Archives For: December 2011

Saybrook Alumnus Bart Billings, Ph.D. '74 On the 20th International Military and Civilian Combat Stress Conference


From Dr. Billlings:

This article's subject is one that will be discussed extensively at next years 20th International Military and Civilian Combat Stress Conference scheduled for May. This conference is the longest running conference of its kind in the world.

Contact me for the complete article.
Bart P Billings, Ph.D.
Founder and Director
20th International Military and Civilian Combat Stress Conference


“When I finally sought help, I was put on what I call the Army’s ‘quick fix’ program—the antidepressant Zoloft,” he says. “After that, I was seen once a month by the psychiatrist, usually for five minutes, maybe 10, and that was just to get my prescription renewed.”

Gonzalez says his doctors never discussed coping strategies. “I was depressed. I had thoughts of suicide,” he says. “But there was never really any advice from the psychiatrist, like, ‘This is what you could be doing to get better.”

For years, the conference has been addressing Integrative Treatment and the adverse reactions of psychiatric medication, discussing extensively the first black box warning on the medications being suicidality. This conference also requested Congress hold hearings on the relationship between suicide and the use of psychiatric medication.

If you have previously presented at the conference or would like to speak on your integrative treatment specialty, please let me know ASAP so we can develop next May's program.

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Online Courses: The UN-mandated University for Peace


Upcoming Online Courses - Call for Applications

Upcoming Online Courses – 2 January to 2 March, 2012

The UN-mandated University for Peace is accepting applications for the Distance Education Programme. Apply for individual courses for training in the following areas of study, or take the courses for credit, towards the completion of the online Master of Arts in Sustainable Peace in the Contemporary World.

Multiculturalism: Contemporary Leadership, Culture and Diversity: 2 Jan. to 2 March, 2012
Professor Eliana Carvalho Mukherjee
3 Credit Course (9 weeks)
Cost: with Credit US$950
Non-Credit: US$750

Research Methods: 2 Jan. to 2 March, 2012
Professor Amr Abdalla and Flor Cubero
3 Credit Course (9 weeks)
Cost: with Credit US$950
Non-Credit: US$750

Click here for more information.

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Alumna Carolyn Williams-Orlando, Ph.D. '08 Joins GIVE AN HOUR™ NETWORK


Dr.Carolyn Williams-Orlando (Saybrook Ph.D. '08) PROUDLY JOINS
Provides Free Counseling to Troops & Families

Boulder, Colorado November 30 2011– Dr. Carolyn Williams-Orlando announces that she has joined Give an Hour™, a nonpartisan, nonprofit national network of mental health professionals providing free counseling services to returning troops and their families.

Give an Hour™ offers services to veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and their family members. Family members are loosely defined to include married or unmarried partners, parents, siblings, aunts/uncles—anyone connected to this veteran who is suffering a psychological effect related to the veteran's service.

Dr.Williams-Orlando (aka Dr. Willow) has an office located in Boulder and is trained to provide treatment for post-traumatic stress, anxiety, depression, and attention-deficit hyperactivity. People interested in receiving services through Give an Hour™ are encouraged to call 720-352-7891 or log on to to determine availability or to locate another provider in your area.

“Currently, we have more than 5,200 licensed mental health professionals on our Give an Hour™ network,” notes Founder and President, Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen. “What our veterans and their families and loved ones are experiencing as a result of deployments, traumatic brain injuries, and other devastating physical injuries, post-traumatic stress and more, is incomprehensible to the general population. The sheer number of people being affected makes it virtually impossible for the very competent but overtaxed military health care system to provide help to everyone who needs it,” says Dr. Van Dahlen. “We are so proud that Dr.Williams-Orlando has joined our efforts.”

