Archives For: January 2011

Alumna Rivka Bertisch-Meir, PhD '05 Shares Recent Accomplishments


Alumna Rivka Bertisch-Meir, PhD '05 Shares Recent Accomplishments

1) Awarded Fellow Eastern Psychological Association.

2) Awarded Fellowship from the APA 3 times by Division 1-49 and 52.

3) Appointed: Co-Director of Multicultural Activities in the Speaker Bureau of Fordham Institute for the Media

4) Chairperson at the 22 Greater New York Conference of Behavioral Research on November 7, 2010 at Touro Lander College for Women, 225 West 60 St., New York City. Undergraduate and graduate students and faculty from across Greater New York (NY, NJ, CT, PA) in the behavioral sciences (psychology, sociology, and related fields)

5) Publication review of my latest book: Stop beliefs that stop your life:
Fixed beliefs and life pattern theory

by Rivka Bertisch Meir, Ph.D., M.P.H.,
L.M.H.C., Author House, 2009. 151 pages (paper)
ISBN: 978-1-4490-3889-2 (sc) in the “General Psychologist” APA Division 1 publication pp 35-356. by Peggy Brady- Amoon, Ph.D., Seton Hall University

6) Symposium presentation at EPA accepted:


Changing One’s Life Story.
Point In Time™ Therapeutic Technique to Recall, Decode and Heal Traumatic Experiences.
Cell Memory and its Implications

A Multiple Case Study

By Rivka Bertisch Meir, Ph.D., M.P.H., LMHC

Michael Meir, MD, Ph.D. will discuss the medical and its presence in the DNA.

7) APA presenter and discussant on: Psychology and Anti-Semitism – Suite Program Division 52 and Division 1 presentation with Professor Noach Milgram

8) APA Presentation panel with Prof. Florence Denmark, Noman Abeles and Richard Velayo: Active Aging: Myths And Stereotypes.

9) Encyclopedia History of Psychology edited by Robert Rieber, to be published by Springer
a. Entered 3 Bios
b. Helped over 12 Saybrook alumni to get accepted by the Encyclopedia
c. Introduced and got accepted over 50 Bios by the Encyclopedia from renowned psychologist from the USA and internationally.

10) Book review:
A Physician Under the Nazis: Memoirs of Henry Glenwick Edited By
David Glenwick to be published in the “General Psychologist” APA Division 1.

11) Continue as Chairperson of the APA, Division 52 International Liaison, International Division of the APA.

12) Continue with my private practice in 3 New York locations accepting major health insurances in 3 languages Spanish, English and Hebrew.
a) Continue Tele-psychotherapy, Tele-counseling and Tele-coaching with patients from Scotland, Italy, Spain, Germany, Servia, Brazil, Argentina and several USA cities.
b) Conducted International Tele-Seminars.
c) Continue teaching at the University

Rivka Bertisch Meir, Ph.D., MPH., LMHC
Fellow, American Psychological Association
Chairperson, American Psychological Association, International Liaison International Psychology
Co-Director of Multicultural Activities in the Speaker Bureau of Fordham Institute For the Media
Program Chairperson 2007, American Psychological Association, General Psychology
Fordham University, Adjunct Psychology Professor, New York, NY
Board Member, NYS Psychological Association, DOWI (Division of Women’s Issues)
Independent Psychotherapy Practice
Life Management Counseling -Corporate Consultant - Coach
Management & Leadership Development - Telephone consultations -
e-mails: and

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An Invitation to Publish in the Neuroquantology Journal


Dear Saybrook Alumni,

Recently, Stan Krippner and I were invited to help coordinate a special issue for the Neuroquantology Journal on the topic of "Telepathy, Alternate States of Consciousness, and Dreaming." The journal founder and editor, Sultan Tarlaci, MD, is requesting 7 or 8 high-quality, publishable contributions for the June 2011 issue of the journal and thought that alumni Saybrook students might be up to the task. Your submission could consist of review articles, book reviews, opinion and/or commentary articles, etc. The journal's primary focus is the interdisciplinary exploration of the nature of quantum physics and its relation to the nervous system, but previous issues include topics as diverse as: "Adaptation, Brain, and Consciousness," Quantum Paradigms of Psychopathology," and "Near-Death Experiences." If you are interested in writing something for possible submission, contact Cheryl Fracasso for additional information at: I suggest you visit the journal website to view past submissions and to familiarize yourself with their submission requirements. Go to: http://www.neuroquantology

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Saybrook Alumnus, Gary Greenberg, PhD '92 Critiques DSM V


From Executive Faculty Member, Tom Greening: "Essential reading for all Saybrook psychology alumni, faculty, and students."

