Alumni Messenger


Alumnus Stefan Kasian, PhD '06 and Executive Faculty Member Stan Krippner Co-author Book Chapter


A chapter that Saybrook Execurive Faculty Member Stanley Krippner and Alumnus Stefan Kasian have co-authored, "Cross-cultural perspectives on euthanasia" has been published by the Society for the Anthropology of Consciousness (SAC)in the new book, So What? Now What? The Anthropology of Consciousness Responds to a World In Crisis.

This book is in 23 academic libraries worldwide! It will soon be reprinted (with all errata repaired) in paperback form as well, thus becoming much more affordable. A pdf of our chapter is attached for your enjoyment Click Here.

The SAC has set up a website for the book, where you can sign on for discussing the issues therein. It is also available at The editors Matthew Bronson and Tina Fields encourage you to visit the website and forums to engage in discussions of these important and interesting topics. The full Intro is there in pdf form, as are all of the abstracts, and an errata sheet for the first hardback edition.

Finally, we will be holding a book launch party/30th anniversary of SAC as part of the annual meeting of the SAC, held at UC Berkeley Faculty Club on the evening of Fri, March 19 from 5-6 PM. This book launch party will be open to the public, please join us if you can. For further information please visit:

Dr. Stefan Kasian
Professor of Psychology, Akamai University - psychology - real estate

(c) Stefan Kasian MMIX. All rights preserved. Not for redistribution. Private material.

Saybrook Alumna Marie Fonrose, PhD '03 Leaves for Haiti on Feb. 19


A note from Marie:

I want to thank everyone at Saybrook as well as friends who donated to the Saybrook Alumni Association to support my trip to Haiti. As you
know, I have been waiting patiently to go to Haiti and help the earthquake victims with the healing process. I signed up with so many organizations that I lost count. However, Promise for Haiti
(Healthcare, education, & clean water), a 501c3 nonprofit organization responded to my call to serve. For more information, please visit

As I waited to depart with a member of Promise for Haiti, Dr. Theodore, founder of Hopital Bienfaisance de Pignon, wrote an email from Haiti dated February 10, 2010, "We need Fonrose’s help to cope with the post earthquake situation. She will join two other psychologists on site in Pignon. We have patients going into depression due to the earthquake."

As I mentioned to you before, if we do not focus on mental health issues quickly and develop a plan to address the issues; PTSD may become an epidemic and jeopardize the well-being of large segments of the population in many areas for a long period of time. People’s grief is compounded by many elements: loss of family members in addition to homes and communities, constant anxiety regarding the well-being of family members, and uncertainty about the future.

My flight leaves on Friday, February 19, 2010. I will keep you updated on a weekly basis.

The Berlin School of Mind and Brain Invites Applications


> Application deadline: 1st May 2010.
> Enquiries:
> Web:
> The Berlin School of Mind and Brain invites applications for visiting
> scholars and students.
> The Berlin School of Mind and Brain is an international research
> school, cated in the vibrant heart of Berlin. Founded in 2006 as part of
> Germany's Excellence Initiative, it offers a unique three-year
> interdisciplinary doctoral program in English in the mind/brain sciences.
> Research within the School focuses on the interface between the humanities
> and the neurosciences. Of particular interest are research areas that fall
> on the borders between the mind sciences (e.g., philosophy, linguistics,
> behavioral and cognitive science, economics), and the brain sciences
> (e.g., neurophysiology, computational neuroscience, neurology, and
> neurobiology). Major topics of research within the program include:
> 'conscious and unconscious perception', 'decision-making', 'language',
> 'brain plasticity and lifespan ontogeny', 'mental disorders and brain
> dysfunction', and the 'philosophy of mind'. However, research is not
> limited to these areas, and students are strongly encouraged to develop
> and work at their own initiative on any projects that are relevant to
> interdisciplinary questions relating to mind and brain.
> Visiting scholars will have a doctoral degree, and be working in an
> area f research relevant to the School. Visiting student status is available
> to qualified doctoral students currently enrolled in programs not
> affiliated with the Berlin School of Mind and Brain. In rare circumstances
> students with a master's degree may also be granted visiting student
> status. Visiting scholars are provided a desk and computer in a shared
> office space. Both visiting scholars and students will be provided with
> access to the internet and university libraries. In addition, visiting
> students are allowed by prior arrangement to participate in relevant
> aspects of the School’s teaching program during their visit. It is
> anticipated that visiting scholars and students will participate actively
> in the academic life of the School. The School would be delighted, for
> instance, to hear suggestions from visiting scholars regarding potential
> seminars or journal clubs that they might organize during their stay.
> Further details can be found:
> Patrick Wilken, PhD
> Humboldt-Universitaet zu Berlin
> Berlin School of Mind and Brain
> Luisenstraße 56
> D-10099 Berlin
> My new book:
> The Oxford Companion to Consciousness
> Le mieux est l'ennemi du bien.

