Alumni Messenger


Alumna Sophia Reinders, PhD '90 Offers Course, Reawakening the Wild Heart of Wonder


Dear colleagues, students and friends,

Let me please tell you about a new course I will be offering in the Spring of 2012:

Reawakening the Wild Heart of Wonder:
Ecopsychology and Expressive Arts as Pathways towards Transformation and Healing

A 40-hour Expressive Arts Certificate Program.
30 CEUs available for California MFT and LCSW license holders.

This course is intended for clinicians, healing arts practitioners, educators,
artists and those who wish to re-embody earth-cherishing consciousness.

No prior art experience is necessary.

We will approach Ecopsychology as the marriage
of Ecology and embodied Depth Psychology.

May 5-6; June 2-3 , July7-8, 2012
Venue: San Rafael

Part I: From Archetypal Soul to World Soul –
The Wild Psyche of Body and Earth

Part II: Singing with the Grass –
Creative Expression as Call-and-Response

Part III: All Our Relations –
Celebrating a Deeper Belonging

If you know of anyone who may be interested, may I ask you to
please pass this announcement along to them.

With gratitude and warm greetings,
Sophia Reinders, PhD, MFT, REAT

Alumna Darlene B. Viggiano, Ph.D. '10 (MFT) Publishes Dissertation, Dreams and Dream-like Experiences: Their Role in Spiritual Emergence Processes


Alumna Darlene B. Viggiano, Ph.D. '10 (MFT) had her dissertation published by Lambert Academic Publishing. It's called Dreams and Dream-like Experiences: Their Role in Spiritual Emergence Processes.

Check it out at and on

Alumna Laura Mirian, PhD '06 Reviews Videos for The Quantifed Self on Vimeo


Alumna Laura E Mirian, PhD (2006) is reviewing videos for Alexandra Carmichael, Director of The Quantified Self. Dr. Mirian is the content author for several videos published for The Quantifed Self on Vimeo.

The Quantified Self is a collaboration of users and tool makers who share an interest in self knowledge through self-tracking. They exchange information about personal projects, the tools used, tips gleaned, and lessons learned. Members blog, meet face to face, and collaborate online.

Alumnus Steven Kull, PhD '80 Continues to Release New Editions of


Public Consultation Finds Strong Bipartisan Support for Extending Employees' Payroll Tax Cut

But Partisan Division on How to Pay for It

Modest Support for Employer's Payroll Tax Cut

When a representative sample of Americans was presented a detailed explanation of the costs and potential benefits of extending the payroll tax cut for employees, including strongly stated arguments for and against the idea, 68% favored the idea. This included 65% of Republicans as well as 74% of Democrats.

There were, however, partisan divisions on how to pay for the tax cut. While overall 56% preferred a higher tax on earnings above $1 million, including three in four Democrats and a majority of independents supported a higher tax, three-fifths of Republicans preferred reducing the federal workforce and lengthening the freeze on its pay.

The study was conducted by the Program for Public Consultation, a joint program of the Center on Policy Attitudes and the School of Public Affairs at the University of Maryland. "Public consultation" seeks to reveal how the public responds when it hears the kind of information and arguments that policymakers hear when making decisions, thus eliciting a clearer presentation of the public's values.

Respondents were told that extending the payroll tax cut for employees, and reducing it to 3.1%, would reduce projected government revenue by $175 billion for the year and that the Congressional Budget Office estimates that it would add 350,000 to 1,225,000 jobs.

Respondents were also presented and asked to evaluate pro and con arguments. The pro argument stated that "A payroll tax cut puts money in the pockets of people who are then spending it at businesses, large and small. That gives them more customers, increases demand, and it gives businesses a greater incentive to hire." It was found convincing by 70%.