See article below by Saybrook Alumnus Gary Greenberg and Al Frances, one of the editors of DSM-IV, and what they are saying about DSM -V and the whole issue of "mental disorders":

Every so often Al Frances says something that seems to surprise even him. Just now, for instance, in the predawn darkness of his comfortable, rambling home in Carmel, California, he has broken off his exercise routine to declare that “there is no definition of a mental disorder. It’s bullshit. I mean, you just can’t define it.” Then an odd, reflective look crosses his face, as if he’s taking in the strangeness of this scene: Allen Frances, lead editor of the fourth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (universally known as the DSM-IV), the guy who wrote the book on mental illness, confessing that “these concepts are virtually impossible to define precisely with bright lines at the boundaries.” For the first time in two days, the conversation comes to an awkward halt.

But he recovers quickly, and back in the living room he finishes explaining why he came out of a seemingly contented retirement to launch a bitter and protracted battle with the people, some of them friends, who are creating the next edition of the DSM. And to criticize them not just once, and not in professional mumbo jumbo that would keep the fight inside the professional family, but repeatedly and in plain English, in newspapers and magazines and blogs. And to accuse his colleagues not just of bad science but of bad faith, hubris, and blindness, of making diseases out of everyday suffering and, as a result, padding the bottom lines of drug companies. These aren’t new accusations to level at psychiatry, but Frances used to be their target, not their source. He’s hurling grenades into the bunker where he spent his entire career.
One influential advocate for diagnosing bipolar disorder in kids failed to disclose money he received from the makers of the bipolar drug Risperdal.

As a practicing psychotherapist myself, I can attest that this is a startling turn. But when Frances tries to explain it, he resists the kinds of reasons that mental health professionals usually give each other, the ones about character traits or personality quirks formed in childhood. He says he doesn’t want to give ammunition to his enemies, who have already shown their willingness to “shoot the messenger.” It’s not an unfounded concern. In its first official response to Frances, the APA diagnosed him with “pride of authorship” and pointed out that his royalty payments would end once the new edition was published a fact that “should be considered when evaluating his critique and its timing.”

Frances, who claims he doesn’t care about the royalties (which amount, he says, to just 10 grand a year), also claims not to mind if the APA cites his faults. He just wishes they’d go after the right ones the serious errors in the DSM-IV. “We made mistakes that had terrible consequences,” he says. Diagnoses of autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, and bipolar disorder skyrocketed, and Frances thinks his manual inadvertently facilitated these epidemics and, in the bargain, fostered an increasing tendency to chalk up life’s difficulties to mental illness and then treat them with psychiatric drugs.

The insurgency against the DSM-5 (the APA has decided to shed the Roman numerals) has now spread far beyond just Allen Frances. Psychiatrists at the top of their specialties, clinicians at prominent hospitals, and even some contributors to the new edition have expressed deep reservations about it. Dissidents complain that the revision process is in disarray and that the preliminary results, made public for the first time in February 2010, are filled with potential clinical and public relations nightmares. Although most of the dissenters are squeamish about making their concerns public especially because of a surprisingly restrictive nondisclosure agreement that all insiders were required to sign they are becoming increasingly restive, and some are beginning to agree with Frances that public pressure may be the only way to derail a train that he fears will “take psychiatry off a cliff.”

