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October 23, 2010

"Waging Dialogue" Forum Presents at APCS Conference

The WagingDialogue forum on Antisemitism and Islamophobia presented a panel discussing the forum process at the annual conference of the Association for the Psychoanalysis of Culture and Society, on October 23, 2010, at Rutger's University. The panel was entitled "Antisemitism and Islamophobia: Can justice be found?" and the presenters were Ronald Abramson, M.D., Selma Duckler, and Alice Maher, M.D.

April 14, 2010

Dr. Lois Oppenheim and Sheryll Franko Receive NJ Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma Ambassador Awards

It is with great pleasure that we announce that Dr. Lois Oppenheim and Sheryll Franko have each been named a recipient of the NJ Governor's Council on Mental Health Stigma Ambassador Awards in the category of Media and Entertainment.The reception will take place on May 18th at the NJ Forensic Science Technology Center in Hamilton, New Jersey. Dr. Oppenheim is co-creator of the documentary film, How To Touch A Hot Stove™. Sheryll Franko is an award-winning filmmaker and the director of the film, which is now in production.

Melissa Brand. Psy.D.February 1, 2010

Princeton Center for Leadership Training Completes Stage 1 of COC Model Curriculum

Alice Maher, M.D., Founder and Director of Changing Our Consciousness (COC), is pleased to announce that the Princeton Center for Leadership Training has completed Stage 1 in the process of developing, implementing and testing a model curriculum for our K-12 educational initiative, Emotional Imprint™.

Under the direction of Director Melissa Brand, Psy.D., the Center has generated a presentation for Dr. Maher to deliver as part of an effort to identify pilot schools in which to implement the initial iteration of an Emotional Imprint curriculum, as well as attract funding to finance the development and implementation of Emotional Imprint in schools. We plan to introduce our unique program to representatives from New York schools, community/after school centers, pediatricians and educational psychologists, and parent and student advocacy organizations. With funding in place and a commitment from pilot schools, we plan to commence development, implementation and testing of a model curriculum by 2011.

The Princeton Center for Leadership Training (PCLT) is a non-profit organization with a 20-year record of developing strategies and programs that help young people succeed in school and in life. The distinctive feature of PCLT’s strategy has been to build the capacity of educators and parents to motivate and positively influence young people to assume leadership roles with their peers.