Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Understanding Russia

In a day and age when trying to understand the world around us is a challenge for even the most energetic of persons – imagine the daunting challenge of Understanding Russia in the 21st Century…Why Russians Do What They Do!

That’s exactly the task undertaken by internationally-recognized psychotherapist Marilyn Reh Murray, who divides her year between Moscow, Russia and Scottsdale, Arizona.

Also a noted author, educator and theorist, Marilyn Murray will be presenting her two-part workshop during the International Convention of Germans from Russia in Casper. The week-long convention opens at the Parkway Plaza Hotel and Convention Center on Monday, July 28th. Murray’s first workshop – taking an historical approach to understanding Russia – is scheduled for 2:00 p.m., Saturday, August 2nd. The second workshop on the subject follows at 3:30 and will examine current issues in Russia. Both sessions will be in Ballroom A at the Parkway.

Murray is one of dozens of presenters featured during this historic joint convention of two German-Russian organization – the American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, and the Germans from Russia Heritage Society, based in Bismarck, North Dakota. Between the two organizations, nearly one thousand persons are anticipated to attend the convention, including a bevy of internationally-known speakers like Murray.

Marilyn Murray grew up in Kansas, and her German-Russian grandparents were from the Volga villages of Beideck and Enders. Marilyn’s career in psychotherapy led her to specialize in intensive therapy in private practice, and she has given seminars on her Murray Method Theory since 1983. Since retiring from private practice in 2004, Marilyn has founded Health Restoration International, Ltd., which provides education and resources for emotional, physical, intellectual and spiritual health. Since 2002, she has lived half-time in Moscow, where she is a Professor of Psychology and Education at Moscow State University and also works with abused children and their families.

She is the author of “Prisoner of Another War,” and her new book, “Wisdom for a Healing Journey,” will be released in Russian this year by Piter Publishing in St. Petersburg. Marilyn also gives regular training to the faculty, staff, and students of a seminary in southern Russia. She is a life member of AHSGR and a member of the Arizona Sun Chapter.

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