Curriculum Vitae

SHARON G. MIJARES

U.S.  (760)  230-0948

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PSY 16127

VITA OF EXPERIENCE

Dr. Sharon Mijares is an international speaker, workshop leader and author.  She has decades of experience in treating trauma, psychology, teaching, leadership and transformational processes. Her Institutes for Women and Global Change have been presented in several nations. She has enlisted authors representing a variety of cultural perspectives in her books. Her sixth book, A Force Such As the World Has Never Known: Women Creating Change is receiving global attention. She is also a specialist in gender issues, shamanic and psychospiritual healing with over twenty-five years specializing in trauma, addictions, and also teaching at the university level. Dr. Mijares is touching many different areas in her work, and each one is focused on improving the human condition.

PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCIES

  • Professor of university courses in Spirituality and Mental Health, Ecopsychology, Somatic Psychology, gender issues and human sexuality, research, critical thinking, social psychology, counseling, comparative religions, drug prevention/treatment
  • Author of articles, chapters and six books on various topics including gender healing, women’s development, the breath and psychospiritual paradigms for mental health.
  • Licensed Psychologist providing psychotherapy for individuals and couples, specializing in treating abuse and addictive behaviors while promoting psychospiritual development and mind-body healing.
  • Professional Coach for Leadership and Personal Change from the College of Executive and Personal Coaching.
  • Trainer in women’s development through individual and group work.

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology.  1995.

            The Union Institute Graduate School,  Cincinnati, OH. Concentration in Clinical Psychology. A study of the impact of trauma on the body, mind and its relationship to dissociative and cerebral processes. Title of dissertation: Fragmented self, archetypal forces and the embodied mind (published 2012).

M.A., Psychology.  1991.

            Sonoma State University, Rohnert Park, CA.  Concentration in Psychology with emphasis on gender imbalance, trauma and influence of breathing practices in healing. Research/thesis titled: The healing power of the breath: Eastern, Middle-Eastern and Western forms of breathwork.

B.A., Psychology.  1990.

            The Union Institute Undergraduate School, San  Diego, CA.  Concentration on Women’s Psychology and the mind-body relationship.

ICSS Graduate. 1989-90. Institute of Culture and Creation Spirituality. Oakland, CA. Nine-month program in women’s awakening, cultural justice, peace issues and spiritual process. Training in leading rituals.

Certificates & Related Trainings.

Neuroscience Brain-Based Therapy: Transformational techniques for anxiety, PTSD, depression, impulse control, etc. Pesi. June 7. Rancho Cordova, CA

Intensive Trauma Training with Bessel van der Kolk. Six-week training session. Pesi Institute. May-June 2016

How to use Polyvagal Theory to Help Clients Reset the Nervous System After Trauma. Stephen Porges. NICABM. May 8, 2016

How to Rewire the Traumatized Brain. Bessel van der Kolk. NICABM. May 2, 2016.

Evolution of Psychotherapy. December 11-14, 2013. Milton H. Erickson Foundation. Anaheim, CA

Variety of training for teaching On-Line Courses with e-College, Blackboard, including the use of Adobe Connect and Class Live Pro via Brandman University and National University faculty training programs (2005-2007). Designed and teach on-line courses for the United Nations University for Peace on Moodle, working with media department.

Professional Coach. College of Executive Coaching certification program. (2000-2002). The two-year coaching program focused on women’s issues and development, strategies for improving group and business relationships and organization.

Self-relations Psychotherapy & Ericksonian Hypnotherapy - Ongoing supervision training and certifications. Stephen Gilligan, Ph.D. (1991-1999: averaged 8 hrs. mnth for 8 yrs.). 

*2001-2005 – On staff of summer training programs in Hypnosis and Self Relations. Also, led evening sessions integrating Sufi practices with Self-Relations training.

Del Amo Hospital  Preferred Providers Training with Colin Ross, M.D, Treatment of sexually abused, dissociative clients and perpetrators. (2000).    

Masters & Johnson Preferred Providers Training. Treatment of sexually abused, dissociative clients. Treatment of perpetrators. (1999). I also taught this in university courses for counseling psychology students.   

Cognitive therapy for anxiety disorders (1997). David Burns, Ph.D.

Disaster Mental Health Training w/American Red Cross. Crisis Management. Trained in defusing and debriefing techniques in the event of serious and traumatic events.

Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR). (1995). Certified in EMDR facilitation.

Psychologists Substance Abuse Training (1997). Los Angeles.

Stalking. San Diego Stalking Strike Force and District Attorney's Office. (1996).

Power & Control: Tactics of men who batter. Training to facilitate treatment programs, Domestic Abuse Intervention Project, Duluth Minnesota. (1995)

Spiritual Emergence Syndromes & Treatment: 9-month Certification course.

Hypnotherapy Certificate. Sonoma State University Extended Education program (1991).

Child Development Certificate. Palomar College.  (1975). Focus of Associate in Arts Degree.

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Associate Faculty, National University. (On-Campus and On-Line Courses)

            San Diego, CA.  April 1995   ongoing.

Course design for new undergraduate program in Integrative Psychology. She is lead faculty for Spirituality and Global Health and Somatic Psychology courses. Co-created Ecopsychology and Personality and Personal Development courses.

Undergraduate: Social Psychology, Drugs, Values and Society. Social Psychology, Theories of Personality and Psychotherapy, and Senior Research Project. Have also taught courses in counseling psychology (MFT) program, including Principles of Psychotherapy, Adult Development and Aging, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy and Relational Violence. Issues in Sexuality. Also taught courses in the Master’s Leadership HUB course.

California Institute of Human Science.- On- Line Courses - Lead Faculty

Encinitas, CA. 2006 – Ongoing. Teach On-Line courses in Ecopsychology/Ecofeminism. Sociocultural Influences and Intervention Strategies. Comparative Religions. Advanced Qualitative Research Design, Counseling and Communication, Adult Aging and other courses. Also participate in doctoral research committee meetings.

Adjunct Faculty, Chapman/Brandman University. (On-Campus and On-Line Courses)

Costa Mesa, CA. May 1999 – Ongoing. Designed and teach Spirituality and Mental Health.. Fully on-line course include Life Span Development, Research Methods in the Behavioral Sciences, Scientific Writing for the Behavioral and Social Sciences.Intro to Counseling and Personality Theory courses. Taught Graduate (MFT) Primary faculty for Child & Adol, Psychopathology, Assessment and Treatment of Sexual Disorders, Couples Psychotherapy as well as other courses on-campus.

Visiting Faculty, United Nations University for Peace – On-Line

Costa Rica. 2012-2014. The course titled New Perspectives in Family and Community Health examined family structures from a global systems perspective, illustrating the impact of war, migration while defining the many ways that family structures are re-defining themselves. The course offersed students concrete guidance and skills required to work in creating a more sustainable and peaceful world.

PsychotherapistPrivate practice as Licensed Psychologist. California license: PSY16127

Humanistic and transpersonal approach. Decades of experiential training in spiritual emergence processes. Strong psychospiritual and shamanic focus.  Therapeutic practice specializing in healing trauma related disorders, women’s issues, addictive problems, growth-oriented self development and couples therapy.

Professional Coach: Help people with life style and career changes. Ind. & Couples coaching. Life Development coaching is specifically designed to support women in career and lifestyle change.

Post-doctoral Fellow: Mercy-Scripps Behavioral Health Care  December 1996 through October 2, 1997

Facilitate ongoing groups for patients suffering from affective disorders, chemical dependency and psychotic disorders in a partial hospital program. Co-conduct emergency room and ICU psychiatric evaluations and referrals.

Sexual Abuse Counselor:  Women's Resource Center, Oceanside, CA. Aug 1993 ‑ May 1995.

(Pre-and Post doctoral internship). Psychotherapist treating women who were molested as children and rape victims.  I coordinated with the SART (sexual abuse response team), including emergency rape response at hospital, and Victims’ Assistance program. Counseled victims and perpetrators of domestic violence. Facilitated ongoing training program, supervised testing and assessment project for male perpetrators of domestic violence. Provided training to community agencies and military base on impact of childhood sexual abuse and rape.

Adjunct Faculty, Vermont College-The Union Institute and University

    Master’s program

            Distance Learning program. Last five years with Master’s program.

            Graduate program focuses on a student’s individually designed program and thesis.

Doctoral Committees:

As of this date I have served on 15 Doctoral committees through the Union Institute and University, Sofia University and through the California Institute of Human Science. Currently chairing two doctoral projects.

