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More than forty years ago a group of leading psychologists gathered to form the first graduate school centered on the belief that every person is a work in progress and that each of us has the capacity and the responsibility for our own development. These scholars were the founders of the humanistic psychology movement, a school of thought that continues to change global society. They created Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, a rigorous and unique, learner-centered educational environment.

That was the beginning of a long journey that has seen Saybrook re-envision itself several times in response to challenges of the day, becoming Saybrook University with a core program in Psychology and Humanistic Studies. Within the past few years, Saybrook added residential programs in organizational systems and counseling offered by the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS), and established a new School of Mind-Body Medicine. To this day, however, Saybrook University carries on the humanistic tradition as it guides students on journeys of academic and personal growth.

LIOS was founded in 1969 to prepare women and men to take on effective roles as leaders, ready to assume important roles within organizations, or to work independently as skilled consultants and counselors. For over 40 years, LIOS was the premier center in the northwest of innovative leadership development through training and education in applied behavioral science and systems theory. Its programs became part of Saybrook University and are offered through the Schools of Organizational Leadership and Transformation and Clinical Psychology.
 
The School of Mind-Body Medicine, while new, builds upon the foundation of Saybrook Graduate School in pioneering new approaches to health and wellness, and the work of its founding dean, James S. Gordon, MD, an early and acclaimed advocate of mind-body and integrative medicine. The School teaches that one way to heal the world's millions is to use an approach that makes self-care central to all healthcare in support of personal growth and transformation.
 
Over its history, Saybrook University has grown to meet the needs of society by preparing scholars and practitioners to take leadership roles in inspiring transformational change. Saybrook scholar-practitioners unite "the library and the street" by relating scholarship and research to action and practice in a wide range of professional contexts.
 
Saybrook University helps students join the life of the mind with a lifetime of service. Surveying the world around us, the various schools at Saybrook re-affirm a shared belief that our humanistic educational model can help us meet the challenges of a truly global society.

In October 2012 Saybrook University aligned its academic programs into four cohesive schools focused on specific disciplines, with explicit career and professional outcomes:

For more information on our path to the future, read the new 2012-16 Strategic Agenda.