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Tell your Saybrook story - on video!

06/02/2009

Saybrook invites all interested students to take 3 minutes at the June RC and tell the world something about themselves

Almost every Saybrook student has a story to tell – and one way Saybrook stands out from other institutions is the quality of its students. 

Saybrook students are often already professionally successful and personally accomplished:  many seek higher education so that they can have a greater impact on the world.  They tend to have unconventional ideas and an intimate knowledge of how much their profession needs unconventional ideas.  They understand that quantitative thinking is never a substitute for qualitative thinking.  In short, they’re looking for more than a grade or a credential:  they’re looking for an education.

In an effort to get to know its students better, and to better present its students to the world, all interested students are invited to “tell their story” to our camera at the June RC.  Each student will have up to three minutes to say whatever they want about themselves, their education, and Saybrook. 

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Chip Conley, who introduced a new generation to Maslow, to receive an honorary Saybrook degree

06/02/2009

Saybrook President Lorne Buchman is pleased to announce that Chip Conley, a humanistic and socially conscious entrepreneur, will be the Honorary Degree recipient at the June, 2009 graduation. He has also graciously agreed to be graduation speaker.

The Honorary Doctorate Committee, composed of students, faculty, administrative staff and board carefully considered the outstanding candidates who had been nominated by members of the Saybrook community and graduating students for this year's honorary degree. The candidates who were chosen each represented a substantial body of work and high achievement in disciplines that embrace our values and principles. Although there were many nominees of substance, the top choices were forwarded to the President and the Board of Trustees for consideration, resulting in the decision to elect Chip Conley.

Chip’s most recently book PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow is introducing a new generation to Maslow’s work, and is once again demonstrating the relevancy of his writings and humanistic thought to contemporary business practice.

 

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Nationally renowned health care leaders to discuss new trends in medicine

05/19/2009

What do health care providers need to know to stay current?

The field of healthcare is changing dramatically. 

Hospitals, clinics, and patients have new needs and expectations.  Do you know what you’ll need to know?

Learn more about trends in medicine and the new skills that will be essential to 21st health-care practitioners at a special presentation featuring: 

  • Dr. James Gordon, MD, Dean of Saybrook Graduate School’s program in Mind-Body Medicine and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and;
  • Heather Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., the Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing U.C. Davis and Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Together they’ll cover the ways that medicine is moving away from traditional roles in which the professional talks and the patient listens and towards a dialogue in which the patient’s participation is seen as crucial for good health.  
 

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Saybrook to co-sponsor Existential Humanistic Institute's annual conference

05/19/2009

Saybrook is proud to announce that it is co-sponsoring the annual conference of the Existential Humanistic Institute, which will be held November 19-21st, at First Universalist Unitarian Church and Center in San Francisco.

The topic of the conference will be “From Crisis to Creativity: Necessary Losses, Unexpected Gains.”

“The theme of our conference reflects the paradoxical nature of life and our times,” says EHI Vice-President and Saybrook faculty member Kirk Schneider.  “In order to change and grow, a familiar way of being must end, so that a new way of being can develop. Letting go can be a terrifying process, filled with anxiety and confusion. But if we find the courage to let go and begin a new journey, down a new path, the possibilities of unexpected gains will be revealed.”

The roster of presenters is now being finalized, and there will be many significant names in the Existential-Humanistic therapy participating. 

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Ruth Richards receives prestigious APA award

05/05/2009

Ruth Richards was thrilled to discover she had won the prestigious Arnheim Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Psychological Association – but she was less excited for herself than for her field. 

This award, and the fact that it specifically cites her as one of the pre-eminent scholars in the study of creativity, is a major recognition of the field she’s devoted much of her scholarly life to.

“Everyday creativity may seem obvious, even a necessity for any of us to survive in this crazy world,” says Richards, a member of the psychology faculty at Saybrook.  “But not everyone gets it yet.  Clearly (the APA) committee did, and this award helps make our work much more mainstream.”

The study of creativity, Richards points out, goes back to the founders of humanistic psychology:  both Abraham Maslow and Rollo May wrote a great deal about it.  Her contribution has been to take the creative out of the realm of the artistic, and instead show how it operates in daily life. 

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Explore “Creativity, Leadership, and Wisdom” with the Saybrook Dialogues

05/05/2009

The Saybrook Dialogues, a new series of conversations for networking, exploration, learning and making meaning of our personal and professional lives during uncertain and challenging times, presents its next program in early June.

“Creativity, Leadership and Wisdom” will explore the ways we can allow the creative process to inform our leadership, our work, and our lives.  It will be led by Steven Kowalski, Ph.D. and Marc Lesser, MBA.

Marc Lesser is the founder and president of ZBA Associates, a company offering coaching, consulting and facilitation services. Currently conducting executive training programs for Google, he is a board member of the Social Venture Network and the author is the author of Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less.

Steven Kowalski has over 25 years expertise in the field of creativity and innovation, and is the founder and president of Creative License.  Since 1995, Steven has facilitated, coached, and trained clients in the U.S. and Europe to activate creativity and ingenuity of leaders, teams, and entire departments.  He currently provides executive development solutions to impact performance and business aims at Genentech. 

The Dialogue will be held Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m., at the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center’s San Francisco offices.  Seating is limited. A $25 donation is requested.

