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Marylhurst University is a private Catholic liberal arts university located in Marylhurst, Oregon, United States, nine miles south of Portland on the Willamette River. It is among the oldest collegiate degree-granting institutions in Oregon, awarding its first degree in 1897. Marylhurst was founded and run for many years by the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, a Roman Catholic teaching Roman Catholic religious institute. Wikipedia.

Ferry M.D.,George Mason University | Richards C.,Marylhurst University
Critical Public Health | Year: 2015

Foucault uses the term ‘biopower’ to describe the totalizing effects of regulation of life through the manipulation of political messages, such as those in the obesity debate. This paper attempts to uncover ways in which these flows are made manifest among members of a public online weight loss surgery (WLS) discussion forum. Drawing from Foucauldian scholarship, we spent two-and-a-half years conducting a critical discourse analysis of over 2000 conversational threads on one US-based public discussion forum devoted to providing a support community to those who were considering WLS. Our intent is to analyze how ‘truths’ about the surgery are constructed among and between the community participants at different stages of the surgery to identify how they engage with ideologies associated with contemporary obesity and healthism. © 2014, © 2014 Taylor & Francis. Source

Beer L.E.,Marylhurst University
Nordic Journal of Music Therapy | Year: 2016

Music therapy is an evidence-based, non-pharmacological treatment for dementia and the accompanying symptoms of agitation, anxiety, and behavioral issues. Administrators of health care organizations find the modality appealing for its benefits and also for the growing evidence that music therapy is a cost-effective intervention. Music therapists are recognized to be qualified clinicians of a research-supported practice which is particularly effective with clients who have advanced dementia. We are able to access memory, speech, and interactive abilities thought to be destroyed by the disease of dementia. We are, therefore, educationally and clinically adept at creating communications with clients that other professional helpers may struggle to achieve. How we use tone of voice, rhythm and melody, and nuances of gesture are skills that can be taught to fellow caregivers. This article draws upon knowledge gleaned from the author having conducted over 20 enhanced communication trainings with nurses, students, community members, and other caregivers who have an interest in dementia care, and also a study she conducted that showed significance in how this type of training affected caregivers. Here, suggestions are offered to guide music therapists in reimagining their work and designing a format for educating other professionals involved in the care of people with advanced dementia. © 2016 GAMUT – The Grieg Academy Music Therapy Research Centre Source

Beer L.E.,Marylhurst University
Music Therapy Perspectives | Year: 2016

This article introduces the music therapy community to several strategies for conducting qualitative research in a way that honors and respects participant experiences, and also integrates the primary form of our clinical practice: that of music. Music therapy researchers are just beginning to grasp the full capabilities of incorporating music directly into qualitative research studies. Arts-based research (ABR) is an established approach to social science as well as creative arts therapies research, yet is not well formulated or integrated into the design, data-collection methods, or representation of themes and findings in music therapy studies. Adding music, with its power to illuminate hidden aspects of the human experience, to methodology is a sound approach. As noted in ABR, when creative arts are included in the promulgation of a research project's findings, otherwise inaccessible data pieces become part of an interactive event for readers in which they not only intellectually comprehend how a participant experienced the phenomenon being studied, but also emotionally and intuitively respond to what they hear. When the audience/reader of a research study listens to musical data, deeper understanding and multilayered, nonlinear insights and reactions are evoked. This article brings to the reader the following: a review of music therapy literature; examples of including music in research design and implementation; and suggestions for integrating music into all phases of methodology. © the American Music Therapy Association 2015. All rights reserved. Source

Slayton S.C.,Marylhurst University
Arts in Psychotherapy | Year: 2012

One way to facilitate social change as an art therapist is within the context of group art therapy, utilizing the group as a social microcosm for the world at large. The overarching goal is to engage the group in meaningful and prosocial experience that mirrors . community experiences many clients have lacked. For a group of adolescent males who had suffered the effects of some of our worst social problems-rampant community and domestic violence, racial and ethnic conflict, child abuse and neglect, parental substance abuse and criminality, poverty, and untreated mental illness in families-this task is complex. The impact of disrupted attachment and complex trauma is discussed, and implications are presented for connecting with traumatized youth through witnessing their creative work. The therapeutic relationship and the art media used are discussed in relation to multicultural issues, the specific psycho-social problems experienced by the individual group members, and the capacity of this group to engage in the construction and ultimate articulation of its own community in a visual manner. The product of this group art therapy experience is exhibited in a mixed-construction miniature city that was built over a period of 9 weeks. © 2011 Elsevier Inc. Source

Allen P.,Marylhurst University
Research in Rural Sociology and Development | Year: 2014

Food movements and organizations are increasingly complementing their longstanding emphasis on environment with a focus on social justice. This conceptual chapter discusses dimensions in which engagements in this arena diverge and converge along a continuum from neoliberalization to opposition/structural change. Categories and visions of social justice vary widely, highlighting certain social categories and locations while eliding others. Gender, in particular, is a social category that is a key factor in the allocation of power and privilege, but that has not been significantly addressed in efforts toward social justice in most food movements. The topics and categories movements consider most important determine their assignments of energies. These assignments in turn create common understandings of priorities and mechanisms for changing the food system, although they may omit consideration of key axes of oppression.For example, strategic preferences for family farms and food-system localization may not consider legacies and contemporary practices of enslavement, exploitation, and patriarchy. As movements increase their focus on social justice, they can engage in critical reflection and dialogue to interrogate the nature of conditions of injustice and the causes behind these conditions. This would include examining how practices and discourses of racism, classism, and sexism - along with the ways they intersect - have shaped, reflect, and reproduce the food system. This process must privilege the participation, perspectives, and priorities of those who suffer from injustice. It can then best illuminate strategic definitions and pathways that can move toward transformation of a food system grounded in conditions of social justice. Copyright © 2014 by Emerald Group Publishing Limited. Source

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