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Alumna Darlene B. Viggiano, Ph.D. '10 (MFT) Publishes Article: Some Recent Findings on Synchronicity, Dream-Like Experiences, and Spiritual Emergence Processes

04/05/2011
Alumna Darlene B. Viggiano, Ph.D. '10 (MFT)Publishes Article: Some Recent Findings on Synchronicity, Dream-Like Experiences, and Spiritual Emergence Processes http://www.rhine.org/volume3issue1/page25.htm Abstract: Data driven, criteria-based science on dream-like experiences, spiritual emergence processes, and the Jungian concept of synchronicity is presented in a hermeneutic literature...

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Alumna Rivka Bertisch Meir, PhD '05 Awarded Fellowship by EPA; Presented a Symposium about her Saybrook Dissertation

04/05/2011
Alumna Rivka Bertisch Meir, PhD '05 Awarded Fellowship by EPA; Presented a Symposium about her Saybrook Dissertation Symposium- William Dawes A CLINICAL SYMPOSIA: POINT IN TIME THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUE Friday, March 11, 2011
12:00 PM - 1:20 PM POINT IN TIME™ THERAPEUTIC TECHNIQUE TO RECALL, DECODE AND HEAL TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES A retrospective study of multiple cases was conducted to...

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Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships

04/05/2011
Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships The Vanier CGS program aims to attract and retainworld-class doctoral students by supporting students who demonstrate both leadership skills and a high standard of scholarly achievement in graduate studies. Valued at $50,000 a year for three years, the Vanier is one of Canada’s most prestigious graduate awards. The Vanier Scholarships support doctoral...

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Saybrook Alumna Jacquie Lewis, PhD '06 to Present Paper at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, April 14-18

04/05/2011
Saybrook Alumna Jacquie Lewis, PhD '06 to Present Paper at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Humanistic Psychology, April 14-18, 2011 Moving Dreams Off the Bed and Onto the Couch: The Importance of Dreamwork when Working with the Whole Person Bring a dream to this workshop! People spend roughly one third of their lives asleep. The average number of dreams that humans have each night is...

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Is the media portrayal of disasters itself disastrous?

04/05/2011

www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)], from Wikimedia Commons">TV-camera Weeks after a disaster, such as in Japan or Christchurch, we are inundated with imagery and new stories. Tucked in between the sound bites of horror, grief and sadness were a few stories highlighting heroism, altruism and empathy. 

A recent study published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology shows a direct link between watching these media reports of selfless actions in the face of tragedy our own behavior. People who observe such acts are more likely to help others – and this has big implications for the way the media portrays human behavior day in and day out. 

Lead author Karl Aquino at the Sauder School of Business and co-author Brent McFerran, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Michigan, wanted to know whether or not we experienced what they termed a “moral elevation” after seeing others perform an act of kindness. 

The participants were randomly assigned to read one of two news stories. One described the 2006 school shooting at the Amish schoolhouse and the parents’ act of forgiveness and gift of money to the shooters family. The second story was about a couples’ experience of watching a beautiful sunset together. They found that those who already had a stronger sense of moral identity were more likely to give more to others after watching a news story about altruism.

This may explain the surges of giving after a disasters, especially after all of the bad news has given way to stories of triumph. 

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Getting your groove on is good medicine

04/04/2011

Finnerud_dancing Anybody want to dance? 

Dancing has never been a fad … indeed it’s likely one of the first arts human beings created … but even so it seems like there’s a lot of it coming up today.  Turn on your television and what do you see?  Dancing with the Stars, America’s Best Dance Crew, So You Think You Can Dance …

Much of this has the reputation as being just reality TV, but could it also be an expression of something joyful, even healthy? 

In a recent article, Psychology today spoke to the mounting and compelling evidence suggesting that “getting your groove on” is psychologically, physically, and spiritually invigorating. 

