Archives For: March 2012

Saybrook Alumnus Dr. Robert E. McCarthy (Ph.D. '03) Appointed to Serve on American Association of Integrative Medicine Accreditation Commission


Saybrook University and the Saybrook Alumni Association are pleased to announce that Saybrook Psychology Alumnus Dr. Robert McCarthy was recently appointed to serve on the American Association of Integrative Medicine Accreditation Commission.

The American Association of Integrative Medicine Accreditation Commission is an interdsiciplinary Board of integrative healthcare professionals that accredit other educational and clinical programs throughout the country that provide either formal trarining programs or direct clinical services to patients in integrative medicine of healthcare.

Robert also presently serves on the National Executive Advisory Boards of the American Psychotherapy Association, American Association of Integrative Medicine, and National Board of Certified Clinical Hypnotherapists.

He graduated from Saybrook in 2003 with a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Psychology (Clinical Inquiry). 

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Applications Now Being Accepted for New Certificate Program in Existential-Humanistic Therapy!


The Existential Humanistic Institute (EHI) is pleased to announce a new and unprecedented program leading to a Certificate in the Foundations of Existential-Humanistic Practice.

This certificate program, a combination of distance and residential learning, will provide students with: a foundational competency in E-H therapeutic principles and skills—a competency that researcher Bruce Wampold suggests could be a basis for all effective therapy. Moreover, by offering a mentoring experience, the EHI faculty encourages the development of “the whole person,” appreciating that “psychotherapy is an art as much as a science,” as James Bugental posited.

The faculty, among them, Orah Krug, PhD, Kirk Schneider, PhD, and Nader Shabahangi, PhD are all acknowledged experts in their field—having taught and written widely on the subject of E-H theory and practice. Drs. Schneider and Krug are also faculty members of Saybrook University and are co-authors of the APA text, Existential-Humanistic Therapy (2010).

The unique learning format affords U.S. and international students an opportunity to enroll. EHI is currently accepting applications, which can be found at

For more information, please visit our website, or contact the director of the certificate programs, Dr. Orah Krug at

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Saybrook Alumnus Dr. Timothy Storlie (Ph.D. '12) Publishes New Book


Timothy Storlie, Ph.D. '12  Just published, The University Student's Concise Guide on How to Major in Living Your Life (and have more fun, get better grades, stay healthy, and earn money while doing it).

Click Here for the link.

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Announcing The 2nd Annual Conference on Earth-Based, Nature-Centered, Polytheistic & Indigenous Faiths September 8, 2012, SF, CA


The 2nd Annual Conference on Earth-Based, Nature-Centered, Polytheistic & Indigenous Faiths

Date: Saturday, September 8, 2012 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM (PT) Location: 1187 Franklin St San Francisco (1st UU Church of SF)

Papers, presentations, & workshop queries:

Some scholarships are available. A ritual theatre group has applied to create a labyrinth on site.

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Saybrook Alumna Dr. Virginia Nemetz (Ph.D. '02) Releases New Publication Stone Child's Mother


Virginia Nemetz, Ph.D. '02 Publishes:

Stone Child's Mother: A Jungian Narrative Reflection on the Mother Archetype

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Saybrook Faculty Member Dr. Stan Krippner to Present at the 20th Annual Combat Stress Conference Founded By Alumnus Dr. Bart Billings


The 20th Annual International Military & Civilian Combat Stress Conference

Founded and directed by Saybrook Alumnus Col. (Ret.) Bart P. Billings, Ph.D. '74 

Pre-Conference Courses:  Wed.-Thur., May 2-3, 2012

Conference:  Friday-Sunday, May 4-6, 2012

Attend 1-5 Days & Earn 6-30 C.E. Hours

DoubleTree Hotel  Los Angeles, California, USA

For more infrormation Click Here


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Saybookian New Existentialists to present at the Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference March 29-April 1, 2012

There will be a number of presentations by various members the New Existentialists, including Saybrook faculty, alumnae/i, and students, at the 5th Annual Society for Humanistic Psychology Conference in Pittsburgh, PA, March 29-April 1, 2012
Click Here to see a complete listing.


