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Harnessing the Creativity of Women in Contemporary Societies

We all have our struggles, whether they be mental, physical, or social? But what is it that makes some of us keep trying and striving to overcome despite the odds?
Our guest Dr Olga Zbarskaya discusses how to use creativity to overcome a weakness and turning it into strength; converting obstacles into opportunities; difficulties into dividends and triumph under tribulations. The major principles of humanized and creative educational process including designing curricula based on ethic and cultural norms; gradual engagement of young children into all life spheres based on multicultural knowledge and experience; integrating learning through self-perception and self-determination, incorporating creative thoughts and actions; promoting role-play; avoiding stereotypes, defined statements, and set conclusions; emotional involvement, scaffolding, symbolic thinking, family engagement, enjoyment, continuance, and systematic perspective.
Join Center for Media & Peace Initiatives and African Women for Good Governance in the first of a series of monthly Diaspora Dialogue designed to improve the condition of women and minimize the odds against them.
Format: A presentation by Dr. Dr Olga Zbarskaya will be followed by Q & A and a certificate of participation will be shared to participants.

About the Guest Speaker
Dr Olga Zbarskaya, Ph.D, ACSW, MSW, MA SUNY. She is multifaceted and creative, a Certified & New York State Accredited Trainer, Senior Administrative Director, Early Learn, Cardinal McCloskey Community Services. She is poet, artist, consultant, international guest speaker at conferences, author, scholar, and creativity expert and researcher.

Dr. Olga Zbarskaya, Ph.D., ACSW, MSW, MA is a SUNY Certified & New York State Accredited Trainer. Dr. Zbarskaya was born in Odessa, Ukraine. In 1993 she offered Odessa institute of teachers, the new creative curriculum approach for elementary education based on cultural self-determination of young children. She lives in America since 1996. For more than 15 years, she trains MYC trainers, teachers, childcare providers, and administrators. She presents at various conferences, lectures, writes poetry, stages shows, and serves as a consultant to various agencies. Olga staged her poetry shows in the United Nations and other settings.
Dr. Olga Zbarskaya has 15 years of experience in social services administration and training. She works as a Senior Administrative Director of Early Learn at Cardinal McCloskey Community Services. Dr. Olga Zbarskaya life’s work includes teaching creative thinking as “one of the most complex and comprehensive, conceptual and practical, qualitative and quantitative phenomena”. Dr. Zbarskaya trains licensed professionals in NYC on creative education, learning through self-perception and self-determination, stimulating young children’s creative potentials, fostering a sense of self, motivation, incubation of ideas, and complex approaches toward reality. Olga emphasized, “Creativity promotes intellectual growth and cognitive development in children and decreases accumulated aggressive or destructive tendencies and urges”.
Dr. Zbarskaya’s research topics and areas of expertise include but are not limited to:
• The Impact of Theory-Based Trainings on the Level of Creativity of individual
• Major Elements of Creative Performance
• Physiological Mechanisms Associated with creativity
• Cortical Stimulation for Optimal Performance and Creativity Interventions
• Creativity as a Predictor of Achievement
• Correlations among Types of Creativity, Sensitivity, and Satisfaction
• The Impact of Teaching and Improvisation on Creative thinking
• Creative Mental Functioning based on Specific Patterns of Brain Activity
• Prevention of Mental Illnesses through Creativity
• Adaptation to New Environments
• Creative Management in Human Services

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