Category Archives: Training

Eduardo Vianna, developmental educator, profiled in NY Times

  Vygotskian educator Eduardo Vianna is profiled today in The New York Times for his empathic, effective work as a college instructor at LaGuardia Community College.  You can read reporter Ginia Bellafante’s Raising Ambitions, The Challenge of Teaching at Community Colleges HERE. The profile captures Dr. … Continue reading

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International educators discover ‘spaces to become a head taller’

Educators from the US and several other countries, in town for the 11th International Transformative Learning Conference, at Teachers College, Columbia University, spent a pre-conference afternoon with Institute director Lois Holzman. Her workshop, entitled Spaces to Become A Head Taller introduced the Vygotskian-influenced, performatory … Continue reading

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New film by Ishita Sanyal “Opens the Doors” on mental illness in India

This report just in from 2008 International Class alumna Ishita Sanyal (second-from-right in photo above). Her new documentary film project, Open the Doors, which she co-directed with Abhishek Ganguli, recently premiered at the Birla Industrial and Technological Museum in Kolkata.  Special guests on hand for the premiere included American Consul … Continue reading

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Lobman in Kobe Japan at invitation of Dr. Hiroyuki Imai

An enthusiastic Performing the World 2012 participant and Institute colleague, Dr.       Hiroyuki Imai (professor on the Faculty of Foreign Language Studies at Kansai University, Osaka, Japan) was eager to make a creative match:  He sought to bring together Japanese educators working in … Continue reading

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Lobman introduces Newman/Holzman to hundreds of educators and psychologists in Brazil

  At the invitation of longtime colleagues Fernanda Liberali, Cecelia Magalhaes and MuriloMocheta, the Institute’s pedagogical director Carrie Lobman spent ten days in São Paolo and Maringa, Brazil, introducing social therapeutic methodology to 225 therapists, special education teachers, public school teachers and psychologists. Lobman’s tour is the latest … Continue reading

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New International Class makes first visit to NYC

The Institute welcomed its 2013-2014 International Class, which gathered in New York City for a week of whirlwind activity. The smiling faces in the photo above belong to (front row, l. to r.) Jelena Aleksic (Serbia), Ksenija Milic (Serbia), Lois Holzman (ESI director, NYC), … Continue reading

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Japan study group performs Holzman’s ‘Vygotsky at Work and Play’

This just in from our colleague in Japan —  developmental psychology professor Yuji Moro at the University of Tsukuba.  Dr. Moro reports that he has organized a reading group to study Lois Holzman’s 2011 text, Vygotsky at Work and Play. The … Continue reading

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Helping Aboriginal Kids Tell Their Stories with Video

We hear from International Class (2007) alumna, educator and creative spirit Julie Vaudrin-Charette that she recently keynoted at The International Conference on Experiential Learning in Lima, Peru, where conference-goers focused on the role of cultural diversity in experiential learning. Take a look at … Continue reading

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Summer Interns explore social therapeutics

For another productive summer, the East Side Institute and Social Therapy Group welcomed a cosmopolitan class of summer interns, representing a variety of cultural backgrounds and coming from colleges in the Bronx, Massachusetts, Louisiana, the UK and Spain. Over the course the six … Continue reading

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Japanese colleagues try out performance of revolutionary conversationalists

Thirteen educators, psychologists, researchers and graduate students from universities across Japan recently completed a two-month online seminar with Lois Holzman, in which they pursued the study of performatory, developmental methodology and its Vygotskian roots. Entitled, Social Therapeutics: Breaking Through Alienation and Reinitiating Development, the course … Continue reading

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Syed Mizanur Rahman reports on Daffodil U. expansion in Dhaka

Here’s a report  from International Class (2007) alumnus Syed Mizanur Rahman, Director of Student Affairs and the Department of Journalism & Mass Communication at Daffodil International University in Dhaka, Bangladesh. The university recently completed construction of a permanent campus outside the city. Syed presided over the … Continue reading

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Vygotskians CHAT @ AERA Professional Development Course

Institute director of pedagogy and Rutgers University faculty Carrie Lobman co-led a professional development and training course entitled, Cultural Historical Activity Theory Methodologies in the 21st Century: The Intersections of Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) in San Francisco. Lobman is co-Program … Continue reading