At stake in the fight between Frances and the APA is more than professional turf, more than careers and reputations, more than the $6.5 million in sales that the DSM averages each year. The book is the basis of psychiatrists’ authority to pronounce upon our mental health, to command health care dollars from insurance companies for treatment and from government agencies for research. It is as important to psychiatrists as the Constitution is to the US government or the Bible is to Christians. Outside the profession, too, the DSM rules, serving as the authoritative text for psychologists, social workers, and other mental health workers; it is invoked by lawyers in arguing over the culpability of criminal defendants and by parents seeking school services for their children. If, as Frances warns, the new volume is an “absolute disaster,” it could cause a seismic shift in the way mental health care is practiced in this country. It could cause the APA to lose its franchise on our psychic suffering, the naming rights to our pain.

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Alumna Rebecca Smith Orleane, PhD Releases Three New Publications in 2010


CONVERSATIONS WITH LAARKMAA: A PLEIADIAN VIEW OF THE NEW REALITY by Rebecca Smith Orleane, Ph.D. and Cullen Baird Smith Reviewed in the January issue of Journal for Humanistic Psychology, this book has been written to assist the evolution of humanity. New science and heartwarming wisdom about our emotions, the power of our thoughts, and our ability to communicate through water. Available on the author's website: or on Amazon.
March 2010, AuthorHouse

All things in Nature move in cycles, yet women's cycles have been ignored, dismissed, or pathologized, affecting our place in society and preventing us from truly being who we are. Based on Saybrook research, this new book explores the cycles that define our lives as humans in a delightful read, offering ways to heal relationships, and beckoning our return to Nature.
Available on the author's website: or on Amazon.
May 2010, AuthorHouse

by Rebecca Smith Orleane, Ph.D.
A novel full of hope and spiritual insights, revealing secrets for healing lifelong trauma and offering keys to reclaim one's life. Excellent for logotherapy for clients who need inspiration.
Available on the author's website: or on Amazon.
September 2010, AuthorHouse

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Erica Hamilton, PhD '10 Starts New Blog: Determined to Heal and will Present a Paper Based on Her Dissertation Research at the Making Sense Of: Pain Conference in Warsaw, Poland, May 22-24, 2011


Saybrook Alumna Erica Shane Hamilton, PhD '10 is the founder of Mind-Body Wellness, a wellness practice in Uppsala, Sweden. She is also the director of the non-profit website, Patient Corps, which links patients with volunteer opportunities. Erica holds a Ph.D. in psychology from Saybrook University and she is an ordained member of the Order of Interbeing in the Zen Buddhist tradition of Thich Nhat Hanh. Erica's Twitter name is EricaSHamilton.

Her new blog on the Elephant Journal is Determined to Heal

Her most recent entry: How to Honor the Victims of the Tucson Shooting

Erica will present a paper based her dissertation research at the Making Sense Of: Pain Conference in Warsaw, Poland, May 22-24, 2011.

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Alumnus Dan Booth Cohen, PHD '01 Shares Constellation Story: Trauma, Healing and the Tucson Massacre


Trauma, Healing and the Tucson Massacre:
A Constellation Story
by Alumna Dan Booth Cohen, PHD '01

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Saybrook Witnessed its First Presidential Inauguration, Friday, January 14, followed by an Academic Colloquium, Humanistic Education in the 21st Century


Saybrook University held its very first inauguration ceremony for a new president this past Friday. Mark Schulman, Ph.D. was inaugurated at the Bently Reserve in San Francisco’s Financial District. It was an exciting day, with at least 180 in atttendance representing colleges and universities from around the country.

An academic colloquium on Humanistic Education in the 21st Century followed and was well attended. Each of our four panelists looked at the topic from their unique perspective. It was a stimulating reflection on a very important topic .

Our Distinquished Panelists were:
Eugene Taylor: Humanistic Psychology
Jim Gordon: Mind Body Medicine
Tim Weber: Leadership
Kathia Laszlo: Organizational Systems

For more about this event, see the "Message from the Director of Alumni Affairs" in the winter edition of the alumni letter, The Homepage, to be released late January or early February.

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Presidential Inauguration Colloquium on Humanistic Education in the 21st Century To Follow Saybrook's, Friday, January 14, 2011


To the Saybrook Community:

As we celebrate our 40th anniversary, we look forward to all that Saybrook can be in the future. Therefore it is fitting that the topic of the academic colloquium is Humanistic Education in the 21st Century.

