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Healing into Possibilities

05/19/2009

Seven years ago Alison Shapiro was the picture of a healthy 55 year-old.  A happy life, a successful career;  no health issues, no weight issues;  her blood pressure was normal.  She was in the middle of living out a lifelong dream, illustrating her first children’s book.  She had three of 17 pictures finished. 

Then she had a stroke.  Twenty-four hours later, she had another. 

You may think you’ve got problems, but probably not like Alison had. 

The two strokes struck her brain stem – the most lethal place for a stroke to hit.  Fifty percent of brain stem stroke victims die;  others suffer from “locked in” syndrome, where they are fully conscious – and fully paralyzed.  By the time the strokes were over, Alison’s left side was mostly paralyzed, and her right side was wildly uncoordinated.  She couldn’t swallow, she couldn't sit up, her speech was heavily slurred, her eyes wouldn’t focus, she couldn’t walk. 

It was the kind of event no one is ever prepared for.

“There I was, in that hospital,” she says.  “I was completely stunned.  It’s a very sudden event, it’s like a train wreck:  one minute your life is fine, the next minute you can’t move.  When it happened, I had absolutely no idea what I was going to do.  I had no idea how to face it.”

But don’t feel bad for Alison:  she figured out how to face it.  And she wants you to know that when you have to face it … or any other adversity … that you can, too.

Today Alison is healthy, active, and engaged with life again:  a fully functioning person who has published her children’s book.   In fact, she says she feels more empowered than she ever has before. 

And this month Alison, the Chair of Saybrook’s Board of Trustees, is seeing the release of a book about her recovery experience

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Nationally renowned health care leaders to discuss new trends in medicine

05/19/2009

What do health care providers need to know to stay current?

The field of healthcare is changing dramatically. 

Hospitals, clinics, and patients have new needs and expectations.  Do you know what you’ll need to know?

Learn more about trends in medicine and the new skills that will be essential to 21st health-care practitioners at a special presentation featuring: 

  • Dr. James Gordon, MD, Dean of Saybrook Graduate School’s program in Mind-Body Medicine and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and;
  • Heather Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., the Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing U.C. Davis and Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing

Together they’ll cover the ways that medicine is moving away from traditional roles in which the professional talks and the patient listens and towards a dialogue in which the patient’s participation is seen as crucial for good health.  
 

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"Knowledge" is easy; "learning" is hard

05/19/2009

Will file sharing, easy downloads, and a universe of experts all posting on Wikipedia make universities irrelevant within 15 years? 

Yes, says David Wiley.  Information will be free, and that means universities will have to radically restructure to accommodate that … or else face irrelevance. 

Wiley, a leader in the “open content” movement and professor of psychology and instructional technology at Brigham Young University, made that prediction recently in the wake of student bodies more inclined to download than watch TV … and universities putting more and more class lectures online.

Between Facebook, Google, file sharing, YouTube, and universities putting lectures online, Wiley says, all universities have to offer paying students is a credential – and at some point that will be provided by other means, too.

Or will it?  Eric Fox, Saybrook’s Dean of Instruction, says that he had a great time reading the article about Wiley’s prediction – but doesn’t think the future will pan out just that way.

That, Fox says, is because having “access” to information isn’t the same as “learning.”

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Saybrook to co-sponsor Existential Humanistic Institute's annual conference

05/19/2009

Saybrook is proud to announce that it is co-sponsoring the annual conference of the Existential Humanistic Institute, which will be held November 19-21st, at First Universalist Unitarian Church and Center in San Francisco.

The topic of the conference will be “From Crisis to Creativity: Necessary Losses, Unexpected Gains.”

“The theme of our conference reflects the paradoxical nature of life and our times,” says EHI Vice-President and Saybrook faculty member Kirk Schneider.  “In order to change and grow, a familiar way of being must end, so that a new way of being can develop. Letting go can be a terrifying process, filled with anxiety and confusion. But if we find the courage to let go and begin a new journey, down a new path, the possibilities of unexpected gains will be revealed.”

The roster of presenters is now being finalized, and there will be many significant names in the Existential-Humanistic therapy participating. 

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Alumnus David Sortino Writes about Creating Himself

05/18/2009
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Saybrook Symposiums at the 2009 APA Convention-Toronto

05/18/2009
***************************************************************************************************************** APA POSTS WILL STAY AT THE TOP OF THE BLOG UNTIL THE END OF THE APA CONVENTION, AUGUST 9, NEWLY ADDED SYMPOSIUM LISTINGS ARE TOWARD THE END...

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Alumna Rivka Meir, Ph.D. '05 Receives Multiple Awards and Honors

05/16/2009
Alumna Rivka Meir, Ph.D. has received multiple awards and honors since her graduation in 2005. As Stan Krippner stated, since leaving Saybrook, Rivka's career in psychology has taken off. 2009 PSI CHI, Fordham University Chapter. For advancing members’ knowledge and excellence in all fields, including psychology. 2008 Fellow. American Psychological Association – Division of Group...

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Annual Alumni-Sponsored Saybrook Dinner at the APA Convention

05/15/2009
http://www.joebadalis.com/Saturday, August 8, 6:00 PM, at Joe Badali's in Toronto http://www.joebadalis.com/ One block from the Convention Center. See the Dinner Menu. Saybrook will have a private or semi-private room. RSVP to saybrookalumniassociation@saybrook.edu or 415-394-5968 Alumni and Faculty APA Presenters, please keep the Alumni Association informed...

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From Zen to Mother Teresa: 2009 Alumni Homecoming Presentation Invitation

05/15/2009
From Zen to Mother Teresa: Community Service as Spiritual Practice Invitation to the 2009 Alumni Homecoming Presentation: The 2009 Alumni Homecoming Presentation Invitation: From Zen to Mother Teresa

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Alumna Heather Dermyer, PhD ’09 to Serve as a Mind-Body Specialist for the US Olympic Education Center

05/11/2009
Alumna Heather Dermyer, PhD ’09 to serve as a mind-body specialist for the Olympic Weightlifting, Speedskating, and Women’s Freestyle Wrestling teams at the United States Olympic Education Center (USOEC) in Marquette, Michigan. The USOEC is the only Olympic training center in the country that enables their athletes to earn a college education en route of the pursuit of their Olympic...

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