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All events are held in Stevenson 3082 on Thursdays from 12:00-12:50PM unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, September 16th: Matthew Callahan, Laura Naumann, and Heather Smith

Callahan, Naumann, and Smith speak on research they are conducting dealing with the unconscious perceptions of gay men and lesbian women, cultural differences in self-perception and self-enhancement bias, and group work, respectively.

Thursday, September 23rd: Victor Daniels

After 41 years of service at SSU, Daniels is now an Emeritus Professor of Psychology. Daniels shares stories on SSU Psychology Department's history, the rebellious birth existential and humanistic psychology, and personal impressions of the current trends in the field of psychology.

Thursday, September 30th: David Van Nuys

Van Nuys is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology at SSU. Van Nuys has taught courses ranging from psychology of body, dreams, and counseling. He is currently the founder and host of Shrink Rap Radio and Wise Counsel, two psychology podcasts. Van Nuys will be discussing the recent emergence of Positive Psychology and its influence on marketing, as well as his podcasts.

Thursday, October 7th: Shepherd Bliss

Bliss is a professor of Psychology, Humanities, and the War and Peace Lecture Series. His presentation is titled, "The Soul, A Sense of Place, High Technology, Agrotherapy, Melancholia, Poetry, and Sweet Darkness." Bliss will be discussing the impermanence of things and the value of agriculture.

Thursday, October 14th: Matthew Callahan

Callahan offers a one-hour workshop on applying to graduate schools. He covers how to choose schools, the application process, letters of recommendation, personal statements, GREs, interviews, and more.

Thursday, October 21st: Sonoma Alumni Panel

Claudia Avalos is currently completing hours towards her MFT and is counseling with UASA. Cecilia Perez is completing her hours towards her MFT through interning with Petaluma Peoples Services. Todd Disney has attained his Psy.D. and is offering psychotherapy at Kaiser in Santa Rosa, CA. These individuals will speak and answer questions on their experience within SSU, challenges and fulfillments they have discovered since graduating from SSU, and the work they are currently performing and working towards.

Thursday, October 28th: Kristin Denver, Geri Olson, and Dana Schneider

Denver obtained her Psy.D. at ASPP and currently teaches courses in Leadership at SSU. Olson is the current Chair of the Psychology Department, an SSU Alumni, and teaches courses on the creativity, personality, and expressive arts. Schneider has over 30 years of experience in psychotherapy and teaches SSU Psychology courses in behavioral and emotional problems in children and families. This panel will offer students a chance to hear from professionals who have been deeply involved in their respective fields. Additionally, they will dispel common romanticized ideas of their work.

Thursday, November 4th: Larry Robinson

Robinson has lived in Sebastopol for 25 years, practiced psychotherapy since 1987, guided courses on meditation, directed nonprofit community agencies (Petaluma Peoples Services Center and the Lomi Center), and served as Sebastopol City Council. He currently sits on an environmental planning committee and is an eager gardener. Robinson comes to SSU to speak on how psychology and mindfulness has served his actively positive and involved life.

Tuesday, November 16th: Elaine Leeder

Leeder is the Dean of Social Services and Professor of Sociology at SSU. Leeder's areas of expertise include Family Violence, Social Policy, and Social Movement. She has volunteered her time offering courses for inmates at San Quentin State Prison, California's only death row for male inmates and largest in the United States. Leeder speaks on the quality of altruism and service.

Thursday November 18th: Skip Robinson

Robinson has recently retired from teaching, but has in the past taught Psychology courses on Person in Society at SSU. He has consulted for numerous non-profit organizations, foundations, educational institutions, and health care systems. He is currently a liaison for the international conference, "Engaging the Other: The Power of Compassion," which is co-sponsored by Common Bond Institute and International Humanistic Psychology Association, and is being held at SSU Nov 11th to Nov 21st, 2010. Robinson speaks on the conference and what Psi Chi volunteers will be doing.




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