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This June 29, 2017, Mark C. Russell, Core Faculty in our PsyD in Clinical Psychology program, and Establishing Director of our Institute of War Stress Injury, Recovery, and Social Justice, was once again published in the HuffPost.

This latest publication is his 14th in the HuffPost and is summarized in its title: After 214 Investigations isn’t it Time for a Department of Defense (DoD) Mental Health Accountability Act?

A retired US Navy Commander and Military Clinical Psychologist, Russell is a tireless advocate for servicemembers and their communities, both during active service and after discharge. In this piece, he describes the power that the US military has in helping its servicemembers, and urges the military to take a leadership role in destigmatizing mental health care in the United States. In his words, “the military is so adept at changing attitudes that it’s not uncommon to hear of heroic self-sacrifices by individuals willing to eat an enemy’s hand grenade to protect their band of brothers and sisters”.

He also describes the complicated impact of discharging servicemembers with unidentified and/or untreated war stress injury back into civilian life, not only on the servicemembers themselves, but also the potential impact on veterans’ families, spouses, children, “and sometimes innocent by-standers”. Russell argues that identifying and treating war stress injury during military service, rather than waiting for servicemembers to transition into veteran life first, allows them to receive mental health treatment while connected to a military social support system, an “identity as a warrior”, and other benefits of military life.

Individuals interested in learning more about military mental health from Mark C. Russell and the Antioch University Seattle Institute of War Stress Injury, Recovery, and Social Justice are encouraged to attend our upcoming continuing education workshop, The Politics of War Trauma: Ending the Generational Cycle of Mental Health Crisis, which provides an opportunity to earn 5 MA/Psychologist CE credits.

The full article, After 214 Investigations isn’t it Time for a Department of Defense (DoD) Mental Health Accountability Act? is available at the HuffPost.

2002 AUS School of Education alumna and current AUS Adjunct Faculty Kate Sipe was recently honored with a Green Lake Elementary PTA Golden Acorn Award, as well as a Davis Law Group, P.S. School Supplies Gift Program’s Golden Apple Award for outstanding contributions to her school community. In the past, Sipe has won numerous awards and grants as well, including the Sister Schools Teacher of the Year Award.

For the law office financial award, Sipe was nominated by Marleen Arenivar, the proud parent of a Green Lake student, who believes that Sipe spends hundreds of dollars of her own money each year on books as well as reading and math materials.

At the award ceremony, Sipe’s lasting contributions to Green Lake Elementary, where she currently teaches 3rd and 4th grade, were noted by parents and fellow teachers, as well as returning high school and middle school students. Included in those speeches was middle schooler Genevieve Lardizaba, who told Sipe, “Not only did you teach the fundamentals of learning, but you also taught us how to be good citizens. I remember when you taught us a lesson about the difference between equity and equality, a lesson that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”

Outgoing parent Katie Harris, whose children had Sipe for six years, added, “Every time I walked into her classroom, the students were engaged, managing themselves, empowered, and happy…She taught my children to be conscientious citizens of the world, to work hard, aim high…to be nurturing, caring, and to stand up for what’s right.”

The community-wide assembly included an original song, “In This Moment” written for Sipe by former parent, Jonathan Albert, and performed by the school’s parent-rock band, Mystery Meat.

The Davis Law Group, P.S. School Supplies Gift Program was founded by attorney Chris Davis and his wife, who use this program to donate a $100 Office Depot gift card to “a deserving Seattle Public School teacher and his/her class” each week.

 

The NES test is required for those who are pursuing teacher certification in the state of Washington. Antioch is offering free sessions to help prospective teachers prepare to be successful on the math portion of this test!

This series of workshops is designed to be a series of FREE informal (and fun!) test prep sessions for teacher candidates taking the Math portion of the NES. Feel free to come to one, several, or all sessions depending on your current level of Math confidence and skill. Topics to be covered include number properties & operations, algebra, measurement probability & statistics, and general problem-solving strategies.On this form, please indicate all of the sessions you are interested in attending. Sessions will be held Saturdays at the Antioch University Seattle Campus (AUS) from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

 

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Parking/Transportation:
If you are interested in driving to campus, street parking is available for a fee. Alternately, AUS is located within walking distance of several bus routes, many of which have a stop at Third and Bell.

Snacks/Lunch:
You are welcome to bring snacks. There will be a 30-minute lunch break. You can bring your lunch or purchase food from a nearby restaurant.

Interested students can register free online now through July 7th, 2017.

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To celebrate Pride this month, AUS Art Therapy student, Beckett Weeks*, drew a mandala for everyone to color in as they see fit. He says of his design:

“The symbols in top and bottom center are the transgender symbol, and the symbols in the center circle are the Alchemical symbol for Mercury/Quicksilver. In Alchemy, Mercury was believed to be the “First Metal,” from which all other metals were derived, and in mythology Hermes/Mercury was one parent (along with Aphrodite/Venus) of Hermaphroditus, from whom we get the word “hermaphrodite.” Not a scientific or biologically accurate term for intersex people, but it is a term from Western mythology for people outside the gender binary.”

Grab the medium (markers, watercolors, colored pencils, etc.) of your choice, download the free mandala, print it out, and celebrate Pride!

Get mandala!

About the artist:

Beckett attended the Columbus College of Art and Design before, inspired by his own experiences with therapy and art-making, transferring to the University of North Texas to pursue a degree in psychology. Before attending Antioch, Beckett was an art instructor at a children’s art studio and at a women’s rehab facility. Beckett is in seventh quarter of Antioch’s Clinical Mental Health and Art Therapy program; he currently lives under a bridge, where he enjoys making comic books and yelling at the internet.

*Please note the mandala is copyright ©Becket Weeks, 2017.

 

Antioch University Seattle is live-streaming our Commencement 2017 ceremony during the event this Sunday, June 18, 2017, starting at 1:00 p.m.

Our Commencement ceremony celebrates our latest graduates, and includes graduating students from Fall 2016 through Summer 2017. Because of the limited space at our Commencement venue, Town Hall Seattle, each participating graduate will be guaranteed two (2) tickets, and have the option for getting more once all the RSVP’s are in. Our live stream of Commencement 2017 will help our students share their graduation with friends and family who are not able to attend Commencement 2017 in-person.

In addition to celebrating our graduates, Commencement 2017 will also feature a keynote address by Seattle City Counselor Debora Juarez, JD, and a speech by Joey Burgess, the winner of this year’s Distinguished Alumni award.

Debora Juarez is a lifelong legal and economic advocate for marginalized communities in the Pacific Northwest, such as working as Executive Director of the Governor’s Office of Indian Affairs under two of Washington State’s governors, and as an attorney who specializes in providing legal services to Native American tribes, on topics such as tribal-state inter-local agreements, gaming, and economic development.

Joey Burgess is a 2015 graduate of Antioch University Seattle, and he is also a co-founder of Guild Seattle, a dining and entertainment group which includes Lost Lake Cafe, who are well known in the Antioch University Seattle community for providing the food for our Women’s Education Program Soup Bowl events.

Persons interested in learning more about Antioch University Seattle’s Commencement 2017 are encouraged to go to our Commencement Details page for more information.

Rasheena Fountain and Tiffany Adams, Antioch University Seattle students in our MA in Education with Urban Environmental Education (UEE) program, recently collaborated on a story about their experiences at Islandwood. Fountain’s words and Tiffany’s photographs paint a picture:

“There we were: three people of color trekking through what looked to be an enchanted forest, welcoming us with assortment of tree branches covered in moss and carved paths. To get here, we had traveled our own long paths both literally and figuratively. My daughter and I are from Chicago and Tiffany from New York City. Yet, through our love of nature and educating others about the environment, Tiffany and I found ourselves gleefully charging through IslandWood’s beautiful campus, having just begun our journey in the Urban Environmental Education Masters program.”

In telling the story of their day, Fountain also adds information about how it can feel to be a student in AUS’s UEE program. “In our classes and in our practicums, we have searched for ways to explore the interconnectedness of nature everywhere. It is a concept that has opened my eyes to differing ways of teaching students about nature.”

Read all of Rasheena’s experience at Islandwood.

Antioch University Seattle offers our MA in Education with Urban Environmental Education (UEE) in partnership with Islandwood. This ground-breaking master’s program addresses the theory and practice of urban environmental education, urban ecology, and community action and stewardship, and encourages diversity in the field of environmental education.

Read more about our Urban Environmental Education program

Visiting a tent encampment has been a regular feature of my course on homelessness in the past. I took my winter quarter class for a first-time visit to the Nickelsville Tiny House Village at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd at 22nd and Union in Seattle.

Organized tent encampments in Seattle date back to 1988 and the numbers have grown, especially since 2000, to nine authorized encampments, primarily through the organizing efforts of SHARE/WHEEL and Nickelsville, in cooperation—after much foot-dragging—with the City of Seattle, as alternatives to living on the streets, in cars, or in shelters. Tiny houses are a recent innovation in these encampments. Smaller by definition than a living unit and not subject to zoning laws, they may be assembled in groups on relatively small lots.

We met with Sharon Lee, director of the Low-Income Housing Institute (LIHI), and Pastor Steve Olsen of the host congregation. LIHI has been providing consultation and case management services for the Nickelsville camps. “Tiny houses are a preferred option over tents for many reasons,” says Sharon Lee. “They provide better protection, they are insulated, some have heat, light and electricity, you can lock the door and windows, and you can get a good night’s sleep without worrying about your safety. Living in a tiny house allows a person to go to work or school, and gives them the ability to keep their belongings safe and secure.” (Crosscut, Jan. 4, 2017)

The students were impressed by the tiny houses. Overall, they felt that it was a more humane and, in many ways, more hopeful way to assist people experiencing homelessness. They noted a sense of dignity among the residents, the possibilities for creating community, and the advantage of having your own space and privacy that shelters and even tents don’t provide. While acknowledging that the houses were not a replacement for having your own house or apartment, they saw it as a positive interim step as long as the problem of homelessness continues to exist. The students are hopeful that the strategy will expand, and they saw how practical it can be for themselves to become involved in organizing groups to build a house. They all agreed: “It’s a tangible way I can help!”

There is now a template whereby church, school, community, other volunteer groups can construct tiny houses for about $2,200 for materials (Tiny House Assembly Instructions). There are currently six Tiny House Villages in Seattle, and the numbers are growing. The idea is catching on nationally, and the Wall Street Journal recently published an article (April 27) on their growth in Seattle, Portland, Denver, and other cities.

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David Bloom

Adjunct Faculty, BA Degree Completion – Liberal Studies
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This post is republished here with permission from Dr. Jennifer Sampson, President of the Board of Directors at The Hoarding Project. It was originally published April 24, 2017.

One of the major reasons that hoarding disorder is one of the most complicated mental health issues to treat is that is a co-occurring disorder, which means that it is almost always (92% of the time, in fact) shows up alongside another mental health diagnosis- like major depressive disorder or generalized anxiety disorder. The idea of co-occurring disorders helps guide the way we think about the behavior of people who are affected by them. We understand that the symptoms of one psychiatric disorder are highly intertwined with symptoms of the other.

The term co-occurring disorder (or dual or comorbid disorder) is typically used in the field of substance abuse treatment, referring to the idea that people who abuse substances like alcohol or drugs are likely to be struggling with another diagnosable mental health condition as well. For instance, if someone is struggling with alcoholism that is co-occurring with generalized anxiety disorder, we may explain that some of the behavior of abusing alcohol may be exacerbated, or made worse, when life gets particularly stressful and anxiety increases. From there, the outcomes of excessive alcohol use can create additional stress in a person’s life, which can further increase anxiety, thus increasing alcohol use. It’s a slippery slope.

