The health care profession is famous for burn-out - but also for the selfless dedication of its practitioners. Why is it that some well-meaning practitioners to happily devote their lives to serving others, while equally well-meaning heal care providers succumb to the stress and hardships they face?
That's the question underlying research now being undertaken by Saybrook faculty member Dr. Devorah Curtis, along with colleague Dr. Mary Moller as they prepare a pilot study to identify work motivation and commitment factors that impact staff and faculty nurse retention.
School of Mind-Body Medicine PhD Candidate, Carrie Phelps, brings Mind-Body Medicine to the 2013 National Wellness Conference08/26/2013
Carrie Phelps is a PhD student in the Healthcare Systems specialization in Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine. (Carrie Phelps is seen on the left above with colleagues at the National Wellness Conference). Carrie has been attending and speaking at the National Wellness Conference for the past 16 years. This year's Conference was especially rewarding for her as she presented with her friend, Saybrook colleague, and business partner Char Conlin. Char and Carrie conducted a breakout session called Contrary to Popular Practice: Building Wellness Programs for the 21st Century to a packed house. The presentation was based on the information revealed in Carrie’s and Char’s pilot study, which focused on the examination of the characteristics and attributes of a traditional health promotion program within an organizational system (in order to gain a deeper understanding of what works and what doesn’t work within traditional health promotion programming).
New MBM PhD Address National Wellness Conference on Food Addiction and Physician Biases toward Obese Patients08/21/2013
LaVera J. Forbes, PhD, is one of the first two PhD graduates of the School of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University. On May 13, 2013 she passed her dissertation conference, based on her dissertation on: Food Addiction: An Overlooked Cause of Persistent Overweight and Obesity. On July 17, she presented her Saybrook dissertation research at the National Wellness Conference (NWC) in Stevens Point, Wisconsin. The NWC is one of the most prominent North American conferences on wellness, health promotion, and health and wellness coaching. Dr. Forbes spoke on the topic of food addiction and physician weight bias. Her session educated participants on the recent theoretical advancements that explain some aspects of modern obesity, helped them identify the symptoms of food addiction and signs of physician weight bias. She gave participants a variety of new tools and resources for incorporating the concepts into their own lives or wellness programs.
To honor R.D. Laing’s rightful place in the history of psychology, scholars from around the world are gathering in New York in October 2013 to remember R. D. Laing on the 25th anniversary of his death.
Saybrook is a proud sponsor of “R. D. Laing in the 21st Century: A Weekend Symposium,” to be held October 25-27. The conference will feature a remarkable array of speakers and programs, including presentations by Saybrook faculty:
The 121st American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention was held July 31st to Aug. 4, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Saybrook University was well represented at the convention, which included more than 800 sessions covering the entire field of psychology. Some of the highlights from the Saybrook presenters included:
Stanley Krippner may be one of the most celebrated psychologists of the 21st century. He certainly doesn’t lack for awards.
In June President Mark Schulman travelled to Japan sign a memorandum of understanding with Osaka Prefecture University for educational and scientific cooperation. While there, he met with Osaka’s President Taketoshi Okuno and other faculty. Osaka University is one of the largest public universities in Japan, enrolling more than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students in four colleges and seven undergraduate and graduate schools.
Saybrook University sponsored professional conferences in Mind-Body Medicine and Psychology in July in support of Saybrook faculty and students who were participating in these events.
Saybrook University distinguished consulting faculty Lenneal Henderson will perform his critically acclaimed portrayal of Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall on Saturday August 24, 7:30 pm at the Westin (SFO). Taking on the role of the first African American to serve on the US Supreme Court, this impressive one-man show - coming a few days before the 50th anniversary of Dr.
Dear Saybrook Community:
Our university has always been made stronger by forging well thought out partnerships with other institutions.
Whether that has meant connecting with individual scholars who are leaders in their field to serve as thesis advisors or contributors to our scholarly blogs, or connecting with educational institutions such as the Jung Center of Houston, the Academy of Counselors Japan, and the Universidad del Sur in Chiapas, working with partners who share our values improves our ability to serve our students and supports our mission in the world.
Saybrook University is proud to announce that it is sponsoring a film on the life and work of its most noted professor, Dr. Stanley Krippner.
As a professor and lecturer, Stanley has inspired and mentored new generations of explorers in wide ranging fields. He is perhaps unparalleled in his work in the study of consciousness, one of science’s last frontiers.
Members of Saybrook University’s faculty and staff have not hidden their dissatisfaction with the changes to the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), which was published in May. Saybrook’s President, Mark Schulman, challenged the association’s updates in a piece in the Huffington Post, reading in part:
“This is madness. Millions of people who are perfectly healthy, who are not sick but are looking for help, will be forcibly turned into customers for the pharmaceutical industry. Most patients come to therapy not because they have neural chemical imbalances, but because they are grappling with fundamental questions: how do I live a meaningful life in a challenging world? How do I live with integrity? How do I repair my relationships? How do I live in harmony with my environment? Am I alone? What does my life mean?”
It’s graduation season at Saybrook University! This year Saybrook is graduating nearly 100 students in commencement ceremonies in Seattle and San Francisco celebrating new scholars in the fields of psychology, mind-body medicine, organizational systems, and human science.
Saybrook University is proud to announce that the second edition of the Encyclopedia of Creativity has been selected as an “Outstanding academic Title” by the American Library Association.
The selection was made by “Choice,” an ALA publication that serves as a resource to those in higher education. Less than 10 percent of the over 7,000 works considered are given this distinction.
Widely seen as the outstanding sourcebook for specialized information about creativity in all its aspects, The Encyclopedia of Creativity, now in its second edition, is edited by Dr. Mark Runco and Dr. Steven Pritzker, both internationally recognized experts in the study of creativity. Dr. Pritzker also serves as the Director of the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University, perhaps the premier program in the field.