Give an Hour™ hopes to recruit to its network 10 percent, or 40,000, of the approximately 400,000 licensed mental health professionals in the United States. With an average fee of $100 an hour, this would save the military and the taxpayer $4 million per week in mental health services costs. Mental health professionals agree to donate one hour per week for a minimum of a year when joining out network. - A nonprofit 501(c)(3), founded in September 2005 by Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a psychologist in the Washington, D.C., area. The organization’s mission is to develop national networks of volunteers capable of responding to both acute and chronic conditions that arise within our society. Currently, GAH is dedicated to meeting the mental health needs of the troops and families affected by the ongoing conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Give an Hour™ currently has more than 5,200 providers across the nation—in all 50 states, D.C., Puerto Rico, and Guam—and continues to recruit volunteer mental health professionals to its network.

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Saybrook: Forty Years as the Heart of the Humanistic Vision


Dear Fellow Saybrookians,

Greetings in this Holiday Season!

As our Fortieth Anniversary year draws to a close, please consider contributing to Saybrook's Annual Fund, and help insure that the Humanistic Vision continues to grow and thrive.

See outtakes from Dr. Mark Schulman's Annual Appeal Letter, below.

All here at Saybrook Wish You a Wonderful Holiday Season and a Prosperous and Healthy New Year.

Yours sincerely,

George Aiken
Saybrook Alumnus and Director of Alumni Relations

To make a contribution, checks can be sent Att: Annual Fund, Saybrook University, 747 Front Street, 3rd Floor, San Francisco, CA 94111 or contact Terry Hopper 415-394-5220

From the Annual Fund Appeal:

We are approaching the conclusion of our 40th anniversary year, a year in which we have celebrated our legacy, advanced our mission, and become more deeply in touch with our core principles and values. These values embody our soul, inspire and drive our success, and challenge us to ask the question: What does it mean to be human in the 21st century?....

I invite you to join us in this exciting endeavor with a gift to the Saybrook University Annual Fund. Your gift will help us sustain and grow the University, enhance and expand our program offerings, and support our students, faculty, and staff in the incredible work they do....

Saybrook University is a community of remarkable people doing remarkable work. To honor the humanistic impact Saybrook students have made in our communities over the past 40 years, we have created a very special publication: What Does It Mean To Be Human? This book chronicles our early beginnings to the creation of Saybrook University, and includes stories from many people important to our legacy. This book is our special thank you gift for donors who support our annual fund with a gift of $250 or more.

I hope you will consider a gift at any level to help us culminate our 40th anniversary and make this truly an outstanding year. We are deeply grateful for your support....


Mark Schulman, PhD

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Saybrook Alumna Hilarie Cash, Ph.D. '89 Appears on the Daily Show Segment


Saybrook Alumna Hilarie Cash, Ph.D. 89 Invited as Expert on the Daily Show Segment

Click here to view the Daily Show Segment.

Check out Hilarie's real work:

Hilarie Cash, PhD, LMHC
Executive Director, reSTART: Internet Addiction Recovery Program

1001 290th Ave SE, Fall City, WA 98024-7403
Tel: 800-682-6934 Fax: 888-788-3419

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Academic Events, Calls for Papers, and Job Opportunities - Organizational Systems


Academic Events, Calls for Papers, and Job Opportunities

New Opportunities for Researchers

Job Opportunity: Lecturer in International Business

Queen Mary University of London is inviting applications for a Lecturer in International Business. They are looking for candidates with a background in comparative international business, economic policy studies and/or Chinese and Indian industrial development. Deadline for applications is January 5, 2012. For more information.

Call for Submissions: Page Prize for Sustainability Issues

The Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina is honored to announce the 4th annual Dr. Alfred N. and Lynn Manos Page Prize for Sustainability Issues in Business Curricula. Full consideration for the Page Prize will be provided for submissions concerning a range of sustainability dimensions that are demonstrated to be relevant to the natural environment. Deadline for submissions is February 2, 2012. For more information.

Call for Papers: 2012 ARCS Conference

This Yale Center for Business and the Environment (CBEY) and Alliance for Research on Corporate Sustainability (ARCS) conference seeks papers focused on business sustainability. The conference will be held May 16-18, 2012 in New Haven, Connecticut, U.S. Deadline for submissions is January 31, 2012. For more information.