Things are similar with hoarding disorder. By applying an understanding of co-occurring disorders, we can start to make sense about why efforts to address the symptoms of hoarding (like difficulty parting with items or excessively acquiring things) seem so difficult for the person struggling with them. For instance, if a person has co-morbid diagnoses of hoarding disorder and major depressive disorder, that person may really struggle with motivation to work on discarding items or struggle with paying attention and decision-making about their possessions. While symptoms of hoarding disorder do include having a difficult time parting with items, they do not include a lack of motivation, inattentiveness, or indecision. However, all three of those are symptoms of depression. In this case, the person’s depressive symptoms are making the symptoms of hoarding disorder even more challenging to manage.

There are a lot of diagnoses that can co-occur with hoarding disorder- in fact, almost any of them can. The most common ones are mood disorders (like depressive or bi-polar disorders) or anxiety disorders. Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD) is a common co-morbid condition, as is attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). We also see a fair amount of other types of diagnoses alongside hoarding disorder, including post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or other types of organic brain illnesses, like dementia or schizophrenia. When symptoms of any of these other types of mental health diagnoses show up, it can make managing symptoms associated with hoarding to be a very difficult task.

As mental health professionals, we can use strategies developed for other co-occurring disorders in our effort to support our clients. By prioritizing treatment interventions that help reduce the most significant symptoms first, we can then work more easily on addressing the direct symptoms related to hoarding. For instance, if a client has a diagnosis of an anxiety disorder and is actively experiencing panic attacks, it would benefit the clinician to first work with the client on improving emotional regulation skills and distress tolerance prior to focusing attention on decision-making and discarding items.

By recognizing hoarding disorder as a co-occurring condition, we can help better understand the challenges people who hoard face and work with them to develop more effective approaches to treatment.

Jennifer Sampson, Ph.D., LMFT, is the President of the Board of Directors at The Hoarding Project

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Jennifer Sampson, Ph.D., LMFT

Core Faculty, Couples and Family Therapy, School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy

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Antioch University is both humbled and proud to establish the Bruce and Arlene Crandall Social Courage Award, with its first grant slated for Fall 2017. Founded by Antioch University Board of Governors member Steve Crandall, the award will enable the research, planning, and testing of actionable ideas for sustainable community improvement proposed by Antioch University students. The award is named for Steve Crandall’s father, Colonel (Ret.) Bruce Crandall, and late mother, Arlene Crandall.

The Bruce and Arlene Crandall Social Courage Award will reduce the financial barrier between idea and action, and encourage recipients to break new ground in the promotion of social justice. The award also includes faculty, community, and alumni mentorship and support. Currently, the award has more than $53,000 in contributions and continues to grow with support from the community.

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“This program is one way AUS students may take action and deliver on the commitment to social justice that they adopted when they accepted admission,” said Crandall, who pledged an initial $30,000 to the award program. “I look forward to the creative and innovative ways future award recipients apply the valuable knowledge and inspiration gained at AUS toward helping and inspiring others through entrepreneurism and community engagement.”

Colonel Bruce P. Crandall (Ret.) is a husband, father, explorer, pilot, Vietnam War hero, engineer, and civic leader. Colonel Crandall will participate in a Vietnam War panel discussion with former prisoner of war Captain Joseph Crecca, Jr., U.S. Air Force (ret.), and Joseph (Joe) L. Galloway, one of the best-known correspondents of the Vietnam War, on May 23rd at Shoreline College.

Colonel Crandall’s awards include two Distinguished Flying Crosses, a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and the Congressional Medal of Honor—the latter was earned for leadership and fearless courage in Vietnam as he “voluntarily flew his unarmed helicopter through a gauntlet of enemy fire, delivering desperately needed water and medical supplies….” He also made 16 trips to the front lines, transporting wounded to safety during a voluntary mission that even MedEvac pilots declined. His courage inspired other pilots to follow his example, multiplying the impact of the missions. Crandall remains committed to promoting the courage necessary for social justice to this day.
Arlene Crandall was also acknowledged in her lifetime. She was made an Honorary General by the US Army and an Honorary Admiral by the US Navy. She was awarded the Order of St. Joan D’Arc by the US Cavalry and Armory Association and the Honorable Order of Our Lady of Loreto by the Army Aviation Association. She passed away in 2010, leaving a legacy that continues to inspire.

Crandall Social Courage Award
The award reflects Antioch University’s commitment to providing educational access, healing, and social support to America’s veterans. In addition to this new award program, Antioch University Seattle also supports the Clemente Veteran’s Initiative, which draws upon the study of humanities to support American servicemen and women who are struggling with the transition to civilian life, as well as the Institute of War Stress Injuries, Recovery, and Social Justice, a nonprofit dedicated to transforming the military and national healthcare systems through the investigation and elimination of the preventable causes of behavioral health crises in military personnel, their families, and civilians affected by war.

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About Antioch University:
Inspired by the pioneering work of 19th-century educator Horace Mann, Antioch University promotes higher education that incorporates the common good, values experiential learning, and fosters a diverse academic community. Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice.

Today, President Trump announced that the United States plans to withdraw from the Paris climate accord. We at Antioch University are both disheartened and concerned with this symbolic decision, as well as a lack of US leadership on global efforts to combat climate change.

Despite the efforts of the current administration to discredit climate science, opportunities for collaboration grow at the local level. We are proud to partner with our communities, which continue to focus efforts to respond and adapt to climate change.

Now, more than ever, we must be diligent and unrelenting in our work to protect the environment as we prepare for the continued effects of climate change.

Antioch University maintains our commitment to furthering social, economic, and environmental justice. We will continue our fifty-plus year history of training environmental policy-makers, environmental scientists, educators, and leaders to solve critical and emerging environmental challenges by delivering visionary, progressive, and interdisciplinary Environmental Studies programs.

About Antioch University
Antioch University is an accredited, non-profit university and a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education that serves adult students around the world, online, and from its five campuses in four states, in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1927.

Art therapy is changing lives in China. “Big Miao” Shimming showed us how.

The room was set in an intimate fashion, full of colorful cushions strewn on the floor in preparation for Miao’s presentation.  Miao, affectionately known as “Big Miao” because of his height, visited Antioch University  Seattle (AUS) in May of 2017 to seek professional training and guidance in the art therapy field. On May 17, Miao gave a presentation on his important work. AUS staff and students were so eager to engage with Big Miao, they began asking questions right away in the evening’s Q&A session.

Big Miao began working AUS’s Art Therapy Program after reaching out to Dr. Janice Hoshino, Chair of Art Therapy.

“I observed Janice working and knew I needed her training!” exclaimed Miao. Hoshino, reaffirmed his story.

“WABC [World of Art Brut Culture], Big Miao’s art studio, is collaborating with AUS to gain professional training from registered art therapists.”

Dr. Hoshino has already led two Art Therapy workshops in China in collaboration with Big Miao and is looking forward to future trips this summer.

Big Miao began as an art curator and artist specializing in oil painting.  In 2009, he came across the Special Needs population, moving his heart and changing his life. Since then, he has been transforming the lives of hundreds of people with “special needs” through creative expression. Big Miao opened World of Art Brut Culture, an art studio in which children and young adults with special needs come after school to paint, free of cost.

The majority of the students they work with are on the autism spectrum, have cerebral palsy, or have other varying developmental impairments. In a video Miao showed, the students spoke about their artwork, their own process, and the impact WABC has had in their life. Their teachers (they are not professionally trained art therapists) also speak about the students’ progress and involvement with WABC.

Parents of the students are pleased with the visible progress their children are making, noting the tangible transformation creative expression has brought into their lives. One audience member commended Big Miao’s hard work: “It’s apparent you have a huge heart, honorable intent, and are doing a wonderful service to your community.”

WABC has now opened public art centers in eight different cities in China (including Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzghou, and Chengdu). They are collaborating with 32 different communities and schools and have served over one thousand children and families.

Big Miao plans various events and fundraisers, such as Cultural Creative Center, Dream of China, and Charity Night. These events have attracted large audiences and engaged the Chinese population.

The car company Infinity is a sponsor and has collaborated with the WABC students to create an art piece in their Beijing headquarters. WABC has also collaborated with various Chinese celebrities, pop stars, entrepreneurs, and CEOs. These events have brought healing and are changing how Chinese see and treat children with autism.

Through their work, WABC aims to foster a genuine connection between the Special Needs population and their Chinese community. They have empowered students to use their talents and have brought them closer to their dream of “being treated like everyone else.” There are 10 million people in China on the Autism Spectrum. There is a great need for psycho-education and awareness in China where people with special needs are not treated equally. Big Miao is among the first to do this kind of work in China, where most have no concept of art therapy.

“He is making inroads, paving the way, and doing fundamental work,” said AUS Drama Therapy faculty member Bobbi Kidder. “His progress is amazing!”

Despite this great progress, WABC and Big Miao recognize the road ahead still needs to be paved. There are still families who do not accept art therapy as a real treatment.

“Art therapy is a seed,” said Miao. “We are waiting for it to blossom.”

In order to gain more training and more empirical evidence to bring home to gain support, WABC partnered with Antioch University.

“We know art is powerful, transformative, and necessary,” said Miao, when asked how professional training can improve WABC. “However, we still have questions on technique, behavior, how to interact with families, fundamentals, how to gain all the therapeutic benefits of artistic expression, and how to properly raise awareness.”

Hoshino added, “The teachers in WABC are hungry to learn.  I’ve done two trainings with them in China and over fifty people attended. My heart is really with this organization.” Both Antioch University Seattle and WABC are eager to share the benefits of Art Therapy with as many people as possible.

Big Miao concluded his presentation by showing his students’ stunning artwork. Big Miao smiled and happily invited AUS students to join him in China.

“We all have advantages and disadvantages,” said Miao. “Together we can make each other better!”

 

Written by Art Therapy student Kim Bjanes

 

Learn more about our Art Therapy Programs in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Couple and Family Therapy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What we know of life is only where we have decided to rest with our questioning.*

                                                                                                                        –  Peavey

This is not so much the story of the powerful American History Traveling Museum he showed up with in 2014; the unspoken truths that this year earned AUS graduate (2016) Delbert Richardson the National Education Association’s (NEA’s) prestigious Carter G. Woodson Award. It’s not really even about completing his Bachelor’s degree – the courage to finish what he started 40 years ago.

It’s the story of showing up in academia.

And the value of story in the mix.

Delbert’s is the blending of three stories, really. There is Richardson’s own Pacific Northwest narrative, which he describes as having been limited “by texts reviewed not by (his) African American peers, but by the peers of an oppressive culture.” A second strand came via Seguin, Texas; a legacy passed on by Delbert’s father. “There’s an expectation in the Native American and African American experience to give voice to the parts of our culture that are not honored by the community at large. I showed up at Antioch a second generation storyteller.”

In the blink of an eye between 1976 and his first class at Antioch, Delbert refined the stories from Seguin, supplementing them with the stories of African Americans from other small towns and big cities, narratives hidden on the back pages of newspapers and on late-night broadcasts. He conducted studies about studies – followed up to uncover the distinctly dark wind behind the wings of white heroes – and black heroes in their own right.

The third and critical thread in the braid of Delbert’s story involves another prominent African American Seattle artist and cultural custodian; Delbert met then AUS professor Dr. Marcia Tate Arunga at an MLK rally in 2013. They connected through their story-work; their roles as researchers. Delbert’s approach empowered his audience, something Marcia recognized from her own work – the work she continues today, helping to capture unspoken narratives with students in Seattle Schools. Tate Arunga knew well the struggle to fit in to academia and the barriers keeping the public from Richardson’s vision. It was Marcia’s mentoring that spirited Delbert toward returning to school.

