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The five stages of coping with sustainability

06/07/2010

We all know we should eat right and exercise, but most of us don’t – and it’s not because we don’t understand the science.

The same dynamic works with sustainability initiatives at even the most progressive companies, according to Dennis Jaffe: going green can be more challenging emotionally than it is intellectually. Companies that don’t take this into account are often headed for trouble.

Read more in his recent Triple Pundit article.

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Marc Pilisuk receives SPSSI Distinguished Service Award

06/07/2010

Saybrook Human Science faculty member Marc Pilisuk has been awarded the2010 Distinguished Service Award of the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues.

Founded in 1936, the SPSSI is an association of approximately 3000 psychologists, allied scientists, and others, who are interested in the application of research on the psychological aspects of important social issues and public policy solutions. It fosters and funds research on social issues, influences public policy, and encourages public education and social activism.

Pilisuk, the author of Who Benefits from Global Violence and War: Uncovering a Destructive System, is being offered the award on behalf of his "enthusiastic, dedicated, and enduring commitment" to SPSSI and its values. The award will be presented in New Orleans in late June.

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Key positions in Saybrook's administration announced

06/07/2010

Robert Schmitt, PhD and Vincent Pellegrino, EdD have been appointed to leadership positions for Saybrook University and will serve in the administration of the University’s new president, Mark Schulman, PhD, who will assume office on July 1.

Dr. Schmitt has been named the Dean of Saybrook University’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies. Currently serving as Saybrook’s interim president, Dr. Schmitt will take on this permanent position after Dr. Schulman assumes his post in July.

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Say hello to the new graduates

06/07/2010

In 2009, Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center became Saybrook University. In June of 2010, two of the University’s Colleges have their first graduates.

Saybrook’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies will hold its graduation on Sunday, June 13 from 10 - noon, with 27 students receiving PhDs and 14 students receiving MAs. 

Additionally, the winners of the Rollo May Scholarship will be announced, as will Dissertation Award winners. 

Interim President Robert Schmitt will preside, and incoming President Mark Schulman will be in attendance. Honorary degrees will be bestowed on Jill Zohara Meyeroff Hieronimus and Milton Schwebel, who will give presentations.

LIOS Graduate College will hold its graduation on June 21, 2010, beginning at 1 p.m. at the Bastyr Chapel.  39 students will receive MAs.  LIOS president Shelley Drogin will preside, and LIOS graduate Doreen Cato will offer the keynote address and receive an honorary degree.

 

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Honoring those who serve humanity

06/07/2010

This month Saybrook University will award three honorary degrees to individuals recognized for representing a substantial body of work and high achievement in disciplines that embrace the University’s values and principles:

Jill Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus

Milton Schwebel, PhD

Doreen Cato, PhD

Honorary degrees will be awareded to Ms. Hieronimus and Dr. Schwebel at the commencement ceremony for the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies on June 13 and to Dr. Cato at the commencement ceremony for LIOS Graduate College on June 22

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You're invited: Saybrook's Board of Truesttes to hold open meeting on Friday

06/07/2010

Saybrook University’s Board of Trustees will hold an open board meeting on Friday, June 11, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Residential Conference. The meeting will take place in the Aspen Room, Westin San Francisco Airport Hotel. All members of the community are welcome to attend.

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Meet the authors of Existential-Humanistic Therapy

06/07/2010

Saybrook University and the Existential Humanistic Institute are pleased to announce that Kirk Schneider and Orah Krug will be speaking about their most recent publication, Existential-Humanistic Therapy, on Thursday night at Saybrook’s June Residential Conference.

Existential-Humanistic Therapy provides an in-depth survey of contemporary existential-humanistic (E-H) theory, practice, and research. In particular, this uniquely American version of existential therapy, currently experiencing a renaissance, highlights E-H therapy’s historical development, theoretical underpinnings, and practical applications alongside the very latest in process and outcome research. This is the first text in existential-humanistic therapy to be published by the American Psychological Association, and as such, represents recognition of the E-H approach.  Kirk Schneider and Orah Krug will sign books after their presentation.

When: Thursday, June 10th @ 7:30 PM.

Where:  Saybrook Residential Conference

    San Francisco Airport Westin Hotel,

    1 Old Bayshore Highway,

Millbrae, CA  94030

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Food, baths, and bed aren't enough

05/18/2010

Every 70 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. 

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, that means that there could be up to 16 million Americans with Alzheimer’s by 2050 – and that’s only one of many different kinds of dementia that afflict the elderly.

In the most literal sense possible, what are we going to do with all these people who can’t do for themselves?

For the most part, they get their physical needs met:  hospitals and clinics and care workers and families are increasingly good at helping people with dementia eat and bathe and take their medicine. 

But what about their psychological needs?  Does dementia condemn someone to a life of confusion, loneliness, and solitude?

“People with dementia are present, they live in the moment, and they still want to be met, noticed, related to,” says Doris Bersing, an expert on the psychology of aging and a faculty member in Saybrook’s PsyD program.  When people with dementia aren’t related to, their confusion often becomes depression and anger – the way anyone’s does. 

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Moving beyond "Sustainability as Usual"

05/18/2010

The same kind of thinking that got us into an environmental catastrophe won't be able to get us out of it. 

According to the research of Kathia Laszlo, who co-directs Saybrook's Organizational Systems MA program in Leadership of Sustainable Systems, it will take a new kind of thinking to get our society working on the sustainable basis we know we need. 

Perhaps the most important point:  understanding that sustainability is a process, not a certification. 

Read more in her recent article at TriplePundit.

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Happy Anniversary Saybrook

05/18/2010

Over 40 years ago some of the greatest minds in 20th century psychology and human science gathered in Old Saybrook, Connecticut to start a movement.  The term “humanistic psychology” had recently been coined by Abraham Maslow and Anthony Sutich:  the attendees at the Old Saybrook conference believed it was an intellectual movement that could transform culture for the better. 

Over the next few years, this movement would produce a notable body of literature, an academic journal (the Journal of Humanistic Psychology), and – on June 9, 1971, the date on which Saybrook was officially established and incorporated – an independent graduate college, that ultimately evolved to become Saybrook University

In 2011, Saybrook will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its establishment as an independent graduate institution, having helped to support the development of humanistic psychology, expand humanistic thought into new fields, and create a community of thought leaders who are changing the world. Saybrook faculty and alumni have briefed the UN and the White House, led international aid programs, served as citizen diplomats, presented important ideas in psychology, and helped lead the current revolution towards a mind-body approach to medicine.  Always, they have been in the intellectual vanguard pushing to connect us where the world polarizes us.

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