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Alumnus Steven Kull, PhD '80 Leads Discussion on Faith and Global Policy Challenges


Faith and Global Policy Challenges:
How Spiritual Values Shape Views
on Poverty, Nuclear Risks, and Environmental Degradation
--A Study of American Believers--

Wednesday, December 7, 2011
9:00 am to 10:15 am

Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Choate Room
1779 Massachusetts Ave. NW Washington, DC 20036-2103

Christian religious traditions have historically engaged in addressing poverty and given considerably less thought to whether or how spiritual values should apply to public policy issues related to the environment and the risk of nuclear war. This event will present the findings of an extensive study of 1,500 Americans that explored how individuals’ religious beliefs and spiritual values relate to these public policy issues.

Steven Kull, the Director of PIPA, will give a brief presentation of the study’s findings, which will be followed by a panel discussion with:

John Steinbruner, Director of CISSM;

Galen Carey, Vice President of Government Relations, National Association of Evangelicals; and

Stephen M. Colecchi, Director, Office of International Justice and Peace, U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The discussion will address the study’s implications for policymakers and religious leaders of various denominations.

Please RSVP (, if you plan to attend.

Licensed Psychologist Position Open at Fort Carson in Colorado Springs, CO


Announcing a full time, very well paying position at Fort Carson, Colorado in Colorado Springs.

The psychologist needs to be licensed, but I'm not sure if it has to be Colorado, although Colorado is pretty easy to get licensed in. The company recruiting is listed below, which I have forwarded to you. I worked for them for 3 years and they are great. They pay $50 per hour and you are an employee with benefits. Extra hours are often available as well. Great team to work with. The therapy and assessments are with active duty soldiers, many having been deployed. EMDR and experience in trauma is helpful. It is a contract position. Elsa Quiroga is contact at e-mail below. Thanks for your help. I know Saybrook has graduates around the country, and Zeitgeist supplies psychologists for military installations around the country, so they could be a good source for your grads. Thanks for your help. Hope everything is going well at Saybrook. I have fond memories of my years in the psychology programs there.

Aloha, Dr. Dea Coschignano, Ph.D. Saybrook '00

From: Elsa Quiroga
Date: Thu, Nov 17, 2011 at 8:59 AM
Subject: RE: Address Change from Dr. C.
To: deanna coschignano


XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX Any leads on whom we can offer the position, it is still vacant.

Please help and have a Great Holiday!!


Elsa Quiroga
Executive Business Manager
Direct Line 210.271.7411
Direct Fax 210.271.9414

Nanette Burton Mongelluzzo, PhD (2006) Releases New Book on Self-Esteem


My latest book, The Everything Guide To Self-Esteem, with CD, was just released in November 2011 by Adams Media.
Nanette Burton Mongelluzzo, PhD (2006)

Available at

Information from the Peace and Justice Studies Association (PJSA) on Available Trainings in Non-Violence


Here are a few groups that have done lots of training in nonviolence and could share a range of useful materials:
American Friends Service Committee offers training for a wide range of nonviolent campaigns and to help people considering participation in an act of CD. Here's a link:

Pace e Bene nv center . . . has done the training for Nevada Test Site civil resistance among other things and have hundreds of more general trainings and have produced manuals used by thousands of groups. A recent training & manual of theirs is entitled Engage (you may have heard of a previous one, From Violence to Wholeness)

Training for Change:

Fellowship of Reconciliation, OR

ACT UP has gained a strong reputation for CD training; a link:

and there is a directory:

...a friend went one of the trainings this past summer for young people opposing the Marcellus Drilling. Here's a link:

re civil disobedience training and legal support for university groups, and the importance of reviewing ones school's code of conduct and student handbook to understand the rules of what can and can't be done:

Alumnus Eric Kreuter, Ph.D.'06 Presented Case Study on Victimization in Chongqing, China in October


Alumnus Eric Kreuter, Ph.D.'06 presented a case study on victimization in
Chongqing, China in October at the 2nd Annual World Forensic Congress.

Eric also has an upcoming book, to be released Dec 2011: Victimization Analyzed Through the Voices of a Predator: Expansion of a Single Case Study, Nova Science Publishers.

Alumna Deirdre Bundy, M.A. '09 Releases New Playball Newsletter


Click here to see the new Playball Newsletter about a sports skills and movement program for kids age 2 to 6 created by Alumna Deirdre Bundy, M.A. '09.