Richardson frames his learning opportunity at AUS as uniquely powerful. “There is something extremely enriching about being among the very few African Americans in a class when issues are viewed through a multicultural lens.” The fishbowl approach to engaging – in Abnormal Psychology & Diversity, Power & Privilege course in particular – offered Delbert a refreshing departure from the controlled environment of traditional college classrooms. “Courses at AUS are structured such that all students are assessed by interacting and sharing. I had the opportunity to challenge classmates and even professors to consider issues of history and ‘normalcy’ through the lens of cultural, historical, generational trauma. You find out that our stories are more similar than different; that we’ve all been lied to. It’s a rich place to develop allies.”

As a candidate for the BA in Liberal Studies with Global & Social Justice Studies, Richardson had the uniquely Antioch opportunity to earn up to 45 of his 180 degree credits through the documentation of life experience – those steps between 1976 and 2014. He credits Dr. Phoenix Raine, former AUS instructor and evaluator of his Writing Prior Learning, with empowering him to find the value language. “I have the language now to connect with the administrators and teachers in academia that are the key to my audience.” Richardson’s approach now values his story. “I’ve learned to leverage it. I’m a community scholar now.”

For Richardson, the learning will continue. “As kids, we are so conditioned to believe what we are told; seeing those in power as powerful. The reflective practice I learned at Antioch stimulates young learners with curiosity and leads to more self-discovery. Seattle Public Schools has just adopted and begun to develop an Ethnic Studies requirement in the district. I’m looking forward to being a big part of that.”

Rather than teaching, the Founder, Creator, and Woodson Award-winning Curator seeks to learn with his scholars. What he offers is a fishbowl.  “I’m committed to changing the world, one consciousness at a time.”

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The opportunity to experience Richardson’s American History Traveling Museum in person is coming up June 10-11, 2017, at the Seattle Center, as part of Festival Sundiata’s Black Arts Fest, 2017.

To learn more about Richardson’s American History Traveling Museum online, visit http://www.theunspokentruths.com/about.html.

For more information about the BA in Liberal Studies with Global & Social Justice Studies, visit https://www.antioch.edu/seattle/degrees-programs/undergraduate-studies/liberal-studies-ba/global-and-social-justice-studies/.

*Fran Peavey’s Strategic Questioning (1994) is among the powerful texts engaged with in Narrating Change, a story course at AUS that fulfills the Community Engagement and/or Social Justice Methodologies component of the BA program.

There are a number of reasons people become angry. Challenges at home, work, or on the road are common triggers that can lead someone to lash out or boil inside. And yet, sometimes we become angry with everything, including people or things we would normally be able to brush off.  Anger, by its very nature, has us look outward to solve our problems. Yet, when we are angry with many things, it would be improbable – if not impossible – that we might be able to solve every problem. Most of us can identify with the moments when we are ready to explode at anything that comes near us. Think of parents of newborns who haven’t been sleeping, or that time you were really stressed. Or think of that time you were really hungry and especially crabby. Yes, I’m talking about being hangry.

My interests are in anger, aggression, and irritability. A lot of times people talk about reducing anger by figuring out how to solve the problem or by punching a pillow (which will actually make your anger and aggression worse in the long-term). However, when you are feeling irritable, these things won’t help. People often use the terms anger and irritability interchangeably. However, I’m going to ask that you think of them as two separate concepts. While anger is that tense emotion when your blood is boiling, irritability is the moment of grouchiness before you feel angry. When you are irritable you are more likely to become angry (which is why it is often associated with anger), but you might not be angry yet. For example, when you are hungry you might be irritable and will easily be angered, but you might not be angry yet. Similarly, when you are sleep deprived, hungry, or haven’t yet had your coffee you are likely to be irritable.

The reason for the distinction is important because when you are feeling angry, you might be able to reduce your anger by solving a problem. However, when you anger is a result of irritability, it would be more helpful to look for treatments that will first help you feel better. So next time you notice you are feeling angry at the world for no good reason (or are just looking for reasons to become angry), ask yourself what your body needs, and eat a sandwich, drink some water, exercise, get some fresh air, or get some sleep. You will feel better before you know it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Michael J. Toohey, Ph.D.

Teaching Faculty, School of Applied Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy.
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In a move that speaks directly to Antioch University Seattle’s (AUS) vision to build and serve inclusive communities, Antioch University Seattle has embarked upon a historic Diamond Academic Partnership with the Greater Seattle Business Association (GSBA), the largest LGBTQIA chamber of commerce in North America.

“Diamond Partnership represents the highest level of sponsorship,” said Travis Mears, Director of Development and Scholarship Programs for the GSBA. With this partnership, AUS finds itself in the company of Pacific Northwest corporate leaders like Microsoft and Alaska Airlines; sponsorship implies a very public investment.

“Ours is the first academic partnership of its kind with the GSBA,” said Emmelyn Hart, AUS Director of Institutional Advancement (IA). Hart is understandably excited by the news and looks forward to defining and refining this diamond in the rough.

The GSBA Scholarship Fund awards educational scholarships to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, intersex, and allied undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate strong academic abilities and who are actively involved in their school and community organizations.

“Antioch University’s values attract the kind of student GSBA supports, but we have local and global university recipients,” said Mears. “Students must be residents of the state of Washington, and they must be moving the needle forward for social justice.” Mears goes on to explain that the partnership at the Diamond level not only contributes significantly to the 3 million dollars awarded to these students annually, but also provides the business chamber opportunities as well.

Helping to define the thrust of this investment has been the long-time challenge of the AU Associate Vice Chancellor of IA, Dr. Dan Hocoy, whose conversations as acting Interim President back in 2015 with GSBA President and CEO Louise Chernin planted the seed for the partnership.

According to Hart, a task force is being assembled and a memorandum of understanding is being crafted to outline the terms and details of how the AUS investment in GSBA will be directed.

“Dan brought us together to facilitate this,” said Mears. “We have a leadership immersion weekend planned at Islandwood in August, and leaders from across sectors are charged with guiding best practices.”

In keeping with the AU mission and vision for engagement, investment in the GSBA Leadership Academy will promote the common good; task force members include AUS visionaries and members from Seattle University and University of Idaho, as well other small business and corporate leaders. “We have a truly unique opportunity,” said Mears. “We’re a business chamber focused on equality for all in a city with the fastest growing economy in the country. Working together with AUS, a university known nationally for its commitment to equity and inclusion, and it’s unique model, we see even greater potential for our scholars.”

“Both organizations have a desire to be part of the progressive change in the city, and both recognize that we are stronger as partners than alone,” noted Hocoy. But it was in discussions with Chernin regarding the challenge of providing scholarship recipients with supportive, developmental, cumulative, and competency-based leadership curriculum in addition to structure and content reflecting best practices that Antioch University Seattle’s strength as a partner crystallized.

GSBA scholarship recipients represent a diverse group with audacious dreams, as well as the skills and dedication to make them reality. According to Mears, though, the emotional impact of the scholarship program on participants rivals the financial. “For them it’s about having a community of people who believe in their ability to succeed.” And as a community, we shoulder responsibility for that continued support.

“This generation of leaders faces unique creative challenges,” said Hocoy. Transitioning personally while emerging professionally requires support and fresh thinking about the nature of support. “As many leadership and management programs have discovered, we know that the best leadership is authentic leadership. Leaders need to know who they are before they can lead.”

For the moment, according to Hart, the inaugural GSBA Leadership Academy intensive weekend at Islandwood might be compared to cutting-edge CE credits for working leaders with a job to do. “The academy will provide leadership training not only to support academic success but also to provide the tools for leadership once school is done.” The task force is also challenged to come up with a collaborative fundraising plan and essential, measurable, sensible, and simple metrics that will allow the GSBA Leadership Academy to be a lasting, evolving investment in the future.

Antioch University Seattle envisions that its graduates this spring will emerge with a heightened sense of their power and purpose and be prepared to put theory into practice. With the Run Like A Girl summer program, AUS Practicum & Internship students in Drama Therapy (DT) will run into the woods and pass this same vision into the very capable hands of middle school girls.

The phrase “like a girl” calls into question a girl’s capability. And the fact that this micro-aggression is so often tied to sports performance is doubly damaging. Run Like A Girl celebrates the power that sports can provide, developing in girls the intentional active strategies we all need to build self-confidence and seize the day.

Run Like A Girl (2004) filmmaker Charlotte Lettis Richardson (also a decorated runner) credits losing races with teaching her the most about herself. And in her 2011 memoir, Run Like A Girl, champion athlete Mina Samuels outed her fiercest opponent—the one within. This August, AUS’s own local theatre-sports star, AUS Drama Therapy Co-coordinator Bobbi Kidder, MA, RDT/BCT, shines a light on Like A Girl fierceness and the power of story with a reframed “On the Road” student field experience at Table Rock Foundation summer camps.

Since 2014, Kidder has noted the high percentage of young girls referred to Camp Phoenix, the camp at Table Rock Foundation that serves middle school kids from Oregon’s Jackson and Josephine Counties who have experienced severe trauma. Given the emotional and physical changes naturally at work in the bodies of ten- to thirteen-year-old girls, Bobbi thought a powerful camp to run like girls, with girls, and for girls might be in order.

Run Like A Girl offers AUS intern urbanites a rare regional view of rural life. And by confronting derogatory definitions of girlness and the effect societal shaming can have on self-image, they will champion the campaign that is changing the narrative.

Kidder is no stranger to programs that focus on social justice and empowerment. Run Like A Girl takes a page out of the playbook Kidder used for Inside/Out, a community ensemble with young women prisoners at Rogue Valley Youth Correctional Facility. “We set the stage for recognizing assets—we create and share stories about them.” Kidder’s practice, strongly based on Augusto Boal’s Theatre of the Oppressed, reframes concepts such as meaning, truth, and like a girl, and puts a voice to the oppressor within—sometimes multiple voices. Kidder calls it “performative.” “With Boal’s rainbow of desire aspect, we answer our own voices and silence the ones that hold us back.”

Alongside the camp’s Rainbow Grandmothers, and amidst the webs and native wisdom of a truly enchanted forest, it is intention and not service that Kidder and her interns provide. They will work together for moments of choice and potential, inspired by a quote from the Aboriginal elder and educator Lilla Watson: “If you have come to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

 

Big Miao” Shimming is trying to revolutionize the way China engages with special needs children – and he’s reaching out to Antioch Seattle’s Art Therapy program to help.  Shimming will be visiting AUS on May 16 – 17.  The public is invited to attend Miao’s presentation on his important work on May 17 from 3-5pm.

Shimming’s visit is part of a developing relationship between Antioch Seattle’s Art Therapy program and Worldwide Art Brut Culture (WABC), a Shanghai-based NGO Shimming founded in 2009.  With a mission to help special needs children express themselves through art, WABC has so far opened 20 learning centers across China and has more than 50 teachers.

Janice Hoshino PhD, chair of Creative Arts Therapy at AUS, has traveled to China several times over the past year in order to help WABC train its volunteer teachers in art therapy.  She says the fact that WABC is rapidly increasing the number of areas and individuals it serves is an impressive accomplishment given China has a long history of stigmatizing and punishing people with mental disorders:  “Despite recent reforms, it’s still not unusual for persons with psychiatric issues to be involuntarily institutionalized,” says Dr. Hoshino.

Hoshino says the reason art therapy is gaining acceptance in China, and the reason WABC specifically has been able to attract donors like the Gates Foundation, comes down to the transformative process of art-making.  She described one 20-something individual who took part in a WABC art therapy training she was involved in: “This young man has been mute for much of his life, and by the end of the training he was talking.”

Beyond the power of art therapy, Hoshino also gives credit for WABC’s success to the outsized personality of its founder: “With his infectious enthusiasm, kind heart and ready laugh, Big Miao is the perfect ambassador for the program.”

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It’s officially GiveBig 2017!

GiveBIG is a 24-hour campaign to raise funds for nonprofit organizations serving Greater Seattle. Please consider making a gift to support Antioch University. Now, more than ever, your help is needed to prepare the next generation of socially responsible leaders.

It’s May 10, 2017 and http://Givebigseattle.org is up and running– let’s make the next 24 hours count, now more than ever!

