News Release| Cal State L.A.; Holocaust Survivors study


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CSULA Professor Connie Corley is available for interviews.
She can be reached directly at

or (323) 343-4746.

MEDIA ADVISORY: Presentation at L.A. Museum of the Holocaust,
1-4 p.m.,
Sunday, Dec. 13

 ‘Stories of resilience’ from Holocaust survivors
to bring lessons

Research by CSULA’s Corley and others examined forgiveness, yields
clinical tips

Los Angeles, CA –

Holocaust Survivors: Stories of Resilience,”
a symposium based on a recent research,
will be presented Sunday, Dec. 13, at the

Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust

The 1 p.m. program will focus on a three-year study about how the
powers of forgiveness and natural healing contribute to recovery
following trauma. The study was co-authored by Connie Corley, a
professor of social work and associate director for lifelong learning at
California State University, Los Angeles.
Corley’s research on “Forgiveness, Resiliency and
Survivorship Among Holocaust Survivors” is conducted under the direction
of Professor Roberta Greene of the University of Texas at Austin School
of Social Work and adapted from a research conducted in Israel. The team
interviewed Holocaust survivors living in Texas, New York, New Jersey,
California, Minnesota, and Washington, D.C.

“This work has been profoundly moving,”
said Corley. “In
investigating resilience, I found that survivors of the genocide of
approximately 6
million European Jews during World War II to now be creatively
engaged with life and eager to share their stories in words and images.”

The Dec. 13 symposium

will report on
findings from
the national study and how they

can be applied to clinical practice. Corley and Greene will be
joined by Beth Cohen of CSU Northridge; Judith-Kate Friedman, founder of
Songwriting Works; Florabel Kinsler, founder of Café

Europa, Jewish Family Services

in Los Angeles; Vladimir Melamed of the L.A. Museum of the Holocaust;
and two Holocaust survivors, Erica Leon and Elizabeth Mann.

The symposium is offered as a course and meets the qualification for
three continuing education credits for LCSW through the

School of Social Work
at Cal State L.A.

The survivorship study’s

co-principal investigators include Marilyn Armour, University of Texas;
Carmen Morano, Brookdale Center for Healthy Aging & Longevity; and
Harriet Cohen, Texas Christian University. Cal State L.A. social work
graduates Oteka Macklin and Brent Hart assisted.

Corley was
editor of Social Work Response to the White House Conference
on Aging
; and has published articles on geriatrics and gerontology, social
work, rehabilitation, spirituality and substance abuse.

The research is funded by a grant from the

John Templeton Foundation
, and the symposium is cosponsored by the
Institute for Social Innovation at Fielding Graduate University and the
Jesse L. Simon Charitable Foundation.

The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust is at 6435 Wilshire Blvd., Los
Angeles, CA 90048. For details about the symposium, call (323) 651-
3704. For

more about the research study, go to

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