PUBLICATIONS:

Mijares, S. (2016). Indigenous knowledge and shamanic ways: Inner journeys and soul retrieval. In S. Mjares (Ed.). Modern psychology and ancient wisdom: Psychological healing practices from the world’s religious traditions. Revised Edition. New York: Routledge Mental Health.

Mijares, S. (2016). Modern psychology and ancient wisdom: Psychological healing practices from the world’s religious traditions. Revised Edition. New York: Routledge Mental Health.

Mijares, S. (2016). Tales of the Goddess: Healing metaphors for women. Chapter in S. Mijares (Ed.) Modern psychology and ancient wisdom: Psychological healing practices from the world’s religious traditions. Revised Edition (pp. 50-72). New York, NY: Routledge Mental Health.

Mijares, S. & Fotiou, E. (2015).  Earth, gender and ceremony: Gender complementarity and sacred plants in Latin America. Journal of Transpersonal Research, Vol. 7(1). 57-68

A Force Such As the World Has Never Known: Women Creating Change. (Nov. 2013, Inanna Publications). Although I am the creator, I invited Dr. Aliaa Rafea, Egypt, & Dr. Nahid Angha, U.S., to co-edit. Women from a variety of nations contributed to this book.

The Presence of Mother Earth in Ritual.  In Don Eulert (Creator) Ritual and Healing: Stories of Ordinary and Extraordinary Transformation. (2013).

Fragmented Self, Archetypal Forces and the Embodied Mind: Dissociative and Re-associative Processes. (2012). A focus on results of trauma ending with a discussion on shamanism and the wounded healer. Saarbrücken, Germany: Lap Lambert Academic Publishing.

Embodying Power and Beauty: A Return to the Garden of Paradise. (Spring/2012 Restoration Earth, Issue 2,

Adapting to Change is a Gender Issue. (Spring, 2010). Adaptive Options, Vol  5, Issue 1. Journal editor, Rune Ellemose Gulev.  pp. 13-18.

The Revelation of the Breath: A Tribute to Its Wisdom, Power and Beauty. (2009). Edited w/over 20 contributing authors. NY: SUNY Press.

The Root of All Evil: An Exposition of Prejudice, Fundamentalism and Gender Imbalance. Lead author is Sharon Mijares, co-authors are Dr. Aliaa Rafea, an Egyptian Muslim woman; Rachel Falik, M.A., an Israeli Jewish woman, and Jenny Eda Schipper, an American Jewish woman. (2007). United Kingdom: Imprint Academic. Also published in Arabic via NCT in Egypt.

The Blossom and the Rose Stem: The Relationship Between Spirituality and Religion. (Fall edition, 2006). Association of Humanistic Psychology’s Perspective.

Article “On the Alchemy of Spiritual Transformation.” (Spring 2006). Voices: The Art and Science of Psychotherapy, Vol. 42, No. 1. pp. 59-67.

Chapter: Sacred Woundings: Traumatic Openings to the Larger Self. (2005). In Sharon G. Mijares, Ph.D. and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D., The Psychospiritual Clinician’s Handbook: Alternative Methods for Understanding and Treating Mental Disorders. NY; Routledge Mental Health.

The Psychospiritual Clinician’s Handbook: Alternative Methods for Understanding and Treating Mental Disorders. (2005). Edited by Sharon G. Mijares, Ph.D. and Gurucharan Singh Khalsa, Ph.D.  NY: Routledge.

Chapter, “At Every Moment A New Species Rises in the Chest: Self Relations and Sufism.” (2004). In S. Gilligan and D. Simon (Eds.) Walking in Two Worlds: The Relational Self in Theory, Practice, and Community. Phoenix, AZ: Zeig, Tucker & Theisen, Inc.

Modern Psychology and Ancient Wisdom. (2003). Editor and co-author of an anthology on psychological healing and the world’s religions.  NY: Routledge. Also, published in South Korean

Chapter, “The Guest House: A Meeting Place for East and West.Nafs: The Mystical Horizon. Ellen Hammerle, Editor. (unpublished).

A Shifting Paradigm. Article in Sufism: An Inquiry, Vol. X, No. 2. pp. 13-17. 2002

Blood Brothers (on the life and work of Elias Chacour). (Feb/Mar 2002). Book review for Association of Humanistic Psychology’s Perspective.

