Program Sessions, Schedule Outline,
Dialogue Guidelines


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7th Annual International Conference on

" Engaging The Other:"

The Power of Compassion

May 4-5, 2013 ~ Dearborn, Michigan USA


On this Page find:
Conference Features, Daily Schedule, Full Program,
and Guidelines for Compassionate Dialogue


Conference Features

A 2 day Schedule of:

1. Presentations of major emergency and local capacity building trauma recovery
programs for refugees in the Middle East
2. Topical Plenary Panels
3. Facilitated Dialogue and Action Planning Groups
4. Live 2-way Global Links to key stakeholders in Middle East
5. Interactive All-conference Dialogues
6. Networking and Collaboration
7. Final Action Planning Process for next steps beyond the conference.
8. Multi-cultural Community
9. Displays

Daily Schedule Outline:

Saturday, May 4

8:00 am - 9:00 am: On-Site Registration and Check-in
9:00 am - 9:30 am: ~ Conference Opening ~
9:30 am - 11:00 am: Plenary Panel - A
11:15 am - 12:30 pm: Presentation Session - B
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch / Networking
2:00 pm - 3:15 pm: Presentation Session - C
3:30 pm - 5:00 pm: Presentation Session - D
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm: Joint Action Planning for humanitarian response,
and exploring benefits of concerted initiatives

Sunday, May 5

9:00 am - 11:00 am: Plenary Panel - E
11:15 am - 12:30 pm: Presentation Session - F
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm: Lunch / Networking
1:45 am - 3:00 pm: Presentation Session - G
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm: Final Joint Action Planning - H
Exploring agreements and establishing concrete next
step for cooperation, collaboration, and mutual support
Conference Closing

2013 ETO Program


7th Annual International Conference on

"Engaging The Other:"

The Power of Compassion

May 4-5, 2013

Double Tree Hotel, Dearborn, Michigan USA

Sponsored by: Common Bond Institute,
Co-Sponsored by: People's Peace Fund, Michigan State University, Parashakthi Temple
International Humanistic Psychology Association (IHPA)
Supported by: Charter for Compassion, and Parliament of World's Religions
Endorsed by: Over 100 cooperating organizations and universities


Saturday, May 4


Greeting, Mission, Announcements
9:00 - 9:30 am   Steve Olweean, MA

Plenary Panel
Morning 9:30 - 11:00 am

"The Syrian Refugee Crisis - An Overview of Need, Current Capacity of Local Services, Required Strategies, and Implications of Doing Too little Too Late"
A panel to frame the next 2 days of presentations, dialogue, and action planning. Panelists currently providing services to refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Bulgaria engage in an interactive dialogue to address:
- Reporting on current conditions and plight of refugees in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey (and other less known locations such as Bulgaria), including pervasive psychological trauma.
- Assessing the level and availability of local mental health services in the region, particularly in addressing the size and complexity of the need.
- Determining what services are needed, and what strategies are most practical and feasible for providing and sustaining them at the level required - both short term and long term.
- Understanding the implications of this most recent massive communal trauma, and the high potential for it continuing into the next generation as transgenerational trauma that can fuel future animosity, violence, victimization, and a continuing cycle if this current need is not adequately addressed.
Nadim Al Moshmosh, MD, Mohammed Shoqeirat, PhD, Tanya Awad Ghorra, MBA, Nir Boms, PhD, Shadi Martini, Yassar Kanawati, MD
Moderator: Steve Olweean, MA


Morning 11:15 am - 12:30 pm

"Conflict and Health: Perspective on the Syrian Refugees Mental Health Needs in Turkey"
This presentation is an overview of the health and mental health status and living conditions of the over 200,000 Syrian refugees living in refugee camps in Turkey specifically focusing on the stories from my visit to the Islahyaa and Kilis refugee camps on the border of Antakya, Turkey, and Aleppo, Syria.
Adnan Hammad, PhD

~ Lunch ~
12:30 - 2:00 pm

Afternoon 2:00 - 3:15 pm

"Humanitarian Medicine in Times of Conflicts and Peace: Shifting Demands"
The speed and scale of the events stemming from the Arab Spring in conflict areas has created massive humanitarian needs and set major challenges for effective and timely responses. It is essential to mount a flexible, rapid and relevant response in a range of complex situations. The value of impartial, neutral and independent approach, in terms of gaining access to and making a positive difference for adversely affected people, is critical. Just as important as an effective response to new or emerging crises is the need to help build the resilience and coping mechanisms of people affected by long-term crises and protracted conflict. This session will explore the different demands during conflicts and afterwards.
Mouhanad Hammami, MD


followed by All-conference Action Planning Session
Afternoon 3:30 - 6:00 pm

1) 3:30 - 5:00:
"Social Health Care (SHC) Training and Treatment Program: Building Local Capacity for Healing"
A comprehensive, integrated, and expanding training program to equip hundreds of local graduate students in mental health related fields, members of refugee communities, NGO staff, and volunteers in Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey with proven emergency mental health treatment skills that enable them to quickly establish on-the-ground services and provide critical trauma recovery to thousands of refugees suffering from psychological trauma due to war and violence. In the process the SHC program invests in significantly advancing the development of local human service infrastructures and academic systems, as well as vocational opportunities for trained service providers within their communities, to ensure the service is permanent, sustainable, and expands with current and future needs.