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Saybrook Alumnus Dr. Ken Bausch (Ph.D. '98) Releases New Publication Body Wisdom in Dialogue: Rediscovering the Voice of the Goddess


Ken Bausch has co-authored the just published Body Wisdom in Dialogue: Rediscovering the Voice of the Goddess.

Body Wisdom in Dialogue

Did you ever stop to consider how magical, mystical, and genuinely spiritual the practice of dialogue can be? Not debate, of course. Debate is a win-lose contest, and it draws circles around winners and losers which divide us and foster ill will. I am speaking specifically about the type of conversations – reflective deliberations – that we share with others in a circle of trust. Body Wisdom in Dialogue is a guide book for understanding the feelings that enable and sustain heartfelt discussions. Collective conversation is an ancient art which has been sustained within tribal cultures. For this reason, the book opens with a preface from the Americans for Indian Opportunities providing a view into the sacred dialogues of indigenous democracy....

To Read More about Ken's New Release, Click Here


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Saybrook Alumnus Dr. Bob Hieronimus (Ph.D. '81) Releases New 21st Century Radio Newsletter


From The Hieronimus & Company   21st Century Newsletter:

Healthy Life Series at Ruscombe Mansion

founded in 1984  by Zohara Hieronimus

Fruits and Vegetables Make You Sexy? Find out why at the
April 5th Healthy Life Series at Ruscombe.

On April 5th at 7:30 PM we will "Tweak Your Self Care".  What are Ruscombe's favorite wellness tips? How do we manage stress? How do we feed our Selves emotionally and physically and spiritually? Fine tune your daily routines to best suit your own inner program with these ideas from our experts....

To see the entire Newsletter Click Here

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Saybrook Alumna Dr. Lezlie Kinyon's (Ph.D. '06) Poem Set to Music and to be Included on Harper Diana Rowan's CD


Saybrook Alumna and Homepage newsletter editor, Lezlie Kinyon, to be honored in another field! Harper Diana Rowan will include Lezlie's poem Calypso on her new CD (currently being recorded in Bulgaria, with traditional musicians).

From Lezlie: Diana Rowan is amazing! Her site is

I cannot tell you how honored & really thrilled I am about this! I can send a copy of the poem upon request. BB! Lezlie

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Hazing Awareness Scholarship Now Available to All Students


Now, any student may apply for the Hazing Awareness Scholarship. Next deadline is March 6, 2012.

Due to more recent CNN hazing news at

ANY Student may now apply for the March 6, 2012 deadline so if you have not already done so please post or apply now for the Hazing Awareness Scholarship.

Details at or students may print the attachment.

Thank you for posting or applying. Any way you look at it, hazing does not add up. Recognize it. Report it. End it.


Cindy McCormick

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Saybrook Alumnus and First Saybrook Graduate Dr. Bart Billiings (Ph.D. '74) Announces Speaker Positions for 20th Annual International Military and Civilian Combat Stress Conference


Dear Saybrook Community Member:

Click Here to see the flyer for the 2012 Combat Stress Conference. We  have openings for presenters.

Page two of the flyer allows speakers to indicate their first and second choice (in terms of day and time) for when they wish to speak. At this moment we have room for three six-hour one-day pre-conference courses on Wednesday and two on Thursday. The plenary sessions at the conference are 75 minutes (plus Q&A) each in the morning and there are two each day. The afternoon sessions are 45 minutes (plus Q&A) and there are three each day.

Please let me know if you would like to present.


Bart Billiings

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Saybrook Alumnus Dr. Michael Mayer (Ph.D. '77) Presents Two Spring Workshops


Dr. Michael Mayer Presents:

Integral Living in an Uncertain World

March 24

Orinda, CA.

This weekend workshop will give you tools for dealing with troubled times. I'll be giving a preview of material from my upcoming book, and I'll be doing this workshop with a talented colleague and neuropsychologist, Dr. Jim Bramson.

10-4 PM  Orinda, CA.


Energy Psychology: Self Healing Methods for Bodymind Health
– Kripalu Center–
Five-Day Intensive in the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts
May 20-25, 2012
(* For health professionals or anyone who wants to learn self healing methods.

Hope to see you at one of these events or somewhere along the way!

Michael Mayer, Ph.D.

