Member News – Winter 2017

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Kalayjian, EdD conducted an all-day workshop on Integrative Healing and Self Care in NYC on September 30th, and gave a lecture October 2nd to Solebury School Community on transforming aggression and bullying, shared hands-on tools for EQ, empowerment, emotional management and Soul-Surfing. On October 10th, she was interviewed by Jim Masters on on the topics of EQ, transforming trauma into healing through resilience, forgiveness, and meaning-making. Here is the link:

She spoke at the Unification Theological Seminary on “Forgiveness & Reconciliation: Post Trauma Healing and Meaning-Making.” On October 26th, she chaired a symposium at the UN, Educating our Youth: Nurturing Conscientious Leaders. On the same date, she chaired the United Nations Day, Photo Exhibit of Humanitarian Relief “Transforming Suffering into Resilience” at the United Nations Headquarters, and an October 28th she conducted an all-day workshop on Post Disaster Healing, Outreach, Soul-Surfing, and Meaning-making.

Nancy Sidun, PhD co-edited “A Feminist Perspective on Human Trafficking of Women and Girls: Characteristics, Commonalities and Complexities.” It is published by Routledge, ISBN 13: 978-1-138-70175-5.

William Foreman, PhD, was given the Distinguished Medal for his work in the prison in 2014. He notes the work is truly praiseworthy. But only because of the commitment and desire of the patients to know themselves better.  The group therapy is 28 sessions long complete with a 70-page workbook. The intended patient is a career criminal who began deviating from the social norms by 5th grade, certainly before middle school, often by 3rd grade. I never expected such interest from people in prison. The waiting grows and grows by self-referral. The truth is most of the participants suffer Complex PTSD. The program formed phenomenologically by what the men informed me as to what they needed to delve into. The program fits well within the recent work with Complex PTSD. The men’s faces mature, which seems an odd marker for effectiveness. The prison yard operates at about the maturity of middle school, and through the course of therapy the participants mature and became immune to the dictates of other inmates. The men’s behavior changes for the better, so noticeably that the custody officers are very supportive of the group.

Michael Eigen, PhD spoke for the N.J. Institute for Training in Psychoanalysis at Montclair State Teachers College on October 29th. A new Karnacology article is online:

Brent Potter and others added quotes and photos to the Living Moments site related to Mike’s work:

Robyn E. Brickel, MA, LMFT is the director and lead therapist at Brickel and Associates, LLC, a private practice in Old Town Alexandria, Virginia, which she founded in 1999.  She is deeply committed to clinical practice, professional education and better public awareness of mental health issues (see the full list of Robyn’s trainings and post graduate certifications at  Robyn practices a strengths-based, trauma informed, and systemic approach to therapy and consultation. She helps clients process and overcome trauma, addictions, challenged family systems, and mood disorders including maternal mental health issues. She works with individuals (both adolescents and adults), couples, families, and groups. She provides clinical consultation to other therapists, is a workshop presenter and speaks to school and parent groups about mental health risks facing people today.  Robyn also volunteers as a mental health consultant to a local non-profit organization to raise awareness of the mental health effects of Domestic Violence on two forensic topics:

  1. Is Parental Alienation a Legally Trustworthy Explanation of Child Sexual Abuse Allegations in Divorce Cases?  The Contributions of Clinical and Scientific Knowledge
  2. Do DSM-5 PTSD Categorical Criteria Identify C-PTSD?


Ilene Serlin, PhD, BC-DMT, co-wrote a chapter in the Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing. The official launch of the book will be on February 23, 2018, at Edge Hill University, UK:

Serlin, I. A., Golduv, N., & Hansen, E. (2017). Dance movement therapy and breast cancer care: A well-being approach. (In Karkou, V., Oliver, S., & Lykouris, S., Eds.) Oxford handbook of dance and well-being. London: Oxford University Press.


Link to chapter:


Jana Rivers-Norton, PhD

The AZ-Humanities Organization sponsored a book reading as a part of their AZ Author + Talk Program last June.  They featured the fourth chapter on Edith Wharton entitled “When Words First Spoke” from The Demeter-Persephone Myth as Writing Ritual in the Lives of Literary Women, recently published by CSP in Dec 2016/Jan 2017.

Her latest book proposal for Transcending the Tragedy of Medea in Life, Love, and the Literary Arts, was recently accepted for publication by Cambridge Scholars Publishing, slated for a May 2019 release. In addition to telling the life stories of the literary women Hilda Doolittle, Louise Bogan, Doris Lessing, Ellen Glasgow, Edna St. Vincent Millay, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, it tells her own personal story about healing mother-daughter relationships (now touched by Alzheimer’s) through autobiographical storytelling as the discovery of self- identity, especially in families where unresolved intergenerational trauma is prevalent.