Call for Papers: ICEPR'12

The 2nd International Conference on Environmental Pollution and Remediation will be held in Montreal on August 28-30, 2012. The conference will bring together the Canadian and International community working in the field of environmental pollution and remediation to discuss new advances in the field. Deadline for submissions is March 15, 2012. For more information.

Call for Papers: Corporate Governance

Corporate Goverance: An International Review seeks papers for their special issue on Corporate Social Responsiblity, Institutional Structures and Corporate Governance. Papers will address one of three research questions pertaining to CSR strategy. Deadline for submissions is April 15, 2012. For more information.

Call for Papers: Global Strategy Journal

Global Strategy Journal seeks papers for their upcoming special issue on Global Stakeholder Strategy, which aims to bring clarity and coherence to the link between global strategy theories, the evolution of global and local stakeholders and the effective practice of global strategy management. Deadline for submission is April 15, 2012. For more information.

Call for Papers: European Journal of Operational Research

The European Journal of Operational Research seeks papers for their upcoming special issue on Eco-Efficient Based Green Supply Chain Management. Deadline for submissions is August 31, 2012. For more information.

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A Message from Saybrook University President Dr. Mark Schulman – New Directions II


A Message from Saybrook University President Dr. Mark Schulman – New Directions II

Last May, I shared the first issue of New Directions, a report beginning a series of regular communications to our community on the current state of Saybrook and how I see our vision and priorities evolving.

As we conclude our quadragennial (40th) anniversary year, I thought what better way to report on our progress than by sharing with you a few key excerpts from our 40th anniversary book: What Does It Mean to be Human? As I note in the introduction to the book, our story is a rich and robust tale of how we began, how we grew, and how we reinvented ourselves yet one that is still unfolding as we seek to follow our wonderful institution into its still-forming future.

I hope that the excerpts you find attached will bring a smile to your heart and a commitment to make the next chapters of our history even more inspiring than what is here. If you’d like to read more, you are welcome to purchase the entire book at the reduced price of $20 by contacting

Click Here to See New Directions II

Look for New Directions III in spring 2012 for my next update on our progress.

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Saybrook Alumna Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D. '06 Requests Submissions for Coreopsis


My friends and colleagues, There is sage wisdom, when a project is involved, in the word "start". This is a re-birth of an idea: a place for artists and scholars working in sacred, mythic, and ritual performance and theatre. A sacred dancing ground, of sorts.

This is broadly stated, because it is an emergent multidisciplinary field ranging from the visual arts, writing, composition, to the study of shamanic practice and cultural expressions of the sacred, of folk-life and the ancient world (where it all began), to the creation of liturgy and, lest we forget, modern Pagan ritual and the artes magicale. The uniting thread is the performing arts: dance, composition, plays and play writing, performance art, and music.

This work is not simply the "study of..." in order to create or acknowledge added knowledge, but a place also of wisdom. Of conversation: A word which means: "turning together". I will be accepting queries for publication in a POD edition to be published bi-annually entitled: "Roses and Wildflowers: Sacred Performance". It will not be free (as was the journal), but will be priced to cover my expenses as publisher/editor and to provide a small remuneration to the writers who are included. The copyrights and publication rights, except as they pertain to "Roses and Wildflowers" will remain, thereafter, with the individual author. The first publication will not be themed, except as the accepted papers group themselves into five basic categories:

1. Folk traditions (medieval customs & holdovers, secular seasonal rituals such as morris, mummers plays, Noh)
2. Classic theatre of the Ancient world (Pre 200 C.E. Greece, India, Persia, Japan, China ... & etc.)
3. Ritual and Sacred Theatre and Performance (as example: Purim Shpiels, Hindu dance/drama [e.g.: Natya], re-creations of Eleusis in a sacred context, Passion Plays, traditional peoples and First Nations performance traditions, Pagan/Wiccan performance-rituals, and the historic works of mystic writer/creators [such as the Blessed Hildegard von Bingen].)
4. Theoretical and philosophical works that explore each of these areas from an epistemological standpoint
and: (very importantly!)
5. Creative work. (liturgies, compositions, poetry, and at least one ritual play in its entirely)
6. Psychology & therapeutic use of drama and music as a sacred journey

While there is, at present, no set deadline for submission, one will be set within the next 3 weeks along with an official CPF which can be distributed. While I prefer to create this aspect of this project as a peer reviewed publication, I am prepared to go ahead without a review board, but will keep you posted as things develop. Eventually, it is my intention to create an interactive web area where artists and scholars may collaborate and share both knowledge and wisdom.