Director- The Bodymind Healing Center

2029 Durant Ave - Suite 202

Berkeley, Ca 94704


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Saybrook Alumna Dr. Dana Klisanin (Ph.D. '03) Publishes Results of Research on the CyberHero

Greetings Saybrook Community:
I'm contacting all the groups that participated in my cyberhero research to let them know that the research has recently been published.
Click Here to see the Research Results
I hope all are doing wonderfully!
Dana Klisanin

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Saybrook Alumna Dr. Renee Levi (Ph.D. '03) to Offer Tele-Seminar on Spirit of Place March 22



Genius Loci: The Spirit of Place

A Complementary Tele-Seminar
offered by

The Powers of Place Initiative and The Assisi Institute


Dr. Renee Levi and Dr. Michael Conforti

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

4:00 - 5:00 PM (EST)

To Register:
call: (802) 254-6220
or e-mail:

Renee Levi and Michael Conforti will explore multiple dimensions of the spirit of place. Using excerpts from recent research, stories and experiences, and images that recur in public places, Michael and Renee will engage in a free-form dialogue that aims to provoke your thinking, evoke your emotions, and invoke your sensitivity to the powers of place in everyday life.

Dr Renee Levi
Renee Levi is former Director of Research and Founding Steward of the Powers of Place Initiative, a Fetzer Institute-supported project exploring the influence of place, space and environment on collective transformation toward positive change in the world. She has been involved with other Fetzer Institute-funded research initiatives, including the Collective Wisdom Initiative.
Renee is also principal of Resonance Consulting, a leadership and organization development consulting firm specializing in executive coaching, organizational research, strategic planning, small and large group facilitation and change management.
An alumna of Saybrook University ('03) with a Ph.D. in Organization Systems, Renee is currently serving as Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees of Saybrook University. Her doctoral dissertation, Group Magic: An Inquiry into Experiences of Collective Resonance, established a field for further inquiry into this new aspect of group dynamics through The Resonance Project. Her work has been published in numerous scholarly journals.

Powers of Place Initiative

The Field: PoPI Working Space

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Alumnus Dr. Steven Kull (Ph.D.) '80 Releases New Edition of



American Public Opposes Israel Striking Iran

If Israel and Iran Have Military Conflict, Americans Say US Should Stay Out

A new poll finds that only one in four Americans favors Israel conducting a military strike against Iran's nuclear program. Seven in ten (69%) favor the US and other major powers continuing to pursue negotiations with Iran, a position that is supported by majorities of Republicans (58%), Democrats (79%) and Independents (67%)....

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Saybrook Alumna Dr. Darlene Viggiano (Ph.D. '10) to Present Paper at 29th Annual International IASD Conference


Alumna Dr. Darlene Viggiano (Ph.D. '10) to Present:

The Role of Dreams and Dream-like Experiences in Spiritual Emergence Processes

29th Annual International Association for the Study of Dreams Conference

22 - 26 June, 2012

Doubletree Hotel

Berkeley Marina, Berkeley, CA

In 1992, David Lukoff and a team of psychiatrists advanced religious/spiritual problems as conditions that may be the focus of therapy. One such problem/condition has been termed spiritual emergence, according to Stanislav and Christina Grof (1989) in their seminal work on the topic. The research question in the dissertation on which this workshop is based was, “What is the role of dreams and dream-like experiences (DLEs) in spiritual emergence processes?” This workshop addresses the question by examining contemporary examples of the phenomena plus transpersonal psychology literature, from a Jungian hermeneutical perspective and through participant discussion. The need for this workshop is shown by the relative lack of peer-reviewed literature on the use of dream work for religious or spiritual problems compared to the volumes written on dream interpretation. Implications of the workshop experience may be applicable to spiritually emerging populations and to therapy where dream work is used, particularly Jungian analysis.

