Psychology Speaker Series features Carol Tavris

As part of the 2014-2015 Psychology Speaker Series, Carol Tavris, Ph.D., will discuss “Self-Justification in Everyday Life: What cognitive dissonance theory reveals about cheating, justice, love, war, memory, and the decisions we make” from 1-2:30 p.m. March 18 in room 168 of the ATC.

Dr. Carol Tavris is a social psychologist, writer, and lecturer. Her most recent book with Dr. Elliot Aronson, Mistakes Were Made (But Not by Me): Why we justify foolish beliefs, bad decisions, and hurtful acts, will provide the foundation for this presentation. She will explore why is it hard for so many people to admit their mistakes, give up a wrong belief, and accept responsibility for their actions. What blocks us from even being aware that we are wrong and might need to change?  Dr. Tavris will describe the cognitive biases that lead most people to justify beliefs that are outdated, decisions that have proved to be misguided, and the harms we inflict on others. She will discuss the psychological benefits of these biases and how understanding their dangers can help us improve our lives.

All sessions are free. For additional information, contact Dr. Frank Conner at fconner@grcc.edu or 616.234.3612

Psychology Speaker Series features Andrea Baier Petiet

Art Therapy and the Expressive Arts: Knowing Yourself Through Your Creative Side
Andrea Baier-Petiet, BS, MA, LMSW
Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 1:00 – 2:30

Andrea Baier Petiet is a Licensed Master Social Worker at Psychology Associates of Grand Rapids. She has provided ethical assessment and counseling services for over 25 years. In this presentation she will begin with a history of Art Therapy/Expressive Art. From this foundation, participants will be introduced to the benefits of using Art Therapy/Expressive Arts with clients that have depression, anxiety, substance abuse and other forms of mental illness. Ms. Baier Petiet will provide extensive examples of actual art work done by her clients along with the function of this experience and product in their therapy.

All sessions are free and held in the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, Room 168

For additional information, contact Dr. Frank Conner at fconner@grcc.edu or 616.234.3612

Psychology Series speaker to discuss death, dying

The next presentation in the Psychology Department Speaker Series will tackle death and dying.

In “I’m Dying to Talk with You,” Dave Kampfschulte, director of Amazing Circles Workshops, will draw upon 27 years of experiences as a hospice volunteer to discuss advanced care planning, initiating end-of-life conversations, and helping people to think about and discuss death in a positive way. He’ll explore some of the roadblocks we often put in the way of discussing death in a session that will be interactive and informative, and delivered with energy, empathy and humor.

The free lecture runs from 1-2:30 p.m. November 20 in room 168 of the ATC . To see the other topics and speakers in this year’s series, click here.

GRCC In the News, 10-24-14

GRCC student killed in Holland fire wanted to be professional chef

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

HOLLAND, MI — Jeremiah Smith, the 29-year-old man killed in a house fire Saturday, was attending Grand Rapids Community College in hopes of becoming a professional chef.

GRCC psychology lecture series examines creativity, death, self-justification

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – The Grand Rapids Community College psychology department will host three lectures from November through March, focusing on topics ranging from creativity to death to self-justification.

IONIA: New public safety officer sworn in

Oct. 23, 2014; The Ionia Sentinel-Standard

IONIA, Mich. — A new officer has joined the Ionia Department of Public Safety, and he has training in all three areas needed by the city: police, fire and medical.

… Joshua McCarthy is a 2009 graduate of Jenison High School. He graduated from Grand Valley State University Police Academy, and holds an associate’s degree in fire science from Kalamazoo Valley Community College and a second associate’s degree from Grand Rapids Community College. Joshua McCarthy is Police-, Firefighter 1 and 2- and Basic Emergency Medical Technician-certified.

College notes: FH Central grad Jason Stacy has soccer goal go viral with help of ESPN SportsCenter

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

… Drew Pennington, Grand Rapids Community College: Pennington (GR Forest Hills Northern) finished tied for 15th at the Kohler Collegiate Classic at Whistling Straights, home of the 2015 PGA Championship on Oct. 21. He shot a 155 (75-80) to help the Raiders to an impressive fifth-place finish.

Laura Willson continues North Branch’s tradition of volleyball excellence

Oct. 23, 2014; MLive

North Branch senior Laura Willson may be next in line to hold the exclusive Miss Volleyball title for the Broncos, who’ve had two athletes earn that statewide honor.

… North Branch starts its players young, as Willson began in the fourth grade, and continues to model leadership by inviting former players to summer camps.

“They bring their knowledge from college,” Willson said. “Micaela Deshetsky (2013 graduate, Grand Rapids Community College player) came back and helped me and Mady be better captains. She told us we need to make this team better.”

Psychology Speaker Series kicks off with Darwinian Theory presentation

Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin

Students studying biology and anthropology will be among those interested in the first presentation in the Psychology Department Speaker Series.

In “Modern Application of Darwinian Theory to Psychology,” Todd Shackelford, Oakland University’s psychology department chairman, will show how Darwinian selection has become the centerpiece of biology and how many psychologists and anthropologists have used evolutionary perspective to guide their work. He’ll review the instrument of evolution: natural selection, the products of evolution, and the impact of evolutionary thinking on modern psychological science. He will also introduce how evolutionary psychology will emerge as a guiding theory for all of psychology.

