Forgiveness and reconciliation : psychological pathways to conflict transformation and peace building

| March 23, 2011

Title: Forgiveness and reconciliation : psychological pathways to conflict transformation and peace building 

Author :  Ani Kalayjian, Raymond F. Paloutzian (Eds)

Publisher: Dordrecht   New York : Springer

Call number:   BF637.F67 F65 2009 

From the Publisher:

Unlike most books on the subject, which tend to focus on the individual’s development of forgiveness from a single perspective, Forgiveness and Reconciliation reaches across the spectrum of approaches—socio-psychological, biopsychological, therapeutic, developmental, and spiritual among them—to offer examples of intervention at the individual, community, generational, and national levels. This inclusiveness (and a range of real-world illustrations from U.S. race relations to the Armenian genocide) gives readers access to not only the core issues of forgiveness and the dialogic nature of reconciliation, but also the intersecting psychological and social processes involved as they affect all participants in conflict.

 Highlights of the coverage: 

             Reconciliation efforts in Rwanda, Darfur, India, and Pakistan.

    Restorative conferencing and its role in fostering forgiveness.

    Lessons in empathy and repentance from lifers in prison.

    Promoting reconciliation through arts and the media.

     The potential for forgiveness despite revisionism, denial, and continued injustice.

     Reconciliation in the divided society.

    Forgiveness and Reconciliation breaks new ground as a volume that will enhance the work of social and peace psychologists, students and researchers in intergroup and international relations, and peace and conflict studies.

 About the Author:

Dr. Paloutzian was awarded his Ph.D. in 1972 from Claremont Graduate School and joined the Westmont faculty in 1981. He is an experimental social psychologist with research interests in the psychology of religion. He is the editor of The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion and co-edited the Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. He was a visiting professor teaching psychology of religion at Stanford University and a Guest Professor in the Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (through divisions on General, Teaching, Social Issues, Psychology of Religion, and International Psychology), the American Psychological Society, and the Western Psychological Association. Dr. Paloutzian is past-president of APA Division 36 (Psychology of Religion). An active contributor to teaching and scholarship, he edited a special issue of the Journal of Social Issues on the topic, “Religious Influences on Personal and Societal Well-Being.” His textbook, Invitation to the Psychology of Religion (Allyn & Bacon), and co-edited Handbook of the Psychology of Religion and Spirituality (Guilford), helped increase the contribution of the psychology of religion. He co-edited Forgiveness and Reconciliation: Psychological Pathways to Conflict Transformation and Peace Building (Springer). Dr. Paloutzian edits The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion.  

Dr. Kalayjian holds Master’s and Doctoral degrees from Teachers College, Columbia University and has completed several post-graduate courses at the William Alanson White Institute. She holds a certification from the American Red Cross in Disaster Management, an advanced Certification in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), Board Certified Expert in Traumatic Stress & Board Certified Expert in Crisis Management. Furthermore, she is a Dutch Diplomate in Logotherapy.
In the area of man-made disasters, she has worked extensively with survivors of the Gulf War veterans, Vietnam veterans, Holocaust survivors, the Armenian survivors of the Ottoman Turkish Genocide, and the WTC terrorism. In the area of natural disasters, she has worked extensively with the survivors of the 1988 earthquake in Armenia, the 1994 earthquake of Southern California, hurricane Andrew in Southern Florida, the 1995 earthquake of Kobe, Japan, the 1999 earthquake in Turkey, and the tsunami of 2004 in Sri Lanka. She has also assisted mental health professionals in Kuwait and the former Yugoslavia as a consultant, and has volunteered with the Red Cross with the refugees of Kosovo.
For the past twenty years Dr. Kalayjian has taught in a variety of universities and colleges including: Columbia University, Fordham University, Hunter College, Pace University, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Seton Hall University, College of New Rochelle, Bloomfield College, College of Mt. St. Vincent & St. Joseph College. She has been involved in conflict transformation and peace education in many countries as: Pakistan, Armenia, the Middle East, & US.
For the past fifteen years, Dr. Kalayjian has been actively involved at the United Nations, pursuing the human right of children, trauma survivors, women, and refugees. She is a World Federation for Mental health Representative for the United Nations; the Treasurer of the United Nations NGO Committee for Human Rights; member of the UNICEF Working Group on the Rights of The Child; Member of the NGO Committee on the Status of Women; member of the Fourth World Conference on Women, member of the NGO Committee on Mental Health, a delegate to the Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995, past Vice Chair of the NGO/DPI Executive Committee, the Chair of the UN, Annual DPI/NGO Conference in 2001, member of the Conference Planning Committees (1994 – 2004), and Chair of the Annual Conference 2003 Midday Workshops.
Dr. Kalayjian is founder and President of the Armenian American Society for Studies on Stress and Genocide; President of the Int. Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, NY Chapter (1993-2003); Chair of the World Federation for Mental Health Human Rights Committee(1995-2004), Co-Founder, Past President & Board member of the Global Society for Nursing and Health, President of Association for Disaster & Mass Trauma Studies, Treasurer, APA International Division, Program Chair APA 2004 International. Division, Hawai’i. She is the Founder of the Mental Health Outreach Program to the Republic of Armenia, providing psychological emergency care, managing the program, as well as conducting research. Dr. Kalayjian implemented the outreach program later in Japan, Kuwait, the former Yugoslavia, Turkey, & most recently in Sri Lanka after the tsunami. She conducts workshops around the world healing the wounds of generationally transmitted trauma post wars, Genocides & Holocaust.
Dr. Kalayjian has presented her research papers, conducted workshops, and chaired panel discussion nationwide. Internationally, her research papers have been presented in the Republic of Armenia, Argentina, Canada, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Egypt, England, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Palestine, Russia, Spain, Syria, Taiwan, and Turkey. She has ongoing collaborative research projects with the Republic of Armenia, Japan, the Netherlands, Pakistan, and Turkey.
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