Archives For: June 2012

Sacred Sexuality: A Path to Self-Awareness

Dr. Ellie Zarrabian

Saybrook Psychology Alumna Dr. Ellie Zarrabian (Ph.D. 2010) is a third generation Shamanic Healer and the Founder and Spiritual Director of Centerpeace Foundation - A Holistic Center for Psychotherapy and Spirituality. Dr. Zarrabian incorporates her Shamanic roots from the Sufi/Jewish tradition in Iran with her background in Transpersonal Psychology to help bring health and wellness to individuals, families, and communities.

Describing her upcoming workshop, Sacred Sexuality: Uncovering, Discovering and Reclaiming Sexuality and the Sacred, Dr. Zarrabian suggests that Sexual energy is found in all areas of life including the way in which we express ourselves and our truth. She emphasizes that whether we are in the bedroom or the boardroom, our sexual/ sensual energy dictates how open, receptive, giving, creative, and connected we are with ourselves and others, and that many of us go through life without really having much awareness about this powerful and often wounded aspect of the self.  
According to Dr. Zarrabian, the focus of this workshop with be on cultivating awareness of how we work with our individual sexual/sensual energy. Participants will look at how they hold sexual trauma in the body, and how they express it. Once insight is gained, attendees will practice letting go of trauma and replacing that energy with life affirming and sustainable sexual/sensual energy that can be shared between partners. This workshop will be the first in a series.
Dr. Zarrabian's doctoral dissertation at Saybrook University was titled, The Usefulness of Meditation in the Alleviation of Self Reported Depressive Symptoms Among Women, which was chaired by the late, esteemed Dr. Jeanne Achterberg. As a result of personal experience, Ellie is also interested in the overlap between mental illness and mystical states, an interest informed by her work with schizophrenic youth at the University of California in Los Angeles (UCLA).
Ellie currently works in private practice in Los Angeles, CA; holds Shamanic Healing Circles cross culturally; and teaches workshops and classes on Everyday Shamanism, Peaceful Parenting, and Peaceful Partnering
Her upcoming workshop, Sacred Sexuality: Uncovering, Discovering and Reclaiming Sexuality and the Sacred, will be held on Saturday, June 30th, 2012 from 9 AM to 12 Noon, Pacific Time. See the calendar at 
To contact Dr. Zarrabian about this workshop, and her psychotherapy and shamanic healing practices, visit her Centerpeace Foundation web page at or call Ellie at 310-498-3573. Dr. Zarrabian resides in Los Angeles.

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Saybrook University President Mark Schulman encourages universities to join Saybrook's stand and demand DSM-5 changes be reconsidered



Saybrook University president Mark Schulman says the evidence is clear: psychology and psychiatry’s over reliance on drugs as a form of treatment is tantamount to malpractice.

Writing on the Huffington Post, Schulman says colleges that teach psychology must rise to the challenge, making sure their students are as familiar with the techniques of talk therapy – and the importance of communicating with patients – as they with are neurotransmitters and brain physiology.

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MBM Instructor Creates Curriculum for Food as Medicine Conference: Kathie Swift, MS, RD, LDN

Kathie Swift in the Kitchen


Kathie Swift is the curriculum designer for the Food as Medicine conference sponsored by the Center for Mind Body Medicine.  Follow this link, to learn more about the conference.  Be sure to watch the video and listen to Kathie describe, “What’s special about Food as Medicine.  Listening to Kathie’s enthusiasm about the conference will surely peak your curiosity and get you excited to attend the conference at your first opportunity.  

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New PeaceTXT project aims to use mobile technology to end violence


 A good leader initiates and encourages peace and development among all people and is not tribal. (SMS sent to 10,000 Kenyan mobile users)

An exciting new initiative leverages mobile technology for peace and conflict prevention. Initially annouced last year, PeaceTXT is now being deployed in Kenya. Ultimately the messages will be created an distributed by local communities, based on the issues faced by the people themselves.

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The first step to fixing America's health care system is sharing our stories

Shawn Tassone

Are you one of the millions of Americans who have been let down by the medical system?

Dr. Shawn Tassone wants to hear from you for his blog ("The 90 minute check-up") on Psycholoty Today.

A doctoral candidate in Saybroko's Mind-Body Medicine program, Tassone has heard a number of stories from patients disenchanted with the American medical system - and understands why.

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Mind-Body Medicine July Conference Calls for Prospective Students


Join Saybrook faculty to discuss Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) program opportunities. Developed in conjunction with Dr.

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Clinical Psychology Conference Call for Prospective Students


On Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 12:00 pm PDT, join Dr. Zonya Johnson, Chair of Psychology, to discuss Saybrook's unique clinical psychology program.  Saybrook psychology MA and PhD programs focus on humanistic, existential, transpersonal, and phenomenological psychology.

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The College of Mind-Body Medicine Certificate in Clinical and Applied Hypnosis

Anton Mesmer (1734-1815)

Modern hypnosis began with Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). Today hypnosis is an evidence-based practice, widely researched in university research programs, and used clinically in pain management, pre-surgical preparation, anxiety treatment, and a host of other medical and mental health applications.