Below are three easy ways to show your AUS pride during GiveBIG:

  1. Make a gift.   Doing big things doesn’t take much if everyone participates. Imagine if our entire community made a gift, of any size, for GiveBIG.
  2. Spread the word. Share our message with with family, friends or old classmates.
  3. Follow us on social media. Check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for GiveBIG and other updates.

Gifts made to Antioch University today through GiveBIG also come with rewards:

GiveBIG continues through 11:59 pm PT tonight. Thank you for supporting Antioch Seattle!

[UPDATE] 2:45 p.m. – Our Institutional Advancement team of Dan Hocoy and Emmelyn Hart will match the next $200 in donations!

[UPDATE] 1:30 p.m. – Ben Pryor will match the next $200 in donations!

Grant-funded urban ecology project will sustainably curtail polluted water runoff into Salmon Bay while building infrastructure and community

Seattle – Antioch University Seattle (AUS) and Urban Systems Design (USD) will celebrate the completion of a project that will reduce polluted runoff that drains into the city’s Salmon Bay each year. The East Ballard Greenstreet Project, will host a ribbon-cutting party on Saturday, May 20th from 1:30-2:30pm. Address: 1101 NW 57th Street, Seattle WA 98107.

The public is invited to attend the event and learn about the block of roadside rain gardens that were installed along 11th Avenue NW at 58th Street in Seattle’s East Ballard neighborhood.  The project was funded through a $65,000 Russell Family Foundation grant as a pilot demonstration for future community-driven and environmentally-friendly drainage projects. The Duwamish Infrastructure Restoration Training (DIRT Corps) program, a green infrastructure job training program focused on women, people of color and other disadvantaged communities, completed the project installation in 2015 and has been monitoring the site for the past year. DIRT Corps crew will be on site to answer questions about green infrastructure.

“Our small natural drainage projects absorbs and filters the roadway runoff before it can reach the catch basin system, which directs runoff into Salmon Bay at the end of 11th Avenue NW,” said Cari Simson, project manager with Urban Systems Design, and adjunct faculty at AUS’ liberal studies Bachelor Completion program.

Managing roadway runoff is an important environmental consideration because it can easily transmit toxins and pollutants – such as vehicle exhaust particles, oil leaks, pet waste, garbage and other chemicals on roads and roofs – as it makes its way to the nearest catch basin, and ultimately the nearest waterbody. Polluted runoff enters the food chain and affects the health of marine creatures and the people who eat fish or shellfish.

The East Ballard Greenstreet Project was launched not only to offset pollution, but also show community, government and private groups how to work together to build rain gardens and use that experience to shape best practices for implementing similar projects elsewhere. “This project illustrates how at AUS we look below the surface to solve problems in sustainable ways that truly make a difference in our communities,” Simson said.

The E. Ballard Greenstreet Project is funded through a grant from The Russell Family Foundation with support from Antioch University Seattle, the Washington Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and East Ballard Community Association. To learn more about the project or to get involved, visit The DIRT Corps  or contact Simson at 206-234-5102.

The Antioch University Seattle grads behind Wheelhouse Workshop are in the news again! Kotaku, a major online publication dedicated to “games and things serious gamers care about” recently published a piece about Wheelhouse Workshop, a therapy group that specializes in using tabletop games, including Dungeons & Dragons, as counseling tools.

Dungeons and Dragons is a J.R.R. Tolkien-inspired, books-based game first published in the 1970s. Players take on the role of specific characters they create in this world, such as “halflings” (essentially hobbits), elves, dwarves, and more, while the host of the game, the Dungeon Master or “D.M.” tells the players about the fictional world their characters are in, giving the players the opportunity to make creative choices based on the content of the story. The game is also recognized as culturally significant in the Seattle area; in 2016, Dungeons & Dragons was inducted into Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.

Kotaku writes “Therapists have long used role-play to help their patients, inviting patients to role-play personal scenarios from friends’ or parents’ perspectives. But buying in can feel pretty lame without a good hook, or a fictional world’s distance from real-life. Because D&D is inherently cooperative and escapist, it urges players to reimagine the ways they interact with peers.” While Wheelhouse Workshop is not the only therapy group to incorporate Dungeons and Dragons, they are luminaries in the field, and have given talks at multiple gaming conventions, such as Emerald City Comic Con and PAX.

Adam Davis and Adam Johns are the co-founders of Wheelhouse Workshop, and both have earned master’s degrees from Antioch University Seattle. Davis earned his MAEd with a focus in Drama Therapy, and Johns earned an MA in couple and family therapy.

For information about our MAEd with Drama Therapy: http://bit.ly/2pOYCmA

For information about our MA in CFT: http://bit.ly/2pi6oEt

Save the date of Wednesday, May 10, 2017 to GiveBIG to Antioch University Seattle!  This city-wide campaign is a one-day online giving event to raise funds for nonprofit organizations serving Greater Seattle. The 2017 theme is “Now. More Than Ever,” reflecting the urgent need to support nonprofits working to create greater equity and opportunity for all.  The campaign is a great opportunity for our investors to stretch their generous gifts even further and supports our students’ academic experience.

Please join us on May 10th in this day of community generosity and support Antioch Seattle as it encourages innovative exploration and prepares the  next generation of socially responsible leaders to dare to solve society’s most pressing challenges.

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All across the United States, Antioch University campuses are transforming the ideals of Earth Day into action.

In New England, Antioch alumna Hermine Levey Weston, RN MBA will be facilitating a workshop at the Green Health Academy to develop and identify fresh ideas to celebrate Earth Day specficaly in healthcare settings.

Meanwhile, on the West Coast, Antioch University Seattle will mark Earth Day with a bonfire and beach clean up. As the notoriously grey Northwest winters yield to spectacular summers, the Antioch Seattle Outdoors Club will help get the region ready at 5:00pm on Sunday, April 23rd at Golden Gardens Park. The club will provide firewood and s’mores but asks attendees to bring their favorite campfire treat.

In California, the Santa Barbara Earth Day Festival is celebrating 47 years of community activism, just as Antioch University Santa Barbara is celebrating their own 40th year of helping to steward the Earth.

At Antioch University Los Angeles, the Sustainability Committee and the Urban Sustainability Department recently sponsored two workshops in celebration of Earth Month. Presenters included Rashonda “Zoe Blaq” Bartney, a Certified UC Victory Gardener who created Urban Soul Farmer to encourage people to grow food and share healthy recipes; Mallory Burden, an Environmental Scientist for CalRecycle; and Lesha Siler, a Policy Associate for the LA Food Policy Council and staff liaison to the Working Groups on Urban Agriculture, Food Waste and Farmers Markets For All.

On April 15th, attendees also learned from professionals from a wide array of fields in the industry at a panel on Careers in Sustainability. Panelists Christina Hall, Executive Director OC Food Access Coalition and an Antioch Alum; Jeff O’Keefe, Supervising Sanitary Engineer with the State Water Resources Control Board Division of Drinking Water, Southern California Field Operations Branch; and Shavon Paige, Real Estate Officer at Los Angeles Department of Water and Power shared tips and tricks on how to stand out in this competitive and emerging job market.

Though Earth Day is a particularly active time at the University campuses, Antioch holds these ideas front and center year round as part of our core mission. Earth Day is a celebration of that commitment and a springboard for the year to come.

Aimie Vallat

Antioch University Seattle is thrilled to share the news that one of our alumna, Aimie Vallat (along with Noah Dassel) is nominated for a Northwest Regional Emmy Award by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The nomination comes in recognition for, Present Moment, a documentary that Media Inc Magazine called, “An empowering film about courage, resilience and acceptance.”

The documentary is an insightful and compassionate portrait of a man coming to terms with Parkinson’s disease, incorporating it both into his sense of identity and into his determination to not only live, but live well.

The film was created by Vallat and Dassel’s production company, REEL WITNESS, which is “committed to creating a more resilient future by telling the stories of social change in our communities.”

“My passion for social justice filmmaking started when I was a college student living in South Africa in 1992.” Vallat says. “My first documentary project was to interview township residents to talk about the impact of receiving small business and home loans (we now call this micro-credit lending). It was an incredible experience witnessing first hand how a $20 dollar loan to sell vegetables could literally transform someone’s life. I left South Africa in 1994 energized and committed to a lifetime of working on social justice issues, and that has never really wavered…Now, with my production company, REEL WITNESS, my focus is about elevating a conversation around important social issues while looking at what is resilient and thriving in that story or person or organization. Staying alert to the places of growth and joy within any system of change has helped me stay motivated to keep doing this work after all these years.”

Vallat received her Master’s in Communication from Antioch University Seattle in 2009 and, for the past twenty years, has focused on issues of sustainability, social justice, and building thriving communities. She credits much of the success of Present Moment to local PBS station, KCTS 9, as well as to “Laila Kazmi for their unwavering support of our film and our local, Pacific Northwest filmmaking community.”

She goes on to describe her surprise and delight at the film’s success.

“What has happened since Present Moment’s release in 2015 has been a huge surprise for all of us. A few things really did change after making it; first off, I learned to trust and follow inspiration, wherever it might take you, without expectation. Secondly, as a family we sat down for the first time and talked frankly about the impact of Parkinson’s (PD) in all our lives. My sorrow prior to making the film of seeing my dad living with this disease has now lessened as we’ve been through this process together, and that was a very welcome and unexpected change.”

Present Moment has already received numerous other awards, and is a film festival favorite.

“All of those accolades have been a great surprise but it was never the intention when the film was made – to do the festival circuit etc. – but since we did end up doing following that path, it’s allowed more viewers to see the story and perhaps find some solace or a sense of connection. For that reason alone, I’m truly grateful that it’s been available to a much broader audience.”

The entire Antioch community wishes to extend our congratulations and joy at this achievement.

 

 

Press release by Vonem Creative about distinguished Antioch University Seattle alumnus Delbert Richardson:

MUSEUM FOUNDER WINS NATIONAL EDUCATION ASSOCIATION’S CARTER G. WOODSON AWARD

SEATTLE ― April 10, 2017 ― Delbert Richardson, Founder, Creator, and Curator of the American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths, was recently selected by the National Education Association (NEA) as the 2017 recipient of its prestigious Carter G. Woodson Award.

The NEA created the Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award to recognize the person, group, or institution whose activities in Black affairs significantly impact education and the achievement of equal opportunity.

In an email sent to notify Richardson of his selection, NEA President Lily Eskelsen García said, “…[W]e honor individuals like you [,] who have contributed to the human and civil rights goals and aspirations of Americans across the nation.”

Mr. Richardson will be officially recognized during the NEA’s 2017 Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner, held in the Grand Ballroom of the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Nearly 2,000 attendees, in addition to NEA officers, Board of Directors, and leaders from all 50 states will be on hand for the July 1 event.

Of his amazing accomplishment, Richardson said, “My goal for the Museum has always been to tell the untold stories of American history, to help paint a picture of the African Diaspora that goes beyond what’s been learned from the history books.”

“Winning this award,” he continued, “will ensure that the Museum keeps growing and building, so that people – all people, regardless of race – can keep learning.”

About the American History Traveling Museum: The Unspoken Truths

The “Unspoken” Truths American History Traveling Museum chronicles the rich history of Africans in Africa prior to American Chattel Slavery, the experiences and impact of American Chattel Slavery, Jim Crow Era, and the many contributions African Americans have had on scientific, cultural, and technological (inventions) innovations in the U.S. and the world.

The Museum’s mission is to re-educate learners of all ages, in a manner that leads to self-restoration and community healing, with the eventual goal of implementing its teachings into school curricula, institutions, and organizations committed to cultural competence and social justice.

On the Web:

www.theunspokentruths.com 

Antioch University Seattle Dean of Students Shana Hormann recently traveled to our sister school, Panjab University in Chandigarh, India, to give a lecture and later lead a workshop on organizational trauma, as part of an event organized by Panjab University’s Centre for Human Rights and Duties. From her workshop description:

“Organizational trauma is a collective experience that overwhelms the organization’s defensive and protective structures and leaves the entity temporarily vulnerable and helpless or permanently damaged. Traumatic events can be sudden, shocking, and throw the organization into turmoil. Organizational traumatization may also result from repeated damaging actions or the deleterious effects of the nature of an organization’s work. Unaddressed organizational trauma–whether sudden or cumulative–causes serious harm and can be catastrophic for organizations. It negatively impacts service delivery, compromises work with clients, and weakens the organization’s ability to respond to internal and external challenges. Over time the unhealed effects of trauma and traumatization compromise the organization’s fundamental health.”

Hormann’s lecture was organized under the Memorandum of Understanding between Antioch University Seattle and Panjab University, and was one of many talks given that day. The event also included powerful words from Professor Swarnjit Kaur, Coordinator of the Centre for Human Rights and Duties on the proactive role the Centre has taken in strengthening its academic collaboration with universities an ocean away, such as Antioch University Seattle. Professor O. P. Katare, Director of the Research Promotion Cell presided over the lectures, and gave presidential remarks on the role of spirituality and the power of the mind to deal with trauma.

More information about Shana’s work in organizational trauma and healing can be found at organizationaltraumaandhealing.com.

Delbert Richardson, a graduate of Antioch University Seattle’s BA in Liberal Studies program, winner of the 2013 Newman Civic Fellows Award, and founder of The Unspoken Truths American History Traveling Museum, has recently been awarded the National Education Association’s (NEA) 2017 Carter G. Woodson Memorial Award! In the words of NEA president, Lily Eskelsen García , this award “is presented to an individual/group/institution whose activities in Black affairs significantly impact education and the achievement of equal opportunity.” Richardson has been invited to accept his award at the NEA Human and Civil Rights Awards Dinner this July in Boston, MA.

Antioch University Seattle congratulates Delbert Richardson for earning this award! We are proud to be his alma mater.

Mark C. Russell, Core Faculty in our PsyD program and Establishing Director of our Institute of War Stress Injuries, Recovery, and Social Justice was recently published in The Huffington Post! His article, The Darker Side of American Military Mental Health Care is part of his “sincere effort to end a tragic generational cycle of largely self-inflicted wartime mental health crises since the First World War (WWI).”

Russell served in the American military for 26 years, as a Marine Sergeant, a Navy Commander, and as a military psychologist deployed in support of the Iraq invasion in 2003, and he says this time “opened my eyes to the painful reality that our country was grossly negligent in its preparation to meet even basic [veterans’ mental health] needs.”

Upon retiring from the military, Russell founded Antioch University Seattle’s Institute of War Stress Injury, Recovery, and Social Justice, participated in documentaries such as Thank You For Your Service! and the upcoming Stranger At Home, and published a great deal of research on the subject of military mental health. Most recently, Russell and co-author Charles R. Figley, published a three-part series of scholarly articles in the March 2017 (available online in February 2-17) issue of Psychological Injury and Law, asking if the military’s frontline psychiatry/combat and operational stress control doctrine and programs help or harm veterans and their families.

In this Huffington Post piece, Russell also provides readers with an overview of the US government’s approaches to military mental health over the years, including critiques of the ways that policy has harmed, rather than helped, people who serve in the US military.

Read The Darker Side of American Military Mental Health Care at The Huffington Post.

Antioch University’s Chancellor, William Groves, issued a message on the recent executive order banning people from certain Muslim countries from entering the US and targeting immigrants already in the States.

He says:

“I would like to emphasize that Antioch University supports all of our students, faculty, and employees who are foreign nationals. The University has a long history of being a leader in fostering a diverse and rich educational environment. Even prior to the Civil War, Antioch was one of the first American colleges to enroll African-American students to learn side-by-side with white students. It was one of the first colleges to employ female faculty at the same rank and salary as male counterparts. And we have admitted international students throughout our history.

Our educational mission has always been focused on fostering social, economic and environmental justice and for protecting and promoting the human rights of all people, regardless of race, religion, gender, color, ancestry, national origin or other immutable characteristics. It was not chance or stroke of serendipity that led Coretta Scott King to Antioch. It was Antioch’s reputation as champions for human rights that caught her attention.

Central to our mission of gaining “victories for humanity,” is the task of teaching empathy for others, a sense of deeply understanding the struggle of our fellow human beings around the globe. We can better foster that sense of empathy and compassion through diverse student and faculty bodies, able to communicate openly, share different perspectives and experiences and learn from one another. From that, we generate trust and understanding and foster the hope for greater peace in the world. So, from a purely pedagogical point of view, higher education has a significant stake in our national immigration policy. The diversity of our classrooms is one of the greatest strengths of American colleges and universities.”

Antioch University supports all of our students, faculty, and employees who are foreign nationals. The University has a long history of being a leader in fostering a diverse and rich educational environment, and will continue to admit and support students without regard to their citizenship status or immigration status. We will continue to enforce our anti-discrimination policies which prohibit harassment and discrimination based on race, religion, gender, color, ancestry, and national origin.

Read the complete text of Chancellor Groves’ letter and learn what Antioch is doing on all our campuses to support immigrants and international students, faculty, and staff.

Antioch University Seattle (AUS) is partnering with award winning children’s author and illustrator Javaka Steptoe for the second annual Multicultural Children’s Literature Celebration! This year’s Multicultural Children’s Literature Celebration includes multiple events across several days, and AUS is involved in many of them. For example, AUS is supporting an upcoming arts-based workshop with Steptoe on January 27, 2017 at Dearborn Park International School, which will give AUS teacher candidates an opportunity to work with primary grade students using lessons that utilize multicultural literature.

In addition, AUS is also hosting, at our beautiful new campus, a fun and interactive book reading by Steptoe followed by an open house, on January 25, 2017. This event is an opportunity for the broader AUS community to participate, as it is “open to current and future educators, librarians, and friends of children.” Antioch University Seattle is now located at 2400 Third Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121, across the second and third floors of the building. RSVP to the January 25, 2017 event here.

Steptoe’s most recent book, Radiant Child, about the life and art of Jean-Michel Basquiat, has recently been named one of the “Best of” nonfiction books by School Library Journal and the “Best Children’s Book” of the year by Essence magazine. The Washington Post named Radiant Child one the “Best Books of 2016.” Previous books have earned Steptoe the prestigious Coretta Scott King Illustrator award and his work on Jimi Hendrix was a New York Times bestseller.

This Tuesday, January 3, 2017, Antioch University Seattle opened for classes at our new location, 2400 Third Avenue, Suite 200, Seattle, WA 98121. Faculty and staff, including work study students, joined together to move our university into its high-tech, design-forward new facility over the last weeks of 2016, pausing only for the winter holiday closure.

Our new campus comes with a mix of the familiar and the unfamiliar. For example, we have retained our beloved, mirrored, mosaic pig Ms. Coco, and student group AUS GROW will continue to tend garden beds on campus, which are now located on the campus terrace outside of our new library. However, we have also gained exciting new technology in our classrooms and study rooms, as well as a phenomenal increase in natural light, thanks to our many floor-to-ceiling windows.

The new AUS campus is also located near many major bus lines and a great deal of city parking, making it easy for our students, faculty, staff, and visitors to get to and from school. The Antioch University Seattle campus will continue to be a cultural hub and meeting place for our progressive community, and we will use our central location and green, modern presence to stand strong, in line with our values, throughout 2017 and beyond.

It’s the giving season and for many folks it’s a joyous time. But what if there’s more to it than simply picking out a gift someone will enjoy? How do we navigate the waters of mental health disorders in our loved ones in a time of giving while being mindful of our own needs? Jennifer Sampson, co-founder of The Hoarding Project, takes a closer look at how she helped one client deal with her mother’s hoarding disorder during the holidays.

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“Can I ask you an unrelated question?” It was clear that my client didn’t feel like talking anymore about her latest run-in with her ex-husband and wanted to change the subject.

“Sure,” I smiled and nodded.

“Ok.” She took a deep breath, looking uncharacteristically anxious. “So…I’ve been worrying about what to get my mom for the holidays. She has already everything.” She hesitated. “Like… everything.” She looked up at me quickly, trying to read my expression. “What do you think?”

She was one of my favorite clients, and we had a positive and good-humored relationship with one another. She wasn’t generally a nervous person. Usually, she was upbeat and funny during our sessions in spite of the difficult work we’d been doing over the last few months to help her process a particularly devastating divorce, so her shift in mood was a little confusing to me. I brushed it off, assuming she was just being rhetorical with her question and wanted to lighten the mood a bit.

“You know,” I began to answer, “I really don’t know too much about your mom, come to think of it.” I shrugged and joked, “Socks? Fruitcake? I don’t know. What does she like? Or is she just tough to shop for?”

My client’s face was deadpan. “No, I mean it. Her home is literally full. She can’t even move around in it because she has everything. You work with this kind of thing, don’t you??”

Whoa. I had really missed that one.

Though hoarding disorder is my area of specialization, sometimes even I drop the ball in recognizing that this mental health concern can show up where I least expect it.

And of course it does. Hoarding disorder affects 1 in 20 people in our country, making it one of the most common mental health disorders around. Even though my client had not come to therapy to work on this issue directly, it was still one that touched her life, and as we continued our conversation, I came to learn that her mother’s hoarding had been affecting her since childhood, leaving her relationship with her mom to be fragile, at best.

Since hoarding disorder is a relatively new diagnosis and one around which there is still a tremendous amount of shame and stigma, it is very common for people not to be inclined to discuss it- even with their therapists. My client told me that she had thought about mentioning it to me at a few different points, but didn’t want me to think badly about her or about her mom.

During the holiday season, it’s especially important that we, as mental health professionals, are paying attention to potential hoarding-related concerns as our clients are going home to spend time with their families of origin. It is quite likely that at least one of them has a loved one who is struggling with hoarding disorder. Spending increased time with them around this season of the year may provoke strong emotional reactions which may be difficult for us to understand and work with if we don’t fully grasp the context behind the feelings.

Listening for comments and questions like the one my client asked, or about frustration around a relative’s housekeeping or shopping habits maybe markers that additional screening for hoarding disorder is indicated.

And as for my client’s question about what to get for a person who has everything- or at least for a person who hoards? I tend to recommend gifting experiences rather than items. Game night with the family, rather than a new scarf. Dinner at their favorite restaurant, instead of a new book. These types of gifts reinforce the importance of relationship-building rather than possessions, which, if we’re being honest, is important advice for everyone to follow.

Learn more on hoarding and how you can help

Jennifer Sampson, PhD, LMFT is Associate Chair in the Couple and Family Therapy Program at Antioch University Seattle. She has been practicing individual, couple, and family therapy since 2007. Jennifer has served as the Executive Director and co-founder of The Hoarding Project since 2011, and she currently chairs the King/Pierce County Hoarding Task Force. She has published multiple articles in academic journals on hoarding, and completed her dissertation work on understanding the influences of unresolved trauma and loss and family dynamics on hoarding behavior

On Friday October 7. 2016, Antioch University Seattle graduate and filmmaker Todd Kulczyk premiered India Initiative Experience: The Movie, a documentary about Antioch University Seattle’s 2016 India Initiative cultural immersion and service learning trip.

The first Antioch University Seattle service learning trip to India took place in the summer of 2014 and was offered to art therapy and drama therapy students. Participants were given an opportunity to engage their creative arts therapy training with people of all ages in India, including Tibetan refugees, working together on social justice-themed community art projects.

