Shipyard artist Aisla Islava co-hosts conference “The Power of the Expressive Arts” September 21-24, 2017
Shipyard artist Aisla Islava co-hosts conference “The Power of the Expressive Arts” September 21-24, 2017
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Shipyard artist Aisla Islava, together with Heidi Hardin of ThinkRound Fine Arts, Together We Stand and WISR, hosts an Expressive Arts Therapy, Arts Educators, Resilience through Creativity Conference and Speaker’s Event September 21-24.

Central themes of this year’s conference are Healthy Families, Workplaces and Homes; Innovative Trauma Informed Care; Multiculturalism and Resilience; and The Power of the Expressive Arts.

Speaker’s Event Saturday September 23, 2017 at 6 p.m.
Marines’ Memorial Theater
609 Sutter Street (at Mason)
San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 447-0188

Our September 23 Celebratory Speaker Event features inspiring stories of forgiveness, resilience and courage.

Our keynote presentation will feature Dr. Edith Eva Eger, eminent psychologist, prolific author and Auschwitz survivor. ‘Dr. Edie’ will speak about her experiences as a survivor of Auschwitz, as a wife, mother, educator, inspiring speaker, author and internationally renowned psychologist. She will also discuss her highly anticipated memoir The Choice: Embrace the Possible.

The Choice is a gift to humanity. One of those rare and eternal stories that you don’t want to end and that leave you forever changed. Dr. Eger’s life reveals our capacity to transcend even the greatest of horrors and to use that suffering for the benefit of others. She has found true freedom and forgiveness and shows us how we can as well.” —DESMOND TUTU, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

A film screening and talk will feature Dr. Satsuki Ina, Bay Area clinical psychologist, educator, artist and filmmaker. Dr. Ina was born at the Tule Lake Segregation Center during World War II. She will present and screen the film “And Then They Came for Us“. Dr. Ina is a marriage and family therapist, specializing in innovative trauma recovery, multicultural families, and community trauma intervention.

Speaker Heidi Hardin presents her expressive arts therapy and peacemaking project Paradise Project: Global Center for the Human Family.

Human Family Tree/A Walk through Paradise…, (Paradise…) is an evocation of the universality of the human family through a multimedia meditation on the experiences we share, regardless of faith, culture, or ethnicity.

“As a fine artist working in Southeast San Francisco community arts for the past twenty years, I have taught art and environmental science to children about the clean up and reuse of Hunters Point Shipyard. From this work and the thousands of children I have taught, I learned that no matter how traumatic or toxic one’s childhood might have been, there are those (visible and invisible) willing and able to help with the clean up and reuse of one’s life. My awareness of and trust in these processes were the heart of staying resilient as a human being while facing the darkest realities of my past, accepting them, and developing emotional maturity.” –Heidi Hardin/October 2015

Human Dignity expert David Yamada JD PhD is an internationally recognized authority on workplace bullying and humiliation studies. Dr. David Yamada, Suffolk Law Professor and Founder of the International Workplace Institute will share his insight and wisdom regarding the harmful effects humiliation and bullying at the workplace and how to develop healthy workplaces, schools and societies and foster environments of creativity, collaboration, respect and innovation. Dr. Yamada’s model workplace anti-bullying legislation, the Healthy Workplace Bill, serves as the template for law reform efforts across the U.S. His multidisciplinary work on work abuse includes collaborations with the American Psychological Association, Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies, and the Workplace Bullying Institute.

Global Trauma Resolution and Resilience Advocate Diana Canant and arts therapy advocate and Shipyard Artist Aisla Islava present the Community Self Care Demonstration Project’s global grassroots community care initiative, Turning the Tide. Turning the Tide is a movement designed as a non-pathologizing, non-medical approach to utilizing the innate wisdom we all have within us to heal, recover and build resiliency.

“Strong communities help individuals to heal. Strong individuals help communities to heal.”

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