This Certificate provides a comprehensive introduction to clinical and applied hypnosis, following the clinical training guidelines of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis. The Certificate includes five courses, four residential conferences, and a capstone integrative essay.

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Can technology promote world peace through global cooperation and collaboration?


A new article posted online in Atlantic Monthly asserts that technoogy may make the world less conflict-prone, asking: Is this Pax Technologica? The article was adapted from Ayesha & Parag Khanna's Hybrid Reality: Thriving in the Emerging Human-Technology Civilization. The problem with many technological solutions, however, is their tendency to create a new set of problems.

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A Tribute to a Dissertation Chair: Honoring Constance T. Fischer



The relationship between graduate students and University faculty is often a complex and rich one. The dissertation chair plays an especially pivotal role in the final stages of the PhD student’s career and in the launching of his or her career.  On June 3, I had the opportunity to attend the retirement party for Constance T. Fischer, my own dissertation chair at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. I will share some observations about Connie Fischer’s  contributions to our understanding of human behavior and just touch on her contributions to my career.

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Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Pioneer in Consciousness-Based Health Care, to Provide August 2012 Commencement Address for College of MBM

Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, MBM Graduation Speaker


Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, PhD, will provide the commencement address for the College of Mind-Body Medicine in San Diego on August 14 at 7:30 PM.  Saybrook students, faculty, and their friends and families are invited to attend the commencement program.

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Social Transformation professor Marc Pilisuk encourages action on rising student debt levels


by Marc Pilisuk

Student loan debt has surpassed one trillion dollars, exceeding the total of credit card debt in our country. Yet unlike other types of debt, student loans cannot be used as a reason for declaring bankruptcy. Many Saybrook students - like students everywhere - are adversely affected by crushing levels of student debt.

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Storying: Open the Door to Your Next Adventure


Saybrook faculty JoAnn McAllister, along with organizational systems student Dennis Rebelo, will host a discussion at the Center for Phenomenological Leadership in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on Saturday, June 23rd, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Dennis, founder of the Center and JoAnn, Chair of the Human Science Program, will also share information on the training opportunities at the Center and graduate programs in Organizational Systems and Human Science at Saybrook.

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Human Science faculty and students to present at international research conference in Montreal


The 2012 International Human Science Research Conference (IHSRC) will take place from June 25th - 29th at of the University of Quebec at Montreal. Representing Saybrook will be faculty members JoAnn McAllister, Bob McAndrews, Amadeo Giorgi, and Mark Applebaum. They will be accompanied by Saybrook students Geoff Thompson, Lourdes Viado, and Dennis Rebelo.

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MBM Doctoral Student Beth Haggett Sheers Sheep and Participates in Master Class for Psychotherapists in France



[Linda Finlay, PhD, is a British scholar in reflexive and hermeneutical phenomenological research method. She is serving as a dissertation coach for Beth Haggett’s doctoral dissertation.]
Here is a photo of my day sheep-shearing in Normandy, France, with my mentor/research coach Linda Finlay. Had a blast shearing and worming the 70 plus sheep. The farmhouse was built in the year 1600. I am here for a Master Class of Psychotherapists from France, Brazil, Italy, Denmark and the UK. It was a Gestalt training/supervision/theory course, intensive and experiential lead by Dr. Ken and Joanna Evans. I did an experiential "Parent Interview" and was picked up and held by this wonderful group of brothers and sisters from across the world, who showed me such great love and acceptance! 

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College of MBM Instructor is Passionate about the Power of Nutrition to Transform Health: Introducing Liz Lipski, PhD, CCN, CHN



Liz Lipski is passionate about the power of nutrition to transform health. Her interest in nutrition began with herbal medicine.  Although she enjoyed teaching about the medicinal value of herbs, including how to make herbal tinctures, it occurred to her that although herbs can be used to restore and maintain health, food and nutrition are the foundation for health.  This realization led her to pursue a PhD in nutrition from the Union Institute.

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The Top 100 Documentaries Inspiring the Shift to a Sustainable Paradigm


The nonprofit organization Films for Action uses the power of film to raise awareness of important social, environmental, and media-related issues not covered by the mainstream news. Their goal is to provide citizens with the information and perspectives essential to creating a more just, sustainable, and democratic society. The Films for Action website has cataloged over 900 of the best films and videos that can be watched free online, and they have just released a list of the top 100 films inspiring a shift to a more sustainable world.

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Saybrook University Psychology Alumna Dr. Linda Riebel Receives Two Publication Awards

Dr. Linda Riebel

The Saybrook Alumni Association is excited to announce that Saybook University Psychology Alumna Dr. Linda Riebel (Ph.D. 1981) recently received two publication awards. Her book on sustainability and food, The Green Foodprint: Food Choices for Healthy People and a Healthy Planet (2011, Print and Pixel Books) was a finalist in two categories for the Next Generation Indie Book Awards. She also won her category for the white paper, Endangered Species: Policy Recommendations (2012, commissioned by Animals and Society Institute) in the Green Book Festival.

