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SECOND DAY, APA CONVENTION, TORONTO, AUGUST 7

08/07/2009

Access to abstracts: http://forms.apa.org/convention/index.cfm?convention=Names

The second day started early with a 7 AM Div 52-200 Fellow Speakers Reception, with Rivka Meir, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna. This event was held at the Division 52 International Suite.

At 11 AM, Ruth Richards, Ph.D., M.D., Saybrook Faculty member received the Rudolf Arnheim Award for Outstanding Achievement in Psychology and the Arts, and her Invited Address was titled: Paradoxes of Everyday Creativity? Measuring Novelty, Healthy-Unhealthy, Beauty-Chaos The talk was extremely engaging, and Ruth received much applause-well deserved, Ruth!

From 1 to 4:50, Stan Krippner, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty participated in the continuing education workshop, Whole Person Approaches to Trauma-Posttraumatic Growth.

At 3 PM, Dr. Ruth Richards was the Co-Chair of the symposium, Dreams of Perfection--- Remembering Del Morrison.

Also at 3 PM, Elliot Benjamin, M.A., Saybrook Doctoral Student displayed the poster Artistic Psychology, Mathematical Giftedness, and Mental Disturbance in Children in the Advances in Humanistic Theory, Research, and Practice Poster Session.

From 3 to 4:50, Art Bohart, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty, and Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumnus and Faculty delivered papers in the symposium, Carl Rogers, Rollo May, and Humanity’s Dark Side. Art's paper was titled: Psychotherapy and the Client's Relationship to Negative Experience , and Kirk's paper was titled: Ontology and Depth: Rollo May’s Inseparable Duo. This was an engaging two hour symposium, which featured talks by Peter F. Schmid and Maureen O'Hara, in addition to the talks by Art and Stan. Stan was also the Chair of this symposium.

That's it for today.

All best for now,

George Aiken, Ph.D. Saybrook Alumnus and Director of Alumni Affairs

FIRST DAY OF THE APA CONVENTION, TORONTO, Thursday August 6

08/06/2009

Access to abstracts: http://forms.apa.org/convention/index.cfm?convention=Names

The first slot of the first day, this symposium was very well attended:
Anisah B. Bagasra, M.A., Saybrook Doctoral Student
Paper: Muslim Americans' Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Mental Health Issues
Symposium: Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Religion
Division(s): 36, 17, 19, 45

In the first two-hour slot and also very well attended:
Symposium: Existential--Humanistic Therapy Comes of Age
Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumnus and Faculty Member and Orah Krug, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna
Kirk's Paper: Contextual Factors in the Promotion of Therapeutic Depth: An Illustration
Orah's Paper: Case Study Highlighting Contextual Factors in an E-H Therapy
Kirk was also symposium chair.

The next session:
Dana Klisanin, Ph.D. Saybrook Alumna
Symposium: The Internet---A Pathway for Networking, Connecting, and Addictions
Paper: Changing Social Norms: Altruism and the Internet

Phew, by this point, I am running out of breath. The Toronto Convention Center is way big.
The next presentation: Eugene Taylor, Ph.D. Saybrook Faculty Member
Susan Gordon, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna was the chair and Stan Krippner, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member was the Discussant
Symposium: Neurophenomenology and the Enactive Approach to Cognition
Eugene's Paper: Déjà-Vu: William James on “The Brain and the Mind”--1878

Next on the list is Steve Pritzker, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member, presenter and symposium chair, with Ruth Richards, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member as the Discussant.
Symposium: New Ideas About Creativity and Education From K to PhD
Steve's Paper: Does Studying Creativity Improve Students Perception of Their Professional and Personal Creative Ability?

I missed another presentation by Steve and wish I hadn't, it was probably a lot of fun:
Symposium: Humor
Steve's Paper: Comedians and Comedy Writing

Finally, there was a follow-up session on the Neurophenomenology and the Enactive Approach to Cognition symposium in the Humanistic Psychology Hospitality Suite, and Stan Krippner, Susan Gordon, Eugene Taylor, Benjamin Elliot, and I were present, along with several other interested persons. It was a very interesting discussion with a lot of attention centered on the possibility that phenomenology might be a "first person" approach to the validation of neurophenomenological considerations.

I am off to a Invited Address by Ruth Richards, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty Member, who will be receiving the Arnheim Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts.

