Psychology Upside Down

Faculty member Amanda Hitchings (Antioch 2004) is excited to be a part of TEDxKeene this week!

She says, “As I reached my 10th year of teaching at Antioch and my 14th year in practice I contemplated, really, how can I improve as a teacher, a clinician, and a community member? A lover of TED, I was intrigued about Keene’s TEDx startup and thought I would be great at volunteering to get people coffee, hang some flyers, and just sponge the spirit of TED. Little did I know I would be involved in actual curation. And almost immediately, my way of being has twisted and turned whilst surrounded by a vivacious, creative, compassionate team.  Mid-career reflecting had me recognize that my traditional role as a psychologist (practitioner, program developer) often doesn’t touch all of those that I would love to reach.”

“This year’s TEDxKeene theme of UPSIDE down met me with perfect timing. I needed to think about my self as a psychologist differently. I used my skills to help develop a screening system to locate presenters personally impacted (outside of being traditional “experts”) to share how they have addressed issues related to social justice, mental health, and use disorders. Moving up to show time, my skills further were used to help people feel safe, motivated, and encouraged to express themselves to a community eager to receive. How does this resonate with a psychologist? This is the point. We need to be upside down in the way we reach others and how to be part of a community that invites people to share their stories. I have much to learn! And I am so happy to invite our community to…”

TEDxKeene, an educational and informative event on October 4, 2018 at The Colonial Theater in Keene NH.

From TEDxKeene:

“This year’s theme, Upside Down, challenges participants’ perceptions of the world. It enables us to expand our context so we can see the other side of the spectrum, or what is beneath the surface; this will also help us open our minds to other worlds, and set us on an empowering journey.

Our presenters will share in an environment aimed at generating new ideas, conversations and turning ideas upside down. You will agree that these topics will inspire and empower YOU!

  • Amanda Bastoni and Anthony David : Bastoni and David will talk about making ourselves vulnerable to embrace others.
  • Bridgette Doucette-Howell and Alison Batey:  with their students will train the audience how we can make our world more open to those with learning disabilities
  • Rebecca Hartka and Jose Lezcano: Hartka and Lezcano will show, through music, how we can bridge cultural divides
  • Bob Kalm: Kalm will talk about how internet trolling can be valuable in opening ourselves to new perspectives.
  • Eric Masterson: Masterson will talk about how his world changed when he rode his bicycle to South America following a hawk migration.
  • Beth Richardson: Richardson will share a poem about her experience when her child came out as transgender.
  • Peter Starkey: Starkey will talk about how a deeper human connection in our community can help us all cope with our emotional stresses in life.

More information about TEDxKeene, including photos and videos from the April 2017 event, can also be found at Tickets to the October 4 event will be available for purchase at or at The Colonial Theatre box office soon.”

About TEDx, x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; the TED Translators Program, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a “wish,” or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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