Saybrook University Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies Announces Alumni Homecoming June 11, 12 & 13, 2010 at the Westin SFO RSVP We are planning another great Alumni Homecoming. CLICK HERE for the Full Version of the Homecoming Schedule The weekend will begin Friday afternoon and will include: - Alumni are welcome to attend the RC Community Meeting and Presidential...
After much deliberation with folks around the world, we have now established the American Association for Existential Analysis. For the past several years, I have been collaborating with an organization called the International Federation of Daseinsanalysis, made of eleven countries (mainly in Europe). The Organization has persistently sought an American group to participate. Well, finally,...
Zen Intimacy: The Passionate Longing of Your Only Moment Body by Alumnus Dr. Andrew Shugyo Daijo Bonnici, Ph.D.'78 Humanistic Transpersonal Psychologist & Zen Meditation Master I just finished a book entitled, ZEN INTIMACY: The Passionate Longing of Your Only Moment Body. I would like to invite you to view my brief video teaching on ZEN INTIMACY and get your feedback regarding this topic...
Alumnus Marcelo Mercante, PhD '06 Publishes New Book on the Healing Process of the Barquinha, a Brazilian Ayahuasca Religious System04/17/2010
IMAGES OF HEALING: SPONTANEOUS MENTAL IMAGERY AND HEALING PROCESS OF THE BARQUINHA, A BRAZILIAN AYAHUASCA RELIGIOUS SYSTEM How conscious spiritual experiences influence healing process? This question guided the investigation of the spontaneous mental imagery (mirações) of people under treatment in a Brazilian religion that uses the psychoactive beverage Ayahuasca (locally called Daime...
Linda Riebel, PhD '81 Publishes The Earth-Friendly Food Chain and challenges alumni to deepen their commitment to consciousness and life - see below. After decades devoting my life to individual healing and growth, I found my interests shifting toward collective change - social transformation, in Saybrook language. Retired from the practice of psychotherapy, I now work for the survival of...
Special Webcast Opportunity - Appreciative Leadership: Turning Creative Potential into Positive Power04/16/2010
Appreciative Leadership: Turning Creative Potential into Positive Power You are invited to participate in a special webcast of the Saybrook University Dialogues Appreciative Leadership event on Wednesday, April 21, 1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m (Pacific). Led by Saybrook Organizational Systems faculty Diana Whitney, PhD, Dennis Jaffe, PhD,...
February 19, 2010 marked my first glimpse of Port-au-Prince, which was ravaged by the January 12th earthquake. This trip was made possible through contributions made from Hope Christian Church and Saybrook Alumni Association. I noticed right away that things were changed. For example, we had to line up and be bused to another compound to go through immigration. What was the same, however, was...
It’s simple arithmetic: more and more veterans are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), as more and more soldiers are coming home from war. This adds up to tragedy. More veterans are getting into trouble after they return home, and many of them are in the nation’s prison system.
A recent study suggested that six percent of new inmates in the Texas prison system are recently returning veterans, and now that state is trying a new approach to address the problem: special courts for veterans.
Modeled on “drug courts” that offer drug users social services and mental health treatment instead of jail time, the veterans courts – which are either operating or ramping up in six Texas counties – would try to identify veterans whose crimes can be traced to combat stress or the attempt to cope with it, and offer them social and mental health services and treatment for addictions instead of jail time.
Saybrook psychologists who have worked frequently with soldiers say they appreciate what Texas is trying to do, but are skeptical about the idea.
The internet might rightly be called the greatest medium of free expression in human history – but just how free is the internet?
This month a federal court ruled that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can block or slow internet content they don’t like … or charge popular sites to be accessed.
In other words, the company that provides your internet can also decide what you see on it.
The ruling has caused an uproar, with everyone from government regulators to high-tech companies trying to decide what to do next. Many of them argue that the principle of “net neutrality” – the idea that every site on the internet should be treated equally by ISPs – is essential to preserving the potential for the internet as a free exchange of ideas.
For Joel Federman, a member of Saybrook’s Human Science faculty who heads its interdisciplinary concentration in Social Transformation, this discussion couldn’t be more crucial. The future of democracy – which depends on access to information – is at stake.
It’s one small step for 400 people – but could turn into a huge change for the federal government.
The United States Office of Personnel Management has announced that it will implement a pilot “results only” work program for 400 federal employees – allowing them to work wherever, whenever, and however they want, and evaluating them only by the results they produce.
If successful, it could lead to widespread changes, and greater flexibility, for government employees at every level.
Saybrook scholars who work with governments say they are impressed – but that programs like this aren’t always easy to get right.
“The devil is in the details, as they say,” says Gary Metcalf, an Organizational Systems faculty member who teaches at the Federal Executive Institute of the U.S. government. “How it actually works will depend a great deal on the targets they set, and how they get measured. Some people will do better with it than others. Also, it takes more discipline to run your own schedule, and some people don’t do that well.”
Still, he’s excited by the prospect. “Conceptually it sounds like a huge step forward – well beyond what many corporations are ready for yet. If the expected amount of work for each person remains relatively the same, though, and employees feel like outcomes are evaluated fairly, I think the end result could be really positive.”