Project X

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A New Way to Engage in Learning

Project X is an experimental set of new courses at Saybrook for which:

  1. Facebook is the learning platform (because it's easy and fun),
  2. Online resources are used for learning materials (so nothing more to buy)

Members of our faculty have chosen topics that they think passionately about, that keep them up at night, and are on the cutting edge of their fields. Project X courses start when faculty members present videos, articles, blogs, and webpages that expose students to current research, ideas, and debates in the field.

Students post their reactions, thoughts, questions, and information they find on the internet. The instructor and other students respond, interact and learn from one another on the Facebook platform. It's like in a graduate seminar but entirely online, using only web resources.

Here are our Project X courses for Fall 2013 and Spring 2014. All the information you need is below.


Poetry, Healing & Growth

Poetry, Healing and Growth with Louis Hoffman

Instructor: Louis Hoffman, PhD
School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry

Poetry has long been used as an important source for personal and collective healing and growth, as well as an expressive art, in many cultures of the world. As such, it can be considered one of the oldest healing arts. This course explores ways individuals can use poetry for their own healing and growth, as well as facilitating healing and growth in others. Students will develop the ability to cultivate their own practice of writing poetry as well as utilizing the poetry of others.


Present Issues in Sustainability

Present Issues in Sustainability with Kathia Laszlo

Instructor: Kathia Laszlo, PhD
School of Leadership in Organizational Systems

This is the introductory course to the sustainability suite in the Organizational Systems Program. It is intended for all students wishing to pursue the implications for the present state of affairs around the world with respect to challenges to our global ecosystems and the consequences of social injustices for our collective future. The course explores the intricate links among economic activity, social dynamics and the natural environment. Students learn to describe ways in which organizations of all kinds can more effectively address these interactions.

Sustainability and Organizational Systems

Sustainability and Organizational Systems with Kathia Laszlo

Instructor: Kathia Laszlo, PhD
School of Leadership in Organizational Systems

This course explores how students, as Organizational Systems professionals, can contribute meaningfully and significantly to the emergence of a sustainable and livable future for all. How to generate commitment based on hope rather than fear; how to facilitate collaboration across sectors and disciplines; how to generate a compelling vision of a common desirable future; how to translate this vision into action - these are some of the questions that we explore to support the design and implementation of systemic and radical sustainability initiatives. The purpose of the course is to provide students with an interdisciplinary learning experience and to guide them in developing the essential knowledge, skills and sensitivity for stimulating and guiding sustainability and social responsibility programs in organizations and communities of all kinds.


Coming in January (Spring) 2015!

Music, Health and Healing with Eric Willmarth

Instructor: Eric Willmarth, PhD
School of Mind Body Medicine

Music may be one of the oldest forms of healthcare and yet we still have little understanding of the nature of music or its healing qualities. This course allows students to use their own experiences and the vast literature on the subject to gain greater understanding of the role music can play in maintaining and restoring health. This is an interactive, integrative course. Be one of the first to experience learning in Project X!

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Project X courses are Pass/No Pass – letter grades aren't awarded.


Students in the School of Clinical Psychology, the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry (PII), and legacy PHS Organizational Systems students will receive up to 3-unit credit towards their Saybrook MA degree and up to 6-unit credit for their Saybrook PhD degree. For MFT-PCC students, these elective courses do not count towards their degree. All Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) and LIOS Masters' degree program students will need to check with the Registrar for details.


For degree-seeking PII, Clinical Psychology, and legacy PHS Organizational Systems students, there is NO additional cost to your flat-rate tuition. MBM and Seattle-program based LIOS students will need to check with the Registrar for details.

Not a Saybrook student? You’re welcome too! Contact Benjamin Platt ( - 415.403.1210) to get started. Saybrook Alumni get a discount.


Since they're taught on Facebook, you can take them from anywhere in the world.

How do I enroll?

All current students (except MFT-PCC) should contact Jessie Hill ( - 415.394.6249).