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2nd Annual
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Transgenerational Trauma
     October 16-19, 2013

     Amman, Jordan

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8th Annual
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Engaging The OTHER
     Spring, 2014
     Michigan USA

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Dearborn, Michigan USA

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2011 TC
Presenter  Biographicals

International Conference on
"Transforming Conflict:"

Sharing Tools for Dialogue and Engagement

July 21-24, 2011
Sadeen Hotel ~ Amman, Jordan

Sponsored by:
Common Bond Institute,
International Humanistic Psychology Association

We wish to honor and thank the this year's presenters who recognized the importance of this initiative and have stepped forward to help facilitate this important public forum. Presenters have gathered from a variety of backgrounds and experiences to provide valuable skills training, promote an engaged, inclusive dialogue, and help co-create possible remedies for bridging the divide.

(In Order of Appearance in the Program)

Thursday, July 21

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Greetings, Conference Mission, and Announcements:

  Steve Olweean
is founding Director of Common Bond Institute, co-founder and President of International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA), past President of Association for Humanistic Psychology, and therapist with an MA in Clinical Psychology. Treatment focus is abuse recovery of victims and perpetrators, trauma recovery, and healing negative belief systems. He has written and presented internationally on concepts of The OTHER and dynamics of belief systems. Current writing projects are"Engaging The OTHER," and "Transgenerational Trauma: Communal Wounds and Victim Identities." Founder of Annual International Conference on "Engaging The Other;" Annual International Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peace; Annual International Conference on Transforming Conflict; & Annual International Conference on Practical Models for Peace. Co-founder of International Conference on Conflict Resolution. He is 2011 Recipient of the Charlotte and Karl Bühler Award from the American Psychological Association for outstanding contribution to Humanistic Psychology internationally, and has been recognized for his life long work in a chapter devoted to his role with CBI in the "The New Humanitarians."

Welcome and Comments:
   Adnan Badran,
    Former Prime Minister of Jordan

     Father Nabil Haddad,
    Executive Director of
Jordan Interfaith Coexistence Research

9:30 am- 11:00 am

 Ahmad Hijazi
is Director of the School for Peace at Wahat al Salam~Neve Shalom, the "Oasis of Peace" He has 25 years of experience of facilitating a dialogue between groups in conflict working with Israeli and Palestinian groups, as well as groups around the world including South Africa, Northern Ireland, Cyprus, USA, Kosovo, Italy and more. He has taught in several universities in The Holy Land and the United States. In recent years, he is the director of the internationally recognized conflict management program at School for Peace in the village of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam.

 Tanya Awad Ghorra

has a media background, an MBA in journalism, and will complete an MBA (this year) in Non-Violent Education and conflict resolution from AUNOHR (Academic University for Non-violence and Human Rights). She took a challenge two years ago, and volunteered to create a non-violent communication and conflict resolution course in a private school for kids aged 5 to 10. Now the school declared itself a non-violent one, and they are in the process of implementing a mediation desk and extending the course to higher classes. She is also a trainer for teachers and NGOs where she introduces NVC and conflict resolution. Tanya is an activist in her country, working on abolishing capital punishment and achieving permanent peace in civil society and civil marriage.

A-3: Laura Takacs
is a clinical social worker with a Master Degree in Public Health from the University of Washington, Seattle. Since 1996, Ms. Takacs has been working in the area of mental health and trauma in the United States, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. During her career, she has worked with children and adults affected by war, gender-based violence, chronic mental illness, crisis intervention related to man-made and natural disaster, and community-based mental health.

11:15 am - 12:45 pm

  Noah Salameh

is Direcrtor of The Centre for Conflict Resolution & Reconciliation - CCRR. He holds a PhD in Conflict Analysis and resolution from Cairo University and a M.A. in International Peace Studies from Notre Dame University in 1994 and has more than 15 years experience in the field of conflict resolution and reconciliation

Mark Hovee
is a clinical psychologist in private practice in the Appalacian region of Kentucky, teaches college courses in counseling, and provides clincal services sat 2 medical clinics. He received a BA from Seattle University, an MA from Boston College, and both an MA and PhD from George Fox University in Clincal Psychology. He authored "Wayward Soldier: A Reserve Psychologists Memoir and Analysis During The Second Iraqi War.