The spiritual diversity of therapy populations demands what David Lukoff calls spiritual competency. When spiritual issues arise, dream work may help identify and treat problems from a spiritually informed perspective. Outcomes expected from workshop attendance include expanded respect for religious and spiritual diversity, the ability to differentiate spiritual emergency v. spiritual emergence, and an understanding of the role of dreams and dream-like experiences in spiritual emergence processes. Attendees will discuss the use of dreams in psychotherapy, the need to accurately differentiate religious problems from hyper-religiosity, and the importance of avoiding stereotypes. Specific issues will include helping to de-stigmatize spiritual problems and spiritually oriented patients, aiding psycho-spiritual development, and dealing with distressing experiences of loss or questioning of faith or spiritual values. Experiential exercises will include work in small groups, the sharing of spiritual dreams, and discussion on how a particular dream may contribute to psycho-spiritual growth.

Specific Methods or Techniques to be utilized during the workshop include activities for participation such as use of vignettes, breaking into dyads for role plays, and group discussions.  The approximate time planned for didactic introduction is 30 minutes of the 90-minute workshop.

The aims of this presentation are to increase personal self-awareness and emotional growth of attendees; increase attendees' knowledge about dream research based on Jungian theory; train licensed mental health professionals and graduate students about using dreams in clinical practice; increase psychospiritual awareness. This workshop is intended for all audiences.

Office E-Mail (registration questions) - 
Telephone:               1-209-724-0889         1-209-724-0889

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An In-Person or Online CEU Course is Offered by the Greater Good Science Center on Self Compassion and Emotional Resilience


Greetings from UC Berkeley's Greater Good Science Center (GGSC)!  The GGSC studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being and teaches skills that foster a compassionate, thriving, and resilient society. 

GGSC announces the first Science of Meaningful Life seminar this spring, featuring Dr. Kristin Neff, the foremost researcher on self-compassion.

On March 23, our Self-Compassion and Emotional Resilience seminar will provide an introductory overview of self-compassion, weaving together lecture, scientific research, video presentations, small group exercises, and discussion. Members of your organization may also attend the seminar via webcast for a reduced fee.

Learn about registration at

Please feel free to email me or call if you have any questions, and I look forward to hearing from you!

With best regards,

Ronke Aderonmu
Marketing Assistant 
The Greater Good Science Center
510-642-2492 |

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Saybrook Alumna Dr. Dassie Hoffman (Ph.D. '02) Edits Anthology on Voice Dialogue


Alumna Dr. Dassie Hoffman recently edited The Voice Dialogue Anthology: Explorations of the Psychology of Selves and the Aware Ego Process.

Dassie's colleagues, Hal and Sidra Stone, the originators of Voice Dialogue, commented on the Voice Dialogue Anthology: We feel a sense of deep satisfaction as we look through the articles that are included in this Voice Dialogue Anthology. For us, it represents the flowering of a garden that was planted many years ago and has come into full maturity, a garden that gives food for the mind, the body, and the soul. It is truly a time to enjoy what has grown up around us. Each of the twenty contributors (see below) has taken our work and built upon it - some working exclusively with the basic teachings and others combining it with other modalities or carrying it into entirely new fields - and each has created something new and wonderful. We feel privileged to have been a part of their journeys and honored that our work has contributed to their own work and lives. Dassie Hoffman has given a truly remarkable gift to the international Voice Dialogue community by creating this valuable collection of reference material.

Available at

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Virtual Memorials Have Been Created for Drs. Arne Collen and Jeanne Achterberg


We mourn the loss of our two colleagues, mentors, and dear friends, Arne and Jeanne. To share your thoughts and stories, click here.

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Esteemed Saybrook Faculty Member Dr. Jeanne Achterberg Passes


From Bob Schmitt, March 8, 2012:

Dear Saybrook Community,

I am so sorry to tell you that Jeannie Achterberg died this afternoon.  Jeannie has been a dedicated faculty member at Saybrook for many, many years.  We will miss her loving and wise spirit. 

Please join with me in keeping Jeannie and her family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.  We will be planning ways to mourn her passing.  We are still in shock and don’t have all the details surrounding her death or plans to honor her worked out.   As soon as we know more we will be in touch.


Bob Schmitt, PHS Dean

Click here to read a memoriam for Jeanne by Dr. Don Moss.

Click here to read a memoriam for Jeanne by Dr. Eugene Taylor.

May we all hold these two wonderful mentors and teachers, Jeanne and Arne, and their families, close to our hearts.

For the Saybrook Alumni Association,



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