The second Antioch University Seattle cultural immersion and service learning trip to India took place just over a year-and-a-half later, in 2016. The 2016 cultural immersion and service learning trip included not only opportunities to practice creative arts therapy techniques in community art projects within Tibetan refugee communities, but also with the Charan Khad slum community mere weeks before its demise. 2016 India Initiative students also visited Panjab University, with which Antioch University Seattle has a Memorandum of Understanding. Panjab University has a renowned psychology department, which made it an especially salient academic community environment for our traveling students.

Much of this second trip to India was filmed, and that footage was recently edited into India Initiative Experience: The Movie. Because some of the people in the film are political refugees living in exile, for their safety the movie is not available for online distribution. It is only available internally, for the Antioch University Seattle community, such as the October 7 screening. Kulczyk has also provided some private screenings, upon request.

However, while the movie itself cannot become available online, some photographs from the trip ARE safe for online publication. Many of them are embedded in this news story.

For more information about our 2017 service learning and cultural immersion trips, which are still being planned, contact Angie Hoffpauir or Colin Ward.

PAX, short for Penny Arcade Expo, is the first and largest gaming (video games, board games, card games, etc.) fan culture convention. Originally a 4,500-person event in 2004 in Bellevue, Washington, PAX has grown into multiple conventions: PAX West, in Seattle, Washington; PAX East, in Boston, Massachusetts; PAX South, in San Antonio, Texas; and PAX AUS (no relation to Antioch University Seattle) in Melbourne, Victoria, in Australia. In addition, there is PAX Dev, which is a two-day extension of PAX West, taking place the Wednesday and Thursday before the start of PAX West, which happens Friday-through-Monday of the American Labor Day holiday.

As the school that launched the founders of the tabletop gaming mental health therapy organization Wheelhouse Workshop, it may be no surprise that our students and alumni created a strong Antioch University Seattle presence at PAX West this year!

The mental health nonprofit Take This organizes and provides AFK Rooms at PAX and other conventions.

“AFK” is an internet slang abbreviation of “Away From Keyboard” and in this context, the AFK Room is a quiet, safe space, staffed with mental health volunteers, including licensed therapists, inside of a convention, including every PAX… Even PAX in Australia!

AFK Rooms are open to all convention attendees, and people use AFK Rooms to recharge, get mental health support, or even just to take time out from the convention to sit down and recharge their electronics.

Paulette de Coriolis MA, LMHCA

This year at PAX West, when The AUS eNews visited the AFK room, approximately half of the volunteers and clinicians in the room were graduates or students of Antioch University Seattle! The AUS eNews did not take any photos of the inside of the AFK Room, out of respect for the privacy of the space. However, we have been granted permission by one of the clinical volunteers, Antioch University Seattle alumna Paulette de Coriolis MA, LMHCA, to use a photo of her standing outside of the AFK Room, next to its sign, taken during this year’s PAX West!

Antioch University Seattle community members who are interested in volunteering for AFK Rooms are encouraged to contact Take This directly.

Mark Wright

Seattle, WA – Antioch University Seattle (AUS) is proud to welcome award-winning journalist Mark Wright of Seattle’s KING 5 News as our 2016 Commencement Speaker. Mr. Wright is currently a nighttime news anchor at KING 5 News. Prior to that, he co-anchored the #1-rated KING 5 Morning News in Seattle. He has won two Emmy awards for his work as a documentary producer and hard news reporter.

Senator Bob Hasegawa

Also scheduled to speak at the 2016 Commencement Ceremony are the recipient of this year’s Horace Mann Award, Washington State Senator Bob Hasegawa, and this year’s AUS Distinguished Alumni Award winner Nicola Tannion MA, PhDc.

Senator Hasegawa, a lifelong resident of Washington State’s 11th District, is currently a senator for this district in the Washington State Senate. Prior to his service as senator, he represented the 11th district in the Washington State House of Representatives from 2005 to 2012. Antioch University Seattle has an ongoing mission of social justice, and Senator Hasegawa is a labor and social justice activist. Senator Hasegawa is also a 2003 graduate of Antioch University Seattle’s Bachelor of Arts program, and was the 2012 recipient of the Antioch University Seattle Distinguished Alumni Award!

Nicola Tannion

Nicola Tannion is a graduate of Antioch University Seattle’s Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies program, with an emphasis in Psychology and Spiritual Studies. She is currently a PhD student at Pacifica Graduate Institute, in their Mythological Studies program, with an emphasis in Depth Psychology. This spring she conceived of and co-produced the Irish Easter Rising Centenary Commemoration, which was proudly hosted by Antioch University Seattle. In addition to creating the event, Ms. Tannion also gave a lecture at the event titled “Women of the Rising” and moderated a panel discussion at the event which featured Seattle’s Mayor Ed Murray, Irish Vice Consul Kevin Byrne, as well as many university professors and religious leaders.

All three of these notables are scheduled to speak at this year’s Antioch University Seattle Commencement Ceremony, which will be held at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 18, 2016 at Town Hall Seattle.

Antioch University Community,

You may be aware that a recent edition of the Antioch Review contains an essay concerning the transgender community that is garnering significant discussion. The Antioch Review is owned and operated by Antioch College, which is no longer associated in any way with Antioch University. The University was not involved in selecting this essay for publication and it certainly does not represent the views of Antioch University. As a University, we remain committed to our mission of social, economic, and environmental justice. While we encourage faculty and students to engage in critical thought and dialogue around important issues, the essay in the Antioch College Review is a far cry from what we value as a community; it is offensive, hurtful and inaccurate. We stand strong and proud in affirmation and celebration of all our students and the diverse communities to which they belong. This includes our transgendered students and employees who will continue to have our full respect and support.

Sincerely,

Felice Nudelman
Chancellor

Montreal, QC – Not only did the American Counseling Association’s division the Association for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC) give Antioch University Seattle School of Applied Psychology, Counseling and Family Therapy Core Faculty member and PhD in Counseling Supervision and Education program co-founder Dr. Ned Farley a Service Award on April 2, 2016, but ALGBTIC also renamed the award the Ned Farley Service Award after him this year! Below his name, the inscription on the statuette reads “Who Has Served ALGBTIC and the Larger LGBTQQIA Community Through Forwarding the Mission and Values of ALGBTIC”.

Dr. Farley received the Ned Farley Service Award at the 2016 annual American Counseling Association Conference and Expo, which was held in Montreal, QC, Canada, from March 21, 2016 to April 3, 2016.

While the award is a welcome surprise, Dr. Farley’s involvement as a leader within the ALGBTIC has been prominent for decades. In the words of Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling Editor-in-Chief Mike Chaney, “Ned’s service is so phenomenal that he was a leader in the association before there was an association! Now that it commitment!”

In 1993-1994, Dr. Farley was co-chair of the ALGBTIC with Michael Spretnjak. Dr. Farley was also one of the ALGBTIC members who worked tirelessly to get the ALGBTIC recognized by the American Counseling Association (ACA), first as an “organizational affiliate” by the ACA in 1996, and later as a full ACA division in 1997. In 1999-2002, Dr. Farley was a Board Trustee within the ALGBTIC, who chaired the Program Review Committee. In addition, Dr. Farley was the president of the ALGBTIC in 2002-2003 and again in 2004-2005. While president of the ALGBTIC, he helmed the push for creating a professional journal for the division. Upon its creation, Dr. Farley was the first Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, through his “retirement” in December 2015. He remains involved in this journal, however, by mentoring its current editor Mike Chaney.

Truly, Dr. Ned Farley has dedicated decades of his life to supporting the ALGBTIC. In the words of Mike Chaney, “Much of what ALGBTIC is today is, in part, due to Ned and his service. Though he probably would not refer to himself this way, but Ned is a forefather of the ALGBTIC. As such, he should be revered and applauded for all of his past and present service to ALGBTIC.”

We are extremely proud of Dr. Farley and his enduring legacy here at Antioch University Seattle, including the co-creation of the new PhD in Counseling Supervision and Education program starting this fall.

Even in the age of STEM, employers still value liberal arts degrees

BY
DAILY NEWS CONTRIBUTOR
Monday, April 4, 2016, 8:00 PM

Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman

So your son or daughter has received that letter of acceptance to the school of their choice and they’re college bound. It is justifiably one of the proudest moments in parenthood because your child is on the right track for success.

However, there is a certain sense of uneasiness with their decision to major in liberal arts, especially when there is a gut feeling that they will have better employment opportunities majoring in a high-in-demand STEM (science, technology, education and mathematics) field.

There are a variety of reasons that a college student might choose to pursue a liberal arts education over a STEM degree. Furthermore, although we continue to hear how popular STEM skills are, only about half of students graduating with a STEM degree land jobs in the field, according to the Economic Policy Institute.

Employers’ demand for professionals with a liberal arts background might actually be greater than generally perceived, largely because their broader scope of knowledge and skills learned can differentiate themselves from the pool of candidates.

HR executives perceive graduates with liberal arts degrees as well-rounded candidates with characteristics that stimulate efficiency and resourcefulness.

Workers who can navigate and rethink business models using knowledge from many different disciplines, with an ability to continuously learn, are qualities in the wheelhouse of liberal arts students.

“The ability to continuously learn within an organization is particularly attractive for employers. Liberal arts students excel in this field,” said Antioch University Chancellor Felice Nudelman, who leads the academic institution in the core values of inclusiveness, social justice, experiential learning, and socially engaged, global citizenship.

“Employers desire flexible skillsets that offer versatility within companies and liberal arts students are well-rounded individuals that meet the criteria.”

Nudelman noted that Antioch continues to receive requests from employers to provide employees in leadership career paths with the type of diverse coursework that make up liberal arts degree programs.

Read the entire article at the NY Daily News.

March 30, 2016

Seattle, WA – Starting this fall, Antioch University Seattle (AUS) will offer classes in a new graduate program, designed for master’s level counselors who want to take their careers to the next level by gaining a PhD. This degree program offers cognate areas in either Counselor Education and Supervision or Creative Arts Therapy Counselor Education and Supervision.

In the words of the founders of this program, this degree is “designed for counselors who wish to enhance their professional competencies in research and evaluation, supervision, teaching, and counseling. It is appropriate for professional counselors who want to teach in counselor education and training programs and/or obtain leadership positions in mental health related agencies.”

The rigorous academic PhD curriculum is designed based on the national standards as recommended by the Council of Accreditation for Counseling Related Education Programs (CACREP) as well as those standards consistent in the clinical practice and supervision of creative arts counseling (e.g. art therapy, drama therapy, play therapy). The intention is to seek CACREP accreditation however we cannot assure that accreditation will be granted.

Students with a master’s degree in counseling, preferably from a CACREP accredited program such as the Clinical Mental Health Counseling master’s degree offered through AUS, will be able to transfer up to 74 quarter credits towards this 144-credit PhD program. In the words of Dr. Ned Farley: “If they can get all 74 credits transferred in, then it becomes a 70-credit-remaining doctoral program…It’s built around a 3-year degree process, going half time.”

In addition to following CACREP recommendations, this doctoral program will go above and beyond what other Counseling Supervision and Education programs offer in ways that make it uniquely Antioch. For example, in addition to providing a Creative Arts Therapy cognate which supports participation from AUS Creative Arts Therapy master’s graduates, this program will also support the AUS social justice mission by encouraging students to develop a multicultural counselor identity and an appreciation for diversity, while also requiring core coursework in social justice and advocacy.

 

Learn more about the PhD in Counseling Education and Supervision program.

Seattle, WA and Chandigarh, India –  In October, 2015, Antioch University Seattle’s (AUS) Clinical Mental Health Counseling Core Faculty and Chair Colin Ward, PhD, LMHC, was a keynote speaker at the 3rd World Congress on Excellence, hosted by Panjab University, Chandigarh, in India. This visit helped pave the way for ongoing conversation between Panjab University and AUS. This conversation, in turn, has recently blossomed into a more formal relationship between the two schools, in the form of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

This thoughtfully written MOU was signed into existence this March, by Professor Arun Kumar Grover, the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Chandigarh, and by Dan Hocoy, PhD, President of Antioch University Seattle. The representatives of the school who will be directly involved in the ongoing participation in the MOU are Professor Meena Sehgal, of the Department of Psychology at Panjab University, Chandigarh, and Jane Harmon Jacobs, PhD, the Academic Dean of Antioch University Seattle.