Each of our four panelists will be looking at the subject from their unique perspective. It will be a stimulating reflection on a very important topic and yuor participation is encouraged.

Our Distinquished Panelists

Eugene Taylor: Humanistic Psychology
Jim Gordon: Mind Body Medicine
Tim Weber: Leadership
Kathia Laszlo: Organizational Systems

The last 20 minutes of the panel will be devoted to a dialogue with the audience, giving you an opportunity to engage with our speakers.

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Susan Tyburczy, PhD '08 to Present Dream Review Methodology for the New York Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Dreams



Exact time and place to be announced.

Saybrook Alumna Susan Tyburczy, PhD '08 invites Saybrook students and alumni to attend a presentation that she will give regarding her dissertation research. This presentation will be sponsored by the New York Chapter of the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Susan will discuss the method that she has developed to review dreams from a spatial perspective. She will also talk about dreamers’ experiences with space in regard to themselves, experiences with others, animals, objects and other situations. Susan will present information regarding spatial experiences in dreams in terms of dreamlike and/or bizarre dream experiences, the phenomenon of dreamers observing themselves while dreaming, and transpersonal experiences.

After Susan’s presentation, she will available to talk to Saybrook students regarding any stage of their educational journey.

Susan’s dissertation entitled Recall of Space in Dream Reports and Exploring Dreaming from a Spatial Perspective can be located through the Saybrook Library Database, ProQuest Research Library, Advanced Search: Tyburczy-Author and dreams-key word and spatial-key word

Susan can be contacted directly at SusanTPhd

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Saybrook Alumna Summer Watson, M.H.S., Ph.D. Seeking Employment in Camp Lejeune Area (Jacksonville, NC)


Saybrook Alumna Summer Watson, M.H.S., Ph.D. will be moving close to Camp Lejeune (Jacksonville, NC) in mid-Feb. She would like to speak with anyone regarding employment opportunities....

Thank you!

Summer Watson, M.H.S., Ph.D.

Phone: 760-213-1177

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Announcing: 6th ANNUAL SPRING/SUMMER: Internship, Trainingship and Fellowship Programs in Applied Evidence-Based Sport Psychology


The American Board of Sport Psychology is pleased to announce the availability of a limited number of tuition-based positions in its

6th ANNUAL SPRING/SUMMER: Internship, Trainingship and Fellowship programs in Applied Evidence-Based Sport Psychology


Venue: New York City (activities throughout greater New York City area)

Dates: Starting in May and running through September (Summer long positions are available). One-Month minimum participation required (latest start time: August).

Hours per week- minimum of 20 hours of applied sport psychology activities per week

CONTACT: for an information package and application.

Thank you for your interest in the American Board of Sport Psychology summer programs.

Dr. Roland A. Carlstedt
P.S. Please also let athletes know about our Summer Sport Psychology camps. These are intensive sessions that will focus on the mental game.

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Call for Papers:


Call for Papers:

Dear Researcher,

Greetings from the Psychology (PSYCH), which is published by Scientific Research Publishing (SRP, USA. The Journal dedicates to the latest advancement of psychology and the goal is to keep a record of the state-of-the-art research and promote the research work in these fast moving areas.

Cognitive Psychology
Biological Basis of Behavior
Clinical Psychology
Counseling Psychology
Economic Psychology
Environmental Psychology
Ethics in Psychology
Health Psychology
School Psychology
Professional Practice
Psychological Assessment and Evaluation
Social Psychology
Sport Psychology
Work, Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Editorial Board:
Editor in Chief
Dr. Martin Drapeau McGill University, Canada

Peer Review:
All submitted papers will be peer-reviewed by our international editorial board members to ensure the quality and fairness.

Open Access:
All SRP journals are Open Access; all readers can freely get full text on SRP's website. It can raise visibility and help undeveloped areas to gain scholarly resources without any barriers.

Best regards
Sincerely yours,
Dr. Martin Drapeau
Editor-in-chief of PSYCH
Contact Dr. Drapeau for access to the
Online Submission System

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