Mark Schulman, president of Saybrook University, announced this month the appointment of twelve faculty members to the rank of full professor. These appointments represent the first time that Saybrook University has chosen to bestow this rank, and recognizes the outstanding professional achievements of its senior faculty.
These 12 faculty members represent an impressive record of scholarship, practice, and research in the fields of clinical psychology, creativity studies, humanistic and transpersonal psychology, human science, integrative health studies, organizational systems, and social transformation. Among the honors bestowed upon them are awards by national and international professional associations, foreign governments, and their peers. Many of these faculty have been honored by divisions of the American Psychological Association and have served as chairs of these divisions. All of them have presented and published extensively.
The Saybrook University colleges in which they teach and a brief summary of their professional backgrounds is provided below.
Eugene Taylor, PhD, Historian and Philosopher of Psychology, Saybrook Faculty Member, and Director of the Concentration in Humanisic and Transpersonal Psychology, has been honored by the Society for Humanisic Psychology (Division 32) within the American Psychological Association with the Abraham Maslow Award for 2011, given to an individual for an outstanding and lasting contribution to the exploration of the farther reaches of the human spirit.
Prof. Taylor will receive the award in August, at the 119th annual meeting of the American Psychological Association in Washington, DC. His address to the Division will be on "Self-Knowledge as a Legitimate Method in Experimental Psychology."
Saybrook University was founded on the premise that the human element is crucial to human interactions ... like therapy. The therapeutic encounter is at its best when the therapist and patient have a strong and vital connection, and weakest when it reduces the patient's humanity to a check-list of symptoms.
Mainstream therapy may finally be catching up. In a review for the APA of Saybrook alumnus and faculty member Kirk Schneider's recent book Existential-Integrative Therapy, leading researcher Bruce Wampold noted that:
“an understanding of the principles of existential therapy is needed by all therapists, as it adds a perspective that might …form the basis for all effective treatments” (PsycCritiques, February 6, 2008, p.6).
Wampold’s findings along with others place E-H therapy squarely at the center of psychological theory and practice. Now Saybrook, long the leader in humanistic graduate programs, is partnering with the Existential Humanistic Institute, EHI, to offer a new and unprecedented certificate program in existential-humanistic therapy.
Put This On The (Map) is a new documentary training film that features 26 young people from East King County re-teaching traditional notions of gender and sexuality. The film was co-produced/directed by Megan Kennedy (LIOS 2004) and Sid Jordan Peterson (University of Victoria - 2004). Kennedy is the Outreach Supervisor at Youth Eastside Services where she provides individual and group counseling for gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, queer/questioning youth. Peterson was the Director of the Kirkland Teen Union Building in 2008, when Kennedy and Peterson embarked collaboratively on their mission to create a local community where all people have the opportunity of success regardless of their sexuality and gender.
Put This On The (Map) documents young people who challenge their suburban community to do more than sweep their existence under the rug. Fed up with a lack of queer visibility, youth provide an honest evaluation of their schools and families. Professing expertise over their own lives - from getting beat-up in a schoolyard to being picked up as a runaway - we learn that queer youth in the suburbs exercise courage daily.
All members of the Saybrook community are invited, and will receive an electronic invitation with additional information later this monthThe ceremony will begin at 11 a.m. at the Bentley Reserve (and be followed by an inaugural luncheon from noon to 1:30.
An academic colloquium with faculty presenters from the Saybrook University Colleges will take place after the luncheon and focus on humanistic values in higher education.
Bus transportation will be provided from the San Francisco Airport Westin Hotel to and from the Bently for the festivities.
In addition to the San Francisco event, other 40th anniversary inaugural events are being planned at Saybrook's other locations. Current planning envisages:
- An event in Seattle with LIOS Graduate College.
- An event in Washington, DC in conjunction with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine for the Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine..
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., Saybrook University’s partner institution in its groundbreaking Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, is offering discounts on its Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program this October to members of the Saybrook Community.
Utilizing a small group approach, this five day program will focus on the scientific basis for mind-body medicine and explore a range of the most effective tools for self-care and stress management, including:
• guided imagery
• biofeedback & autogenic training
• breathing & movement
• self expression through words and drawings
Saybrook’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies is pleased to announce that David Elkins has been appointed director of the PsyD program.
A licensed clinical psychologist who taught at Pepperdine University for 25 years, Elkins has worked hospital, community health, and private practice settings, and was the Director of the Humanistic Psychology Center in Tustin, California.
Elkins’ background in humanistic psychology is extensive: he serves on the board of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and The Humanistic Psychologist; he has served as a board member of the Association for Humanistic Psychology; and in 1998-1999 served as president of the APA’s Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology. While at Pepperdine he designed and taught the existential-humanistic psychology track of their PsyD program. He also chaired the committee that achieved APA accreditation for the Pepperdine PsyD.
Elkins’ most recent book is Humanistic Psychology: A Clinical Manifesto: A Critique of Clinical Psychology and the Need for Progressive Alternatives.
Members of the Saybrook community took to the American Psychological Association’s annual convention this year, presenting papers on topics ranging from the acculturation of Muslim Americans to the creative process in visual arts.
Held August 12 – 15 in San Diego, many presentations were also attended and tweeted by members of the Saybrook Alumni Association.
A list of Saybrook students, alumni, and faculty who presented at the APA, along with their topics, is below:
When a handful of people thrive while whole industries implode and millions suffer, it is clear that something is wrong with our economy. The wealth of the few is disconnected from the misery of the many. In his new book, Civilizing the Economy, Saybrook Organizational Systems faculty member Marvin Brown traces the origin of this economics of dissociation to early capitalism, showing how this is illustrated in Adam Smith's denial of the central role of slavery in wealth creation.
In place of the Smithian economics of property, Brown proposes that we turn to the original meaning of economics as household management. He presents a new framework for the global economy that reframes its purpose as the making of provisions instead of the accumulation of property. This bold new vision establishes the civic sphere as the platform for organizing an inclusive economy and as a way to move toward a more just and sustainable world.
Marvin Brown will be speaking at Saybrook to discuss what a new economic model, based on civic life, would look like – and how we can get there. The event is free, but reservations are required.
Thursday, September 23rd, 7PM
Reservations are required.
RSVP to: Terry Hopper at (415) 394-5220 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
747 Front Street (at Broadway)
Rollo May Library, 3rd Floor
Often problems at the global level are so big, with so many stakeholders, as to be intractable: but at the local level, says Organizational Systems chair Nancy Southern, individuals and organizations are proving that they provide exactly the kind of solutions our world needs. Read more in her recent Triple-Pundit article.