​Although these schools are over 6,000 miles apart and located on opposite hemispheres, Panjab University, Chandigarh and Antioch University Seattle have much in common. Panjab University was founded in 1882. Its Department of Psychology, which was founded in 1959, is one of the largest Psychology programs in India. Antioch University was founded in 1852. Antioch University Seattle is renowned for its groundbreaking School of Applied Psychology, Counseling, and Family Therapy.

In their shared MOU, AUS and Panjab University, Chandigarh outline the scope of their collaboration, the duration of the MOU, and other matters. For example, the MOU describes itself as “designed to foster a friendly relationship between Antioch University Seattle and Panjab University through mutual cooperation in the areas of training, education, and research.” It further says “Each institution may offer the other opportunities for activities and programs such as teaching, research, exchange of faculty and students, and staff development that will foster a collaborative relationship.” The MOU elaborates, saying “The institutions contemplate implementation of programs or activities such as: a) joint educational, cultural, and research activities; b) exchange of teaching staff and advanced graduate students for research, lectures, and discussions; c) participation in seminars and academic meetings; d) exchange of academic materials, publications, and other information; and e) special short-term academic programs.”

On the subject of exchange students, the MOU says that a separate agreement will be needed, “stipulating the details of credit transfer, fees, participant qualifications, and quality assurance process before initiating the exchange of students or the acceptance of applicants as international students at either institution.” Moreover, MOU clarifies that “No financial obligations are assumed under this agreement.” And “The financing of any of the activities mentioned in this agreement shall be dependent on the availability of funds and shall be subject to specific agreements by which these activities may be accomplished.”

In essence, the MOU is the start of a formal relationship, which is expected to grow into multiple new agreements over the duration of its five years. It lays the groundwork for the creation of future collaborative projects. Antioch University Seattle’s social justice mission embraces diversity. Coming together in collaboration with an esteemed university on the other side of the globe is an especially rich opportunity to help our academic community members grow as world citizens.

Learn more about the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.

Seattle, WA —

From January 5 – 8, 2016, Antioch University Seattle (AUS) hosted an annual Historical and Educational Civil Rights Tour, as part of coursework in Social Justice in the AUS Bachelor of Arts completion program. Each year, this tour brings participating students through multiple historical locations in the American South, tied to important milestones in the American Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. Locations toured include Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birth Home in Atlanta, GA, and the National Civil Rights Museum at the Lorraine Motel, in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Finley speaking at the 48th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service

Regarding the AUS Civil Rights Tour, one student recently wrote “I am truly appreciative and humbled by the tour, I have found my tribe, my people, my purpose and my meaning in this world to continue as a human and civil rights advocate/activist and in the future hopefully a nonviolence trainer.”

The leader of this tour, Antioch University Seattle’s BA Completion Professor Emerita Mary Lou Finley, was one of the featured speakers at the 48th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service at Ebenezer Baptist Church, sponsored by the King Center in Atlanta, Georgia. This 5-hour service held considerable significance, as Dr. King’s daughter Bernice King was another one of the speakers.

Dr. Finley was on Dr. King’s staff in Chicago in the 1960s, and she shared some of her experiences from those historic times. When describing Dr. King’s “open and loving response” to people, and young people in particular, Dr. Finley said “He gave us a glimpse of the beloved community, so now it’s up to us to commit to the unfinished work.”

In addition, Dr. Finley was interviewed for Chicago’s WBEZ radio station, on January 26, 2016. In this interview, Dr. Finley talked in depth about her time working as a staffer with Dr. King. She was one of the people tasked with setting up his “tiny” Lawndale apartment, as part of his fair housing and tenant’s rights movements. “They actually trained realtors in how not to discriminate.” She also highlighted her upcoming book, The Chicago Freedom Movement: Martin Luther King Jr. and Civil Rights Activism in the North, which will be released in April 2016.

 

Learn more about the BA in Liberal Studies program.

Seattle, WA – On Monday, December 7, Antioch University Seattle (AUS) welcomed Dr. Benjamin Pryor to his new role as provost and chief operating officer.  Along with extensive accomplishments in higher education, community engagement and academic innovation, Dr. Pryor brings with him a long history of choices and interests shaped by the same principles that structure the mission and values of Antioch University.

In his new role, Dr. Pryor will lead and manage all educational programs, faculty and staff hiring and development, and campus accreditation processes. Working closely with AUS President Dr. Dan Hocoy and the presidents at Antioch University’s other campuses, Dr. Pryor will also contribute to the development of university-wide academic initiatives with chief academic officers in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, New England, Midwest, and with AU Connected.

Joining AUS most recently from Western International University in Phoenix, where he served as provost and senior vice president, Dr. Pryor has served as vice provost of academic program development at the University of Toledo, as well as several other high-level positions in both administrative and faculty settings within academia.

Among his many professional accomplishments, Dr. Pryor has chaired academic departments, led several renovation and innovation projects to benefit students, and played a key role in faculty development. He also has extensive experience with online learning initiatives. He is adept at academic affairs, curriculum development, and institution effectiveness and accreditation needs.

Dr. Pryor earned his PhD in philosophy from Pennsylvania State University, attended Vanderbilt University’s Doctoral program, and received his master’s in philosophy from The Claremont Graduate School. He received his bachelor’s degree from University of Redlands, Johnston Center for Individualized Studies with an emphasis in English and philosophy.

An “excellent fit for our community,” according to Dr. Hocoy, Dr. Pryor’s specialties center on social and political philosophy, with his areas of concentration focused in the philosophy of law and legal studies, aesthetics, and modern philosophy. He co-founded a publication serving the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities at Vanderbilt, has presented extensive research on topics ranging from innovation trends in higher education to free speech issues, and is a founding member of The Glacity Theatre Collective, where he advises and participates in many artistic pursuits.

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Pryor to AUS, and share our excitement in the promise his perspective and enthusiasm brings to our campus and community.

December 7, 2015

Antioch University Highly Rated By U.S. News for Serving Adult Students

Yellow Springs, Ohio – U.S. News released a report ranking schools based on the percentage of students enrolled in undergraduate programs in the 2014-2015 academic year age 25 or older, and Antioch University’s Midwest (AUM) campus came in as number one.

When all five campuses are combined, the University as a whole would be ranked fifth in the country, demonstrating that Antioch University offers a very attractive learning environment for adult students.

Antioch University has a long history of serving adult students completing bachelor’s degrees or pursuing advanced degrees. The report ranked AUM first with 95% of its students older than 25. Enrollment data for all of Antioch University’s five campuses throughout the U.S. shows that more than 82 percent of the university’s students are 25 or older have ranked the university as fifth in the nation.

The recent announcement on the U.S. News website states: “Not all students set out for college immediately after high school graduation. Some enlist in the military, spend time in the workforce or take time off to travel the world. For those who choose to go to college later in life, having classmates who reflect their age, interests and experiences can help ease the transition from the ‘real world’ to the world of an undergraduate student.”

The statement mirrors Antioch University’s focus, culture and emphasis on transformative education for working adults.

“Adult learners prefer to be in an environment with other adults, especially undergraduates who are returning to complete a degree,” said Felice Nudelman, chancellor of Antioch University. “For decades, we have tailored our academic programs, course scheduling, experiential learning opportunities and student services to help non-traditional students succeed. The U.S. News data, combined with our own research, demonstrates that the environment we have created is very attractive to students who are attracted to Antioch University.”

The University has a national and international reach through its five campuses in Keene, New Hampshire, Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, California, Seattle, Washington, Yellow Springs, Ohio, its online programs through Antioch University Connected, and its PhD in Leadership and Change program.

About Antioch University

Inspired by the work of pioneering educator Horace Mann, Antioch University provides learner-centered education to empower students with the knowledge and skills to lead meaningful lives and to advance social, economic, and environmental justice. With campuses in Keene, New Hampshire; Los Angeles; Santa Barbara; Seattle; Yellow Springs, Ohio; and online at AU Connected, Antioch University is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. The University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

Program recognized with 2014 National Humanities Medal to begin at AUS in January 2016

Seattle – Through a new partnership with the renowned Clemente Course in the Humanities (Clemente), Antioch University Seattle (AUS) will offer free humanities classes in art, literature, history, philosophy and writing to returning military veterans. AUS is a fully accredited nonprofit institution geared towards meeting the needs of today’s adult learners. Clemente is a unique educational institution founded to teach college-level humanities subjects to people living in economic distress through partnerships with faculty at leading colleges and universities across the world. The program was awarded the 2014 National Humanities Medal for improving the lives of disadvantaged adults, an effort that aligns with AUS’ mission.

“It is an honor to offer resources such as these to the courageous men and women who have put their lives on the line to ensure our safety,” said Dr. Phoenix Raine, Academic Director at AUS, “As an institution with social and economic justice interwoven into every facet of our work, we’re proud to support the next step in the careers of military veterans and service members.”

Clemente classes will begin in January 2016 at AUS, located at 2326 6th Avenue, and are scheduled twice weekly through the first week of June. Free child care and transportation support is also available. There is no tuition, books are provided, and the college credits offered are transferable to most institutions. The new offering is one of the many ways AUS supports veterans, along with its student chapter of the Student Veterans of America, and its status as a Department of Defense approved university for the education of training of Veterans and Veterans family members.

“For 20 years the Clemente Course has offered free humanities seminars to thousands of people all over the globe who have been deprived of these riches through economic, social, or political forces,” said Lela Hilton, national program director for Clemente and an Antioch University alumna, who attended a White House ceremony on September 10, 2015, where President and Mrs. Obama awarded a 2014 National Humanities Medal to the Clemente Course.

About The Clemente Course in the Humanities

The Clemente Course in the Humanities ® (Clemente/CCH) provides free, accredited college Courses in the humanities to those marginalized by economic hardship and adverse circumstances. Students are guided by highly experienced college faculty who, using the Socratic method, provide a rigorous education in literature, philosophy, American history, art history, and critical thinking and writing. Class discussions and readings increase students’ skills in critical thinking, writing, communication, time management, teamwork, and self-advocacy. There are currently 31 Clemente Courses in the US, and at a minimum, each Course enrolls 20-25 students per year for a one-semester Course.

Fishermen’s Terminal Revisited, produced and written by Antioch University Seattle faculty member Dr. BJ Bullert, debuts December 7 on the Seattle Channel (Channel 21) at 7:30 and 10:30 pm.  It will be available for viewing online starting December 4 at www.seattlechannel.org/communitystories/.


Seattle – In 2001, Seattle’s Fishermen’s Terminal, the homeport for the North Pacific Fishing Fleet, began welcoming pleasure boats into the traditionally working-class fishing port and by default, its surrounding community. After one film detailing the civic policies, news coverage, resulting disagreements, and impact the change had on the people who rely on the terminal for their livelihoods, historian, filmmaker and Antioch University Seattle (AUS) faculty BJ Bullert created a follow-up film that looks at the controversial issue, its resulting gentrification of the area, and displacement in the rapidly-growing city of Seattle.

“Sometimes, a topic clings in the imagination and won’t let go until it’s done. That was the case with Fishermen’s Terminal: Revisited,” said Bullert, who began her latest film as a sequel after bodies of dead fishermen were found floating near the docks shortly after the first film aired on KCTS, Seattle’s public television station.

After several investigations, audits, financial inquiries and changes to Port procedures, policies and leadership – all reported through local news organizations, especially the Seattle Post-Intelligencer – the news organization covering the controversy closed.

