The Saybrook Forum

Posts

Alumni Messenger

Alumna Marie Fonrose Journal - Full Length Version

04/13/2010
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...

Continue Reading

University

Special courts for veterans? No thanks.

04/12/2010

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. 

Continue Reading

University

"Net Neutrality" is the future of democracy

04/12/2010

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. 

Continue Reading

University

Will "results only" rules for federal workers deliver good results?

04/12/2010

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.”

Continue Reading

University

Network with us

04/12/2010

Saybrook is expanding its social media presence to build our community and attract new communities.

Need to know what’s happening at Saybrook – and to connect with students, faculty, and alumni? Check out, join, and invite others to join our social networking sites.

Saybrook has an active presence on:

• Twitter, where job postings, faculty news, and links of interest to our community can be found;
• Facebook, where members of our community connect with one another professionally and personally;
• LinkedIn, where our social networks combine to create more career opportunity.

Signing up is easy – and keeps us better in touch.

Saybrook also has a YouTube channel featuring videos of faculty and students talking about their Saybrook experiences … and is open to video submissions from community members telling us their story.

New content is provided regularly – and Saybrook is committed to using these tools to make our resources more accessible to our community, and our community more accessible to the world. 

 

Continue Reading

University

Jung's Red Book comes to LA

04/12/2010

Saybrook community members in the Southern California area have a rare opportunity to connect with the work of Carl Jung. 

Jung’s renowned Red Book – his recording of his own psychotic break, the insights gleaned from which eventually led to the underpinnings of Jungian Psychology – will be on display at the Hammer-UCLA Museum from April 11 – June 6. 

Additionally, Dr. Sonu Shamdasani, a Distinguished Consulting Faculty Member at Saybrook and the translator of Jung’s Red Book, will give a lecture on Jung on April 23, entitled Prophecy, Divine Madness, and Psychology:  Liber Novus, the Red Book of C.G. Jung.

Continue Reading

University

Student scholarships available

04/12/2010

Saybrook is now accepting applications from students for several high-profile scholarships offered directly from the university.

They include:

The Rollo May Scholarship:  this $5,000 scholarship is awarded to a student of any of Saybrook University’s three colleges whose graduate work explicitly applies and extends the existential-humanistic contributions of Rollo May. Student work may include scholarship in the areas of personality theory, psychotherapy, art and literature, cultural criticism, existential encounters, or other topics clearly connected to the Rollo May tradition.

Continue Reading

Alumni Messenger

National Health Service Offers Student Loan Repayment Program

04/12/2010
National Health Service Corps (NHSC)/State Loan Repayment Program Information The National Health Service Corps (NHSC)/State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP), administered by the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development, has received a grant for $2 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to repay outstanding government and commercial loans for expenses incurred during...

Continue Reading

Alumni Messenger

Alumna Selene Vega, PhD '10 To Host Workshop in Santa Cruz, CA

04/09/2010
Selene Vega, PhD '10 will host a workshop entitled: Opening to our Depths: Self Relations Supervision with Dvorah Simon, Ph.D Skyote Mountain, Santa Cruz, CA April 15-18, 2010 (*CE) Reg. & Info: selene@spiritmoving.com

Continue Reading

Alumni Messenger

Jung's Red Book - Lecture and Viewing - Los Angeles April 23

04/09/2010
Prophecy, Divine Madness, and Psychology A Public Lecture by Dr. Sonu Shamdasani Red Book Editor and co-translator; General Editor of the Philemon Foundation; & Philemon Professor of Jung History at the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London Friday, April 23, 7:30-9:30 PM UCLA Schoenberg Hall Ticket Information - See Below Dr. Shamdasani is the...

Continue Reading

Share this

share

Don't miss a thing - follow Saybrook on social media

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn YouTube Google Plus