Consciousness and Spirituality

Can a Psychotic Break be the Doorway to Personal Growth and Transformation?

04/25/2012

In his new book, Rethinking Madness, Saybrook Psychology Alumnus Dr. Paris Williams points out that recent domestic and international research suggests that full, medication-free recovery from schizophrenia and other related psychotic disorders may actually be the most likely outcome, given the right conditions.

Dr. Williams received his Ph.D. in Psychology from Saybrook University in May of 2011. His dissertation, A Multiple Case Study Exploring Personal Paradigm Shifts Throughout The Psychotic Process From Onset To Full Recovery, was chaired by Dr. Doris Bersing. In his research, and in Rethinking Madness, Dr. Williams suggests that “many individuals who recover do not simply return to their pre-psychotic condition, but actually undergo a profound positive transformation resulting in a sense of wellbeing and ability to meet their needs that far exceeds that which existed prior to their psychosis.”

In Rethinking Madness, Dr. Williams elucidates an altogether new vision of madness that integrates Eastern and Western understandings of the mind in order to make sense of his research findings that revealed full and lasting recoveries from schizophrenia and other closely related psychotic disorders by his research subjects.

Rethinking Madness is currently available at Amazon.com, BN.com, and other online retailers, and will be available at bookstores and libraries everywhere over the next few months.

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Saybrook Alumnus Dr. Daniel Pitchford (Ph.D. '09) and Alumna Dr. Jeannine Davies (Ph.D. '10) Publish Book w/Dr. Stan Krippner

04/10/2012

Biographies of Disease: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder by Dr. Stan Krippner, Dr. Daniel Pitchford (Ph.D. '09), and Dr. Jeannine Davies (Ph.D. '10)

From Amazon.com:

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder is a comprehensive and thoughtful examination of the nature, causes, and treatment of PTSD. Drawing on the vast experience of its team of authors, the book details the insidious nature and history of PTSD, from the internal and external factors that cause this form of suffering to the ways it manifests itself psychologically and socially. The most cutting-edge research on treatment, intervention, and prevention is thoroughly discussed, as are the spiritual and psychological strengths that can emerge when one progresses beyond the label of "disorder."

The book begins with a historical review of the topic. Subsequent chapters offer in-depth exploration of the significant foundations, function, impacts, and treatments associated with PTSD. Each chapter incorporates case studies to bring the information to life and ensure an appreciation of the myriad social, psychological, and biological experiences surrounding PTSD.

Available at Amazon.com

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Los Angeles Times Article References Saybrook Alumnus Dr. Bart Billings' (Ph.D. '74)

04/09/2012

Bart Billings, Ph.D. '74    Saybrook University

A fog of drugs and war    By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times

More than 110,000 active-duty Army troops last year took antidepressants, sedatives, and other prescription medications. Some see a link to aberrant behavior.

In a drunk driving and auto theft case last year, Air Force pilot Patrick Burke was found not guilty "by reason of lack of mental responsibility" -- a result of the prescription drugs he'd taken.

By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
April 7, 2012, 3:24 p.m.
SEATTLE — U.S. Air Force pilot Patrick Burke's day started in the cockpit of a B-1 bomber near the Persian Gulf and proceeded across nine time zones as he ferried the aircraft home to South Dakota.

Every four hours during the 19-hour flight, Burke swallowed a tablet of Dexedrine, the prescribed amphetamine known as "go pills." After landing, he went out for dinner and drinks with a fellow crewman. They were driving back to Ellsworth Air Force Base when Burke began striking his friend in the head.

"Jack Bauer told me this was going to happen — you guys are trying to kidnap me!" he yelled, as if he were a character in the TV show "24."

When the woman giving them a lift pulled the car over, Burke leaped on her and wrestled her to the ground. "Me and my platoon are looking for terrorists," he told her before grabbing her keys, driving away and crashing into a guardrail.

Burke was charged with auto theft, drunk driving and two counts of assault. But in October, a court-martial judge found the young lieutenant not guilty "by reason of lack of mental responsibility" — the almost unprecedented equivalent, at least in modern-day military courts, of an insanity acquittal.

Four military psychiatrists concluded that Burke suffered from "polysubstance-induced delirium" brought on by alcohol, lack of sleep and the 40 milligrams of Dexedrine he was issued by the Air Force.