Thank you all for your patience and support. The past issues of Coreopsis are at: and should you need a copy of any given paper, both site have download (as pdf) and print options and a means to contact individual authors.

Lezlie Kinyon, Ph.D., Editor Coreopsis A Journal of Myth and Theatre

Lezlie A. Kinyon, Ph.D.,(Ed)
Saybrook "Homepage" - *the* newsletter for the Saybrook Alumni!

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Postdoc and Doctoral Scholarships Available at the Leo Apostel Center for Interdisciplinary Studies


Postdoc and Doctoral Scholarships at the Leo Apostel Center for Interdisciplinary Studies: The annual call for applications for a Post-Doctoral Fellowship or a Doctoral Scholarship at the Leo Apostel Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies (Brussels Free University, Belgium) has been released.

It offers a broad range of research fields including constructivism. More information can be found on Application deadline is 7 January 2012.

Sincerely, Alexander Riegler
Editor-in-chief Constructivist Foundations

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University of Pittsburgh School of Arts and Sciences Offering Eight Post-Doc Fellowships


The University of Pittsburgh Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences is once again offering up to eight postdoctoral fellowships in the humanities and social sciences for the academic year 2012-2013.

Fellows will teach one course each semester, complete scholarly work, and participate in the academic and intellectual communities of the departments with which they are affiliated and across the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences. To foster interaction within the group of fellows and with ongoing concerns of the Humanities Center and other programs on campus, we seek applicants with projects that engage the concept or practice of comparison—across time, space, language, genre, discipline or other category. How do we, at this moment, compare? Why do we compare? What can be compared? What do we gain by comparing? What do we lose? While we welcome any proposal relating to these issues from all humanities and social science disciplines, we are also seeking to establish a research sub-cluster addressing the general topic in relation to the theme of Enlightenments/Counter-Enlightenments.

We invite applications from qualified candidates in the humanities and social sciences who have received the PhD between December 1, 2009 and January 1, 2012. The annual stipend will be $45,000. Fellows may apply for an additional year renewal.

Applications must be received by 5 p.m. EST, March 1, 2012. We expect to announce the awards by April 15, 2012. For more information, visit or email

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Fellowships Available Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities Postdoctoral/MFA Fellowships: Being Humans


Penn State Institute for the Arts and Humanities Postdoctoral/MFA Fellowships: Being Humans

2012-13 For artists and humanists, these are extraordinary times: our sense of “the human” is undergoing remarkable transformations, with implications for the future of all life on the planet. But has “humanism” been part of the problem all along? How should we think differently–about the species and the biosphere–if we are going to avoid realizing our deepest dystopian fears? Applicants should have received their terminal degrees (PhDs in the humanities, MFAs in the fine and performing arts, Masters or beyond in design fields such as architecture) within the past three years.

Applications should include a cv, two letters of recommendation, a project description of 1000 words, and (for applicants in the arts or design) a sample of work on a single DVD. Fellowship stipends are $42,000 plus benefits and a $2,000 research fund; fellows will be required to teach one course each semester in their discipline. Fellows will be given office space at the Institute. It is expected that fellows will take part in the intellectual life of campus, working with faculty and students, attending symposia and events, and contributing to meetings and discussions presented by IAH.

All application materials must be received at this address by February 15, 2012: The Institute for Arts and Humanities Postdoctoral Fellowship Program Penn State University Ihlseng Cottage University Park, PA 16802

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Llecturer Position Open at Queen Mary University of London


Queen Mary University of London is Inviting Applications for a Lecturer in International Business.

