Welcome to Middlepeace Website:
This website is an individual work by Poran Poregbal, MA., RSW., RCC, founded and originated early 2007.
Now being in year of 2013, the Middlepeace practice and the information shared on this website is still viewed as relevant, needed, and project for more development. Therefore, i would like to invite co-authors who would be willing to share what is important in our Iranian mind to be explored.
Since the traumas and issues we Iranians are dealing with has not been resolved yet worsened more than ever before, it is absolutely vital to work harder to open up space for discussion and learning. Middlepeace has been on low scale of producing work just in past couple of years, however up on the run again and will be actively worked at.
Writing is a skill that empowers not only the writer but also the reader.
The Initial idea about Middlepeace:
I am a woman, mother, wife, and at the same time a therapist, a social worker, an activist, a dreamer, an artist, and a co-worker. Along with that, i come from a multi-disciplinary background allowing me to draw strength from many different perspective and experiences.
The word “Middlepeace” relates to a dream many of us have. The Middle East is in need of peace now more than ever, along with all of us who dream about peace for that region and for everyone around the world.
When Dr. Martin Luther King made his historical “I have a dream” speech about equality and justice, he passed on the notion of having such dreams to millions of people, to all of us. I know that many of us have the same desire. I believe in the possibility of working for peace, for creating a peaceful dialogue, and for encouraging peace.
”Middlepeace” came to my mind because I wanted to relate this possibility for peace to the part of the world we come from as Iranians. The lack of peace in the Middle East affects all of us: our families and our friends in Iran and abroad. It also affects our dreams about having harmony, happiness, and congruency in our home country again, having that entire region free from conflicts, and seeing peace establishing more and more in our world.
We gain a lot by having peace among us, between us, with us, around us, for us, and by us.
We all win by working toward peace, by letting go of egos for the sake of peace, by educating our children about this vast need, and by helping our future generations to live better lives than we are living!
We cannot afford more conflicts, more harm, and more hate. We must create peace in our hearts first in order to generate it amongst our communities, and pass it down to our children.
Let’s envision that: a world with peace!
Many people may wonder why it is important to read or write about “the Iranian way of thinking.” I would say, it is important to learn about groups and communities through the lens of their perception of culture, traditions, customs, and life style. Now that I have the chance, i would like to examine my perception of how our Iranian way of thinking, processing, and feeling, would be enough for a happier and healthier life.
I consider the importance of education and support for building safer communities. I believe in our Iranian culture we need to understand Psychology with new eyes and also learn to apply it in our everyday life.
I guess there is no co-incidence for being where we are in life, each one of us has a map to follow, the foot steps of our previous generations and role models.
My writing is about examining the cultural, traditional, and environmental basis for mental health and dysfunction in our Iranian culture. At the same time it is a constant work to explore the intersection of mental health with stronger family bonds, independent individuals, and peaceful communities. My work is about creating new avenues toward promotion of parenting skills, healthy couple relationships, and wholeness of the individual.
My counselling experiences and my specialized interests afford me the ability to work with clients who suffer from migration related issues, depression, anxiety, sexual abuse, childhood abuse, domestic violence, and trauma.
My background is in Social Work and studies in the fields of Anthropology, Ethnology, Rehabilitation, and Victim Services. I completed my undergraduate Degree in Social Science in 1994 in Stockholm, Sweden.
For about ten years, I have had the opportunities to work with victims of crime and trauma.
I come from a multicultural and multi-disciplinary world with life experiences that go back to having lived in four countries, on three continents, so far. I speak three languages and I am an artist, activist, and writer. I concentrate to contextualize on many hidden areas of our Iranian life, because I believe our next generations need to know.
Certainly, writing is part of my upbringing and I would like to add to the common knowledge around us.
Poran Poregbal, MA., RSW., RCC
Year of 2007