  Neri Bar On


2:30 - 4:00 pm

  Brenda Naomi Rosenberg
held one of the most influential global fashion positions; Senior Vice President of Fashion Merchandizing and Marketing Federated Allied Department stores. Today, she is a tireless champion for reconcilation and transformation through Pathways 2 Peace Foundation, “Reuniting the Children of Abraham tool kit 4 peace”, the book she co-authored, Friendship & Faith - the WISDOM of women creating alliances for peace, and the Tectonic Leadership Center for Conflict Transformation and Cross Cultural Communication, created with Samia Bahsoun. Brenda’s efforts have been featured as a special on reconciliation on CBS TV. She was
the first woman, and first Jewish person, to deliver a Ramadan sermon at a Mosque in America and has earned over16 awards.
Email:   Web:

Dialogue Facilitators:

  Steve Olweean
(see Thursday Evening Opening)
  Brenda Rosenberg

~ Saturday, June 12 ~

9:30 - 11:00 am

E-1: Ahmad Hijazi  (see A1)

Nina Meyerhof
is President and Founder of Children of the Earth, has made a life of working with children and youth. She has extensive background in education and is co-author of Conscious Education: The Bridge to Freedom and SHIFT 2012 , She is recognized as an innovative educator having received many awards for her work from The Mother Theresa Award to the Citizen's Department of Peace Award to The International Educators Award for Peace to a VT State Resolution, Nina travels worldwide assembling adults and young people to focus on the potentials of spirituality as intra-faith for the evolution of ethical living skills into world consciousness. Peace must come from recognizing our unity and designing positive social action. Nina advocates for a movement …the inner revolution for the outer evolution….for peace, love and compassion.

Diane DeTerra

Patrick McCollum

  Sulaiman Khatib
from Ramallah, Palestine, is the Co-Founder and Co-Executive Director of People's Peace Fund, the first international Palestinian-Israeli fund for conciliation. Sulaiman spent over 10 years in Israeli jails from age of 14 following his active role to resist the Israeli occupation. Since early 2008 he has co-lead a grassroots dialog project called Wounded Xrossing Borders which is centered around people wounded in the Palestinian-Israeli-Arab conflict and belonging to the socio-political mainstreams of their societies.
Email:  Web site:

  Gadi Kenny
from Tel Aviv, is the Co Founder and Co Executive Director of People's Peace Fund, the first international Palestinian-Israeli fund for conciliation. Gadi has an MA in Intentional Communications from American University, DC. Since early 2008 he is co-leading a grassroots dialog project called Wounded Xrossing Borders which is centered around people wounded in the Palestinian-Israeli-Arab conflict and belonging to the socio-political mainstreams of their societies.
Email:   Web site:

  Mohammed Takrouri

  David Shilo
(Dudu) from Jerusalem, a bereaved family member, a wounded 1973 war veteran, and an ex army-jail officer. His parents arrived to the Holy Land from Iraq. In early 2008 he co-founded and is a leading participant in a grassroots dialog project called Wounded Xrossing Borders, which is centered around people wounded in the Palestinian-Israeli-Arab conflict and belonging to the socio-political mainstreams of their societies.

With other members of Wounded Xrossing Borders

Morning   11:15 am - 12:45 pm

F-1:  Nusrat Khurshedi
is working as a Lecturer in Bahria College Karsaz, Karachi, Pakistan. She is doing her M.Phil/PhD in Sustainable development. Her career started as a Research Assistant under the Ford Foundation Peace Program in collaboration with US Institute of Peace & Department of International Relations, University of Karachi. She attended various courses related to peace & human rights from the prestigious institutes in the world and has published & unpublished research work related to Peace, Human Rights & Refugee issues.
Brenda Naomi Rosenberg
(see Plenary Session C)

  Sarah Jaward
is a graduate of the Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn with BA in Philosophy & Women and Gender Studies. She was selected in the inaugural class of Difference Makers for her academic achievement and campus involvement in organizations such as: the Arab Student Union, Students United for Peace and Justice, and Vice-Present of her Student Body. Currently, Sarah takes part in the Michigan Inside Out Prison Exchange Program Theory Group that works towards prison education reform. Highlighting her advocacy and pursuit for social justice, Sarah was honored with ACCESS's (Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services) "Spirit of Service Award" and the AAI (Arab American Institute) "Helen Abbott Community Service Award". She ultimately aspires to pursue a J.D. in Humanitarian Law.
  Ruth Sirman BSc, Acc Med.,
mediator, trainer and speaker since 1992 in the fields of ADR, Organizational Development and Restorative Justice. Her skills, knowledge, humour and experience have helped more than 50 organizations and 7,000 people resolve tough complex conflicts, manage difficult relationships and create sustainable change in their lives. She is accredited by the Workplace Mediation Association, the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers and the International Federation of Professional Speakers