They are looking for candidates with a background in comparative international business, economic policy studies and/or Chinese and Indian industrial development. Deadline for applications is January 5, 2012. For more information:

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Saybrook Alumna Selene Kumin Vega, Ph.D. '09 Offers Spring Workshops


Selene Kumin Vega, Ph.D. Workshops for Spring 2012:

Exploring Psyche & Soma: Creative & Healing States of Consciousness May 5-6, 2012 (*CE) location tba north of San Francisco.

Guiding the Journey: Facilitating Transformative Experiences May 7-11, 2012 (*CE) Earth Rise Retreat Center, IONS Campus, Petaluma, CA Both workshops are part of the Sacred Centers Immersion program, May 5-17, 2012.

Awakening the Body: Moving into Deep Connection July 12, 2012 (*CE) Rancho Bernardo Inn, San Diego, CA Reg. & Info: (760) 942-1577.

Psychology of the Chakras Anodea Judith, Ph.D. & Selene Kumin Vega, Ph.D. August 3-10, 2012 (*CE) Stockbridge, MA Reg. & Info: Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, 800-741-7353


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Alumnus Michael Mayer, PhD '77 Presented Talk on Integrating Psychotherapy and Qigong


Alumnus Michael Mayer, PhD '77 Recently Presented a Talk on a Free Online Telesummit on The Mystery of Embodiment

His talk was titled, Integrating Psychotherapy and Qigong: A Pathway to Psychospiritual Embodiment.

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Alumna and Saybrook Faculty Member, Linda Riebel, PhD '81, Invites Alumni to Attend and Share about their Dissertation Process at RC Writing Workshop


The Authentic Voice: Balancing Person and Content

2-hour writing workshop, Linda Riebel

Probably to be held at the January RC, Tuesday January 17, afternoon (to be confirmed).

How does a scholar master a body of knowledge, apply research methods
that others have devised, and make interpretations in a rigorous manner
- while maintaining his or her own voice? How does one build on the
existing literature and contribute to knowledge? Defining one's topic is
part of the challenge, since one must steer between the twin hazards of
reinventing the wheel (claiming to invent too much, not knowing what's
already been done) and parroting/repeating the known (claiming too
little for one's own contribution). In this interactive workshop,
students will first be briefed on these and other issues that confront
the developing scholar, and then join in brainstorming solutions to each
other's writing challenges. Appropriate for those learning how to cite
and build on existing scholarship, and for advanced students preparing
their culminating projects, theses, or dissertations.

Saybrook graduates are warmly welcomed to attend this class (or part of it) and share the stories of how they found a topic and balanced all
these competing demands.


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Alumna Thelma Freedman, Ph.D. '97, M.A. '87 Recently Passed


Thelma B. Freedman (1930-2011)

From her obituary:

Thelma B. Freedman, PhD., 81, of Beach Road, died Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011....Born in Oswego, on Jan. 28, 1930, she was the daughter of Dr. Howard and Thelma Hord Beach and was raised in Oneida in her youth. Thelma graduated from Drew Academy, received her bachelors degree from State University at New Paltz , and her masters and doctorate degrees from Saybrook University. Thelma married David C. Freedman in New York City on Jan. 5, 1957, and they resided in Monroe, N.Y. for many years, returning to this area in 1987.

Dr. Freedman was a psychologist and hypnotherapist in Orange County and later in Oneida and Fayetteville. She was past president and journal editor for the International Association for Regression Research and Therapy and had a great love for cats, classical music and reading mystery novels.

From MindPowerLab:

Dr. Freedman [was] an “old-timer” in past-life therapy. She joined
APRT (now IARRT) in 1982 and served on the Board of Directors as well as the
Research committee. She has been (at various times) Assistant Editor,
Associate Editor, and Editor of the Journal, and [was] a Contributing Editor.
She was a founding member of The International Board of Regression Therapy
(IBRT) and became President after the passing of Dr. Russell Davis in 1998;
she was also Secretary/Treasurer. Thelma practiced hypnotherapy and past-life
therapy in New York State for about 30 years. When things get stale she [wrote] poetry about PLT.

