Fifth Annual Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association Conference

Cultural Humanistic Psychologies

Date: November 6-7, 2021

Conference Times:

Live Presentations on Saturday and Sunday: 8:45 AM-2:00 PM MST (8:00 AM-1:00 PST; 10:00 AM-3:00 PM CST; 11:00 AM-4:00 PM EST)

Social and Debriefing Events: 2:00-3:30 PM MST (1:00-2:30 PM PST; 3:00-4:30 CST; 4:00-5:30 EST)

The Fifth Annual Rocky Mountain Humanistic Counseling and Psychological Association Conference will focus on the theme of “Cultural Humanistic Psychologies.” The conference will include live portions as well as recorded, asynchronous content. In order to minimize Zoom fatigue, we are holding the conference across 2 half days.

Conference Program

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Saturday, November 6 (Times are listed in Mountain Standard Time)

8:45-9:00Conference Opening
9:00-9:55Some African Cultural Perspectives in Existential-Humanistic Psychology
Anthony Nyki
10:00-11:55Existential Psychology and The Way of the Tao
Mark Yang
12:00-12:55Psychospirituality at the Crossroads: Where Contemporary Pagan and Humanistic-Existential Paradigms Intersect
Drake Spaeth
1:00-1:55Keynote: An Ontological Turn in Psychology: Implications for Multicultural Counseling
Louise Sundararajan
2:00-3:30Social Rooms

Sunday, November 7 (Times are listed in Mountain Standard Time)

9:00-9:55The Flowering of Existential Authenticity: An In-Depth Analysis of the Indian Psyche and Existential Anxiety
Rochelle Suri
10:00-10:55The Essence of Harmony and Its Application to Psychotherapy
Albert Chan
11:00-11:55Professional Development Challenges of Graduate Students of Color in Higher Education That Are Often Ignored, Overlooked, and Trivialized
Sabah Islam
12:00-1:55Examining Microaggressions and Building Cultural Empathy through the Lens of Slavery
Nathaniel Granger
2:00-2:30Awards Presentation and Conference Closing

Humanistic Exemplar Award (Student): Sabah Islam
Sandy Sela-Smith Humanistic Exemplar Award: Nathaniel Granger, Jr.
2:30-3:30Social & Debriefing Rooms

Asynchronous Presentations

  1. Treating Cultural Loss in Trauma – Ilene Serlin, PhD, Devika Mahta, MS, & Grace Zhou, MA
  2. The Possibility of Queer Spiritual Identity: Beyond Reconciliation – Silvio Machado, PhD
  3. Introduction to Critical Race Theory and Its Relevance to Existential Psychotherapy – Louis Hoffman
  4. Frantz Fanon, Violence, and Contemporary Social Justice Movements – Louis Hoffman
  5. Who Am I? Mirrors and Identity – Susan Ridley, PhD

Asynchronous Poster Presentations

  1. Eco-Martyrdom and The Plight of the Guajajara – Christopher Latourrette, Carley Harrison, Anya Upadhyaya, Karolina Allen, Lawrence Smith, Sara Herz, Grace Mahon, & Richard Bargdill
  2. Intimate Partner Violence and The Effects on Children in the Home – Mya Guerra
  3. The Benefits of a Daily Personal Growth Practice: Report on Initial Data – Adnan Mughal, Fiona Zaloshinga, and Richard Bargdill