, , and Omar Daar will discuss “Was there a method to our madness? Confessions based on our participatory research and evaluation work with diverse cultural groups.?

September 25, 2008

10/08/08 Colloquium: Beyond Just Whiteness: Cultural Identity and European Americans

Janice Barbee, Director of European American Studies and Knowledge Production, Cultural Wellness Center
Sara Axtell, Community-Campus Health Liaison, University of Minnesota

Community organizers and scholars are recognizing that, while an analysis of whiteness is vital to racial justice work, it lacks the depth needed to sustain healthy cultural identity. This session will present a multi-layered model of European American cultural identity, and discuss the implications for health and justice work.

Join us on Wednesday October 8th, noon - 1pm at 278 McNeal Hall, St. Paul Campus

September 24, 2008

10/01/08 Colloquium: Patricia Schaber, Understanding Family Interaction Patterns with Alzheimer's disease

Join us on Wednesday October 1 in 278 McNeal from 12 to 1 PM
Patricia Schaber, Ph.D., Licensed Occupational Therapist, Assistant Professor, Program in Occupational Therapy, and ‘04 FSoS Graduate discuss Understanding Family Interaction Patterns with Alzheimer's disease: A Modified Analytic Induction Study.

September 18, 2008

11/18/08 Minnesota Saves Network Presents Building Prosperity through Self-Employment

The goal of this conference is to arm professionals, who work with these individuals, with tools and resources for navigating self-employment to build family stability and prosperity.

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9/24/08 Colloquium: Sami Rasouli, Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project

Join us on Wednesday September 24 in 278 McNeal from 12 to 1 pm.
Sami Rasouli is the Iraqi-American founder and member of Muslim Peacemaker Teams, started in 2005 as a nonviolent response to the conflict and violence in Iraq. He will speak about the Iraqi & American Reconciliation Project which seeks to raise consciousness in the American public about the well-being of Iraqis, their daily lives and their culture in order to build bridges between the people in both countries.