Amish/Las Vegas: Polarities of American Culture through Movies and Stories

Presented and developed by Gregory Crosby, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA

The Amish and Las Vegas are symbols of two polarities in the world and within ourselves. Las Vegas represents instant gratification, materialism, risk, impulse, excitement, and individualism. The Amish symbolize simplicity, plainness, selflessness, community, slow change, and humility.  The workshop will explore how culture impacts presenting problems such as ADHD, addiction, depression, anxiety, stress, enmeshed/ disengaged families and domestic and societal violence. The workshop will focus on how to help clients manage technology, develop a cultural understanding of how your symptoms and background are affected by culture . Participants will be introduced to a holistic perspective exploring biological , psychological, cultural and professional opposites like:  under and over stimulation, self- oriented  versus other- directed,  rapidly moving forward from loss versus honoring loss, symptom management versus understanding ones history and patterns, right left hemispheric functions, East -West polarities and polarities that exist in therapeutic practice. 

This workshop will be a blend of movies, stories, lectures, discussions and exercises within a liberal arts  framework  to enhance cultural awareness.

Learning outcomes:

  • Emphasize the presence of polarities that exist in culture and ourselves.
  • Highlight  a trans-theoretical  model that integrates mind/mood/behaviors and the body with culture/environment.
  • Learn how to integrate a holistic cultural perspective with dynamic tensions such as self-directed versus other directed, we versus them and East versus West.
  • Connect how one can influence one’s environment and affect  change  in moods , thoughts, behaviors and the body.
  • Examine an easy to learn cultural model to better understand  the context of symptoms.

Continuing Education (CE) Information

6 CEs

Gregory Alan Crosby, MA, LPC, CGP, FAGPA

Greg Crosby has a M.A. in Sociology from Ball State University, Muncie IN and a B.A. in Sociology/Psychology from the University of Indianapolis, Indianapolis, IN.

Mr. Crosby currently has a private practice where he sees groups and individual adults with Adult ADD and comorbid disorders.  He also is Associate Faculty (Adjunct) at Marylhurst University where he teaches courses both on the Graduate level and the Undergraduate level, and Adjunct Faculty at Portland State University.

In October of 2012, Greg retired from Kaiser Permanente in Portland, OR where he was the Clinical Group/Intern Program Coordinator/Clinician.  He had been there since 1987.  He has also been Adjunct Faculty at Lewis & Clark College and a Clinical Instructor at Oregon Health Sciences University, Department of Psychology.

Mr. Crosby has published numerous articles both nationally and internationally.  He has co-written a couple books and presented trainings nationally on a wide range of topics.

His new book co-authored with Tonya Lippert is titled: Transforming ADHD:  Attention and Action Regulation Skills to Focus and Succeed.

Greg Crosby is known for his entertaining presentations that blend integrating ideas from liberal arts and the sciences into his lectures and exercises.

Upcoming Dates and Registration

Date: Friday, November 9th, 2018
Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Cost: $159.00 USD

Campus: Providence Willamette Falls Community Center, Oregon City, OR
Map:       Directions to our campus location.
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