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Sustainable Enterprise 2009 | May 8th Conference

05/01/2009
Dear Friends and Colleagues, This year's conference is packed with information about opportunities to prosper in these challenging economic times: green financing, energy efficiency programs that drop your energy costs immediately, how to effectively market the good work you're doing, and how to green your career. We've got some last minute great ticket deals and even some exhibitor space. It's...

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Alumnus Michael Mayer, PhD '77 Publishes New Book on Energy Psychology

05/01/2009
I'm very happy to announce the release of my new book, Energy Psychology: Self Healing Methods for Bodymind Health. Many leaders in the field now consider energy psychology to be at the cutting edge in the field of psychology and integrative medicine. In my new book I provide poignant examples of how my patients have benefited by applying energy psychology methods developed over many years in...

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Call for Proposals-Global Citizenship for the 21st Century

05/01/2009
http://www.csupomona.edu/~international/news/IntlConference.pdfCall for Proposals Global Citizenship for the 21st Century http://www.csupomona.edu/~international/news/IntlConference.pdf The 21st Century has ushered in new opportunities as well as great challenges to global citizenship. What are the practical and theoretical implications of global citizenship to communities and nations? This...

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Alumnus Robert McCarthy, Ph.D. ’03 Awarded Emeritus Status

04/27/2009
Alumnus Robert McCarthy, Ph.D. ’03 Awarded Emeritus Status by the American Board of Medical Psychotherapists and Psychodiagnosticians

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Saybrook Announces Affiliation with Center for Mind-Body Medicine

04/24/2009
Press Release: SAYBROOK GRADUATE SCHOOL AND THE CENTER FOR MIND-BODY MEDICINE ANNOUNCE EDUCATIONAL AFFILIATION FOR GROUND-BREAKING GRADUATE EDUCATION IN HEALTHCARE AND THE APPOINTMENT OF JAMES S. GORDON, M.D. AS DEAN OF SAYBROOK¡¦S FUTURE COLLEGE OF MIND-BODY MEDICINE San Francisco, Ca. and Washington D.C. (April 20, 2009) ¡V Dr. Lorne M. Buchman, President of Saybrook Graduate...

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Executive Faculty Member Ruth Richards Awarded APA Division 10 (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts) Arnheim Award for Lifetime Achievement

04/24/2009
“The award…helps to underscore the importance of Creativity Studies, and everyday creativity in our lives and toward a better world.” Dr. Ruth Richards From Division 10’s Committee Chair: "It is my absolute honor and delight to let you know that you have been selected as the 2009 Arnheim Award winner. Amidst VERY impressive competition, the committee felt that your...

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Director of External Affairs The Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center’s (LVPAC)

04/24/2009
Position Summary: The Director of External Affairs in responsible for the fundraising, marketing and communications for the Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center. The Director of External Affairs will also be the lead staff support for the capital campaign steering committee. Responsibilities include identification, assessment, cultivation, solicitation and stewardship of a portfolio of major...

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WILLIAM JAMES AND HIS SWEDENBORGIAN AND TRANSCENDENTALIST LEGACY

04/24/2009
AN EVENING LECTURE PRESENTED BY Eugene Taylor, PhD Executive Faculty, Saybrook Graduate School $10 at the door or contact Smartix Students $5 THURSDAY, APRIL 30, 2009 @ 7:30 PM THE NEW YORK NEW CHURCH 114 East 35th Street New York, NY 10016 Prof. Taylor is internationally known for his work on the American Philosopher-Psychologist, William James and his scholarship regarding Swedenborg...

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California Department of Mental Health and the Health Professions Announces the Mental Health Loan Assumption Program

04/21/2009
http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/HPEF/LMHSPLRP.htmlCalifornia Department of Mental Health and the Health Professions Announces the Mental Health Loan Assumption Program Eligible applicants should complete the LMHSPEP application and indicate that they are currently employed in the Public Mental Health System. This application is available to download from the internet at: http://www.oshpd.ca.gov/HPEF/...

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You CAN teach "empathy" in the classroom

04/21/2009

When some people say “kids will be kids,” what they really mean is that “children are cruel.” 

The assumption behind the saying is that there’s nothing we can do about it.  It’s human nature.  Kids won’t grow out of cruelty until they mature. 

But according to a recent New York Times report, schools around the country – especially middle schools – are betting that children can learn their way out of cruelty through new curriculums. 

The idea:  “teach” kids empathy. If they can learn to be more empathetic, the thinking goes, children will be less cruel and more supportive to one another.  Bullying will be reduced, and kids who might have been pushed over the edge as outcasts will have a better chance for happy childhoods.

It’s a nice plan, but is it realistic?  Is empathy something that can be taught? 

Even if it can, will it, in fact, likely lead to the desired effect of less bullying?

Good news:  Saybrook's Social Concentration Director Joel Federman has done research indicating that the answer to both questions is "yes" - if you do it right.

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