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Saybrook Alumna Dr. Darlene Viggiano (Ph.D. '10) to Present Paper at 29th Annual International IASD Conference

03/15/2012
Alumna Dr. Darlene Viggiano (Ph.D. '10) to Present: The Role of Dreams and Dream-like Experiences in Spiritual Emergence Processes 29th Annual International Association for the Study of Dreams Conference 22 - 26 June, 2012 Doubletree Hotel Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, CA In 1992, David Lukoff and a team of psychiatrists advanced religious/spiritual problems as conditions that may be the...

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An In-Person or Online CEU Course is Offered by the Greater Good Science Center on Self Compassion and Emotional Resilience

03/15/2012
Greetings from UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center (GGSC)!  The GGSC studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a compassionate, thriving, and resilient society.  GGSC announces the first Science of Meaningful Life seminar this spring, featuring Dr. Kristin Neff, the foremost researcher on self-compassion. On March 23, our...

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Alumni Messenger

Saybrook Alumna Dr. Dassie Hoffman (Ph.D. '02) Edits Anthology on Voice Dialogue

03/15/2012
Alumna Dr. Dassie Hoffman recently edited The Voice Dialogue Anthology: Explorations of the Psychology of Selves and the Aware Ego Process. Dassie's colleagues, Hal and Sidra Stone, the originators of Voice Dialogue, commented on the Voice Dialogue Anthology: We feel a sense of deep satisfaction as we look through the articles that are included in this Voice Dialogue Anthology. For us, it...

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Virtual Memorials Have Been Created for Drs. Arne Collen and Jeanne Achterberg

03/15/2012
We mourn the loss of our two colleagues, mentors, and dear friends, Arne and Jeanne. To share your thoughts and stories, click here.

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Esteemed Saybrook Faculty Member Dr. Jeanne Achterberg Passes

03/15/2012
From Bob Schmitt, March 8, 2012: Dear Saybrook Community, I am so sorry to tell you that Jeannie Achterberg died this afternoon.  Jeannie has been a dedicated faculty member at Saybrook for many, many years.  We will miss her loving and wise spirit.  Please join with me in keeping Jeannie and her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.  We will be planning ways to...

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Mind-Body Medicine

Highlights of the AAPB (Biofeedback and Neurofeedback) Meeting in Baltimore

03/14/2012

The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB) is the original biofeedback society, which was founded by a group of humanistic psychologists and lab scientists at the Surfrider Inn in Santa Monica, California in 1969. The group began as the Biofeedback Research Society of America and later was known as the Biofeedback Society of America.  AAPB has two professional journals, and provides webinars and workshops on biofeedback, neurofeedback, and stress management interventions.

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Psychology and Humanistic Studies

Stanley Krippner to receive the APA's award for distinguished lifetime contributions to humanistic psychology

03/13/2012

Saybrook University is thrilled to announced that PHS faculty member Stanley Krippner has been selected to receive the American Psychological Association's Award for Distinguished Lifetime Contributions to Humanistic Psychology.

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Mind-Body Medicine

In Memoriam: Jeanne Achterberg, PhD

03/08/2012

It makes me so sad to hear of Jeanne Achterberg’s death. She was such a wonderful, generous, courageous spirit. I remember meeting her 35 years ago and being stunned by the intelligence and audacity of her research on imagery and cancer. When NIH opened its office of Alternative Medicine, Larry Dossey and I worked closely with Jeanne on developing the state of the art paper on Mind-Body Medicine; actually Jeanne did far more of the work with such skill and grace than either Larry or I. And then there were the times that Jeanne came to Macedonia and Kosovo with me and my team from the Center for Mind-Body Medicine-ready at a moment’s notice to put her gifts in the service of people who desperately needed and deeply appreciated her skill and commitment.

It’s been such a joy too to be with Jeanne at Saybrook, to see the intelligence and commitment she brought to her work with students, to feel us once again moving ahead together. I keep her spirit with me and feel her passion and love.

James S. Gordon, M.D.
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In Memorium: Jeanne Achterberg

03/08/2012

It is with deep sadness that I announce that Jeanne Achterberg died Wednesday afternoon, March 7, 2012, of metastatic breast cancer.

Jeanne Achterberg was a pioneer in mind-body medicine and complementary medicine. Early in her career, Jeannie collaborated with O. Carl Simonton, studying the quality of imagery in cancer patients. She was able to show that features in the imagery predicted the course of the illness. Since that time, she has championed the role of imagery in healing, the role of the mind and spirit in healing, and the shamanic role of the healer.

Jeannie went on to serve in the Office of Alternative Medicine, co-chairing the panel on mind-body interventions. The OAM grew into NCCAM, the home of complementary and alternative medicine within NIH. She is also a past president of the Association for Transpersonal Psychology.

Jeannie has contributed much to mind-body medicine: Her books, Bridges of the Body-Mind, Imagery in Healing, Woman as Healer, Rituals of Healing, Imagery and Disease, and Lightning at the Gate, remain best sellers. Jeannie has also given us a personal example of courage in the face of illness. Her book, Lightning at the Gate, narrated her own journey with illness.

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Mind-Body Medicine

MBM Instructor and Saybrook Graduate Researches the New “Culture of Care”

03/08/2012

While health reform is a well discussed topic these days, the focus of this discussion has mostly centered on the economic/financial issues surrounding health care. According to Leila Kozak, Saybrook alumni and faculty in the College of Mind-Body Medicine, the mass media has not yet told the story of what is already happening in today’s health care. There is an ongoing movement that is transforming the “culture of care.” People – consumers, health care providers and administrators - are all calling for a new way of doing health care. You can see evidence of this movement all over in clinical settings, medical education, as well as the organizational development realm.

The transformation of the culture of care is largely driven by consumers who are asking for an active role in their health care. A big part of this transformation involves bringing complementary therapy services into conventional western medical settings. Hospitals around the country are paying attention to this call for a new type of health care, what has come to be known as “integrative care.”

Leila has been researching the transformation of the culture of care at the Veteran’s Administration (VA) since 2009. After graduating from Saybrook’s PhD program in February 2007, she applied for a post-doctoral fellowship at Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) in Seattle, WA. HSR&D is the research arm of the Veteran’s Administration, and her’s was the first fellowship focused on the evaluation of Complementary and Integrative Medicine at the VA. It was during the development of her fellowship research project that Leila became aware of the term “transformation of the culture of care” and the process of “culture transformation” at the VA. She saw how her research interest in the integration of CAM as psycho-social-spiritual support into palliative care was one important application of this culture transformation. She also came to appreciate the opportunities that we have - as humanistic psychology/mind-body medicine professionals – in working towards the creation of this emerging paradigm in health care. Leila believes that the pioneer work of Saybrook’s College of Mind-Body Medicine is supporting the building of a new medicine that is bringing together the “high-tech” with the “high-touch."

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