Alumna Rivka Bertisch Meir, Ph.D. '05 Publishes New Book


Alumna Rivka Bertisch Meir, Ph.D. '05 Publishes Stop Beliefs That Stop Your Life

This book describes a new technique of self-transformation that can substantially change your life in a short period of time by demonstrating the importance of fixed beliefs in determining Life Patterns that cause us to repeat the same destructive behaviors over and over again. When beliefs are modified, there is an immediate transformation, "barriers" collapse and we experience greater union, cooperation, humanization and wellbeing at all levels.

Available at:
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Alumni Dinner Events in Southern California-Feb 3rd and 6th


Saybrook's Chair of the Board of Trustees, Alison Bonds Shapiro; Director of Alumni Affairs, George Aiken; Executive Faculty Member, Tom Greening; Alumni Council Member, Charlene Block, and Alumni Council Member, Mark Malay will be hosting dinners in San Diego on February 3rd and in LA on February 6th.

For more information or to arrange an Alumni Dinner in your area, send an email to or call 415-394-5968.

Alumna Marie Fonrose, PhD '03 Outlines Her Haiti Mission


Alumna Marie Fonrose, PhD '03 who lost 11 relatives in the recent Haiti earthquake outlines her Haiti mission below.

To donate money to support Marie in her work in Haiti, send checks to Saybrook University, attention the Alumni Association Haiti Fund or go to Be sure to designate your donation in support of the Alumni Haiti Fund.

Marie will be leaving for Haiti on February 16th for her first 5 week mission.

From Marie:

Helping people heal and find meaning after the earthquake (Haiti)


The purpose of this trip is to facilitate people in their growth to becoming healthy and balanced after this devastation. In service, my intent will be to serve the whole person utilizing an eclectic approach in the context of the culture. A combination of education, counseling (individual and group), spirituality, and sharing provides the opportunity to the growth process.

Action Plan

Phase I

Individual crisis counseling: Assists earthquake survivors in understanding their current situation and reactions, reviewing their options, and linking them with other individuals and agencies (church) that may assist them.

Group crisis counseling: Includes providing/facilitating support groups. Train leaders in church to lead their own group. Group counseling will be very instrumental in cultural context since many of the sufferers were not able to go through the process of burying their loved ones.

Education: Includes the distribution of psycho-educational information on the crisis counseling-related topics. Educational information may be provided will be provided via public announcement, brochures, flyers, and training to human services personnel.

Assessment and referral: Assessment determines the need for a deeper level of services than can be provided at this time. A list will be developed and shared with the larger organizations who will be leading the mental health component of the project.

Phase II

Assessment—Summarize phase I and develop an action plan to help address the issues that surfaced in phase I. Organize mass training so communities will be able to hold their own via group counseling.

Service—provide services to individuals who pose major risk (safety and welfare).

• Journaling/expressive arts: These can provide an individual with a sense of mastery or control over existing circumstances. This is particularly important after a disaster or trauma where an individual feels a sense of helplessness.

Alumna Sunny Massad, PhD '00 Releases New Book, UnTherapy


From a press release: UnTherapy Can Release Self-defeating Patterns

UnTherapy speaks to the hearts and souls of self-improvement junkies who find
themselves teetering on the brink of burnout as a result of working on themselves for years on
end. Self-improvement can be self-abusive because the constant drive to fix, cure, and acquire,
prevents peace of mind in the present, says Dr. Sunny Massad, a prominent psychologist in
Honolulu. Stressed but otherwise healthy people need to learn coping skills that traditional
counselors often don't have the training to provide. In fact, traditional therapy may actually stunt
the growth of individuals on a 'spiritual path, Massad explains.

Sunny Massad, Ph.D., originator of the trademarked counseling system called UnTherapy, is also
the author of the upcoming book UnTherapy: A Positive Psychology for Enlightened Living.
She is the President and Founder of the Hawaii Wellness Institute, a nonprofit training
organization in Honolulu, Hawaii, and has a thriving counseling practice. Massad will embark on a
book tour that will start in Honolulu and the Hawaiian islands in January followed by the Paciïfic Northwest,
the San Francisco Bay Area and then Southern California in February.