Listening for the Breath of God. Article in Sufism: An Inquiry, Vol. IX, No. 4. Winter 2001.

Narratives and Neural Winds. In Journal of Somatics. (Winter 1997).

Desert Wisdom. (1995). Book reviews in Somatics: Journal of Mind-Body Arts and Sciences and in AHP Perspectives. Author: Neil Douglas-Klotz, Ph.D.

The Handbook of Diagnosis and Treatment of DSM-IV Personality Disorders. Book Review for Journal of Marriage and Family Review.  (1998). M.D. University of Delaware. Author: Lee Sperry. (1995).

The Psychobiology of Mind-Body Healing.  Book Review for Journal of Marriage and Family Review.  (1998). M.D. University of Delaware. Author: Ernest Rossi. (1993).

Mijares, S. (1995). Fragmented self, archetypal forces and the embodied mind. Dissertation Abstracts International, 56(11),B. (University Microfilms No. 9608330)

PRESENTATIONS:    

Women, Culture, and New Models of Power. May 2, 2017. Women’s Economic Forum. New Delhi, India.

Breath and Energetic Shifts. April 1, 2017. Society for an Anthropology of Consciousness with the California Institute for Human Science. Encinitas. CA

Diversity and Education: Enhancing Meaningful Learning. March 29, 2017. National University Faculty Forum. Marriot Hotel. Mission Valley, CA

Women, Culture and New Models of Power. October 15, 2016. 1st Annual Women in Leadership Conference. National University, La Jolla. CA  

Inner Ecology: Grounding Energetic Awareness. July 9-10, 2016. Subtle Energy and the Integral Sciences Symposium. California Institute for Human Science. Encinitas, CA.

Bringing forth the Past to Change the Future: The Initiation. A Ritual Workshop honoring Mayan Goddesses. April 23, 2016. Nevada City, CA.

Inner Ecology and Liminal Spaces. March 31, 2016. Wisdom Sits in Places: Place, Space, and Consciousness. 36th Annual Society for An Anthropology of Consciousness Conference. Portland, OR. March 31-April 2, 2016.

A Force Such as the World Has Never Known: Women Creating Change. Keynote speech. March 16, 2016. Women Gathering for Change Conference. Library of Alexandria. Alexandria, Egypt.

Deep Ancestral Knowing and the Collective Consciousness. March 18, 2016. Women Gathering for Change. Library of Alexandria. Alexandria. Egypt.

The Theory Comes Out of the Experience! Innovative Thoughts and Models for New Paradigm Education. California Institute for Human Science, Commencement address. September 12, 2015, Encinitas, CA

Life as a Dream.  Presentation at the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. Mar 27, 2015, Portland, OR

Life as a Dream. Presentation at the International Association of Sufism. March 28, 2015. San Rafael, CA

Women Creating Change. WACENA. Workshop with rural Ugandan women. Kampala, Uganda December 7, 2014.

The Importance of Education for Girls. Masaka, Uganda. December 6, 2014.

Paths to Transformation: Nature, Gender and Shamanism. Presentation at the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. March 27-30, 2014, Portland, OR.

Women Creating Change. International Women’s Day at the United Nations Mandated University for Peace. March 7, 2014.

Earth, Gender and Ceremony: Legend, Land and Sacred Plants in Latin America. Presentation at the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness. April 4-6, 2013, New Orleans.

The Poetry of Mother Earth. Presentation at Songs of the Soul: Poetry and Sacred Music Festival. International Association of Sufism. March 2013. San Rafael, CA

Keynote presentation video.  Tubu-Tubu Ten-nyo Seminar in 2013. On January 26th-27th in Tokyo. 13 Recipes to Find the Real You and Bring Out the Hidden Power in Women.

Music and Voice: Awakening to Sound. Presentation at Songs of the Soul: Poetry and Sacred Music Festival. International Association of Sufism. March 2012. San Rafael, CA

Institutes for Women and Global Change: Integrating Power and Beauty

            Vilcabamba, Ecuador (May 2011).

            Caracas, Venezuela (May 2011)

            Edinburgh, Scotland (September  2011)

            Caracas, Venezuela (November 2011)

            Vilcabamba, Ecuador (December 2011).