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Jennifer Bullock and Murray Dabby: Teaching “Good Therapists” to Be Better

Atlanta Center for Social Therapy director Murray Dabby and Philadelphia Social Therapy Group director Jennifer Bullock teamed up to lead a national web-conference with about 80  clinicians — all members of the GoodTherapy.org network. Entitled, Why Group Therapy: Going From Fixing Problems to Creating Possibilities, the conversation … Continue reading

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Therapy Play @ American Academy of Psychotherapists

Atlanta-based social therapist, Murray Dabby, led a “therapy play” at recent meetings of the national conference of the American Academy of Psychotherapists, themed:  The Core of Psychotherapy.  His popular workshop, entitled, The Therapy Play, cast 35 clinicians into the role of collective therapist, as a single … Continue reading

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8 Students from Japan to South Africa join a postmodern psychology play

How do you teach a postmodern psychology? Or more specifically, how do you design a seminar to engage the foundations, politics, philosophy and community-based applications of the social therapeutic approach? (Presumably, pop quizzes and multiple-choice tests are out…) Institute faculty Lois … Continue reading

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Murilo Dos Santos Moscheta: Advancing an aesthetic approach to human development

Brazilian psychologist and International Class (2010) alumnus Murilo Dos Santos Moscheta recently published an article entitled, Performance and Identity:  Notes for an Aesthetic/Relational Appraisal of Development, which appears in the Brazilian journal Nova Perspectiva Sistêmica (NPS), out of Rio de Janeiro. Dos Santos … Continue reading

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Rutgers Partners with All Stars Project to Advance Developmental Afterschool

Rutgers Graduate School of Education (GSE) announced Friday a partnership with the All Stars Project, Inc. to develop initiatives dedicated to afterschool programming. For 30 years, All Stars has opened afterschool developmental programs for youth living in urban areas across … Continue reading

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International Class 2012-13: Playful, philosophical agents of social change

On the heels of Performing the World, October 4-7,  and vibrant conversations on performance and social change, the Institute’s 2012-2013 International Class convened in New York City for the first of three residencies.  Members of this playful and passionate class of … Continue reading

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Christine LaCerva presents on clinical work with families + children

Christine La Cerva, Director of the Social Therapy Group, will host a four-week online seminar for therapists, educators and parents entitled “Therapy Play with Children and Families.” Using interviews, unpublished case study materials and notes from supervisory sessions, Christine will introduce … Continue reading

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UNC Executive Development white paper features Performance of a Lifetime

The consulting firm Performance of a Lifetime (POAL) is featured in a new white paper published by UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School entitled,  Leadership Agility: Using Improv to Build Critical Skills. Authored by Kip Kelly, Director of Marketing & Business Development for UNC’s Executive Development, the paper points to innovators … Continue reading

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Crazytown creator, Jude Treder-Wolff, interviews Carrie Lobman

Creative arts therapist and performance artist, Jude Treder-Wolff interviewed the Institute’s Carrie Lobman, for a column, entitled: The Radical Collaboration Made Possible Through Play, which appeared on the online news hub, Long Island Inter-personal Relationships Examiner.  Treder-Wolff is the creator of the one-woman show, Crazytown, and … Continue reading

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Lois Holzman travels to Japan as guest faculty

At the invitation of colleague Professor Yuji Moro, Institute director Lois Holzman will visit Japan August 24 through September 3, where she will lead the  Japanese Society of Developmental Psychology‘s  International Workshop,  deliver a keynote  at the Annual Meeting of the  Japanese Association of  Qualitative … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe’s Daniel Maposa of Savanna Trust to present at PTW 2012

From Zimbabwe, Daniel Maposa is one of the 100+ pre­sen­ters and work­shop leaders com­ing to PTW 2012.  Maposa is the direc­tor of the Savanna Trust, which brings the­atre into the streets and vil­lages of polit­i­cally polar­ized Zim­babwe to cre­ate a … Continue reading

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The Human Cost of Bad Science: Therapists need new tools

The Human Cost of Diagnosis forum brought together Columbia University’s Gil Eyal, the Institute’s Lois Holzman, and Social Therapy Group director Christine LaCerva at NYU’s Vanderbilt Hall. The audience of 100+ therapists, educators, parents and others were treated to three ways of looking at … Continue reading

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Gwen Lowenheim helps staff play like kids at Brooklyn’s Children’s Museum