Researchers at the University of New England looked at the effects of “tango dancing” over a period of six weeks with people diagnosed with depression and other mental health issues. Researcher Rosa Pinniger found that tango dancing with a partner is an effective alternative therapy for those suffering from anxiety and depression. Tango dancing was found to interrupt the negative cyclic thought patterns through the practice of “mindful awareness” and connection with one’s partner and the dance routine. Through the mindfulness practices that the tango dance requires, participants experienced freedom from their detrimental thought patterns that led to the symptoms of anxiety and depression.

The expressivity inherent in tango and other dance exercise regimens help people release emotions that have been “stored” in the body; keeping it all in the body can have deleterious health effects.  Indeed, Zumba, body movement, and other creative arts practices are increasingly becoming part of the realm of psychotherapeutic practice under the umbrella of expressive arts therapies. Leading the revolution in training expressive arts therapists is Dr. Natalie Rogers, daughter of the late humanist Carl Rogers.

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The best treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder are deeply personal

04/01/2011

It’s a diagnosis that ravages two percent of the general population and twenty percent of patients in psychiatric inpatient facilities. Characterized by frantic efforts to avoid abandonment, intense patterns of idealization and devaluation of interpersonal relationships, high levels of impulsivity in spending, sexuality, or eating-- all with deleterious effects—and this is only the beginning.

Welcome to the world of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD).

The fragile realm of BPD is rapidly changing in treatment and diagnosis. Changes to the upcoming Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) are heralding the most prominent adjustments to psychiatric diagnosis in some thirty years. Personality disorders are taking the biggest hit – half of personality disorders in the current manual getting the “boot.” All these changes and more are preliminary and awaiting field trial.

While diagnosis is an important part of the mix of modern medical and mental healthcare, it does little to directly help treatment and recovery. For those effected by BPD – it’s ravaging. For those that treat it – taxing.

But advances in treatment have occurred:  you just won’t find them in the DSM.  Research-based humanistic person centered treatment methods provide a beacon of hope for those with BPD.

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Heartache HURTS! Science catches up with a thousand sad songs to prove it

03/31/2011

Billie_Holiday_1949_b “The blues aint nothin' but a pain in your heart” Billie Holiday Lady Sings the Blues

She was right – and science has now caught up with a million songs of rejection to prove that love hurts. 

40 people graciously volunteered to share their pain for an experiment conducted by social psychologist Ethan Kross, the lead author of an article to be published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

All the volunteers shared a common story, they were broken hearted and had experienced this loss within the past six months.  Even thinking about the break up would bring about intense feelings of rejection. A very sad group.

Previous research had shown that yes, that there is an area of our brains that activates when we are in deep emotional pain. Physical pain and social rejection show up here as well. These researchers wanted to find out if there was a connection or neural overlap between emotional and physical pain.

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Women over 40 get eating disorders too; they just don't get treated very much

03/30/2011

Gull_-_Anorexia_Miss_A Do you ever outgrow eating disorders?  Do seniors and people later in life even develop them?

The answer is yes - but a lot of people don’t believe it.  Despite research and a mountain of anecdotal evidence suggesting that women over 40 are just as interested in their body images as younger women, plenty of people assume no older woman can develop an eating disorder. 

A research study looked at 48 published studies of eating disorders in people over the age of 50. They found that 88% of the cases were female, 81% had anorexia nervosa, and 10% had bulimia nervosa.

The New York Times recently featured an woman who suffered from anorexia until her 40s.  She’s recovered and at the 58 she is telling her story of healing. It's a stark narrative that is present in her story, that despite having all of the symptoms no one said anything to her. She was praised for her focus on exercise and eating “right.” Friends and family thought she looked great. They believed that she was successful, when in reality she was in pain.

Her story is supported by a small research study published in 2010 that looked at 32 patients over the age of 50 that were being treated at a national eating disorder clinic. The found that many of the patients had a history of eating disorders and that at the time of treatment they were in relapse.

For women both old and young, the signs of anorexia are still the same:

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Alumnus Bart Billings, PhD '74 Announces The 19th Annual International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference

03/29/2011
The 19th Annual International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference This Combat Stress Conference is the longest running and one of the best of its kind in the world. It has been referred to by many who attend as the “Gold standard” of all Combat Stress Conferences. Throughout the years, this conference has trained both military and civilian staff to provide services to...

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