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My Personal Info
Full Name: Steve Olweean
NCDD Member Since: Apr. 3, 2008
About Me: Steve Olweean is founding Director and Program Developer for Common Bond Institute conferences and projects, President of the International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA), and Past President of the Association for Humanistic Psychology. He speaks and writes on conflict transformation, concepts of “The Other,” the dynamics of fear, negative stereotypes and the creation of enemy images, forgiveness and reconciliation, healing negative belief systems, trauma recovery, and building capacity for promoting a culture of peace. Current book project is “Engaging The Other,” an edited compilation of chapters contributions by authors representing a diversity of cultures & societies around the world exploring this fundamentally subjective phenomenon from their unique cultural eye. Particularly since 9-11 he has spoken and been interviewed frequently both in and outside the US to increase understanding among the public of Middle Eastern Culture, Islam, social/psychological dynamics of fear and paranoia, and to promote direct, cross-cultural dialogue as the antidote to the toxic energy of fear. He is a therapist with a degree in Clinical Psychology experienced in community based mental health treatment and advocacy, and a treatment focus on trauma and abuse recovery, victim/perpetrator dynamics, and healing negative belief systems.
My Work
Organization Name: Common Bond Institute
Title / Position: Director
Description: Common Bond Institute (CBI) is a US based NGO that grew out of the Association for Humanistic Psychology’s Soviet-American (International) Professional Exchange. Since 1990 CBI organizes and operates numerous international, multi-disciplinary conferences, professional training programs for local capacity building in human services and civil society, and professional exchanges. It provides consulting, coordination, and networking support to assist newly emerging human service and civil society organizations in developing countries. Conferences that occur the most regularly include the Annual International Conference on “Engaging The Other”, the Annual International Conference on Conflict Resolution held in St. Petersburg, Russia, and the International Youth Conference on the Ecology of War and Peace. Training programs for developing societies in regions of conflict include the Catastrophic Trauma Recovery (CTR) training project (training local relief workers in trauma treatment skills), and Capacity For Peace And Democracy (assisting fledgling universities to establish core curriculum in human services, conflict transformation, and civil society). CBI is grounded in the application of humanistic psychology’s principles in it’s commitment to capacity building at both the grass roots and social institutional level, and providing the individual in society with practical skills and visions for transforming conflict in their daily lives. It is highly collaborative and works to actively form strategic alliances and partnerships with organizations, groups, and individuals dedicated to nurturing relationships locally and globally in creating and promoting an authentic world culture of peace.
Other Organizations:
The International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA). Position: President

IHPA is a US federal 501(c)3 non-profit organization, and an international mission-driven organization for professionals focused on issues and developments in Humanistic Psychology. It is a web-based, open learning community for sharing deep exploration of vital issues and thinking, and for the development of methods and approaches in the field of Humanistic Psychology. Its mission is to promote, advance, and broaden the art and science of Humanistic Psychology within a global, multicultural context for the purpose of putting humanistic principles to work in improving psycho-social conditions of the global community, and to provide an inclusive, interactive meeting place for professionals around the world. IHPA is grounded in the belief that it is through a genuine multicultural, cross-fertilization of ideas, perspectives, and life applications that we can arrive at an accurate, inclusive understanding of the evolving human experience, and so better address our common human condition. Members include professionals and students in psychology, human services, and related fields.
My Contact Info
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: 269-665-9393
Website URL: www.cbiworld.org
Street Address: 12170 S. Pine Ayr Drive
City: Climax
State/Province: MI
Zip or Country Code: 49034
NCDD Involvement
Member Type: Individual Member (non-dues-paying)

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