Dr. Holland’s Essay to be Included in Upcoming Book

Available 3/20/20

Audio Version

Dr. Holland's story

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Hosted by journalist and frequent Snap Judgement contributor Amy Roost, Fury interviews American women about the rage they're feeling these days, and how they're channeling it into building a new version of their country. 

Excerpt of speech that inspired Dr. Holland's contribution:

(Dr. Holland's talk given at the Glacier Center in Santa Rosa following the first women’s march.)

As a mental health professional I am used to taking a role in the advancement and welfare of others on a daily basis through the capacity to educate, evaluate, empathize and advocate for the most part. Our work is done on a smaller scale one-on-one in the safety of the therapeutic setting and in confidence.

It is because we have aligned with our clients that they trust us listen and often make good use of our attention. They trust us to say what we see in a way that allows them to take it in and make use of it. They trust us to act in their best interests and not to harm. Sometimes our help is in the form of support. Sometimes it is in the work of exploration and sometimes it is in helping our clients know when to sit back and when to take action. And each of us have a different threshold that tells us when we must act. I crossed that threshold for the first time in August 1989 the day after my 18th birthday.

The first meaningful thing I did as a legal adult was to get myself arrested for soliciting a citizen to perform Unlawful Acts against public property. This came about because a mentor and recently disabled friend of mine asked me if I wanted to take a road trip. to protest the lack of access for people with disabilities in the town of Sparks Nevada of all places .... listen to the full audio version here.

"To stand in this small band of misfits in 113 degree heat in the middle of nowhere to do what? To protest what? My thoughts raced. But with my friend Margaret's encouragement and sensing her enthusiasm for the cause. We pulled out the wheelchairs and got on that street corner..."

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About this book:

Fury: Women's Lived Experiences During the Trump Era brings together a diverse community of women who reveal the impact of Donald Trump's behavior, words, and presidency and how each is confronting the problem and fighting back. Fury is a cohesive narrative of the times we live in and chronicles a unique chapter in history for the edification of generations of women and allies to follow.

About the Author

Alissa Hirshfeld-Flores balances a psychotherapy practice with parenting and writing. Her academic articles have appeared in American Journal of Psychiatry, Creativity Research Journal, and The Therapist Magazine. She is the author of a memoir, This Whole Wide World is Just a Narrow Bridge, and a novel Living Waters: From Harvard Halls to Sacred Falls. Ms. Hirshfeld-Flores is active in the Duty to Warn movement, warning about the danger this president presents to the public mental health. Amy Roost is a documentary podcaster and freelance journalist. She is an Annenberg School of Journalism 2019 California Health Journalism Fellow and recipient of numerous journalism awards for her op-ed columns appearing in San Diego Union Tribune publications. Her forthcoming memoir is based on a 2017 Snap Judgment podcast she wrote and produced about how she replaced a Black child that her parents adopted and later returned in 1962.