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Alumna Dana Klisanin, Ph.D. '03, M.A. '00 Requests Your Help in Humanizing the Internet


Anyone interested in humanizing the Internet? Please check out my recent article & send me any examples of digital altruism you find so I can include them in future work. Thanks!

Dana Klisanin, Ph.D. '03, M.A. '00

Millions of individuals are using the Internet to act on behalf of the needs of other people, animals, and the environment; however research in this area is limited. To encourage such research, this exploration involved a review of research in the area of altruism and the Internet, as well as an Internet-based search for websites that facilitate digital actions that result in benefit to other people, animals, or the environment. To differentiate this research from that of e-philanthropy, the websites selected did not require a monetary donation from the visitor. Gruber’s (1997) analysis of altruism, as a spectrum of activity, was utilized to evaluate the websites. The evaluation revealed three forms of digital altruism: “everyday digital altruism,” involving expedience, ease, moral engagement, and conformity; “creative digital altruism,” involving creativity, heightened moral engagement, and cooperation; and “co-creative digital altruism” involving creativity, moral engagement, and meta-cooperative efforts.

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Organizational Systems Invites All Saybrook Alumni to Participate in its New Blog Rethinking Complexity


OS Students, Alumni, and Faculty Rethinking Complexity
By: Aimee C. Juarez

The Organizational Systems program invites all Saybrook alumni to check out its new blog, Rethinking Complexity at OS is also asking for its graduates to consider contributing a post or two that talks about the issues they’re facing as systems practitioners.

“The systems understanding that we bring to the world is much needed now,” said Dr. Nancy Southern, chair of the OS program. “Through their contributions to the blog, our students, faculty, and alumni can help others understand the systemic nature of the challenges that we encounter every day.”

If you would like to contribute a systems-related post to Rethinking Complexity, contact the OS department at:

Rethinking Complexity was launched this spring and is produced by a team of 11 OS students, alums, and faculty members. The blog now boasts hundreds of visitors per month on both its website and its Facebook page, In recent months, it has showcased guest contributions from Dr. Riane Eisler of the Center for Partnership Studies and systems practitioners from Pegasus Communications, a Massachusetts-based publisher of systems and organizational learning materials.

Regular contributor Dennis Rebelo, a Ph.D. student in the OS program who is president of University Business Consultants, said: “Being tapped to write for Rethinking Complexity has been quite a momentum-maker for me. This rich OS blog has pumped additional creative opportunities for me to bridge my Saybrook academic work and consulting work.”

For Saybrook OS alum, Bernice Moore-Valdez, who earned her Ph.D. in ’09 and is now president of ICO Consulting, Rethinking Complexity has been a way to “inspire and renew my commitment to humanistic values.” The blog’s writers “invite and provoke me to evolve my ideas and capacities so that I am better able meet the needs of our increasingly complex world,” Bernice said. OS ’11 graduate Julie Auger echoed Bernice’s sentiments and said the blog’s helped “give voice” to what she’s learned at Saybrook. “Being part of this learning community has been a great experience,” she said.

Dr. Southern welcomes OS alumni to participate as writers for the blog and to share it with their colleagues. “It’s been a great recruiting tool and provides a way to connect our learning community,” she said. “I love being able to direct our prospective students and others interested in Saybrook to the blog so they can get a real feel for the work we are doing. It is much more powerful than our marketing materials.”

To student writer Dennis Rebelo, the teamwork that goes into producing Rethinking Complexity daily demonstrates what collaborative leadership—a theory that’s studied in Saybrook’s OS program—is all about. “We are doing it daily,” Dennis said. “By celebrating our collective interest in furthering human learning, leading, and loving at work through Rethinking Complexity, we are proving to be the spark that many are connecting to the flame of humanistic research and studies, which is Saybrook.”

