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Saybrook scholars – faculty, alumni, and students – to shine at the upcoming Society for Humanistic Psychology conference

03/07/2014

Saybrook University was established by the founders of Humanistic Psychology as a way to carry their work into higher education.  It’s had legendary scholars in the field like Rollo May, Abraham Maslow, and Eleanor Criswell on its faculty.

So it’s no surprise that it has long been an established leader in the APA Division for Humanistic psychology.  Man of the division’s officers and presidents have been Saybrook faculty and alums.

Saybrook is poised to prove itself again this year, at the Society for Humanistic Psychology’s annual conference, held this year in Palo Alto, California, from March 13 - 16.  Many of the most exciting presentations will be led by members of the Saybrook community.

These include:

The application of humanistic principles in an urban medical setting:  not for the faint of heart – Theopia Jackson

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An interview with Saybrook Alumnus Maurice Apprey

12/16/2013
Dr. Maurice Apprey

In addition to studying under Amedeo Giorgi at Saybrook, Maurice Apprey studied under Anna Freud.  Today he has a full Professorship of psychiatry at the University of Virginia where he is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Educators at the School of Medicine. He also serves as a training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Contemporary Freudian Society in Washington, DC, a component of the International Psychoanalytic Association. We asked Dr. Apprey how his studies evolved over the years.

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Student Spotlight: Morrice Apprey

12/16/2013
Morrice Apprey

Saybrook Psychology PhD student Morrice Apprey interns at Region Ten Community Services Board in Charlottesburg, Virginia. He takes delight in supporting people’s well-being and building on the work done by his father, psychoanalyst and Saybrook alumnus Maurice Apprey.

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Student Spotlight: Sorojini Abass, PsyD program

12/16/2013
Sorojini Abass

The life of a clinical psychology student can be tough.  Heavy course loads, licensing requirements, and client engagements can take a toll. And then if you’re a working parent?

When Saybrook PsyD student and mother Sorojini Abass experienced adversity and financial restraint, she didn’t falter – and she came out on top.  She’s now interning at the prestigious Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas.

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Faculty Spotlight: Louis Hoffman, PhD

12/16/2013

Saybrook faculty member Dr. Louis Hoffman is a widely recognized luminary in the field of existential psychology.  The author/editor of five books (including Existential Psychology East-West, Brilliant Sanity: Buddhist Approaches to Psychotherapy, and Spirituality and Psychological Health), he also contributed chapters to many volumes, including Existential-Integrative Psychotherapy: Guideposts to the Core of Practice, Whole Person Healthcare, and Explaining Evil. He serves on the editorial boards for the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and PsycCRITIQUES. Additionally, he is the recent past-president of the Society of Humanistic Psychology (Division 32) of the American Psychological Association.

For those who are interested in taking a humanistic approach to psychology, studying people as people rather than as neurochemicals, reflexes, and synapses, Hoffman says there’s probably no better place than Saybrook.

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Hear Louis Hoffman Discuss the DSM-5 on San Francisco Public Radio

09/08/2013

Saybrook psychology faculty member Dr. Louis Hoffman will discuss the controversy surrounding the "Bible of Psychiatry" - the DSM-5 - on KALW's public affairs program "City Visions" this Monday at 7 p.m..

Hosted by Joseph Pace, the program will ask whether the DSM-5 is a flawed but necessary document - or whether it's time for it to go.  

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Saybrook Faculty, Students Present More than 20 Workshops, Papers, Posters, at APA Convention

08/05/2013

The 121st American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention was held July 31st to Aug. 4, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Saybrook University was well represented at the convention, which included more than 800 sessions covering the entire field of psychology. Some of the highlights from the Saybrook presenters included:

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Saybrook Alum Publishes Expose on DMS-5 Revisions

08/02/2013
Gary Greenberb

Members of Saybrook University’s faculty and staff have not hidden their dissatisfaction with the changes to the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5), which was published in May. Saybrook’s President, Mark Schulman, challenged the association’s updates in a piece in the Huffington Post, reading in part:

“This is madness. Millions of people who are perfectly healthy, who are not sick but are looking for help, will be forcibly turned into customers for the pharmaceutical industry. Most patients come to therapy not because they have neural chemical imbalances, but because they are grappling with fundamental questions: how do I live a meaningful life in a challenging world? How do I live with integrity? How do I repair my relationships? How do I live in harmony with my environment? Am I alone? What does my life mean?”

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Listen to Kirck Schneider discuss "The Polarized Mind" on KQED!

07/25/2013

Saybrook faculty member Kirk Schneider recently appeared on KQED radio to discuss his new book "The Polarized Mind," and talk up some of the latest findings in existential-humanistic psychology.  

With host Michael Krasny, Scheider explores topics ranging from a better approach to political problem solving to how to raise children who are inspired, rather than frightened, by life.  

Click here to listen!

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Saybrook Offers Certificate in Multicultural Psychology

07/02/2013

Everyone in the world now has access to unparalleled communication technology: but do we know how to talk to each other?

Welcome to the new Tower of Babel. Peace and prosperity depends upon businessmen in urban China knowing how to talk to software designers in Russia, and Muslim police officers in Michigan. Texas oil workers need to understand what they’re hearing when a Brazilian trade delegation meets with the American Chamber of Commerce, and monks in Burma need to communicate effectively with the World Health Organization.

The extraordinary diversity of the world is both a strength and a challenge: we have more to offer each other … if we can understand each other. But that’s harder than ever.

Now Saybrook University, the leading center for scholarship in Humanistic Psychology for the last 40 years, is rising to the challenge. Its School of Clinical Psychology has just announced it will be offering Certificate in Multicultural Psychology.

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