All best for now,

George Aiken, Ph.D.
Saybrook Director of Alumni Affairs

Book-Signing at Book Passage and Radio Shows_Michael Mayer

07/21/2009

Book signing and Presentation at Book Passage
by Dr. Michael Mayer
Energy Psychology: Self Healing Practices for Bodymind Health
(North Atlantic/Random House, 2009)

Sunday 4 PM August 2, 2009
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, 94925
Free

What's the book about: Energy Psychology presents an integral approach to healing that combines Western bodymind psychological methods with a system of ancient, sacred traditions drawing on thirty years of my private practice as a psychologist, and 30 years of training in Tai Chi and medical Qigong,

Alumni to Assist Admissions on New-Student Tele-A-Thon

07/14/2009

In cooperation with Admissions, Saybrook Alumni will make calls over the last weekend in July to 50 to 70 new or prospective students, answering questions and sharing their positive experiences at Saybrook.

Alumni who would like to join this effort, please contact George Aiken at gaiken@saybrook.edu.

Alumni Scholarships Awarded to Saybrook Students Erica Hamilton and Les Ernst

07/14/2009

Two 2009 Alumni Scholarships of $8,000 Each Have Been Awarded to Essay or Candidate Level Students Erica Hamilton and Les Ernst

From Erica Hamilton:

Women with chronic pelvic pain (CPP) are often caught on a "medical merry-go-round" of diagnosis, referral, and treatments that may or may not be effective. My dissertation study will be the development of a grounded theory on coping among women with CPP. This research will serve as the foundation for the development of a multi-dimensional model of CPP in women, one that addresses critical factors related to the physical health, mental health, and spiritual health of women with CPP. I intend for this study’s findings to be used to help women with CPP step off of the medical merry-go-round and onto new healing paths that actualize their healing capacities. I plan to apply this scholarship award towards the tuition at Saybrook so that I can afford my dissertation research expenses. I am very grateful to the Saybrook Alumni Association and Council for the opportunity to receive this scholarship award. It will enable me to complete my dissertation by next spring.

From Les Ernst:

I would like to express my heart felt appreciation to the Saybrook Alumni Association for awarding me the Saybrook Alumni Association Scholarship. I intend to apply this award toward the cost of tuition and research involved in completing my dissertation, "The Use of Discernment as a Means to Authenticate Spiritual Experiences in Christian Spiritual Direction" My research will require me to conduct interviews of spiritual directors in the U.S. Without this scholarship it would not be possible for me to conduct this research or to finish my doctoral program. Thanks to the Alumni Association, I will now be able to finish my program. I anticipate completing my dissertation by the end of Spring semester. I would also like to thank the Saybrook Alumni Council, committee members, and Saybrook Alumni who have contributed gifts to make this award possible for students in need. I will endeavor to write a dissertation worthy of the gift that has been so graciously awarded to me.
With Sincere Gratitude,
Les Ernst

Executive Faculty Member, Amedeo Giorgi, Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Medicine

07/14/2009

Executive Faculty Member and Saybrook Lineage Holder, Amedeo Giorgi, Awarded Honorary Doctorate in Medicine by the University of Orebro in Sweden, and Publishes New Book

Dr. Giorgi was awarded an Honorary Doctorate for his work in developing the Phenomenological Method, which is used by nurses in their research. Also, his new book, The Descriptive Phenomenological Method in Psychology: A Modified Husserlian Approach, Duquesne University Press, is now in print.

An Audio Recording of From Zen to Mother Teresa: Community Service as Spiritual Practice Is Now Available

07/14/2009

An audio recording of the June 2009 Alumni Homecoming talk From Zen to Mother Teresa: Community Service as Spiritual Practice , with Alumni Father Brian Kolodiejchuk and Zen Roshi Joseph Bobrow, Moderated by Alumnus George Aiken is now available on the Alumni Homepage of the Saybrook Website

Saybrook Symposiums at the 2009 APA Convention-Toronto

05/18/2009

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This list of presentations by Saybrook Faculty, Alumni, and Students will be updated on a regular basis.

Please send information to: SaybrookAlumniAssociation@Saybrook.edu.

DETAILS AND ABSTRACTS OF MOST PRESENTATIONS CAN BE FOUND AT THE APA 2009 CONVENTION PROGRAM ONLINE BY CLICKING ON NAMES, THEN TYPING IN THE NAME OF THE PRESENTER

THE FOLLOWING LISTINGS ARE NOT IN ALPHABETICAL OR CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Steve Pritzker, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty

Symposium: Humor
Session ID: 1048
Div 10, 42
August 6, 9:00 AM to 9:50 AM
Toronto Convention Center
Room: 103A

Symposium: New Ideas About Creativity and Education From K to PhD
Session ID: 1239
August 6, 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM
Toronto Convention Center
Room: 202A

Ruth Richards, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty

Invited Address--Arnheim Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts Paradoxes of Creativity: Measuring Novelty; Healthy/Unhealthy?; Beauty/Chaos? (paper to be published subsequently in the Division 10 Journal, Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts).
August 7, 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Fairmont Royal York Hotel
Confederation Room 6