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Please Sign Up for the Alumni - Student Mentoring Program Recently Initiated at Saybrook's College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies


A Saybrook PHS Alumni-Student Mentoring Program that was proposed by the PHS Student Association and the PHS Alumni Association has been approved by the College's Dean and Associate Dean, Drs. Robert Schmitt and Dan Hocoy.

To sign up for the program as a student, contact Student Association leader, Pearlette Ramos

To sign up as an alumni mentor contact the Director of Alumni Relations and Saybrook Alumnus, Dr. George Aiken,, or 415-394-5968

Mentor Roles/Responsibilities

The role of the Alumni Mentor will include the following:
• Serve as coaches to assist students with getting un-stuck (e.g., balancing
competing interests, managing difficult relationships with professors)
• Navigating communications with faculty
• Advising/getting through the essay and dissertation phase
• Serving as a clearinghouse of information (e.g., APA writing style, editing)
• Holding the bigger-picture of the educational process
• Providing career-oriented feedback/guidance
• Helping to get dissertations published
• Complement Saybrook's internal advisement and mentorship programs

The role of the Student Mentee will include the following:
• Actively engaging with the alumni mentor
• Openly communicating with their mentor in order to seek advice, counsel, and resolution
of any known issues
• Attending all scheduled appointments with the mentor

Mentors and mentees will agree to have a minimum of 4 communications (via email, in-person, phone, Skype) during a calendar year.

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Alumnus Andrew Bonnici, PhD '78 Releases New Edition of His Newsletter


Aloha to you and your family and friends,

In this newsletter I would like to wish you a blessed and joyful holiday season filled with laughter, gratitude, integrity, honesty, and love.

My teaching for the month of December is below. May it encourage and inspire you to live from the silent wisdoming and still compassion of your core Self in this Only Moment Body.

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and a Peaceful Buddha's Enlightenment. December 25, December 20-28, December 8th

Dr. Bonnici
Shugyo Daijo-roshi


All Rights Reserved
Revised September 22, 2011
Andrew Shugyo Bonnici, Ph.D.

When you sit in meditation do not seek to empty your mind or stop your thoughts. Passing thoughts are just a natural part of being human. Compassionately accept the arising and the passage of your thoughts while resting in your visceral core Self in this Only Moment Body of everyday life.
When you sit down in meditation, know that the arising and passing of thoughts is the present weather of your mind. Sometimes the weather includes many dark drifting clouds, sometimes a few puffy clouds, and sometimes just a blue sky. Sometimes you become the clouds and at other times you see that the drifting clouds are not you. The correct posture of "true meditation" is to drop your heady awareness into your core Self and simply accept your passing thoughts as the ever changing inner weather of your mind. Fewer thoughts are not necessarily a good thing and many thoughts are not necessarily a bad thing. Unconditional acceptance of your mind's weather means before your preferences or ideas of what is good meditation or bad meditation. Just remain ever wakeful and intimate with the original stillness of your core Self and know that true meditation is the practice of ever returning and ever awakening to core Self in this Only Moment Body of enlightened life without felt attainment or gain.

Your sole purpose in just sitting in meditation is to honor the sincerity of your practice, arouse unconditional faith in the wisdoming of the process, and just breathe consciously into your body core with a gentle and intimate tenderness for each breath. Your practice is to consciously breathe in and out, while resting in your core Self one breath at a time. Practice letting your thoughts come and go like drifting clouds. If you wakefully rest in your core Self during one inhalation and one exhalation, this is called complete accomplishment of meditation without regret. If you are taken by your thoughts for a period of time and awaken to felt intimacy with core Self and breath, this is also called complete accomplishment of meditation without regret. Both are equally the true practice of meditation and the precious accomplishment of enlightened life right here and now.

Don't try to willfully concentrate, empty, or focus your mind, just feel the breath as it enters and fills your body, especially in the center of your lower abdomen. Drop your tendency to judge the weather of your mind. Express your true sincerity by continuing to just return to core Self and intimacy with breath even in the midst of passing thoughts. Gently resting in the center of your lower abdomen know that you are effortlessly being core Self in this Only Moment Body of boundless intimacy and enlightened life right here and now.

