contributes to peace psychology
De La Salle University-Manila united with various universities
and organizations in sharing the developments in peace psychology
during the 7th International Symposium on the Contributions
of Psychology to Peace on July 16 to 21.
University hosted a dinner for the representatives of the
13 participating countries, with 35 individual presentors,
at the M. Gaerlan Conservatory on July 18. Participants from
China, Sweden, South Africa, United States, Australia, Cambodia,
India, Germany, Singapore, Columbia, North Ireland, Indonesia,
and the Philippines composed the members and leaders of the
Committee for the Psychological Study of Peace (CPSP) under
the International Union of Psychological Science (IUPsyS).
Former President Corazon Aquino graced the opening ceremonies.
The first paper presented was centered on People Power 2,
which symbolized the Philippine style of peaceful and non-violent
Madelene Sta. Maria, professor of the Psychology Department
and member of the site committee for the international symposium,
shared DLSU-M’s contribution to peace psychology as she presented
her research paper titled The Indigenous Psychology of Conflict
and Conflict Management.
Also highlighted in the week-long symposium are the following
themes on peace psychology: The Socialization of Peacemaking,
Culture of Peace; Intercultural Reconciliation; Toward the
Development of Models for Peace Psychology; Peace and Development;
and Responses to the Post-Conflict Situation in East Timor.
symposium aimed to enable scholars to present their current
research in peace psychology, engage in intercultural dialogue
aimed at reducing culture bias and ethnocentrism in research
and practice in peace psychology. They also sought to bring
forward the voices and perspectives from cultures and local
situations--especially in Asia--that are typically not included
in peace psychology dialogues.
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