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


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.  

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Saybrook Offers Certificate in Multicultural Psychology


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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Saybrook Offers Certificate in Healing Complex Trauma


The suffering related to traumatic stress has reached epidemic proportions.

Perhaps that’s not surprising given the levels of international disaster, displacement, war, and terrorism we live with. A recent magazine article posited that we live in “The Age of Trauma,” noting that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder rates are rising precipitously. Suicide rates are spiking as well.

Mental health practitioners need to keep up with the new levels, and new kinds, of trauma that we’re seeing all around us. That’s why Saybrook University is now offering a certificate program in Complex Trauma and the Healing Process.

Provided by the School of Clinical Psychology, the Trauma Certificate program provides a whole-person, context sensitive, training to students and professionals from across the globe while addressing the rising demand for specialized skills to deal with the mental health issues that result from complex trauma.

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Theopia Jackson Receives CoachArt's 2013 “Courage and Hope Award”

Theopia Jackson

Theopia Jackson, a former Dean of Students and senior faculty member in Saybrook University’s School of Clinical Psychology, has been honored by CoachArt: a non‐profit organization offering free lessons in the arts and athletics to chronically ill children and their siblings.

Jackson is the organization’s 2013 “Courage and Hope Award” Recipient. She received it for her work connecting CoachArt to the Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, where she is a licensed clinical psychologist. Thanks to those efforts, CoachArt – previously a Los Angeles based organization – is now serving chronically ill youth in Oakland and beyond.

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The "Polarized Mind" is killing us - here's what to do about it


What do a school shooter, a corporate swindler, and a bullheaded ideologue have in common? They all converge on what Dr. Kirk Schneider terms “the polarized mind” – a fixation on one point of view to the exclusion of all others.

Since receiving his PhD from Saybrook University, Dr. Schneider has become one of the leading new voices in existential psychology, and his newest book is a diagnosis and history of “the polarized mind,” observing the damage it has done and showing us the steps we urgently need to take to address the danger it presents to our own society.  Combining contemporary insights with centuries of cross-cultural, awe-inspired wisdom, Schneider offers solutions to this worldwide problem.

Now available, “The Polarized Mind:  Why It’s Killing Us and What We Can Do About It” is published by University Professors Press and available at Amazon and Barns and Noble.

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Saybrook Faculty and Students at the Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference


From February 28th to March 3rd, over 200 psychologists and students attended the 6th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference at Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, CA.  The conference theme was Community in Difference: Cultivating a Home for Love and Justice an in Indifferent World.  There were over 30 Saybrook students, faculty and alumni in attendance and presenting on many stimulating topics.

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What is the Future of Existential Psychology?



Existential psychology, which focuses on the choices people make and the meaning they find in their lives, is enjoying a renaissance in China and parts of Europe, while an increasing number of studies show that its techniques and approaches are often as or more effective than drug treatments.

Now The New Existentialists, a leading movement in existential psychology out of Saybrook University, is introducing a series of articles looking to the future of existential theory and practice. The articles, which examine how therapies that focus on personal insight can make their mark in a culture that values quick fixes, will be written by established existential scholars as well as students and early career professionals. Louis Hoffman, PhD, chair of Saybrook’s Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology specialization and president of the American Psychological Association’s division for humanistic psychology, wrote the inaugural post of the series.

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The Future of Existential Psychology - a new series - starts Thursday!



Existential psychology is enjoying a renaissance in China and parts of Europe, while an increasing number of studies show that its techniques and approaches are as or more effective than drug treatments in many cases.  

But pharmaceutical companies have billions of dollars to pour into marketing campaigns, and insurance companies don't like to support therapeutic treatment that focuses on individual outcomes.  While a recent review in the American Psychological Association's website suggested that existential therapies are at the heart of any effective therapy, academic psychology programs remain stubbornly focused on cognitive behavioral treatment, neuro-psychology, and psychopharmacology.

In this environment, what is the future for Existential psychology?  How do its practitioners make their mark in a culture that values quick fixes?  

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Seeking papers for a series on The Future of Existential Psychology

Rollo May

The American Psychiatric Association approved final revisions to the DSM-5 this past weekend, threatening to turn every aspect of human life into a form of “mental illness.”

Now more than ever, Existential Psychology needs to forge its path through the diagnostic morass that mainstream psychology has become to provide a truly human, truly healing alternative to the individual, unique people who come to see us each week.

Starting in January 2013, Saybrook University’s website on existential psychology, The New Existentialists, will commence an original series entitled “The Future of Existential Psychology,” in part as an answer to the state of mainstream psychology today and also to explain what we stand for

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64-day human rights awareness campaign launched for 64th anniversary of Universal Declaration

The US Network for Human Rights (USHRN) is launching the 64 Day Campaignto raise awareness of domestic human rights issues starting 64 days before international human rights day. Each day, from October 8th leading up to December 10th, they will highlight the mission and work of 64 member and partner organizations that work tirelessly to defend human rights.

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