Stronger Together-Healing the Divide: A Social & Psych. Response to the Tree of Life Shooting



UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital 
Office of Educational Resources and Planning
The University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry
Community Care Behavioral Health Organization

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“Stronger Together… Healing the Divide: A Social and Psychological Response to the Tree of Life Shooting”


 Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Rodef Shalom Congregation

4905 Fifth Avenue

Pittsburgh, PA 15213

8:30 am to 4:30 pm


Course Directors:

Jack Cahalane, PhD
Ronald Glick, MD
Jon Spiegel, PhD


Recovery and Wellness:  The Journey Starts Here
A Joint Effort Sponsored by Community Care Behavioral Health Organization and UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital


“Stronger Together… Healing the Divide: 
A Social and Psychological Response 
to the Tree of Life Shooting”

November 5, 2019

Rodef Shalom Congregation


Questions: Please contact Nancy Mundy at [email protected] or phone 412-204-9090

In the wake of the Tree of Life tragedy, mental health professionals have wanted to help. In addition to understanding the psychopathology of the perpetrator and good treatment for the victims and their families, we want to understand what causes societal divides and what heals
those divides.  This conference will provide a psychological and social response to our recent communal tragedy.  

 Mental health professionals are on the front lines of treating both perpetrators and victims of violence.  The Department of Psychiatry is committed to providing education, empowerment, and solace to mental health professionals and to the broader community. This year we acutely feel the need to address the Tree of Life tragedy.

 Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Jonathan Haidt.  Dr. Haidt’s research into Moral Foundations Theory demonstrates how the roots of societal divide reside in the human psyche.  His work draws on the fields of:  evolutionary theory, socio-biology, moral philosophy, neuroscience and social psychology. Dr. Haidt shows how our ability to cooperate allows human beings to solve complex problems, build civilizations, and literally reach into the Heavens.  His research lays out the challenges of the 21st century and hopeful, practical ways to address those challenges.   

Educational Objectives

At the completion of this program, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify factors that lead to societal divide
  2. Identify characteristics of hate group members
  3. Enumerate factors that help societies heal social divide
  4. Identify what we can do individually and collectively to help our community
  5. Describe how communal activity creates social cohesion. 

Who Should Attend

Mental Health Consumers; Mental Health Providers; Medical Physicians; Physician Assistants; Community Members; Clergy Members

Co-Sponsoring Organizations

  • Congregation Dor Hadash
  • New Light Synagogue
  • Tree of Life - Or L'Simcha Congregation

  • Carnegie Mellon University Humanism Initiative

  • Black Political Empowerment Project
  • Jewish Families & Community Services
  • East End Cooperative Ministries

Course Directors

Jack Cahalane, PhD, MPH
Sr. Director, Integrated Clinics
Telehealth and Community Liaison
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital 
Pittsburgh, PA

Ronald Glick, MD
Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Medical Director of the Center for Integrative Medicine, UPMC Shadyside
Pittsburgh, PA

Jon Spiegel, PhD 
Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry 
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Jonathan Haidt, PhD
Thomas Cooley Professor of Ethical Leadership
New York University -- Stern School of Business
New York, NY


Kathleen Blee, PhD
Bettye J. and Ralph E. Bailey Dean
Distinguished Professor of Sociology
Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Deborah Brodine, MHA, MBA
President, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital 
President, UPMC Senior Services
Pittsburgh, PA

Cantor Julie Newman, MBA
President, Tiferet
Co-leader, Chavurat Shirah
Pittsburgh, PA

Karina Schumann, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Rev. Dr. Vincent Kolb
Sixth Presbyterian Church
Pittsburgh, PA

Daniel Leger, RN, BCC
Nurse, Chaplain
Congregation Dor Hadash Member
Pittsburgh, PA
Survivor, October 27, 2018 Massacre

 Wasi Mohamed
Executive Director, Islamic Center of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, MA, DSM(HC), DD(HC)
Rabbi and Cantor
Tree of Life*Or L’Simcha Congregation
Pittsburgh, PA

William Peduto
Mayor of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA

Rabbi Jonathon Perlman
New Light Synagogue
Pittsburgh, PA

Tim Stevens, MA 
Chairman and CEO, Black Political Empowerment Project 
Pittsburgh, PA

All individuals in a position to control the content of this education activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients.