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Postdoc and Student/Predoc Positions Open at the New England Complex Systems Institute


Postdoc and Student/Predoc Positions

The New England Complex Systems Institute has funding for postdoctoral and predoctoral research stipends and scholarships starting immediately.

Candidates should be interested in contributing to new research topics in our understanding of:

Socio-economic systems relevant to:

The economic crisis,
Conflicts and ethnic violence,
Social networks and media,
International development
Fundamental mathematical advances, such as:

Fundamentals of complex systems
Multiscale representations
Network representations

We are looking for individuals who are willing to expand their research beyond their current areas of research, i.e. PhD work, and who want to apply their quantitative skills especially to the study of complex economic and social systems.

Candidates should have outstanding training in physics, mathematics or computer science / modeling. We are also interested in individuals with very high caliber writing skills, dedicated to thoughtful communication of science.

Applications for both postdoctoral and student researcher positions should be submitted through:

New England Complex Systems Institute
238 Main Street Suite 319
Cambridge, MA 02142
Phone: 617-547-4100
Fax: 617-661-7711

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Faculty Member Ruth Richards Shares Excerpt from New Book



I am so pleased. This excerpt from a book I'm doing just came out officially today from This is what we do at SAYBROOK! ...and I love the comments already there. See below. (There is even an audio version!) Let me share this as a HAPPY HOLIDAYS greeting. May we all see further and more clearly, and find (and help share) the beauty and promise in life.
Thanks for being there.


Ruth Richards, M.D., Ph.D.
Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies
Saybrook University, San Francisco, CA, USA
McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School
P.O. Box 7137 Berkeley, CA 94707-0137
Ph (510) 558-8606

Everyday Creativityby Ruth Richards

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I’m rather good at maps. I’m also good at using a GPS device. But I forgot the maps and here we were, late afternoon, last day of vacation, my daughter my cousin and I, driving along a two-lane highway in midstate Oregon. No other car in sight, and the sun had just gone down. Where was that charming little village? It was supposed to be right along this river. We drove on, farther and farther into the unknown, river always at left as our guide. We kept passing farms and fields and scattered houses and now a few lights were coming out. In my head, I was doing a litany of self-criticism: Why didn’t we start earlier, leave more time, have lunch sooner, save dessert for the little town, bring the map, and on and on and on, a list of all we did wrong -- reliving it as if that could help us now. My cousin and I were both impatient and stressed. My daughter, at least, was happy in the back seat, text messaging a friend. I pull up on the shoulder of the road to think.

Just then -- WOW! Amazing! A new scene had appeared. A new slide projected on a screen. Where did it come from?

Look! LOOK! I insisted. Even my daughter looked up. Right there, out of nowhere: a magical misty landscape. Fields moving off to infinity in muted purples and pastels, fuzzy in the haze, with clusters of tall lush tress, darkening and receding in the dusk. I turned the car engine off. All was silent in the hot summer air. Beside us a plum-colored river barely moved between a border of trees, its dark lazy water reflecting the last light of day.

How breathtaking! This landscape had cast a spell. We sat in the silence of an indrawn breath. Where had it been? If I had seen even a trace of this beauty while driving along, not a neuron had registered it, no mental bell had rung so that the conscious mind could stop and take a look. I had missed it all. We had all missed it.

We miss a lot, almost everything, in fact, in our world. Our task-focused filters take care of that, selecting only what we need. We need to get to work. Have some lunch. Find that report. Water the garden. Go out on a date. We see what we need to see, often for purposes of survival -- or survival of the species. Gregory Bateson, speaking of beauty, said aesthetic judgment is selection of a fact. We create the sight even as we become conscious of it. We do not simply see it. In our daily lives, who or what is doing the selecting? And why? Is this predetermined? Can we -- in the here and now – make a change? Can we see further? Can we see better? Can we even better our world?

Opening our vision is a first step in Everyday Creativity.

--Ruth Richards, in Everyday Creativity

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