             San Jose, Costa Rica (August 2011)

Gender Balance, Sex and Comparative Religions. August 17, 2011. Speaker’s Forum. Escazu, Costa Rica.

Institute for Women and Global Change. May 22, 2011 Vilcabamba, Ecuador.

Unity Around Us and Within Us.A Workshop on the Power, Wisdom and Beauty of the Breath. May 17, 2011. Caracas, Venezuela.

The More We Connect, The Smaller Our World. June 27, 2010.  Human Dignity and the 21st Century. Sufi Symposium.  Embassy Suites Hotel, San Rafael, CA

Gender Balance is the Solution. May, 15, 2010. Women in Focus International. Royal Yacht Club, Corniche El Nile, Egypt.

Women Gathering: A Power Such as the World Has Never Known.  June 19, 2010. Institutes for Women and Global Change. 6th of October City, Egypt.

Gender Balance.  April 2, 2009. Portland, OR. Anthropology of Consciousness, a division of the American Anthropological Association.

Re-evaluation of the Sacred. April 26, 2008. San Rafael, CA. Legends, Stories, and Spiritual Inspiration conference. International Association of Sufism.

Balancing Heaven and Earth by Balancing Gender. January  2008. Peace Responsibility Symposium. Cairo, Egypt. Egyptian Society for Cultural and Spiritual Research and the IAS.

The Role of Women in Global Transformation. October 9, 2007, Escazu, Costa Rica.

Women, Evolutionary Development and the Transformation of Consciousness. April 6, 2007. San Diego, CA. Thresholds of Consciousness. Annual Symposium of the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness.

Listening to Our Hearts: Responding to Troubling Times. May 5, 2006. San Jose, CA. International Association of Sufism (IAS) Symposium Panel Presentation.

Principles of Spirituality: The Role of the Feminine in a Changing World. April 30, 2005. San Francisco. IAS Panel Presentation.

A Quest for Universal Harmony. (July 8, 2004). Council for a Parliament of World Religions. Barcelona Spain.

Peace Begins from Within. (July 8, 2004). Council for a Parliament of World Religions. Barcelona Spain.

Healing the Split—Healing Our World. SWO Panel Presentation: World Peace and the Role of the Individual. April, 2004. San Jose, CA.

The Aramaic Jesus. Workshop on the Aramaic prayer of Jesus. Center for Contemplative Spirituality. Riverside. ov. 2002.

Reducing Stress: Living a Balanced Life. Paper presented to the American Association of University Women. February 9, 2002.

A Shifting Paradigm. Paper presented on Women’s Panel. Paper presented at Seattle IAS symposium. 2002.

We all share the same breath. Paper presented on Interfaith panel. Paper presented at Seattle IAS symposium. 2002.

Listening for the Breath of God. Paper presented at San Francisco IAS symposium 2001.

United Nations – Participating NGO: “Global Solidarity and Peace.” 2000. Representing the International Association of Sufism (IAS).

United Nations Millennium World Peace Summit (2000). Participated as a representative of IAS.

Self-Knowledge, Individual and Global Responsibility: The world embraced in a single breath. Paper presented at Seattle IAS symposium. 2000.

Creating Health and Inner Peace. Paper presented at Women’s Conference, Dominican College, San Rafael. 1999.

Aramaic workshop. Singing and dancing with the Aramaic prayer of Jesus. San Diego. 1999.

Unity and Diversity. Paper presented at IAS symposium. San Francisco. 1999.

The Moral Culture. Paper presented on women’s panel, IAS Symposium. San Francisco. 1998.

The Alchemy of Tranquility. Papers presented for Sufism and Psychology panels. IAS symposium. San Francisco. 1997 & 1998.

MEMBERSHIPS

American Anthropology Association: Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness

Association of Humanistic Psychology (currently on hold due to their lack of communication)

Association of Transpersonal Psychology (the same)

International Association of Sufism, Sufi Women’s Organization

Sufi Ruhaniat International (a Sufi order focused on Universality of Religion)

BOARD MEMBER

Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness

Circle of Sacred Nature

Advisory Executive Council Women's Economic Forum 2017

PERSONAL

Shodan. Black Belt in Aikido. January 2004. USAF Western Region Birankai International

Chi Gung (certified teacher as of June 2017)

Photoshop

           Travel (expanding awareness and global connection)

 

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