Welcome to the Spring update of the Society for Humanistic Psychology Newsletter! As a Member at Large for the past two years, I have personally come to know the extraordinary talents of our Board Members and senior Society Members. I am pleased to showcase their exceptional contributions in this edition: President Louise Sundararajan's Message; Secretary Fred Wertz's Mid-Winter Meeting Minutes that read more like a memoir, and a poetic work of art; Ed Mendelowitz's powerful reflections on his recent presentations in China and Chicago in "Humanitas"; Kirk Schneider's Commencement Address to the San Francisco State Master's in Counseling Graduating Class; and Member at Large Louis Hoffman with Mark Yang & Xuefu Wang discuss the burgeoning development of Existential Psychology in China.
I am excited to report on the emergence of a core group of Early Career Humanistic Psychologists, Humanistic Mentors and their inspiring Students who turned out in record numbers at the 4th Annual Society Conference held April 15-17th in Chicago. Look for detailed reports on the Early Career HECTOR Meeetings and the Society Conference in upcoming editions of The Humanistic Psychologist by Membership Chair Richard Bargdill, and myself in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology. The emerging Humanistic voices of Mark Yang, Robert McInerney, and Eugene DeRobertis poignantly reveal the depths and insights gleaned from the existential pain that accompany the death of one's father, the angst that leads to initiating personal psychotherapy, and the courage to bear the suffering of a chronic pain condition. Christopher Henry then shares his process of establishing his identity as a humanistic social psychologist.
Society Members Steven Handwerker, Robert Stolorow, Kareen Malone, Donald Froyd, and Elliot Benjamin share their latest achievements and projects, and our talented Student base continues to yield outstanding contributions. I am proud of present two pieces from Fordham Doctoral Candidate Miraj Desai on his ground-breaking clinical work with Sangath in India and his soulful comments on the incomparable Sam Cooke. Returning contributor Nate Koser explores the vicissitudes and nature of human connection in his depth meditation "On Human Encounter."
I hope to see you all in the nation's capital, Washington DC, for this year's APA Convention. The Society Hospitality Suite, our Humanistic Headquarters, will be hosted in the Renaissance Downtown Hotel. The Suite Program will offer must-see programming over 4 days from our most Senior Members, Early Career Members, and Students alike. Stop in and bring interested colleagues to our welcoming community! Encourage you colleagues to Join Our Cause, our Facebook Group and visit Brent Robbins' Society Blog!
Members, Colleagues & Students: If you would like to share news regarding publications, presentations, achievements, personal reflections on being and becoming a humanistic psychologist, or submit a professional paper for inclusion in future updates, please forward them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to seeing you in DC!
Shawn Rubin, PsyD