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The hard road to real health care reform

09/29/2009

Marie DiCowden describes her days right now as “crazy.”

A faculty member in Saybrook’s Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, DiCowden also serves as Vice-President for Public Policy of the National Academies of Practice, a national coalition of medical practitioners interested in improving the healthcare system. She’s also the Executive Director of the Biscayne Institutes of Health and Living, a community-based healthcare center in Florida.

That expertise puts her on the forefront of the fight to reform America’s healthcare system … and she says it’s difficult.

“I am back and forth between Florida and D.C. right now,” she says.  “I just got home yesterday and I’m leaving again.  We will get reform … but honestly it is anybody's guess what will happen to keep insurance companies accountable.  Quite possibly nothing, unless we hold the senators and congresspeople accountable.”

DiCowden isn’t the only one who thinks that the lobbying power of the insurance industry is keeping reform away from health care. 

Craig Holman is the Legislative Representative for Public Citizen, a non-profit consumer advocacy organization in Washington D.C., and a leading expert on government ethics.  He helps run an internship program for Saybrook students to work with his organization.  He says that insurance industry lobbying has been a “critical factor” in hobbling the healthcare reform Americans voted for in November. 

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Saybrook University open house set for Oct. 1

09/29/2009

The new Saybrook University will hold its first open house this Thursday, Oct. 1, from 5:30 – 8 p.m. in San Francisco.

It will be held at Saybrook’s San Francisco offices, at 747 Front Street, but anyone can join through a webcast.  Intended primarily for prospective students, the event will provide information about all three Saybrook colleges, Saybrook’s many programs, and the humanistic approach to scholarship. 

For more information, or to RSVP, email admissions@saybrook.edu or call 415 – 403 – 1206.


 

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Alumna Heather Dermyer, PhD ’09, Mind-Body Trainer for Athletes Who Competed in US Olympic Trials in Michigan

09/28/2009
Saybrook Alumna, Heather Dermyer, Ph.D., Mind-Body Performance Trainer at the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) in Marquette, MI. Recently, the USOEC hosted the 2009 Olympic Trials for Short Track Speed Skating. Five grueling days of cut-throat competition determined which athletes will represent the United States in the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada...

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EHI Conference Discount Extended

09/28/2009
The November EHI Conference Discounthas been generously extended through October 10. Click Here for the EHI Conference Registration Form. Click Here for the EHI Conference Schedule

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Two $5,000 Awards for Gay-Lesbian Research

09/25/2009
The Joan Heller-Diane Bernard Fellowship in Lesbian and Gay Studies: This fellowship supports research by a junior scholar (graduate student, untenured university professor or independent researcher) and a senior scholar (tenured university professor or advanced independent scholar) into the impact of lesbians and/or gay men on U.S. society and culture. Scholars conducting research on lesbians...

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Alumnus Bart Billings gave Grand Rounds at the Integrative Medicine Program at Scripps

09/25/2009
Click here to see a pdf Flier announcing the Grand Rounds

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Message to Alumni from the Board of Trustees Chair

09/25/2009
Dear Saybrook Alumni, This past June, I promised to periodically update you on progress we are making at Saybrook. I am very pleased to say that I have some wonderful news regarding developments at Saybrook to share with you. First, we are now Saybrook University with three distinct colleges: the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, housing our traditional legacy programs in...

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EHI November Conference Seeking Volunteers

09/25/2009
EHI's November Conference is looking for volunteers to exchange their time to assist with tasks at the conference in exchange for their registration fee. Below is a general description of the tasks involved: The volunteer will be assigned to specific workshops and rooms, and will be seated at the door with a small table. The volunteer will have to ensure that every participant of that workshop...

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Changing more than just stationery: Saybrook to officially become a "University" soon

09/15/2009

 

Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center, which already possesses three distinct stand-alone “colleges,” is poised to become Saybrook University by the end of this month.

What’s in a name change?  Shakespeare reminds us that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet, but in this case the upcoming change in signature, stationary, and design reflects a host of other, more substantive, changes, that have already been happening “on the ground.”

For example:

• Saybrook now has three distinct colleges:  the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, housing its traditional “legacy” programs in Psychology, Human Science, and Organizational Systems;  its just established Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, and LIOS Graduate College, a 40-year old leading institution of experiential-based graduate learning and leadership training, based in Seattle which affiliated with Saybrook early this year.  Though united as one institution, each of these three colleges will have their own distinct learning models.

• With new colleges and new degree programs, Saybrook has seen a substantial increase in enrollment over 2008, anticipated to be more than 50%.

• Saybrook has revitalized its learning technology, creating a whole new cyber-environment (“My Learning”) for instructing courses, offering course materials, and helping students and faculty create an academic community that spans the world.

• An entirely new website, focused on the activities of the Saybrook community “in the world” is expected to launch in late September.  New technology will make it easy to student, faculty, and alumni to compare notes, share information, and create an “academic commons” that combines scholarship with real-world applications.

For all these changes, however, one thing isn’t changing:  the soul of the school.  Saybrook University will remain the global home of humanistic thought, in all its manifestations, inspired by the work of luminaries such as Rollo May, Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers, James Bugental, Virginia Satir, and many others.  Their work will be carried into new fields, and new forms of human endeavor, for the 21st century, through Saybrook University. 

 

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Saybrook trustee now blogging for Psychology Today

09/15/2009

There are a lot of things Alison Shapiro never thought she’d be, starting with “stroke survivor.”  

But after she had two strokes in 24 hours, she found she had the tools to recover fully – and that changed her life.  Since then she’s become many other things she’d never expected:  an author, a leader in the movement to help others understand their own power to heal, and now a blogger for Psychology Today.  

The name of her blog, “Healing into Possibility” is also the name of her book, and Alison – who is the chair of Saybrook’s Board of Trustees – was offered the blog after a Psychology Today editor received a copy of the work.  It chronicles the lessons Alison learned about the power of intention to transform a life in crisis.

By being present, by focusing on the current moment, by being engaged in your struggles rather than going on auto-pilot, we are capable of tremendous acts of healing and recovery.  Her book covers just how the process can work – and her blog will expand that idea in new ways.

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