In a small but growing number of cases across the nation, lawyers are blaming the U.S. military's heavy use of psychotropic drugs for their clients' aberrant behavior and related health problems. Such defenses have rarely gained traction in military or civilian courtrooms, but Burke's case provides the first important indication that military psychiatrists and court-martial judges are not blind to what can happen when troops go to work medicated.

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Saybrook Alumnus Dr. Robert E. McCarthy (Ph.D. '03) Appointed to Serve on American Association of Integrative Medicine Accreditation Commission

03/29/2012

Saybrook University and the Saybrook Alumni Association are pleased to announce that Saybrook Psychology Alumnus Dr. Robert McCarthy was recently appointed to serve on the American Association of Integrative Medicine Accreditation Commission.

The American Association of Integrative Medicine Accreditation Commission is an interdsiciplinary Board of integrative healthcare professionals that accredit other educational and clinical programs throughout the country that provide either formal trarining programs or direct clinical services to patients in integrative medicine of healthcare.

Robert also presently serves on the National Executive Advisory Boards of the American Psychotherapy Association, American Association of Integrative Medicine, and National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists.

He graduated from Saybrook in 2003 with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology (Clinical Inquiry). 

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Applications Now Being Accepted for New Certificate Program in Existential-Humanistic Therapy!

03/26/2012

The Existential Humanistic Institute (EHI) is pleased to announce a new and unprecedented program leading to a Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice.

This certificate program, a combination of distance and residential learning, will provide students with: a foundational competency in E-H therapeutic principles and skills—a competency that researcher Bruce Wampold suggests could be a basis for all effective therapy. Moreover, by offering a mentoring experience, the EHI faculty encourages the development of “the whole person,” appreciating that “psychotherapy is an art as much as a science,” as James Bugental posited.

The faculty, among them, Orah Krug, PhD, Kirk Schneider, PhD, and Nader Shabahangi, PhD are all acknowledged experts in their field—having taught and written widely on the subject of E-H theory and practice. Drs. Schneider and Krug are also faculty members of Saybrook University and are co-authors of the APA text, Existential-Humanistic Therapy (2010).

The unique learning format affords U.S. and international students an opportunity to enroll. EHI is currently accepting applications, which can be found at http://pacificinstitute.org/ehi/ehi-certificate-application.php.

For more information, please visit our website www.ehinstitute.org, or contact the director of the certificate programs, Dr. Orah Krug at orahkrug@sbcglobal.net.

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Saybrook Alumnus Dr. Timothy Storlie (Ph.D. '12) Publishes New Book

03/26/2012

Timothy Storlie, Ph.D. '12  Just published, The University Student's Concise Guide on How to Major in Living Your Life (and have more fun, get better grades, stay healthy, and earn money while doing it).

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Receive the Alumni Messenger by Email or as an RSS Feed

03/26/2012

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Announcing The 2nd Annual Conference on Earth-Based, Nature-Centered, Polytheistic & Indigenous Faiths September 8, 2012, SF, CA

03/26/2012

The 2nd Annual Conference on Earth-Based, Nature-Centered, Polytheistic & Indigenous Faiths

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (PT) Location: 1187 Franklin St San Francisco (1st UU Church of SF)

Papers, presentations, & workshop queries: johanna_at_anismconference.eventbrite.com

Some scholarships are available. A ritual theatre group has applied to create a labyrinth on site.
 

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Saybrook Alumna Dr. Virginia Nemetz (Ph.D. '02) Releases New Publication Stone Child's Mother

03/26/2012

Virginia Nemetz, Ph.D. '02 Publishes:

Stone Child's Mother: A Jungian Narrative Reflection on the Mother Archetype

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Saybrook Faculty Member Dr. Stan Krippner to Present at the 20th Annual Combat Stress Conference Founded By Alumnus Dr. Bart Billings

03/23/2012

The 20th Annual International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference

Founded and directed by Saybrook Alumnus Col. (Ret.) Bart P. Billings, Ph.D. '74 

Pre-Conference Courses:  Wed.-Thur., May 2-3, 2012

Conference:  Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, 2012

Attend 1-5 Days & Earn 6-30 C.E. Hours

DoubleTree Hotel  Los Angeles, California, USA

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