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Saybrook to honor founder of Psychologists for Social Action


This year Saybrook is proud to award an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters to Dr. Ethel Tobach, a significant figure in politically engaged psychology and the study of human beings. 


A Distinguished Consulting Faculty member at Saybrook, Dr. Tobach is curator emerita of the American Museum of Natural History and has made major contributions to the study of genetics and comparative and evolutionary psychology during her distinguished 50 year career as a researcher.  She has been a leader in psychology activist groups seeking constructive public policies, nuclear disarmament, and peace-building - and she was a founder of Psychologists for Social Action (PSA). 


The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters is awarded annually to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the unique mission and purposes of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. The degree recognizes outstanding contributions to humanistic psychology or human science, and acknowledges general outstanding contributions to the arts and sciences, which are related to the unique mission and purposes of Saybrook. The honorary degrees also recognize outstanding contributions made directly to Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. 


Dr. Tobach will receive the reward on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Westin Ballroom of the Westin San Francisco International Airport.

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Big changes, constant values:


The community is invited to a discussion of how we sustain Saybrook's humanistic core

Saybrook’s made great strides in the 21st century:  creating new programs, completing the most successful fund-raising campaign in its history, and accomplishing key goals as it moves towards the creation of a full university structure. 

But as Saybrook grows in new ways, old questions become more relevant:  what is the place of Humanistic thought in the 21st century?  How does it apply to disciplines outside of psychology?  In what way can Saybrook best articulate and pursue these principles? 

All members of the Saybrook community are invited to a community-wide discussion of these issues to be held at this January’s Residential Conference in San Francisco, on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 7:15 - 9 p.m..

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Experts in the psychology of politics and the life of Martin Buber win 2009 Rollo May Award

The exclusive award, given every two years, honors scholars whose life work demonstrates faith in human possibility

This year Saybrook will honor the author of a seminal study on the psychological underpinnings of political beliefs, as well as the world’s foremost authority on Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. Every two years Saybrook, in collaboration with the Rollo May Committee, presents the Rollo May Award for Humanistic Service, recognizing distinguished individuals whose life’s work demonstrates faith in human possibility.

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The University


Saybrook University is the world’s premier institution for humanistic studies. It is a unique place of student engaged learning in a rigorous course of study, offering advanced degrees in psychology, mind-body medicine, organizational systems, leadership, and human science. Saybrook’s programs are deeply rooted in the humanistic tradition and a commitment to help students develop as whole people – mind, body, and spirit – in order to achieve their full potential.
Saybrook University is growing to bring together new disciplines and apply its humanistic perspective to a broad spectrum of practical fields.
The University is comprised of three colleges:

Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine
Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies
LIOS Graduate College (Leadership Institute of Seattle) 

Our global community of scholars and practitioners is dedicated to advancing human potential to create a humane and sustainable world. 

Our graduates brief the United Nations and the White House;  they open neighborhood drug clinics;  they teach at major schools around the world;  they design new treatments for people suffering from chronic pain;  they help third world governments find collaborative solutions to problems;  they consult for global businesses and non-profits;  they edit major academic journals;  they work to make social services more effective and humane;  they build programs for the Red Cross;  they write books;  they give lectures and run workshops;  they bring warring cultures together. 

With its faculty, graduates, and students, Saybrook University is reinventing health care, recreating business culture, connecting 21st century communities, and supporting marginalized populations. 

The Saybrook University Forum is the newsletter and discussion board of this remarkable community of scholars and activists. 

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Saybrook to offer ground-breaking graduate degree in Mind-Body Medicine




A third of American adults are using complementary or alternative medicine to improve their health – treating conditions ranging from back pain and migraines to insomnia. 


As the demand for complimentary medicine increases, the demand for well-trained practitioners … and high quality research on effective treatments … will grow too.  In fact, they will become necessities.


That’s why Saybrook Graduate School, a leader for decades in the complementary health care movement, is taking the lead again by creating a landmark graduate degree in Mind-Body Medicine


“Mind-body medicine is a revolutionary twenty-first century approach to health care that includes a wide range of behavioral and lifestyle interventions, on an equal basis with traditional medical interventions," says Saybrook's Mind-Body Medicine program director Donald Moss.  "The patient in mind-body medicine is understood as a totality of body, mind, and spirit. Interventions are directed at each of these aspects of the person. The medical conditions linked with human suffering today, in the affluent societies of the developed world, are caused as much by lifestyle, dietary habits, activity level, and life-stress, as they are by such traditional causes of disease as infection, virus, bacteria, and physical trauma.”

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Somebody helps those who help themselves: study shows connection between religion and self-control


According to a report to be published in the upcoming issue of Psychological Bulletin, people who attend church regularly - or at least have internalized a strong commitment to religious values - will have an easier time keeping their New Year's resolutions.  

It's not just that it takes self-control to sit through religious services.  Even accounting for selection bias, according to this blog post in the New York Times, people who attend services end up with more self-control, even if they didn't start with much. 

Further, people with strong religious convictions are better at resisting temptation (if that's what one wants to do with it). 

But what's most intriguing, from a Humanistic perspective, is the way in which the study does - and doesn't - correlate "religion" and "spirituality."


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