The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

For additional information regarding presenters and/or presentations, please contact Doreen Barkowitz at [email protected]  


8:30                                Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00-10:00 am                Conference Introduction
                                       Deborah Brodine, MHA, MBA

                                       Turning on the Hive Switch - 
                                       Enabling Cooperation
Jon Spiegel, PhD;
Cantor Julie Newman, MBA

10:00-11:00 am               White Supremacism in the U.S.
                                        Kathleen Blee, PhD

11:00-11:15 am               Break

11:15 am-12:15 pm        Keynote: 
                                       Societal Divide and the Human Psyche
                                       Jonathan Haidt, PhD

12:15-1:00 pm                 Lunch (provided)

1:00- 2:00                        Keynote - Healing the Divide: How We Can Weaken Hatred, Reduce Violence, and Strengthen Cooperation   Jonathan Haidt, PhD

2:00-2:15                          Break

2:15-3:15                          Repairing our Social Commons
                                         Panel Discussion/Q&A
                                         Moderator: Jon Spiegel, PhD
Kathleen Blee, PhD; 
                                         Jonathan Haidt, PhD; 
                                         Karina Schumann, PhD

3:15-4:15                          Tikkun Olam – Repairing the World
                                         Rev. Dr. Vincent Kolb; 
Daniel Leger, RN, BCC
Wasi Mohamed; 
Rabbi Jeffery Myers, MA; 
Mayor Bill Peduto; 
Rabbi Jonathon Perlman; 
Tim Stevens, MA

4:15-4:30                          Closing and Chavurat Shirah
Jon Spiegel. PhD; 
                                         Cantor Julie Newman, MBA

All presentations are introductory to intermediate instructional levels.

For more information regarding the presenters or presentations, please contact Doreen Barkowitz at [email protected].

Continuing Education Credit


UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital maintains responsibility for this program and its content. This program is being offered for 6.0 continuing education credits.


UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 5059. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is solely responsible for all aspects of this program. This program is being offered for 6.0 continuing education hours.

Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors/Certified Co-Occurring Disorders Professionals: CADC/CCDP
The Office of Education and Regional Programming, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital is certified by the Pennsylvania Certification Board (PCB) to provide Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) and Certified Co- occurring Disorders Professional (CCDP) continuing education credits. This program is being offered for 6.0 continuing education credits.

Licensed/Clinical Social Workers, Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists: LSW/LCSW/LPC/LMFT

This program is offered for 6.0 hours of social work continuing education through co-sponsorship of the University of Pittsburgh’s School of Social Work, a Council on Social Work Education-accredited school and, therefore, a PA pre-approved provider of social work continuing education. These credit hours satisfy requirements for LSW/LCSW, LPC and LMFT biennial license renewal. For information on social work continuing education call (412) 624-3711.

Other Healthcare Professionals
Nurses and other health care professionals are awarded 0.60 Continuing Education Units (CEU's). One CEU is equal to 10 contact hours. Nurses: For attending this program you will receive a Certificate of Attendance confirming 6.0 hours of continuing education. These hours may be considered eligible for completing the 30 hours of continuing education required for biannual nursing re-licensure in Pennsylvania. Peer Specialists: This program fulfills requirements for Certified Peer Specialist continuing education.

We request that all participants complete the online survey. Everyone must sign out at the end of the program. CEU and CADC Certificates will be available once the program has ended. All other certificates will be sent via e- mail to participants once they’ve completed the online survey. Please keep your certificate in a safe place once you receive it. Replacement certificates cost $30.


Questions or registration assistance: Please contact Nancy Mundy at [email protected] or phone 412-204-9090

Registration Information Fee Schedule

                                             By 10/21/19     After 10/21/19

 Professionals                                               $100              $120

UPMC and Affiliated Organizations
Allegheny County Office 
of Beh. Health; 
Pittsburgh Veterans Hosp.
Use discount code: HealingUPMC.2019
Use work e-mail address
                             $80               $100    

Medical Residents/Students/Interns/Community Members
(no continuing education)                  
Use discount code: HealingComm.2019      $60               $60

Tuition includes:

  • All registration and conference materials
  • Continental breakfast, lunch and refreshments
  • Continuing education credits at the professional rate

 Instructions for registering at: 

  1. Click on ‘Register Now’ (small box at bottom of page)
  2. If “Stronger Together… Healing the Divide: A Social and Psychological Response to the Tree of Life Shooting” appears under ‘Shopping Cart’, click on ‘Checkout’ (think of this as ‘continue’).
  3. Register as a new registrant or sign in if you already have an account (username is your e-mail). You do not have to answer questions about your health insurance!
  4. When the conference name appears again, click on ‘Checkout’ (again, think of this as ‘continue’)
  5. Continuing Education Credit – Please use dropdown list for credential or choose Not Applicable (you must complete this or click on N/A). Click on ‘continue’.
  6. Enter your promotional code if applicable (please see above). Click on ‘Apply to Total’!
  7. Add credit card information if applicable and click on ‘Process Payment’.
  8. Complete Transaction and print your receipt.


Please dress in layers as we are unable to control the room temperature to satisfy all.


Please direct general questions and requests to pay via a Journal Transfer to Nancy Mundy at [email protected]. 

Full tuition must accompany registration.
A $25 administrative fee will be deducted from all refunds for cancellations. No refunds can be issued once the program has begun. Please register by October 16, 2019 to take advantage of the lowest tuition rate.


We encourage participation by all individuals. If you have a disability, advance notification of any special needs will help us better serve you. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks in advance of the program by calling Nancy Mundy at 412-204-9090.

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