The SHC model provides an inclusive, mutually collaborative framework designed to support, augment, and incorporate existing services and efforts through an integrated and coordinated system that progressively transfers full operation of both training and service delivery functions to prepared local pools of experts and mentors. It is especially designed to be implemented and replicated in developing societies where there is massive need, the human service infrastructure is underdeveloped or severely compromised by upheaval, and where resources are scarce.

By tapping into the internal human resources and traditions of the recipient community itself it ensures cultural appropriateness, permanence, and sustainability, and contributes to communal healing through re-empowerment of the community as a whole to care for itself.
Steve Olweean, MA

2) 5:00 - 6:00:
All-Conference Action Planning Session
Using information shared over day 1, engaging the full conference in facilitated brainstorming and strategic action planning for practical applications and possibilities for cooperation and mutual support in responding to the crisis. This process will continue and lead to final joint action planning and next steps at the conference closing on Sunday.


Sunday, May 5

Plenary Panel
Morning 9:00 - 11:00 am

"The State of Muslim Mental Health"
Farha Abbasi, MD, Halim Naeem, PhD, Steve Olweean, MA, Zain Shamoon, MA, Kameelah Rashad, M.Ed., Amal Killawi, LLMSW, Tahira Khalid, MSW


11:15 am - 12:30 pm

"Healing Invisible Scars, SAMS Psychosocial Program and Experience with Syrian Refugees"
Dr. Sankari SAMS National Vice President will highlight the importance of mental health assessment for displaced Syrians as part of the medical relief effort for NGOs in the field. He will discuss outcomes from SAMS psychosocial program in Jordan and findings of recent mental health screening study in the refugees camps in Turkey in collaboration with King's College in London.
Abdulghani Sankari, MD

~ Lunch ~
12:30 - 1:45 pm

Afternoon 1:45 - 3:00 pm


Final Joint Action Planning - Next Steps
Afternoon 3:15 - 4:30 pm

Bringing the full conference experience together to summarize benefits of shared knowledge, promote opportunities for mutual support, determine what collaborative agreements and concrete next steps for cooperation can be formulated and implemented between organizations and groups, offer individual opportunities for involvement, and establish mechanisms for staying engaged in the networking process beyond the conference to encourage a more concerted, coordinated, and effective response to the massive mental health needs of refugees.


ETO Closing

4:30 - 6:00


Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue


Guidelines For Compassionate Dialogue
The Common Bond Institute Conference strive 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 appreciative 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:

Observations - Objectively describing what is going on without using evaluation, moralistic judgment, interpretation or diagnosis

Feelings - Saying how you feel (emotions and body sensations) about what you have observed without assigning blame

Needs - The basic human needs that are or not being met and are the source of feelings

Requests - Clear request for actions that can meet needs

2006 - 2011 Proceedings & Outcomes


2006 - 2011 Proceedings & Outcomes

2011 ETO Conf. Information:
2011 Presenter Biographicals

2010 ETO Conf. Information:
2010 Presenter Biographicals
2010 On-Site Video Interviews and Proceedings

2009 ETO Conf. Information:
Content of 2009 Dialogue Group, HUB, and Open Space Notes
2009 On-Site Video Interviews and Proceedings
2009 Presenter Biographicals

2008 ETO Conf. Information:
Touch Drawing interpretation of ETO Conferences *
(* Touch Drawing images of available for purchase)
Content of '08 Daily Open Dialogue Break-Out Sessions
'08 On-Site Video Interviews
'08 Video and Audio Conference Recording of Sessions
Available at Hungry Mind Recordings
2008 ETO Program Sessions
2008 Presenter Biographicals and Photos

2007 ETO Conf. Information:
2007 ETO Program Sessions
2007 Presenter Biographicals and Photos

2006 ETO Conf. Information:
'06 Recorded Sessions by Conference Recording Services
Content of '06 Daily Open Dialogue Break-Out Sessions
2006 ETO Program Sessions
2006 Presenter Biographicals and Photos