Dr. Riebel has been an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University since 1993; was a licensed psychologist in private practice in Berkeley and San Francisco, CA from 1982 to 2007; and was the Associate Director of the Bay Area Depression and Anxiety Treatment Center from 1994 to 2007. She is an experienced educator, writer, psychologist, and speaker, with specializations in environmental work and ecological psychology. 
Dr. Riebel's doctoral dissertation was chaired by one of Humanistic Psychology's early founders, James F.T. Bugental, and was titled, The Concept of Paradox as a Construct in Psychotherapy. Other committee members were two noted humanists, Rollo May and Richard Farson.
Some of Linda's many publications are: 
2012. Endangered Species: Policy Recommendations. White paper commissioned by Animals and Society Institute
2011. The Green Foodprint: Food Choices for Healthy People and Planet.  Lafayette, CA: Print and Pixel Books
Dr. Riebel invites you to her Book Launch Party in Layayette, CA on Sunday, July 22. 
Contact for details.

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MBM Student Leads Medical Students in Shamanic Quest, and Makes Presentation about the Experience to Society of Scientific Exploration Meeting: Shawn Tassone, MD

World Institute of Scientific Exploration


Attending professional conferences is a great way to learn new information, strengthen skills in a chosen area, and network with other like-minded individuals.  Presenting original work is an entirely different experience.  Saybrook students are part of a pioneering movement to bring a humanistic experience to health care.  Therefore, presenting their research-based scientific ideas to colleagues is sure to become part of their path in chosen areas of interest.

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Gandhi and Education - Part IV - Nonviolence Education


The best expression of a combined ideology and practice is what I will refer to as Gandhian nonviolence education. The disadvantage to conflict resolution education is insufficient emphasis on cultivating personal and social transformation, whereas peace education is a holistic approach but lacks cohesion. Education for nonviolence draws upon the respective strengths of the other two approaches and integrates them to form a more effective pedagogy that is also more authentically Gandhian. It combines short-term efficiency and results with long-term consideration and prevention.

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Is there Help if You are not Pathologically Angry, but Still Lose It from Time to Time?

Dr. Steven Wolf

The brain can be trained to identify and redirect anger impulses before they are automatically expressed, according to Saybrook University Psychology Alumnus Dr. Steven Wolf.  Steven is so confident individuals can learn to redirect anger impulses in a positive way that he guarantees success for those who complete his three stage training program.

Steven Wolf, Ph.D. (Saybrook, 1986) is a Licensed Psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles, and is a Level V Diplomate with the National Anger Management Association. In 2009, Steve founded the Wolf Training Institute to train and certify practitioners to teach Taming Your Anger/Emotional Intelligence (TYA), a program which qualifies the trainee for Certification by the National Anger Management Association.
Taming Your Anger is a simple program based on principles of Cognitive Behavioral Psychology and Mindfulness Meditation. Steve’s primary focus is to train licensed therapists and other mental health workers to teach the program in schools, to military veterans, in alcohol and drug rehab programs, and in their private therapy practices. His long term goal is to see TYA taught as basic curriculum in modern educational settings. 
Dr. Wolf first conceived of TYA while working as a co-occurring disorders therapist with men coming directly from prison or from the streets. He was approached by numerous two strikers who said, “Hey Doc, can you help me control my anger? If I lose my temper again, I’m could go to jail for the rest of my life.” The traditional anger management curriculum Steve had been certified to teach was not providing these men with the skills they needed to control their behavior, so he developed TYA, which is comprised of four basic tools necessary for success. These four tools are included in most, known, anger-management programs, but the key to TYA’s success is that it relies on repetition to train the brain to develop new, alternative, neurological patterns to change behavior.
Dr. Wolf's many accomplishments include: directing New York City’s first Therapeutic Community Drug Program at Rikers Island Prison; directing a Day Treatment Center in Litchfield, Connecticut as a volunteer with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department; co-creating Project Turnaround, an Acupuncture Detox program on L.A.’s skid row; co-creating an alternative middle school in Topanga California; co-authoring Romancing the Shadow: A guide to Soul Work for a Vital Authentic Life (Ballantine, 1997, translated into six languages); and developing The Village Circle  Project: Leaderless Groups for Self-exploration, working with men coming directly from prison, jail, and the street. He also authored Taming Your Anger and EQ-101 Building Blocks of Emotional Intelligence, workbooks, C.D.s, and workshops.   
Steve has taught the Taming Your Anger program to men on parole and probation, to women in the LA Women’s Prison, to at-risk teens on probation, to doctors, lawyers, CEOs, producers, and to families in his private practice. He teaches the program via the internet, webcasts, webinars, telephone conference calls, or in person in his private therapy office.
Dr. Wolf will be offering a free webinar on Tuesday, June 12 at 7:30 PM PST.
For further information email Steven at or go to .

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