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Presidential Inauguration Colloquium on Humanistic Education in the 21st Century To Follow Saybrook's, Friday, January 14, 2011

01/11/2011
To the Saybrook Community: As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we look forward to all that Saybrook can be in the future. Therefore it is fitting that the topic of the academic colloquium is Humanistic Education in the 21st Century. Each of our four panelists will be looking at the subject from their unique perspective. It will be a stimulating reflection on a very important topic and yuor...

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Susan Tyburczy, PhD '08 to Present Dream Review Methodology for the New York Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Dreams

01/11/2011
SAVE THE DATE: SUNDAY APRIL 3RD, 2011 Afternoon Exact time and place to be announced. Saybrook Alumna Susan Tyburczy, PhD '08 invites Saybrook students and alumni to attend a presentation that she will give regarding her dissertation research. This presentation will be sponsored by the New York Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Dreams. Susan will discuss the method...

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A year after Haiti's earthquake, here's what we've learned about trauma relief

01/11/2011

Haiti earthquake picture January 12th will mark the year anniversary since the devastating earthquake in Haiti brought down its city, communities and people. Immediately after the earthquake, aid from all over the world rushed in to pull potential survivors from the rubble and to help with the physically and emotionally wounded. Medical response teams were usually followed by teams of mental health workers with the mission to ease psychological caused by the disaster.

There has been a good amount of recent research about Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and disasters. But an article published in the December issue of Psychological Science in the Public Interest offers another viewpoint: the field may be able to be far more effective if there is a shift in how mental health workers see their roles in helping after a disaster.

Researchers Bonanno, Brewin, Kaniasty and La Greca argue that the chaotic nature of disasters make it difficult to know what if any psychological affects people may suffer and what is the best way to help them recover. In order to gain perspective on what is being done for mental health in disaster relief, the researchers reviewed multiple research studies on disaster response they drew five conclusions:

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Is there a psychological treament for autism?

01/10/2011

A parent’s worst nightmare can a diagnosis of Autism for their child.

Also known as ASD, Autism Spectrum Disorder effects one out of every one hundred and ten children. ASD is characterized by an array of neurodevelopment disorders; which result in impaired social functioning, communication impediments, repetitious behaviors and overall restricted development.

The terrifying part? The number of children diagnosed with ASD is growing—some sixty percent between 2002 and 2006.

The growth in ASD cases has become a pandemic of sorts in families and the medical community. All are looking for answers—to both prevent and treat.

Without a clear and concise understanding of autism, its causes and triggers, psychiatry and the medical community as a whole are left with psychotropic medications—to treat the symptoms, not the causes—coupled with horrendous medication side effects.

Take Hope. Psychology is making so much headway that The Autism Research Institute purports that “Autism is Treatable.”

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Saybrook Alumna Summer Watson, M.H.S., Ph.D. Seeking Employment in Camp Lejeune Area (Jacksonville, NC)

01/07/2011
Saybrook Alumna Summer Watson, M.H.S., Ph.D. will be moving close to Camp Lejeune (Jacksonville, NC) in mid-Feb. She would like to speak with anyone regarding employment opportunities.... Thank you! Summer Watson, M.H.S., Ph.D. Phone: 760-213-1177 Website: www.personallifecoach4success.com</strong>

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Announcing: 6th ANNUAL SPRING/SUMMER: Internship, Trainingship and Fellowship Programs in Applied Evidence-Based Sport Psychology

01/07/2011
The American Board of Sport Psychology is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of tuition-based positions in its 6th ANNUAL SPRING/SUMMER: Internship, Trainingship and Fellowship programs in Applied Evidence-Based Sport Psychology SEE: YOU TUBE: ABSP: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K9ZskvC7cto Venue: New York City (activities throughout greater New York City area) Dates...

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Call for Papers:

01/07/2011
Call for Papers: Psychology Dear Researcher, Greetings from the Psychology (PSYCH), which is published by Scientific Research Publishing (SRP www.scirp.org), USA. The Journal dedicates to the latest advancement of psychology and the goal is to keep a record of the state-of-the-art research and promote the research work in these fast moving areas. Topics: Cognitive Psychology...

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Ron Kurtz, who combined Buddhism and psychotherapy into a remarkable method, has died

01/07/2011

Ron Kurtz picture We've lost a  scholar, visionary, hero and prominent psychologist.

Ron Kurtz, a revolutionary clinician, author and human, passed away Wednesday morning from a massive heart attack in Ashland, Oregon.

Kurtz, known for his work as a body-centered psychologist, developed what is known as the Hakomi method of psychotherapy. Congruent with humanism and existentialism, the Hakomi Method is often described by scholars as “applied Buddhist psychotherapy.” The method, developed from over forty years worth of clinical know-how, works by way of nonviolence, gentle mindfulness, honesty and openness within the psychological framework of the mind-body connection.

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What America can learn from Brazil about fighting poverty

01/06/2011

US_states_by_poverty_rate_svg It may seem counter intuitive to give poor families money just for sending their kids to school,  keeping a full time job, and buying healthy foods.  But what if that’s what works?                    

Programs in the United States have long been providing financial assistance to families in the form of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Federal level food stamp programs, to name a few.  Some good has been done, but all too often the result has been a continuation of poverty and its many problems. 

Now New York is reviewing an approach with a better track record:  giving assistance to mothers who commit to keeping their kids in school and healthy. 

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The placebo strikes again! Here's how we can harness it for better medicine

01/05/2011

Four Placebos The trouble with placebos is that they work.  They shouldn’t.

Placebos ... a harmless sugar pill given that patients are told it is an actual drug ... have a long track record of curing, healing, and improving the lives of patients.  Often a bigger track record than the actual drugs themselves. 

Placebos work.  They shouldn’t.  We don’t know why they do. 

We have a better idea, however, of how they don’t work. 

Much previous research with placebos was based on the idea of deception – that doctors were lying to patients to convince them that the placebo was a real drug. 

Recent research suggests that’s not the case. 

A team of leading placebo researchers from the Harvard Medical School’s Osher Research Center and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center looked at the effectiveness of placebos pills on patients who knew they were taking placebos. The study was published in the December 22 issue of PLoS ONE.

It turns out that letting patients in on the “secret” had very little impact on the effectiveness of the placebo. 

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