Faculty Gwen Lowenheim led a play workshop for the staff of the Brooklyn Children’s Museum. Part of their Altman Foundation PlayNet series, the workshop (entitled, Play, Perform, Grow: Building a High Functioning and Creative Team), was organized by Juliet Gray Moliere, director of Early Childhood Education, and attended … Continue reading

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Lobman and Lowenheim Lead Symposium on Teaching Adults

Faculty Carrie Lobman, Ed.D., and Gwen Lowenheim led a symposium on Teaching Adults, attended by adult educators who teach in universities, community based organizations, language schools, hospitals and corporate education programs. Workshop participants performed as both learners and teachers in the course of … Continue reading

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Andrew Burton’s Street Spirits Theatre Wins Arts Advocacy Award

Canada’s Street Spirits Theatre company was presented with the Arts Advocacy Award by the Regional Arts Council in Prince George British Columbia for their work in promoting the arts. The youth driven, social action theatre company was founded by Andrew Burton, a member … Continue reading

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Holzman and Friedman Head to Scandinavia

Lois Holzman will travel to Denmark and Sweden this week to lead a series of workshops and talks organized by colleagues in the Performing the World Community. In Copenhagen, psychologist Esben Wilstrup, a 2009 graduate of the Institute’s International Class, has … Continue reading

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Performing beyond “mentally ill” at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in D.C.

What is mental illness? What is community? What is a “good neighbor” or an “upstanding citizen?” These are some of the philosophical questions discussed in therapy groups led by Andres Marquez-Lara, at Saint Elizabeths Hospital in Washington, D.C.  Andres is a therapist, … Continue reading

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Holzman reports on trip to Serbia — challenging hold of societal identities…

Institute director Lois Holzman reports at LoisHolzman.org on a recent visit to Serbia which included activities with colleagues old and new. As she has since 1997, Holzman attended annual meetings of Zdravo da Ste (“Hi Neighbor”) — a group of 100+ psychologists, educators, … Continue reading

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Peter Nsubuga Inspires Donors at Fall Ctty Meeting and Fundraiser

International Class alumnus and Hope for Youth Uganda founder Peter Nsubuga joined director Lois Holzman and All Stars Project co-founder and UX dean Lenora Fulani as a special guest presenter at the Institute’s fall community meeting and fundraiser on Sunday, November 13. (Fulani, who is also … Continue reading

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All over the world — innovation and experimentation

The new issue of the Institute’s Reports from the Field newsletter reports on the latest projects of colleagues worldwide. Lois Holzman, director, comments: Our friends… are innovating and experimenting with play, performance, social therapeutics and other unorthodox methods of education, public health, psychological … Continue reading

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Can Performance (change) SAVE the world?

The seventh Performing the World conference will be held in NYC, Thursday, Oct. 4 through Sunday, Oct. 7, 2012. International, cross-discipinary, conversational, experiential and practical-critical, PTW has come over the decade to play an increasingly important role in supporting and … Continue reading

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Dr. Rafael Mendez to speak at Islamic Azad University in Iran

  Social Therapy Group staff therapist, Bronx Community College and Institute faculty, Rafael Mendez, Ph.D., will be a featured speaker at the First International Congress on Child and Adolescent Psychology: Cross Cultural and Islamic Approach  conference at the Islamic Azad University in … Continue reading

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Institute’s interns head back to college after a hard-working summer….

Programs Coordinator Melissa Meyer organized a “farewell” evening-out at the Castillo Theatre for six interns who’ve been working with the Institute over recent months — producing events, conducting social media outreach, observing social therapy groups, attending study groups and performing … Continue reading

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Getting creative with teacher education

Carrie Lobman responds to a recent New York Times feature, Ed Schools’ Pedagogical Puzzle, July 21, 2011. The Times reports on the gap left by traditional teacher education programs: …Teachers already bypass traditional education degrees, entering classrooms with temporary licenses after … Continue reading

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Alumni ‘perform the world’ in Novi Sad, Dhaka, Taipei, Lagos, Kolkata, rural Uganda and Hamilton, ON

Hot off the virtual presses, the July issue of Reports from the Field  presents some of the latest developments in the work of colleagues in communities and universities across the globe.  Read more here.  Director Lois Holzman comments: Many who … Continue reading

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