Afternoon  4:15 - 6:00 pm

Steve Olweean (see Thursday Evening Opening)
Gadi Kenny
 (see E3)

~ Sunday, June 13 ~

9:30 - 11:00 qm

Brenda Naomi Rosenberg  (see F2)
Sarah Jaward  (see F2)

Nina Meyerhof  (see E2)
Diane DeTerra  (see E2)
Patrick McCollum  (see E2)

Nibal Hamdan
    The Sulha Project
Sulaiman Khatib  (see E3)
Gadi Kenny  (see E3)

Muhamad Takruri  (see E3)

Dudu Shilo  (see E3)

  Nehama Darr
from Jerusalem, is of a family evicted from Gaza Strip in 2005. Her parents arrived to the Holy Land from Yemen. Since early 2009 she has been a leading participant in a grassroots dialog project called Wounded Xrossing Borders, which is centered around people wounded in the Palestinian-Israeli-Arab conflict and belonging to the socio-political mainstreams of their societies.

Jamal Meqbel

Elya Shmaya

  Usama Abeed Elewat

Yafa Sulimani
Esther Shalom

  Frida Tarrab

Geula Mashmor
  Janet Dallal
Nurit Stavi
Nissim Ankri

  Nir Boms

Neri Bar On
 (see E3)

  Rebecca Cataldi
is a conflict resolution specialist/trainer, and Program Manager at the International Center for Religion & Diplomacy. She is a graduate of Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and holds an M.S. from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution (GMU). She has engaged in cultural exchange and peacebuilding initiatives in countries such as Pakistan, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Libya, The Holy Land, Indonesia, Japan, Cote d'Ivoire, and the United States.

Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue
The TC Conference strives to promote an inclusive, compassionate dialogue that honors different personal experiences, perspectives, and narratives, while allowing for better expressing and listening to each other as we work together toward understanding and harmony. Our intention is to create an open venue where we can engage meaningfully and invite in a public dialogue that brings our joint wisdom to bear in exploring sometimes difficult issues that effect us all. This is based on the premise that it does not require that we be the same to be appreciate of, at peace with, and secure in our relationships with each other; only that we be familiar enough with each others story to share the humanity and trustworthiness that resides in each of us.
We ask all participants to assist us by carrying and expressing this intent throughout the conference.
NonViolent Communication Guidelines (Adapted from Marshall Rosenberg):
Unique Assumptions—NVC begins by assuming that we are all compassionate by nature and that violent strategies—whether verbal or physical—are learned behaviors taught and supported by the prevailing culture. It also assumes that we all share the same, basic human needs, and that all actions are a strategy to meet one or more of these needs.
While NVC is much more than a communication model, the components below provide a structural concept of the process that leads to giving and receiving from the heart.
Honestly Expressing how I am and what I would like without using blame, criticism or demands
Empathically Receiving how another is and what he/she would like without hearing blame, criticism or demands  
Whether expressing or receiving, NVC focuses our attention on four pieces of information:
1) Observations —Objectively describing what is going on without using evaluation, moralistic judgment, interpretation or diagnosis
2) Feelings —Saying how you feel (emotions and body sensations) about what you have observed without assigning blame
3) Needs —The basic human needs that are or not being met and are the source of feelings
4) Requests —Clear request for actions that can meet needs

2012 TC Conference Information:
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         those with limited incomes from developing societes to attend.

         The Charter For Compassion
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Registration is Open To The Public

Other Conferences by CBI in 2012:
      International Conference on Transgenerational Trauma (Jordan)
      International Conference on Engaging The Other (Canada)
      International Conference on Religion, Conflict, and Peace (USA) (2013)

From Our TC Conference ARCHIVES:

    Previous 2011
Program & Presenter Bios
   Previous '11 TC Program Sessions
   Previous '11 Presenter Biographicals and Photos

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