The free lecture runs from 1-2:30 p.m. October 20 in room 168 of the ATC . To see the other topics and speakers in this year’s series, click here.

Final speaker in Psychology series covers stress management March 12

Stress can destroy a 66 ton bridge; imagine what it might do to you? Understanding and managing stress
Steven L. Pastyrnak, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 12th, 1:00 – 2:30
Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, Room 168
Free and open to the public.

Dr. Pastyrnak is Division Chief of Pediatric Psychology at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. In this presentation he will provide an overview of stress, including aspects of anxiety and depression. Participants will be introduced to ways to recognize stress as well as the short and long term effect of this common condition. Recent research on stress and the impact on performance as well as evidence based strategies for management will be shared.  Dr. Pastrnak’s presentation will be practical and somewhat hands-on, at times with audience participation.  This presentation will be beneficial to for individuals currently struggling with too much stress in their lives while equally useful for a person simply curious about the subject.

Final speaker in Psychology series covers stress management March 12

Stress can destroy a 66 ton bridge; imagine what it might do to you? Understanding and managing stress
Steven L. Pastyrnak, Ph.D.
Wednesday, March 12th, 1:00 – 2:30
Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center, Room 168
Free and open to the public.

Dr. Pastyrnak is Division Chief of Pediatric Psychology at the Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital. In this presentation he will provide an overview of stress, including aspects of anxiety and depression. Participants will be introduced to ways to recognize stress as well as the short and long term effect of this common condition. Recent research on stress and the impact on performance as well as evidence based strategies for management will be shared.  Dr. Pastrnak’s presentation will be practical and somewhat hands-on, at times with audience participation.  This presentation will be beneficial to for individuals currently struggling with too much stress in their lives while equally useful for a person simply curious about the subject.

GRCC In the News, 10-17-13

GRCC psychology speaker series to tackle stress, human sexuality

Oct. 16, 2013; MLive

GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Grand Rapids Community College’s Psychology Department Speaker Series will feature discussions on topics ranging from stress management and human sexuality to whether sports matter as much to girls and boys.

Several hundred KVCC students to turn out for inaugural C3 day of service Friday

Oct. 17, 2013; MLive

KALAMAZOO, MI — On Friday, up to 400 Kalamazoo Valley Community College students will deploy throughout the city to paint, clean, pull weeds, repair picnic tables and ready community gardens for the winter.

… Psychology instructor Urminda Firlan, who is serving as a faculty adviser for the event, led a similar project at Grand Rapids Community College.

Midseason Grades: Volleyball earns A-

Oct. 16, 2013; Grand Valley Lanthorn

It would be an understatement to say the No. 20 Grand Valley State University women’s volleyball team has exceeded its expectations midway through its 2013 campaign. GVSU (14-3, 8-1 GLIAC) currently holds the No. 1 spot in the conference after being tabbed as the North Divisions third-best team in the 2013 GLIAC Coaches Preseason Volleyball Poll.

… Junior setter Kaitlyn Wolters has been a key piece to the puzzle after transferring from Grand Rapids Community College where she won a NJCAA Division II National Championship in 2012. Wolters has quickly adjusted to competition in the GLIAC and appears to be a catalyst offensively.

Psychology Department speaker looks at parenting

The first presentation in the 2013-2014 Psychology Department Speakers Series:

Do Parents Make a Difference? An Exploration in Raising a Child

Kate Byerwalter, Ph.D.

Wednesday, October 16, 1:00 – 2:30
Room 168, Wisner – Bottrall Applied Technology Center

Dr. Kate Byerwalter is a Professor in the Psychology Department at Grand Rapids Community College. In this presentation, Dr. Byerwalter will introduce the current research around the practice of parenting. She will present different parenting styles and explore how culture may affect parenting. In addition, Dr. Byerwalter will identify priorities in parenting. Lastly, she will examine the role of parents in shaping children’s cognitive development. Participants will leave with an understanding of how parents do matter in the development of a child and what practices are connected to the optimal outcomes.

Psychology Department Speakers Series looks at ‘Mental Toughness’

The Psychology Department Speakers Series will hold its final session from 1-2:30 p.m. April 3, 2013, in the ATC. Dr. Edmund O’Conner will present “Mental Toughness: The X-Factor in Sport and Life.”

In this applied and practical session, attendees will develop the psychological edge to be better and more consistent than their opponents in remaining determined, focused, confident and in-control under pressure. While sport is emphasized, the skills covered — focus, centering and rebounding from mistakes — apply in all areas of performance. Attendees will leave the session with techniques they can apply immediately to maximize their potential and excel.

Dr. O’Connor is a Fellow and Certified Consultant through the Association for Applied Sport Psychology, practicing at the Performance Excellence Center at Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital.

GVSU professor to discuss Jung’s archetypes as part of Psychology Speakers Series

Dr. Sandra Portko, a psychology professor at Grand Valley State University, will discuss the archetypes introduced by Swiss psychologist Carl G. Jung at 1 p.m. February 14, 2013.

Jung’s concept emerged in his development of analytical psychology and contemporary approaches to psychological theory and practice.

The free presentation, part of the Psychology Speakers Series, will be held in room 168 of ATC.