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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Reflections on inquiry in Human Science

04/17/2012
The practice of Human Science is a way of questioning, interpreting, and understanding human experience. But what means are used to conduct such a process? Is the “standard” or (“received”) view of science, based on empirical knowledge and embodied in a Positivist model, useful for Human Scientists? Or is the process better served through the development of additional methods more aptly suited to comprehending the range and depth of human experience?

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Mind-Body Medicine

Living on Purpose

04/16/2012

I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you all my experience here in New York City at Hope Lodge. I have been in New York this week taking care of my cousin Michaelene who is part of a clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for stage 4 cancer patients. This experience has been deeply meaningful, at so many levels - spiritually, emotionally, physically and relationally - for me. It has rekindled my passion for the work that we do - and also has reconnected me to the essence of my own calling to serve others.
 
Last night I facilitated a guided imagery session for residents here at Hope Lodge - all of whom have advanced stages of cancer. I scrambled all day Monday to get approval from the staff here to present last night. They were hesitant because they like to plan things way in advance and were skeptical about anyone actually attending the session with just one day's notice. I told them if one person came it would be fine - but that I wanted them to make 12 copies of the Imagery protocol handout I made. The volunteer coordinator gave me an indulgent smile - but made the copies anyway saying "Sometimes no one comes to these events..." I smiled back and said, "People will come..." I knew a few would come because I had been connecting with individuals in the kitchen and lounge and around the building - chatting and drawing angel cards for them.
 

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Rethinking Complexity

Rethinking Newton’s Third Law

04/16/2012
Rethinking Newton’s Third Law
Being somewhat of a closet Taoist, I remember that time a little more than 20 years ago when I thought to myself, "Now that the Berlin Wall has fallen and the Soviet Union is no longer a union, where is the balance of power?" It occurred to me that there was only one super power left in the world and, without the dark forces of the U.S.S.R., how could the U.S.A. stay in power?  I thought that many of the assumptions we’d held for five decades up until to those watershed moments of the late 1980s would evanesce.  Did we really need to spend billions of dollars in...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Organizations Relevant for MBM Students: The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

04/12/2012

 

The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis is an international organization of mental health and health professionals dedicated to the highest level of scientific inquiry and the conscientious application of hypnosis in the clinical setting.

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Events

Clinical Psychology Open House for Prospective Students

04/12/2012

On Tuesday, May 8th at 5:30 pm PT, join Dr. Zonya Johnson, Chair of Psychology, and Dr. Ann Bernhardt, Chair of MFT-PCC, to discuss clinical psychology opportunities at Saybrook. Participants may attend the Open House in person or by webcast. Prior to breaking out into individual program sessions, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Bernhardt will provide an overview of the PhD Psychology with Specialization in Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling (MA/MFT-PCC) degrees.

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Alumni Messenger

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...

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Mind-Body Medicine

College of Mind-Body Medicine Faculty Member Pursues Research on Altruism and Service: Lisa Kelly, Ph.D.

04/10/2012

 

          What compels a person to leave the comfort of her home and travel to a foreign country, with one goal in mind … to make a difference in the lives of others.  Dr. Lisa Kelly has been interested in what motivates  people to transcend their own needs for comfort and safety to be of service to others.  Lisa’s interest in this human potential for service was the subject of her Ph.D. dissertation on altruism, The Lived Experience of Altruism as Described by Moral Exemplars: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study (Mastain, 2007).  As an interesting dichotomy, she once studied evil people and found that a person who is capable of committing unthinkable evil lacks empathy for other human beings.

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Alumni Messenger

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...

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Events

Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling Program Conference Call for Prospective Students

04/04/2012

 

Join Dr. Ann Bernhardt to discuss the Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling (MFT-PCC) program on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm PDT. Within a humanistic perspective, this clinical, career-focused program prepares students for licensure and provides practical, hands-on experience.

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Mind-Body Medicine

Introducing John Patterson, MD, MSPH, FAAFP

04/04/2012

          Even though John’s 1970 undergraduate degree was in psychology, he never imagined he would later practice mind-body medicine. Even though he almost stayed in college an extra year to study comparative religions, he also never imagined he would later practice holistic mind-body-spirit medicine. John’s inspiration to study medicine was Albert Schweitzer, who already had doctorates in music and theology when he was driven by a sense of compassion to become a doctor serving humanity for the rest of his life.

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