This is not your ordinary book tour, promises Massad. In addition to the book reading and
signings at each venue, I will provide a free one-hour interactive workshop, demonstrating
UnTherapy by using real issues shared by members of the audience. People will have an
opportunity to learn how to reframe their problems so that they can move beyond old habits of
blame and shame and other self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors. Massad says she is determined
to bring practical tools for increasing self awareness into the hands of the masses.

To preview the book UnTherapy, go to,-Ph.D.

For more info about UnTherapy:

A Call for contributions: Edited book ‘Mental Health and Anomalous Experience’


A Call for contributions: Edited book Mental Health and Anomalous Experience

Original contributions (exposition papers, critical literature reviews, methodological evaluations or papers presenting novel methodologies, but not new empirical work) are invited for an edited book on 'Mental Health and Anomalous Experience' (negotiations with publishers in progress). The book is intended to be of interest to mental health researchers and mental health-care practitioners.

'Mental Health' is used here to refer to mental well-being in clinical and non-clinical samples. The term 'Anomalous Experience' is taken to refer to a broad variety of experiences, including spiritual, religious, extraordinary or exceptional experiences, aberrant perceptions or beliefs. Examples of suitable topics include (but are not restricted to): hearing voices; bereavement hallucinations; end-of-life experiences; paranormal and religious experiences, shamanistic, and (where links to mental health can be elaborated) religious or paranormal investigative practices. Contributions which draw on one or more of the following areas or related fields are welcome: anthropology; medicine; palliative care, psychology, religious studies, sociology.

Interested contributors (authors together with any co-authors) are invited to submit a title, author biographical description (no more than 100 words for each author/co-author) and full contact addresses along with an abstract (250 words in length) no later than Friday 19th February via email to Proposed contributions will be reviewed by the editor and inclusion in the book will be confirmed by Monday March 15th. Full manuscripts (6000 words in length including references, APA style) will be required by Wednesday 14th July. Publication is anticipated in early 2011.

Dr Craig D. Murray

Senior Lecturer in Qualitative Research Methods
Doctorate of Clinical Psychology
Division of Health Research
Bowland Tower East
Lancaster University
Lancaster, Ontario

Division 51's Journal of Trauma and Dissociation Invites Submissions


Trauma, Dissociation, and Intimate Relationships

A Special Issue of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation

The guest editors are inviting submissions on the associations among trauma, dissociation,
and intimate relationships.

In addition to its impact on individual psychological well-being, trauma creates barriers
to healthy interpersonal functioning. This is not limited to romantic relationships because
intimate connections with family members, friends, co-workers, and community members
can also be affected. Given the importance of healthy relationships for psychological health,
it isimperative that research addressing these issues for survivors of trauma be made
available to the research and clinical communities, and to the general public. We
primarily are seeking reports of original research and comprehensive reviews/meta-analyses
of existing research, but case studies, clinical conceptualization, and theoretical papers also
will be considered. All submissions will undergo peer review. Submissions will be evaluated for
topic relevance, methodological rigor, scientific and/or clinical value, and
implications for application.

Complete submissions will be accepted until December 1, 2010. Please refer
to the journal website for specific submission requirements (including a
required author assurance/ submission checklist) and more information about the
Journal of Trauma and Dissociation:

Inquiries and submissions should be sent to the special issue editors at
Eileen L. Zurbriggen, Ph.D. Phone: 831-459-5736
Dept. of Psychology Fax: 831-459-3519
277 Social Sciences 2 Email:
Santa Cruz, CA 95064 U.S.A.

Alumna Susan Gordon, PhD '07 Shares Coming Lecture Schedule


Alumna Susan Gordon recently wrote a paper for the Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy based on her candidacy essay on Alan Watts. She says they loved it!

Susan's Coming Lectures:

Existential psychology and the meaning of human development. Society of Asian and Comparative Philosophy, Pacific Grove, CA (6/18-6/21/10)

Neurophenomenology: The mind and the brain. Division 52, APA, Western Psychological Association''s 90th Annual Convention, Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun, Mexico (4/22- 4/25/10)

Existential challenges of midlife - First Bi-Annual Existential Psychology East-West Conference, Nanjing, China (4/2-4/5/10)

Neurophenomenology: The mind and the brain. Mid-winter Meeting, Division 24, APA, Miami, FL (2/26-2/28/10)

Neurophenomenology and the enactive approach to cognition. Chair, Symposium, Point Park University, Pittsburgh, PA (2/20/10)