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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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James S. Gordon, M.D. appointed as Dean of Saybrook's future College of Mind-Body Medicine

04/21/2009

Saybrook students will now have the opportunity to work with one of the leading practitioners and scholars of integrative medicine, as Saybrook and The Center for Mind-Body Medicine affiliate to develop a ground-breaking graduate education program in healthcare.

 

Dr. Lorne M. Buchman,  President of Saybrook Graduate School and Dr. James S. Gordon, Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), today announced an affiliation for educational initiatives in mind-body medicine that will revolutionize graduate education in healthcare. The affiliation will bring the resources and expertise of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine to Saybrook’s masters, doctoral, and certificate programs in Mind-Body Medicine (pending WASC approval) and provide unique opportunities for professional and personal enrichment to a broad range of students interested in enhancing their skills in mind-body and integrative medicine.

Dr. Buchman also announced the appointment of Dr. Gordon as Dean of Saybrook’s Mind-Body Medicine program and its future College of Mind-Body Medicine.  The future College of Mind-Body Medicine will be the focal point for Saybrook’s graduate programs in healthcare and is one of the future colleges Saybrook will be creating as it evolves into a multidisciplinary university.   
 
James S. Gordon M.D. is a Harvard educated psychiatrist and a world renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School, and recently served as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He also served as the first Chair of the Program Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Alternative Medicine and is a former member of the Cancer Advisory Panel on Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Gordon has created ground-breaking programs of comprehensive mind-body healing for physicians, medical students, and other health professionals; for people with cancer, depression, and other chronic illnesses; and for traumatized children and families in Bosnia, Kosovo, Israel, and Gaza as well as in post 9/11 New York and post-Katrina southern Louisiana. He is the author of more than 150 articles, and a dozen books, the most recent book is Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression. He also helped develop and write the educational materials to supplement the public television series, “Healing and the Mind with Bill Moyers.”

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Do ethics come from the heart or the head?

04/21/2009

Admit it:  we all know, at some level, that rational thought can be a smokescreen. 

You don’t like strawberries because there’s a rational argument for them … they just taste good.  And you don’t abhor murder because there’s a good argument against it, although there is:  that good argument is something you use to justify your inherent disgust at the practice.   

We know that.  From far back in human history people have known that we often use rational justifications as a cover for things we already believe.

But modern neuroscience has now “proven” it – showing that for many decisions the emotional parts of our brain kick in before the rational.  Some people are now saying that this changes everything we know about ethics – because ethical behavior is an emotional, rather than a rational, process.

Does that follow? 

In a recent New York Times column provocatively entitled “The End of Philosophy,” David Brooks suggests that new evidence that humans make value-laden, emotional decisions will lead to a new “evolutionary” perspective on ethics that doesn’t need all that difficult philosophizing.  He writes:

 

The rise and now dominance of this emotional approach to morality is an epochal change. It challenges all sorts of traditions. It challenges the bookish way philosophy is conceived by most people. It challenges the Talmudic tradition, with its hyper-rational scrutiny of texts. It challenges the new atheists, who see themselves involved in a war of reason against faith and who have an unwarranted faith in the power of pure reason and in the purity of their own reasoning.

Marvin Brown, however, doesn’t believe it. 

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Former Board member Mike Cairns named Saybrook’s interim Chief Financial Officer

04/21/2009

Saybrook President Lorne Buchman announced last week that Mike Cairns, a former Saybrook trustee, has been appointed interim Chief Financial Officer and Chief Operating Officer of Saybrook.

Cairns, who served as chair of the finance committee of Saybrook’s Board of Trustees, has over 25 years of financial experience, including tenure with such companies as Transamerica Corporation and Deloitte and Touche.  Most recently, he served as Vice President of Finance for Legacy Corporation.  A member of the CSCPA, he received his MBA from Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Cairns said he is thrilled to be working more closely with Saybrook, and pleased by its recent growth and development.

“I have served on Saybrook’s Board of Trustee’s since 2003, and during this time, I have seen the school go through many changes,” said Cairns.  “The level of energy I see today is incredible and I am very excited to be here.  The direction the school is taking with the new programs and affiliations can only lead to a stronger and more vibrant institution.”

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"Pay-for-Performance" isn't as simple as it sounds

04/21/2009

The three most controversial words in government right now might be:  “Pay for performance.”

A number of federal departments have recently announced that they’ll be instituting pay-for-performance plans for the first time, because they say they have a desperate need for motivated, high-quality employees … and that traditional reward structures just aren’t doing it.

At the same time, a number of prominent Democratic lawmakers have asked the Obama administration to suspend all pay-for-performance initiatives until they can be fully evaluated:  they suggest that pay-for-performance systems don’t really motivate federal employees.

What’s an administration to do?  What’s the best system for motivating civil servants?  

Two Saybrook management experts with significant government experience – one ultimately in favor of pay-for-performance, one leaning against it – say that the issue isn’t which reward system you’re using, but whether the system actually can recognize the behaviors you want to reward.  

If the system can do that, they agree, it’s probably a good one:  if it can’t, it’s likely a bad one. 

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Saybrook faculty Amedeo Giorgi, Eric Willmarth, win major awards

04/21/2009

Two Saybrook faculty have recently received major awards recognizing their global influence in their fields. 

On February 14, Saybrook psychology faculty member Amedeo Giorgi received an Honorary Doctorate from the College of Medicine of the University of Orebro, Orebro, Sweden. This was awarded because of his development of the descriptive phenomenological research method, based upon the philosophers Husserl and Merleau-Ponty, and which is used by many nurses in their research. The award was also granted in recognition of his efforts in planting the seeds of a phenomenological approach in Sweden during the last 30 years because of the many lectures and workshops he gave in numerous institutes and universities in Sweden.

Orebro is the fourth largest city in Sweden after Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmo. The university is one of Sweden's youngest since it only began in 1999. The celebrations were held in February because it was the tenth anniversary of the founding of Orebro University. It was in conjunction with the tenth anniversary celebrations that honorary degrees were awarded to several scholars.

On March 2, the American Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (ASCH) awarded Eric Willmarth, a faculty member of Saybrook’s program in Mind-Body Medicine, its Presidential Recognition Award.

Given for meritorious services to the ASCH and to the larger field of hypnosis, the award recognized Willmarth’s work educating his students and professionals in clinical hypnosis, and for his efforts to interview significant practitioners in the field from around the world, and make those interviews publicly available in an online video archive. 

That archive can be accessed at: www.ewillmarth.com.

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Should "internet addiction" be treated with drugs?

04/07/2009

 

Somewhere, a committee is trying to draw a line in the sand:  check your email so many times a day and you’re healthy;  check it so many more and you’re an addict in need of mental health counseling, and  possibly drugs. 

One year ago the American Journal of Psychiatry published an editorial calling for recognition in the upcoming DSM (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders) – the “Bible of psychiatry” – of “Internet addiction” as a mental disorder.  Late last month, Psychology Today blogger Christopher Lane noted that the effort to include Internet addiction in the DSM is still ongoing … and fairly uncontroversial among the psychiatric community. 

For Lane, it should be controversial – and the idea of treating Internet addiction with drugs is ludicrous.  Here at Saybrook, the PsyD classes led by Art Bohart are presently examining this very issue:  is Internet addiction “real”?  If so, what kind of disorder is it?  And how can it best be treated?

For Bohart, the very approach taken by psychiatry is the problem – and that has nothing to do with exactly what “Internet addiction” is.

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