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Eric Lindblom, PhD '03 Reports from Concepcion, Chile

03/18/2010
On February 27, 2010 an 8.8 earthquake struck southern Chile. I've been to Concepcion, hard hit near the epicenter, that suffered 90% destruction of the center city. More than 500 people died. Chances are I've met some of those people. This is a sad time for me. The toll would have been greater if the country was not prepared. Chile is a very sophisticated country. However, the feel of the...

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Saybrook Students Seek Practicums/Internships

03/15/2010
Saybrook students, especially in California and in the PsyD Program, are seeking Practicums and/or Internships. Contact SaybrookAlumniAssociation@Saybrook.edu if you have can be of assistance.

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The Existential-Humanistic Institute Requests Your Response

03/13/2010
Dear EHI Supporter, Would you be interested in receiving intensive training in E-H Therapy from EHI founders and faculty including Kirk Schneider, Orah Krug, and Nader Shabahangi? This intensive training would allow you to receive a Certificate in Existential-Humanistic Therapy. The certificate would certify a completion in specific training and coursework required to meet EHI's...

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The Center for Mind-Body Medicine Offers Reduced Rate for the June Food as Medicine Program

03/13/2010
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) will provide a discount for Saybrook Alumni at the upcoming Food As Medicine (FAM) Program in Washington, DC (June 10-13, 2010) Saybrook Alumni can attend for only $750. Click Here to see the Conference Announcement.

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Photos From Saybrook's Dr. Marie Fonrose in Haiti!

03/13/2010
Marie (on bottom right) with Haiti Children Marie with Medical Staff in Pignon, Haiti Haiti Boy Haiti Girl

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An Update From Saybrook Alumna Marie Fonrose in Haiti

03/09/2010
Update from Marie in Haiti. God is Good, all the time! This past Friday I was a guest on the Pignon's radio station (102.5) discussing the earthquake's psychological impact on the people, especially children. Many cities listen to this station and we received many calls from across the city and Port-au-Prince about the issues that people face post the earthquake. We ran out of time and we...

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Alumnus Michael Mayer, PhD '77 Presents on "Ask the Experts"

03/09/2010
Saybrook Alumnus Michael Mayer, PhD '77 co-presents with Maggie Phillips as part of her “Ask the Experts” teleseminar series on Wednesday, March 17, from 9 am – 10:30 AM Pacific time. The topic is Qigong and Bodymind Healing: An Integrated Approach for Stress and Pain. Maggie has written a recent book called Reversing Chronic Pain, which features a multi-modal approach to...

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Saybrook Alumni and Faculty Present at the First East-West (International) Existential Psychology Conference in Nanjing

03/09/2010
Several Saybrook Community Members will be presenting at the First East-West (International) Existential Psychology Conference in Nanjing, including: Dr. Kirk Schneider, Saybrook Alumnus and Faculty Member (delivering the opening keynote); Dr. Susan Gordon, Saybrook Alumna; Dr. Ed Mendelowitz, Saybrook Faculty; and former Saybrook instructor, Dr. Ilene Serlin. See also the Beijing workshop where...

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The Chair of the Board of Trustees Announces Appointment of Saybrook University's New President

03/09/2010
Dear Saybrook Community, I am delighted to announce that the Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the appointment of Mark Schulman, PhD, as President of Saybrook University. Mark, who will begin his term July 1, 2010, has a distinguished career and an outstanding record of accomplishment in higher education. The Board chose him from a number of excellent candidates because of his...

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For veterans, suicides and anti-depressants rise together

03/08/2010

Since 2001, there have been 2,100 suicides in the military, triple the number of troops that have died in Afghanistan and half of all US deaths in Iraq. 

In 2007, a story in the San Diego Union Tribune showed that more Marines died at Camp Pendleton from suicide, homicide, and motorcycle accidents than Marines deployed from Camp Pendleton who died in combat.  In 2008, the New York Times reported that over 1,000 suicide attempts a month were reported in veterans seen at VA facilities. 

These shocking statistics are matched by another one:  from 2002 – 2008 the number of anti-depressants and anti-psychotics prescribed to military personnel and their families has nearly doubled.  One social worker who completed two tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan estimated that 90 percent of the US combatants have used psychiatric medication:  she claims she was specifically told to support the medication of the troops.  A VA psychiatrist has openly admitted that he prescribes psychiatric medicine to 98 percent of the patients he’s treated.

Is there a relationship between the vast use of anti-depressants to treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and the astoundingly high rates of veteran suicides? 

That’s the question asked by Bart Billings, a clinical psychologist, retired soldier, and Saybrook graduate, at Congressional hearings in late February. 

Billings, who founded and directs the world’s longest running conference on combat stress, has concerns that the US military has a de facto policy of drugging soldiers first and asking questions later. 

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