Symposium honoring the late Del Morrison Dreams of perfection: A tribute to Del Morrison. S. Russ & R. Richards (Co-Chairs)
August 7, 3:00 PM to 3:50 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room 103A

Poster session/Division 10 Art Exhibition What is art for?—Response in images and 140 words.
August 8, 1:00 PM to 1:50 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Exhibit Halls D and E

Discussant for L. Sundararajan (Chair): A process model of creativity: Theory, research, and live demonstration.
August 9, 11:00 AM to 11:50 AM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room 201C

Discussant for S. Pritzker (Chair): New ideas for creativity in education, from K-Ph.D.
August 6, 2:00 PM to 2:50 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room 202A

Eugene Taylor, PhD., Saybrook Faculty; Stan Krippner, PhD, Saybrook Faculty; and Susan Gordon, PhD, Saybrook Alumna

Neurophenomenology and the Enactive Approach to Cognition
Susan Gordon, Chair

Invited: APA Symposium, Toronto, 2009
Division 32: Society for Humanistic Psychology
Thursday, August 6th, 12:00 - 12:50 pm.
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room # 703
Follow up discussion to this Symposium slated for Thursday, August 6th, 3:00-4:20 pm in the Division 32 Hospitality Suite at the Westin Harbor Castle Hotel.

Déjà-Vu: William James on "The Brain and the Mind" 1878Eugene Taylor, PhD

Discussant
Stan Krippner, PhD

Stan Krippner, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty

Thursday, August 6
Symposium Discussant, Neurophenomenology and the Enactive Approach to Cognition enomenology and the Enactive Approach to Cognition
12PM to 12:50PM
Metro Toronto Convention Center
#703 Follow up discussion to this Symposium slated for Thursday, August 6th, 3:00-4:20 pm in the Division 32 Hospitality Suite at the Westin Harbor Castle Hotel.

Friday, August 7
Working with PTSD Nightmares -- part of the Continuing Education Workshop: Whole Person Approaches to Trauma and Posttraumatic Growth.
1PM to 4:50PM
Westin Harbour Castle Hotel

Saturday, August 8
Discussant, Rational-Emotive Behavior Therapy in the 21st Century
Invited Address, Debbie Joffe Ellis
11AM to 11:50AM
Metro Toronto Convention Center
#205D

Saturday, August 8
Symposium Chair The Neurobiology of Extraordinary Experiences
12PM to 12:50PM
Metro Toronto Convention Center
#717A

Arthur C. Bohart, Ph.D., Saybrook Faculty and Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumnus and Faculty:
Carl Rogers, Rollo May, and Humanity’s Dark Side
Invited APA Symposium
Arthur C. Bohart, Chair
Division 24: Society for Theoretical and Philosophical Psychology
Friday, August 7, 3:00 – 4:50 PM
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room 206A

Psychotherapy and the Client’s Relationship to Negative ExperienceArthur C. Bohart, Ph.D.

Ontology and Depth: Rollo May’s Inseparable Duo
Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.

Humanistic Visionaries Reconsidered in The Face of 21st Century Challenges
Maureen O’Hara, Ph.D.

Dana Klisanin, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna

Date: Thursday 8/6/09
Time: 10 - 10:50 AM
Room: Reception Hall 104D
Facility: Metro Toronto Convention Center
Title of session: The Internet- A Pathway for Networking, Connecting and Addictions
Title of Presentation: Changing Social Norms: Altruism and the Internet

Elliot Benjamin, Ph.d., Saybrook Student
Poster Sessions:
Division 32: Artistic Psychology, Mathematical Giftedness, and Mental Disturbance
Friday, 3:00-3:50
Exhibit Halls D & E
Division 10: Mathematics as an Art Form through Number Theory
Saturday, 1:00-1:50
Exhibit Halls D & E

Anisah Bagasra, M.A., Saybrook Student
Division 36.
Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Religion
Title of Presentation: Muslim American's Beliefs and Attitudes Regarding Mental Health Issues
Thursday August 6th 8am to 8:50am
Meeting Room 202A
Metro Toronto Convention Centre

Kirk Schneider, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumnus and Faculty and Orah Krug, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumna

Dr. Schneider-Presenting and Chair
Division 29 (Psychotherapy)
Existential-Humanistic Therapy Comes of Age.

Dr. Krug will also present at this symposium.

Thursday from 8-9:50am Aug. 6
Toronto Metro Convention Ctr.
Rm 202C.

Dr Schneider will be presented the "Cultrual Innovator" Award by the Institute of Living, a humanistic and transpersonal therapy training center in Toronto.
Sat. Aug. 8th, 6:30pm
Division 32 Hospitality Suite at the Westin Harbor Castle hotel.

Dr. Schneider and Dr. Krug will co-lead a follow up discussion with Orah and our other presenters at the:
Existential-Humanistic Therapy Comes of Age
Symposium
Division 32 Hospitality Suite
Saturday, August 8, 11 am - 12:20 pm

Joan H. Hageman, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumnus, Chair of Research, PSYmore Research Institute, Inc.

Symposium: Neurobiology of Extraordinary Experiences
Session ID: 3219
Division: 30
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room: Level 700, Room 717A
Saturday, August 8, 12:00 pm - 1:50 pm

David J. McGarva, Ph.D., Saybrook Alumnus

Paper Session: The Written Word
Session ID: 2067
Division(s): 10, 9
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room: Level 200, Room 201B
Friday, August 7, 9:00 am - 9:50 am

Poster Session: Studies in Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts
Session ID: 3149
Division: 10
Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room: Level 800, Exhibit Halls D and E
Saturday, August 8, 11:00 am - 11:50 am

Arthur C. Bohart, PhD, Saybrook Faculty

Symposium (S): Psychotherapy as Art---Humanistic Perspectives on Creative Practice
Title: The Good Life, Creative Artistry, and Experiential Personal Construct Psychotherapy
8/08 Sat: 9:00 AM - 9:50 AM Metro Toronto Convention Centre Meeting Room 206E

Conversation Hour (S): The "Gloria" Films---A Daughter's Reflections on Perls, Ellis, and Rogers
8/08 Sat: 10:00 AM - 10:50 AM Metro Toronto Convention Centre Meeting Room 711 Chair Arthur C. Bohart, PhD

Invited Address (S): CWC/Evidence-Based Practice
Chair: Maureen O'Hara, PhD
Participant/1stAuthor Arthur C. Bohart, PhD,
Title: Experiential--Constructivist Psychotherapies: An Evidence-Based Approach
8/09 Sun: 11:00 AM - 11:50 AM Metro Toronto Convention Centre Meeting Room 713B

Rivka Bertisch Meir, Saybrook Alumna

Symposium Aging in the International Perspective
Saturday August 8, from 1- 1:50
International Suite- Div 52 - Intercontinental Hotel

Div 52-200 Fellow Speakers List and Speakers Reception
Friday August 7, 7-8AM
International Suite-Div 52-Intercontinental Hotel
Chairpersons: Harold Takooshian, Rivka Bertisch Meir and Ronald Shapiro,

Reception: NEW FELLOWS DIV 52
Dr. Meir will be Awarded for the third time
Fellow of Division for International Psychology (Div 52).
Sunday from 11-11:50

Sheri J. Hixon, M.A., Saybrook Doctoral Student

Sharing Results and Research Methodology of Our Diversity Studies
Division(s): 27, 9
Building: Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Meeting Room 707
South Building - Level 700
Date: 08/09/2009
Time: 11:00AM - 11:50AM

Alumna Rivka Meir, Ph.D. '05 Receives Multiple Awards and Honors

05/16/2009

Alumna Rivka Meir, Ph.D. has received multiple awards and honors since her graduation in 2005. As Stan Krippner stated, since leaving Saybrook, Rivka's career in psychology has taken off.

2009 PSI CHI, Fordham University Chapter. For advancing members’ knowledge and excellence in all fields, including psychology.

2008 Fellow. American Psychological Association – Division of Group Psychotherapy
2007 Fellow. American Psychological Association – Division of General Psychology

2006 Eighteenth Greater New York Conference on Behavioral Research at St Francis College. NY. Recognition for Scientific Research session presented.

2006 American Psychological Association. Division of International Psychology. Recognition Award for Extraordinary Service in advancing psychology worldwide

2005 American Psychological Association. Division of International Psychology. Presidential Citation for Extraordinary Service as Chairperson of the International Liaison Committee of the APA

2005 Inducted to Psi Chi. The National Honor Society in Psychology. Fordham University

As a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New York, since May 2006, Rivka has been:

2007-9 CHAIRPERSON, Outreach Committee, American Psychological Association, Division of General Psychology.

2005-9 CHAIRPERSON, International Liaison. American Psychological Association, International Division

2007 PROGRAM CHAIRPERSON, American Psychological Association, Division of General Psychology

2006-2008 CHAIRPERSON, United Nations. NGO., Development Committee, Human Settlements

2006-present NYSPA. (New York State Psychological Association). Media Ambassador

2006-present NYSPA Board member. DOWI (Division of Women Issues)

2007-present NYSPA, Board member. I-O (IndustrialOrganization)

CONGRATULATIONS, RIVKA!