“Since then, the news business has morphed and fragmented, and there’s been a noticeable decline in investigative reporting overall and on the Port of Seattle in particular. It could be that there’s little to report, but how would the public know?” asks Bullert, who produced, directed, wrote and narrated the film. “Where are the reporters today who would be keeping tabs on this agency that controls most of Seattle’s waterfront?”

Bullert teaches in AUS’ BA Degree Completion program, and is a former Shorenstein Fellow at Harvard University, where she studied the relationship between advocacy campaigns and mainstream media, among other teaching and research positions. She holds a doctorate in communication from the University of Washington, a M.Litt from Oxford University and a BA in philosophy from Boston University. She grew up in West Seattle and returned there after living abroad and on the east coast. She has been making documentaries since the 1980s, and her prior films include Dancing Lives, Everett DuPen: Sculptor, and Fishermen’s Terminal.

About Antioch University Seattle

Antioch University Seattle is a fully accredited, not for profit institution that is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. Antioch University provides real world knowledge, skills, and experience to adult students online and from its five campuses in four states, in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day helping students realize their potential and succeed in their educational goals through an innovative learning environment that is rigorous and responsive to their needs. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1927.

Updated October 2, 2015: KING 5​ TV News ran a story on the evolution of the downtown core and Antioch University Seattle’s part in our city’s transformation. Click Here to view.

Universities that serve busy adult learners need facilities that enable students to learn, connect and collaborate as they advance themselves personally and professionally. That’s the vision for Antioch University Seattle (AUS) as the campus prepares to move into a new space just blocks from its current location.

Antioch University recently signed a long-term lease securing space in a three-story building that is under construction at the intersection of 3rd Avenue and Battery Street (2404 3rd Avenue), just three blocks from the current Antioch University Building at 6th and Battery. On September 30, Antioch University completed the sale of the 6th and Battery building to HB Management, a private Seattle real estate company, generating excitement about the Seattle campus move to a brand new location, which is expected to be completed by late 2016. Until that time, AUS will remain in the current building with no disruption to class offerings and schedules.

“We are excited to design and outfit a building around today’s student. The days of rows of desks, a chalkboard and lectern are long gone,” said Dr. Dan Hocoy, AUS president. “Our students need space to collaborate, learn experientially and leverage technology. We’ll be working together with students, faculty, staff and the AUS community to make sure our shared vision for the new space becomes reality.”

Antioch University is nationally recognized as a leader and innovator in providing adult students experiential educational opportunities that lead to personal and professional enhancement. AUS, one of the five campuses of Antioch University, has occupied its current downtown Seattle building since 1996, and celebrated its 40th year in Seattle this past February. Its recent sale includes a provision through which AUS will lease back its current space until December 2016 to make the transition to the new location as seamless as possible.

AUS’ strategic relocation comes at a perfect time, as its current location in the Denny Triangle is in the midst of a commercial and residential construction boom. Antioch is reinvesting a portion of the sale proceeds in a state-of-the-art campus. The new campus is located along the 3rd Avenue transit corridor connecting Seattle’s major employment centers—South Lake Union and Downtown—both of which employ current and future Antioch students. It is walking distance to Downtown, Amazon, and the Seattle Center. As a new construction building, AUS has the opportunity to optimize space and improve the student experience.

“Because of the sale, we are able to make a significant investment in the new space to ensure that it’s a true 21st century learning environment. This is such a unique opportunity and so much has changed since we moved into the current space 19 years ago. We’re very excited to announce the move and have our vision for the new facility become reality,” said Felice Nudelman, chancellor of Antioch University.

The new space is being leased from Martin Selig Real Estate. Construction of the new building is under way now. In addition to modern classrooms and a lounge space for students, it will include a large event area for university and community events.

“Over the next four months the design team, led by global design firm Gensler, will be working with campus leadership, our real estate advisory team and campus user groups to design and refine our new home. It’s been a long and complex process and I am so pleased that we are evolving with the vibrant downtown Seattle community while serving our students in new ways,” Dr. Hocoy said.

“Antioch’s commitment to creating a built space that reflects the University’s unique educational model and supports the evolving needs of its students is commendable,” said Matt Anderson, Principal at Heartland LLC. “Furthermore, the University’s pro-active approach to leveraging its real estate portfolio in support of a resilient business model is well-timed and important for organizations and firms across all sectors to be thinking about.”

“In alignment with Antioch University’s learner-centered educational mission, we’re excited to be working with a group of dedicated educators, staff, and students to redefine the modern university campus, through detailed user research and educational strategy, to create a compelling learning environment for the future leaders of the region,” said Ryan Haines, Principal and Research and Design Strategy Lead at Gensler.

Heartland LLC, a Seattle-based real estate advisory and investment firm, is serving as Antioch University’s strategic real estate advisor across the five-campus portfolio and supported Antioch in its campus sale and new campus site selection and lease negotiation. Gensler is designing Antioch’s space in the 3rd and Battery location and Robinson Company is serving as Antioch’s owner’s representative on the space build-out.

About Antioch University
Antioch University is an accredited, non-profit university and a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education that serves adult students around the world, online and from its five campuses in four states in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day by helping students realize their potential and achieve their educational goals through rigorous and responsive learning environment. Antioch University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Learn more at antioch.edu.

About Heartland LLC
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Grant-funded urban ecology project will sustainably curtail polluted water runoff into Salmon Bay while building infrastructure and community

Seattle – Antioch University Seattle (AUS) students and faculty are closing in on completing a project that has the promise of reducing some of the approximately 2 million gallons of polluted water that drains into the city’s Salmon Bay each year. The East Ballard Greenstreet Project, will launch with a groundbreaking ceremony at 9 am on Monday, September 21 after years of planning with community partners and the City of Seattle. The public is invited to attend the event and learn about the block of roadside rain gardens to be installed along 11th Avenue NW at 58th Street in Seattle’s East Ballard neighborhood.  The project is funded through a $65,000 Russell Family Foundation grant as a pilot demonstration for future community-driven and environmentally-friendly drainage projects.

“Our small natural drainage projects will absorb and filter the roadway runoff before it can reach the catch basin system, which directs runoff into Salmon Bay at the end of 11th Avenue NW,” said Cari Simson, project manager and adjunct faculty at AUS’ liberal studies Bachelor Completion program. “The project has involved working collaboratively with the City of Seattle on revising permit rules so neighborhood leaders could build their own small-scale natural drainage projects in the road right-of-way.”

Managing roadway runoff is an important environmental consideration because it can easily transmit toxins and pollutants – such as vehicle exhaust particles, oil leaks, pet waste, garbage and other chemicals on roads and roofs – as it makes its way to the nearest catch basin, and ultimately the nearest waterbody. Polluted runoff enters the food chain and affects the health of marine creatures and the people who eat fish or shellfish.

The East Ballard Greenstreet Project was launched not only to offset pollution, but also show community, government and private groups how to work together to build rain gardens and use that experience to shape best practices for implementing similar projects elsewhere. Last year AUS helped coordinate Ballard High School students’ participation in an art workshop to raise awareness for the historic creek that runs underneath the neighborhood. And the completed rain gardens will become part of the fabric of the future community with educational signage and integration into local events, such as an upcoming “Discover your Neighborhood Watershed” walking tour around the rain gardens.

“This project illustrates how at AUS we look below the surface to solve problems in sustainable ways that truly make a difference in our communities,” Simson said.

The E. Ballard Greenstreet Project is funded through a grant from The Russell Family Foundation with support from Antioch University Seattle, the Washington Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and East Ballard Community Association. To learn more about the project or to get involved visit facebook.com/eastballardgreenstreet.

About Antioch University Seattle

Antioch University Seattle is a fully accredited, not for profit institution that is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. Antioch University provides real world knowledge, skills, and experience to adult students online and from its five campuses in four states, in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day helping students realize their potential and succeed in their educational goals through an innovative learning environment that is rigorous and responsive to their needs. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1927.

AUS is one of only two programs in Washington to earn the designation

Seattle – Antioch University Seattle’s couples and family therapy program has been ranked as one of the most affordable in the country by Best Counseling Degrees, an online resource for exploring the nation’s best counseling degree programs. On the list of the top 50 programs, AUS’ came in at 33, and is one of only two programs from Washington to make the list. Read the article here.

“This designation highlights the competitiveness and affordability of our program, which along with ensuring extremely high levels of competence and professionalism, teaches students to systemically incorporate Antioch University’s commitment to diversity and social responsibility,” said Kirk Honda, core faculty and chairman of AUS’ counseling and family therapy specialization. “We work hard to make pursuing this important area of psychology as attainable as possible.”

The Best Counseling Degrees ranking was calculated using the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) database to identify the more than 100+ marriage and family therapy programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE). It then used the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator database to identify the most affordable based on graduate tuition and fees. AUS is ranked at 33.

AUS’ MA in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization in couple and family therapy – which meets all state licensing requirements and includes a combination of experiential and in-class learning – is offered through AUS’ School of Applied Psychology, Counseling & Family Therapy. It boasts an 80 percent graduation rate and is taught by award-winning faculty who bring their clinical world experience to their classrooms, internships and the innovative Community Counseling and Psychology Clinic, where students gain supervised experience with the diagnosis and treatment of a range of mental health concerns.

AUS also offers a MA in Counseling with a clinical mental health specialization, and both MA options allow for concentrations in art therapy, drama therapy, or play therapy.

Learn more about our Couples and Family Therapy program.

AUS’ Center is the first in Washington and one of only 27 in the United States to gain approval.

Seattle – The United States Association for Play Therapy recently designated Antioch University Seattle’s (AUS) Play Therapy Center as an Approved Center of Play Therapy Education. The approval recognizes AUS as an institution designated to generate more play therapy research, peer-reviewed publications, instruction, and supervised clinical experiences through its graduate level programs. AUS offers a play therapy certificate embedded within its clinical psychology programs, including Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. AUS also has resources including a community psychology clinic.

“What makes our play therapy certificate program unique is that it is integrated throughout the university – specifically within the Master’s programs – so students may gain a second specialization while completing their degrees,” said Janice Hoshino, director of the Creative Arts Therapy Institute and faculty for the Couple and Family Therapy program at AUS. “Many people achieve their play therapy education through workshops, conferences and experiential learning, which means we provide a comprehensive approach to this exciting and emerging field.”

The study and practice of play therapy offers practitioners dynamic interpersonal relationship skills to provide children (or a person of any age) the ability to fully express and explore self through play, the child’s natural medium of communication, for optimal growth and development. “Play therapy helps children communicate their feelings to parents, teachers and other caregivers through creativity, which is a language we can all fundamentally understand,” said Cary M. Hamilton, adjunct faculty at AUS’ School of Psychology and a registered play therapist, play therapy supervisor and mental health counselor. “Empowering psychologists to find the connection between play and the therapeutic impact it can have on children working through issues of trauma, bullying, depression and other types of mental illness adds an important tool to a clinician’s toolkit.”

AUS is unique nationwide through its commitment to creative therapy programs. It offers three programs in this discipline: Art Therapy, Drama Therapy, and the newly-designated Play Therapy certificate, all which use the concepts of fun and expression to help people work through psychological and psychosocial issues in unique and powerful ways. AUS’s play therapy certificate program is one of only 27 in the country, and the only one in Washington State.

AUS’ program, through which students receive Registered Play Therapist (RPT) credentials, takes about one year to complete and includes twelve weekend-long seminars to enable working adults to fit studies into existing academic or professional schedules.

About Antioch University Seattle

Antioch University Seattle is a fully accredited, not for profit institution that is a bold and enduring source of innovation in higher education. Antioch University provides real world knowledge, skills, and experience to adult students online and from its five campuses in four states, in addition to its University-wide international and doctoral programs. The University lives by its mission every day helping students realize their potential and succeed in their educational goals through an innovative learning environment that is rigorous and responsive to their needs. Antioch University has been accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1927.

Learn more about our Play Therapy certificate.