To reserve a seat, RSVP to Terry Hopper at 415-394-5220, or thopper@saybrook.edu.  

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Center for Mind-Body Medicine to offer spring programs in cancer treatment and food for health

05/05/2009

James S. Gordon, the Dean of Saybrook’s Mind-Body Medicine Program, and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, now affiliated with Saybrook, are pleased to offer two training programs this summer. “CancerGuides II,” and “Food as Medicine.

CancerGuides II, which grew out of a conference that the New Yorker called “the most important alternative medicine meeting in America,” teaches health professionals and patient advocates to create safe, effective, individualized programs of comprehensive and integrative care for people with cancer and their families.

World leaders in integrative care and CancerGuides practice will help participants put their work in a larger social, historical and ecological context. Plenary speakers will offer a vision of cancer care that is fully consonant with the principles of integrative medicine, a vision which we believe will be reflected in policies the Obama Administration will implement.

“Food as Medicine,” a comprehensive clinical nutrition training program for healthcare professionals, will focus on sustainable nutrition, nutrition in practice, digestive healing, longevity and the aging brain, family nutrition, community nutrition, herbal remedies, and more. 

Both programs will be held June 11 – 14, in Washington D.C.. 

For more information, or to register, visit www.cmbm.org

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James S. Gordon, M.D. appointed as Dean of Saybrook's future College of Mind-Body Medicine

04/21/2009

Saybrook students will now have the opportunity to work with one of the leading practitioners and scholars of integrative medicine, as Saybrook and The Center for Mind-Body Medicine affiliate to develop a ground-breaking graduate education program in healthcare.

 

Dr. Lorne M. Buchman,  President of Saybrook Graduate School and Dr. James S. Gordon, Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), today announced an affiliation for educational initiatives in mind-body medicine that will revolutionize graduate education in healthcare. The affiliation will bring the resources and expertise of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to Saybrook’s masters, doctoral, and certificate programs in Mind-Body Medicine (pending WASC approval) and provide unique opportunities for professional and personal enrichment to a broad range of students interested in enhancing their skills in mind-body and integrative medicine.

Dr. Buchman also announced the appointment of Dr. Gordon as Dean of Saybrook’s Mind-Body Medicine program and its future College of Mind-Body Medicine.  The future College of Mind-Body Medicine will be the focal point for Saybrook’s graduate programs in healthcare and is one of the future colleges Saybrook will be creating as it evolves into a multidisciplinary university.   
 
James S. Gordon M.D. is a Harvard educated psychiatrist and a world renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School, and recently served as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He also served as the first Chair of the Program Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine and is a former member of the Cancer Advisory Panel on Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Gordon has created ground-breaking programs of comprehensive mind-body healing for physicians, medical students, and other health professionals; for people with cancer, depression, and other chronic illnesses; and for traumatized children and families in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel, and Gaza as well as in post 9/11 New York and post-Katrina southern Louisiana. He is the author of more than 150 articles, and a dozen books, the most recent book is Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression. He also helped develop and write the educational materials to supplement the public television series, “Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.”

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Former Board member Mike Cairns named Saybrook’s interim Chief Financial Officer

04/21/2009

Saybrook President Lorne Buchman announced last week that Mike Cairns, a former Saybrook trustee, has been appointed interim Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Saybrook.

Cairns, who served as chair of the finance committee of Saybrook’s Board of Trustees, has over 25 years of financial experience, including tenure with such companies as Transamerica Corporation and Deloitte and Touche.  Most recently, he served as Vice President of Finance for Legacy Corporation.  A member of the CSCPA, he received his MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Cairns said he is thrilled to be working more closely with Saybrook, and pleased by its recent growth and development.

“I have served on Saybrook’s Board of Trustee’s since 2003, and during this time, I have seen the school go through many changes,” said Cairns.  “The level of energy I see today is incredible and I am very excited to be here.  The direction the school is taking with the new programs and affiliations can only lead to a stronger and more vibrant institution.”

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Saybrook faculty Amedeo Giorgi, Eric Willmarth, win major awards

04/21/2009

Two Saybrook faculty have recently received major awards recognizing their global influence in their fields. 

On February 14, Saybrook psychology faculty member Amedeo Giorgi received an Honorary Doctorate from the College of Medicine of the University of Orebro, Orebro, Sweden. This was awarded because of his development of the descriptive phenomenological research method, based upon the philosophers Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, and which is used by many nurses in their research. The award was also granted in recognition of his efforts in planting the seeds of a phenomenological approach in Sweden during the last 30 years because of the many lectures and workshops he gave in numerous institutes and universities in Sweden.

Orebro is the fourth largest city in Sweden after Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. The university is one of Sweden's youngest since it only began in 1999. The celebrations were held in February because it was the tenth anniversary of the founding of Orebro University. It was in conjunction with the tenth anniversary celebrations that honorary degrees were awarded to several scholars.

On March 2, the American Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (ASCH) awarded Eric Willmarth, a faculty member of Saybrook’s program in Mind-Body Medicine, its Presidential Recognition Award.

Given for meritorious services to the ASCH and to the larger field of hypnosis, the award recognized Willmarth’s work educating his students and professionals in clinical hypnosis, and for his efforts to interview significant practitioners in the field from around the world, and make those interviews publicly available in an online video archive. 

That archive can be accessed at: www.ewillmarth.com.

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