Sometimes the hardest part of an emergency is knowing where to turn. When something goes wrong, what do you do? Calling “911” is an option that most of us know by rote, and it’s a great choice – help is often just a phone call away.
But the 911 system, like most of our Emergency Management (EM) systems, was designed for the analog age, and according to a recent article in governing magazine, emergency services organizations around the country are asking if the social networking tools of the digital age might set the next standard for emergency communication in the 21st century.
According to the article:
It's been almost a decade since 9/11, but our multi-billion-dollar efforts to improve public safety departments' communication have yielded very few results. In fact, during the 2005 Hurricane Katrina relief work, some emergency personnel had to resort to communicating by running handwritten notes back and forth. While the feds continue to try and figure out a way to utilize public safety radio for emergencies, some states and localities have come up with solutions of their own.
Saybrook Organizational Systems alumnus David Williams, PhD is a leading consultant to emergency service organizations and health care systems around the globe. He was also responsible for publishing the leading comparative data survey of the nation’s largest EMS services, and helped design and develop the national EMS conference for operational leaders.
From this vantage point, Williams says that what’s most noticeable about social media and is not that it’s replacing traditional forms of EMS service …. you still want to call 911 … but how effectively it’s doing what social media is supposed to do: better connecting one group of people, like emergency service providers, with the people they want to stay in touch with ... the public and their patients.
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.
Save the Date, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011: Saybrook's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Presidential Inauguration11/16/2010
Save the Date, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011: Saybrook University's 40th Anniversary Celebration and Presidential Inauguration Click Here to See the Save the Date Announcement: http://www.saybrook.edu/emails/011411/index.html
We think of daydreaming as a pleasant pastime, but research suggests that letting your mind wander may actually be a downer. According to Harvard researchers Matthew Killingsworth and Daniel Gilbert, bringing your mind back to the present moment will make you happier.
Killingsworth and Gilbert’s research method was novel: they reached out to participants via a digital application that was accessible online at www.trackyourhappiness.org and an Iphone app, getting about 5,000 research subjects involved. Participants ranged in age from 18 to 88 years and represented diverse income and occupational backgrounds. About 70 percent of the participants were Americans.
The project was simple but revealing. At random times during the day the app would chime in and ask three questions:
- How do you feel right now? Participants could then respond on a scale ranging from very bad to very good.
- What are you doing? Participants could select from a list of 22 different activities, such as exercising, making love, sleeping etc.
- Are you thinking about something other than what you are doing at the moment? They could answer either no or yes and if what they were thinking about was pleasant, neutral or unpleasant.
Overall 46.9 percent respondents reported they were basically daydreaming!
White picket fences….suburban windy roads…..and two Pamper smelling Gerber babies; add two parents and you have a family of four. Mom stays at home, practices attachment parenting and Dad leaves at eight each morning in his suit and returns promptly at five. Welcome to the modern idealized family: a figment of the imagination.
An estimated six-percent of families in the United States come from two parent single income households. Yet this is held as the gold standard for raising healthy, competent, and successful children. If, God forbid, a child struggles during his teenage years, poor mom’s “choice” to work is blamed.
A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted the illusions inherent in the idealized version of the modern family. Poignantly coining the term Motherphillia, the article speaks to the delusion of motherhood and family life displayed on television, in the tabloids, and in society’s psyche. For all we think family life should be like a 21st century version of Ozzie and Harriet, the demands on mothers and fathers only seem to be growing, with the latest hip expectations of cloth diapers, homemade baby foods, and – the newest fad – attachment parenting.
Actually, though, that last one may not be so bad. Attachment parenting is new, but its roots go deep into efective, and humanistic, approaches to parenting.
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 leaders of nineteen of the world’s most powerful nations are meeting this week in North Korea at the G-20 summit. They’re negotiating about international financial stability, trade, currency, and shared responsibilities.
With the worst economic situation in decades tensions are high and risks are enormous, and the United States comes to the table after making new regulatory moves that have many nations concerned.
In the midst of international and domestic upheaval, great changes are undeniably warranted. The scary part is: summits like this are notorious for not accomplishing much. This morning, Time, released a report entitled “Pessimism pervades at the G-20 summit.” Scary, right? At a time like this, as a nation and a world we cannot afford “cat fights” between our most powerful leaders.
We should be able to do better, and there are ways we can – if we can admit that the old approaches to international cooperation are often ineffective and commit to a new approach.
Whether we talk about them or not, however, there are still many men and women who are overseas, entrenched in one of the most life altering events that we humans can put ourselves through – war. Life altering may be a slightly pacifying way to say traumatizing, and the experience in being in a war forever shapes an individual, their families and their futures.
While we’ve mostly put the troops in the field out of our minds, there have been more stories recently about returning troops: stories that reflect the potential struggles that loved ones, children, schools, businesses and entire communities must deal with when a soldier comes home. Today we as a nation seem far more conscious oandr aware of the psychological and social aftermath of combat. Their trauma is set to echo for generations as it did for the families and children of the previous U.S. wars.
Stories about soldiers who have committed suicide have been getting far more attention than they ever did in previous wars.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis and the University of California San Francisco have found a link between meditation practice and the long-term health – and the results are positive. The study “Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators” was published in the November 2010 issue of Psychoneuroendocrinology.
Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and an individuals’ ability to cope with stress. In the practice of meditation, we can gain greater insight into ourselves. We can see our anger, stress and pain alongside our joy and happiness. Thich Nhat Hanh (Thây) speaks about the practice of meditation as being a pathway to becoming more aware of who we are and who we are in relation to others and the world around us.Knowing who we are can lead us to understanding the presence of stress, anger and pain in our lives…and we can begin to move through it all with greater ease as the meditation practice continues. This leads back to the research.