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How Muslim Youth Use the Internet

09/12/2012
Benina Gould

A new study shows that freedom of expression online is compatible with Islam – or at least that’s what Muslim teenagers think.

Benina Gould, a faculty member at Saybrook University, recently completed a study of the internet habits of Muslim youth in Indonesia – the world’s largest Muslim country. The study includes both “conservative” Muslims who would be described as “fundamentalists” in the West, and “modern” Muslim teenagers, who would be described as “progressive.” It’s published in the American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences vol 29, Spring 2012 number 2.

Students surveyed were from 16-19 years old and attended three private pesantrens (Islamic boarding schools), three Islamic madrasahs and one secular school.

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Kirk Schneider to Give Keynote Address at Conference on Existential Psychology in Eastern Europe

09/11/2012
Kirk Schneider

Saybrook University alumnus and faculty member Kirk Schneider’s place as a leading voice in existential psychology has been affirmed repeatedly by American academic organizations including the American Psychological Association.

This month, as he delivers the keynote address to the 7th annual conference of the East European Association for Existential Therapy, Schneider will receive international recognition as well.

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Saybrook University Makes Strong Showing at APA Conference

08/21/2012

 

Despite its small size, Saybrook University made an outsize impression though faculty, student and alumni research at the American Psychological Association conference.

The 120th annual conference, held from August 2nd to 5th, in Orlando, Fla., featured internationally known presenters on topics and research currently attracting attention in the field, covering issues such as immigration, racism, eating disorders, clinical practice, social networking and psychotherapy.

Saybrook faculty, alumni, and students presented on such wide-ranging topics as the practice of existential psychology there, the future of positive psychology, the basics of hypnosis and self-hypnosis and how the creative process can promote healing and growth.

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“Rethinking Madness”: Saybrook Alumni's New Book Presents Strong Evidence That Schizophrenia and Psychosis Are Best Treated Through Therapy

08/08/2012
Rethinking Madness

Americans suffering from schizophrenia and psychosis have among the lowest rates of recovery in the world. American medicine also emphasizes medication for these conditions more than most.

Is that a coincidence?

A new book by Saybrook psychology alumnus Paris Williams presents compelling evidence that many mental illnesses we have come to regard as biological problems – brain chemistry gone awry – are in fact psychological issues: desperate attempts by the psyche to preserve a sense of identity or convey crucial messages.

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Saybrook University Faculty Take Leading Roles in APA

07/02/2012
Steven Pritzker

The American Psychological Association (APA) has elected Saybrook University faculty member Dr. Steven Pritzker president-elect of Division 10: the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.

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Saybrook University President Mark Schulman encourages universities to join Saybrook's stand and demand DSM-5 changes be reconsidered

06/27/2012

 

Saybrook University president Mark Schulman says the evidence is clear: psychology and psychiatry’s over reliance on drugs as a form of treatment is tantamount to malpractice.

Writing on the Huffington Post, Schulman says colleges that teach psychology must rise to the challenge, making sure their students are as familiar with the techniques of talk therapy – and the importance of communicating with patients – as they with are neurotransmitters and brain physiology.

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The one thing everyone arguing about parapsychology can agree on is – they admire Stanley Krippner

04/26/2012

This week Village Voice Media put on the front page what everyone who’s been seriously engaged in the academic study – and debunking – of parapsychology has known:  Saybrook University professor Stanley Krippner stands out as the Grand Old Man of the field.

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Read an excerpt from Unstuck! - Dr. James Gordon's guide to dealing with depression

04/10/2012

Dr. James Gordon, Dean of Saybrook University's Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, has an excerpt from his book Unstuck:  Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression featured at the Wellness Times. 

Unstuck! deals with ways to understand depression, and how to address it, that go beyond taking pills.   

“Drugs just address the symptoms, and they should be seen as a last resort rather than a first choice," Dr. Gordon says.  "When we experience the signs and symptoms of depression, it’s not the end point of a disease process, it’s a wake-up call that change is necessary, and we need to move on a healing journey.  We have to take a step back and look at the reasons why we’re depressed, we have to look at how we’ve gotten out of balance, and what the causes are." 

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A virtual memorial for Jeanne Achterberg (Jeannie to her friends)

03/13/2012

We mourn the loss of Jeanne Achterberg and celebrate her marvelous life.  We invite you to share on this site your own reflections about Jeannie

All of us at Saybrook are grateful that Jeanne served on the faculty for over 20 years.  We cannot count the number of students and faculty who have learned so much from her.  Jeanne wrote about her time at Saybrook: 

“My expertise in working with students comes from a long love affair with being a researcher in unusual fields of health and healing, and from enjoying the excitement and energy that transpires in learner/mentor activities. I do help students (and faculty) get published, as evidenced by numerous examples in journals that I edit or have edited.”

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A virtual memorial for Arne Collen: celebrate his life with us here

02/13/2012

The Saybrook community is saddened by the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Arne Collen.

Saybrook's community, united in scholarship and practice, is spread across the world -- and so Arne's friends and colleagues likewise stretch around the globe, mourning the loss of such a unique man and vital scholar.

Appreciating the difficulties of gathering such a dispersed community together on short notice for a memorial service, his family has asked that a virtual memorial -- a living document testifying to his life, passion, and legacy -- be held online.

We invite you to be part of it: if you have a fond recollection or favorite story about Arne, or just want to say "thank you" or "goodbye," please share it with his community of loved ones in the comments section below.

Arne has been a member of our faculty since 1978 and most recently served as Director of Research. He has deeply touched the lives of so many of our students and colleagues over the years. Willson Williams, co-Chair of the PHS faculty, knew Arne well. “Arne was one of the most gentle and kind people I have ever known. He had a gentle soul. He was thoughtful and caring and thought of others before himself. He had a generous and kind spirit.”

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