Saybrook Alumnus Royal Alsup, PhD '75 Presents Paper at International Conference on Shamanism, Healing, and Transformation08/27/2010
Saybrook Alumnus Royal E. Alsup, Ph.D. '75 is presenting a paper The Mask of Evil: The Dark Side of Shamanism at the 27th International Conference on Shamanism, Healing and Transformation Wisdom of Our Ancestors-Bridge to The Future Santa Sabina Retreat Center San Rafael, California Saturday, September 4, - 9:00 AM to Monday, September 6, 4:00 PM Labor Day Weekend - 2010 Saybrook faculty...
Treatment of Eating Disorders: Bridging the Research-Practice Gap Margo Maine Available at www.Amazon.com From Alumna Margo Maine, PhD '85: Dear Friends - The book that has been my "extra" project of the last 2 years was just released. It is an edited volume and a great contribution to the field as my co-editors and the writers are dedicated and innovative experts and leaders in the field...
Announcement of Faculty Fellowships at the Stanford Humanities Center External Faculty Fellowships The Stanford Humanities Center invites applications for 2011-12 academic-year residential fellowships. The Humanities Center is a multidisciplinary research institute located at the heart of Stanford University. Since its founding in 1980, the Center has provided a collegial environment for...
Faculty of Graduate Studies Assistant Professor (Peace and Conflict Studies) The Faculty of Graduate Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor position in the Peace and Conflict Studies (PACS) program, with a starting date of July 1, 2010 or as soon as possible thereafter. The Program is particularly interested in a candidate whose scholarship...
Overwhelmed teachers say they’re having trouble finding the time to work with creative students, and an increasingly tight regimen of standardized tests means that creativity is often punished on report cards.
That’s having an impact: according to a recent Newsweek cover story, America’s intelligence test scores are going steadily up, while our scores in creativity are going steadily down.
That’s dangerous in several ways, the first of which is that it doesn’t necessarily mean we’re getting any smarter. As the magazine notes, intelligence test scores tend to suffer from inflation as new generations get more used to taking the tests – it’s called the “Flynn Effect,” and it means increases in intelligence scores aren’t always increases in intelligence.
Theoretically, creativity tests should suffer from the same problem of false inflation – which makes the recent drop in creativity scores all the more disturbing.
How disturbing? Newsweek calls it a “Crisis in creativity,” and points out that in a global economy based on innovation, a loss in creativity is an economic disaster waiting to happen.
When we get sick ... really, really sick ... all we want to do is get better, right?
Hospitals certainly think so. But, as a recent article on hospice care in the New Yorker points out, they’re often wrong.
“People have concerns besides simply prolonging their lives,” notes writer Atul Gawande:
“Surveys of patients with terminal illness find that their top priorities include, in addition to avoiding suffering, being with family, having the touch of others, being mentally aware, and not becoming a burden to others. Our system of technological medical care has utterly failed to meet these needs, and the cost of this failure is measured in far more than dollars. The hard question we face, then, is not how we can afford this system’s expense. It is how we can build a health-care system that will actually help dying patients achieve what’s most important to them at the end of their lives.”
When it comes to the people it serves, our health care system has a lot of blind spots, says DR. Leila Kozak, and often we’re most blind to the idea that not everything has a technical fix. “This is a huge problem,” she says. “Most people end up dying without the comfort care and psychosocial-spiritual support they need. Ask physicians themselves, ask the nurses, they’ll tell you that the system isn’t working.”
No food movement can be truly sustainable if it doesn’t take the rights and needs of the people who pick, process, and prepare the food into account.
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., Saybrook University’s partner institution in its groundbreaking Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, is offering discounts on its Mind-Body Medicine Professional Training Program this October to members of the Saybrook Community.
Utilizing a small group approach, this five day program will focus on the scientific basis for mind-body medicine and explore a range of the most effective tools for self-care and stress management, including:
• guided imagery
• biofeedback & autogenic training
• breathing & movement
• self expression through words and drawings
Saybrook’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies is pleased to announce that David Elkins has been appointed director of the PsyD program.
A licensed clinical psychologist who taught at Pepperdine University for 25 years, Elkins has worked hospital, community health, and private practice settings, and was the Director of the Humanistic Psychology Center in Tustin, California.
Elkins’ background in humanistic psychology is extensive: he serves on the board of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and The Humanistic Psychologist; he has served as a board member of the Association for Humanistic Psychology; and in 1998-1999 served as president of the APA’s Division 32, Society for Humanistic Psychology. While at Pepperdine he designed and taught the existential-humanistic psychology track of their PsyD program. He also chaired the committee that achieved APA accreditation for the Pepperdine PsyD.
Elkins’ most recent book is Humanistic Psychology: A Clinical Manifesto: A Critique of Clinical Psychology and the Need for Progressive Alternatives.
Members of the Saybrook community took to the American Psychological Association’s annual convention this year, presenting papers on topics ranging from the acculturation of Muslim Americans to the creative process in visual arts.
Held August 12 – 15 in San Diego, many presentations were also attended and tweeted by members of the Saybrook Alumni Association.
A list of Saybrook students, alumni, and faculty who presented at the APA, along with their topics, is below: