Archives For: July 2012

Report: New Media and Conflict after the Arab Spring


A report from the United States Institute of Peace’s Centers of Innovation for Science, Technology, and Peacebuilding, analyzes the role of social media in the Arab Spring protests of 2011–12. The report, Blogs and Bullets II: New Media and Conflict After the Arab Spring builds on a previous report, published in 2010 by USIP Press, titled Blogs and Bullets: New Media in Contentious Politics, and applies its five-level framework for studying and understanding the role of new media in political movements.

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Open data and digital mapping used for promoting justice initiatives


New technologies are making it easier to publish and share data. In turn, data can be used to create interactive maps, depicting crises in real time. is one example of this. When a food crisis ramps up, donors and humanitarian organizations must move fast to respond, typically involving coordinating information across working groups, situation reports, and informal networks.

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Saybrook University Alumnus and Faculty Member Dr. Bob Flax Named to World Federalist Movement's Governing Body

Dr. Bob Flax

Saybrook Psychology Alumnus Dr. Bob Flax (Ph.D. '92), also a faculty member and Chief Research Coordinator at Saybrook University's Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, has been named to the governing body of the World Federalist Movement. The announcement was made at the WFM’s 26th annual conference in July. Founded in 1947 to support the efforts of the United Nations, the WFM is a worldwide organization dedicated to promoting peace and the global rule of law: it is the primary sponsor of the International Criminal Court and the U.N.’s “Responsibility to Protect” initiative, among other major global efforts.

The Vice-President of the Democratic World Federalists, Flax’s interest in global law and governance grew out of his work as a senior clinical psychologist for the California Department of Corrections, treating individuals, couples, families, and groups. He expanded his focus to include larger systems and studied organizational development and conflict resolution, and has worked to test these approaches in a wide range of settings, including businesses, non-profits, intentional communities, and the California State Prison system. Dr. Flax finally arrived at the next logical step – the way we work together as citizens of the world.

Bob lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and is a key faculty member in Saybrook’s program in Social Transformation, which offers a body of practical knowledge to support students who want to connect the library to the street in pursuit of meaningful social change.

Dr. Flax's Saybrook Doctoral Dissertation was titled, From Beginner to Master: Changes in the Ways of Being, Perceiving, and Practicing of Psychotherapists as They Acquire and Develop Clinical Skill, and was chaired by Dr. Tony Stigliano.

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College of Mind-Body Medicine Offers Certificate in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback

Trainee Learns Self-Regulation through Biofeedback


This Certificate provides a comprehensive training in biofeedback and neurofeedback,  following the knowledge blueprint of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA).  Students must document access to biofeedback instrumentation including at least three modalities, and preferably access to neurofeedback instrumentation as well. The Certificate includes five courses, four residential conferences, a graduate colloquium, and a capstone integrative essay.

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Wanted: Stories about LIOS Graduates Making A Difference

Dan Leahy, Associate Dean of LIOS Graduate College

By Dan Leahy

Associate Dean of LIOS Graduate College

With the proliferation of polarities rampant today, I’m rather fond of some of the “flash mob” videos that periodically show up on You Tube, particularly the ones in public spaces (the commons) that involve orchestras and choirs playing a human classic to the delights of the gathering citizens. To me this is an example of the human potential beyond our limitations: A moment that transcends our differences. Here’s the link to the most recent example that came from my daughter, Chelsea:

While I’ve never, yet, participated in one of these celebrations of Life, I’ve often imagined what it would be like. Well, if truth be told, I’ve actually wondered what it would be like to take part in a LIOS-inspired flash mob.

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MBM Master’s Student Builds Stress Management Website for Diabetics: Maureen Molinari, MS

Maureen Molinari, MS Graduate in College of Mind-Body Medicine

For her final Master’s Project, Maureen Molinari researched how stress impacts people with diabetes both physiologically and psychologically, and then created a website providing videos and information for effective stress-management,  using yoga, guided imagery, and nutrition.  The website uses health-coaching, because she believes that a coaching model empowers people with diabetes to make meaningful lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being.  Health coaching uses the clients’ vision of health and wellness to guide the coaching sessions, providing a supportive way to work with people.

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New guide on tweeting for peace and social change


The Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN) has posted A Guide to Tweeting for Peace and Social Change - a helpful resource for those using social media for transformative social change. Since its founding in 2006, Twitter has rapidly grown to be one of the most powerful online platforms for connecting hundreds of millions of individuals and organizations around the world.  

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Saybrook University Alumna Dr. Kirby Rosplock Completes International Study on Family Wealth

Dr. Kirby Rosplock

Saybrook University Organizational Systems Alumna Dr. Kirby Rosplock (Ph.D. '07) recently completed an international study exploring the relationship of the family office to the family business titled, The Sustaining the Family Enterprise Study.  Dr. Rosplock, Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh at University of North Carolina Greensboro, Dr. Juan Roure at IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain, and Prof. Juan Luis Segurado at IESE Business School at the University of Navarra in Barcelona, Spain have been working on this multi-phased study since 2008.

The Sustaining the Family Enterprise Study engaged 93 family members from around the globe whose combined wealth exceeds $20 Billion. The study explored the perceived impact of governance practices and process, along with entrepreneurial orientation, and their impact on sustainability of the family’s enterprise, according to Dr. Rosplock. Kirby is the Director of Research and Development in the Innovation and Learning Center at GenSpring Family Offices in Jupiter, FL.

The study is the first of its kind and provides new insights into the importance of how families make decisions and establish process in order to build continuity and cohesion. Further, findings on entrepreneurial orientation reveal that families take more risk and are more entrepreneurial with their operating business than with wealth management practices in their family office.  

Dr. Rosplock also spoke in San Francisco in April of 2012 about the growing influence of women on global wealth. Kirby is a director of her family's fourth-generation, traditionally male business. Kirby's Saybrook dissertation was titled, Women and Wealth: Women's Interest, Attitudes and Involvement With Their Wealth, which was chaired by Dr. Dennis Jaffe.

For  a copy of The Sustaining the Family Enterprise Study, or for further information, contact:

Kirby Rosplock, PhD                 

413 Meadowlark Ln.

Jupiter, FL 33458  

Cell: 414-491-6506    Email:



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College of Mind-Body Medicine Student Produces Manual for Group-Based Mind-Body Skills Approach for Enhancing Sexual Wellness: Introducing Alexzandria Baker

Alexzandria Baker


Sexual dysfunction is highly prevalent in today’s society, impacting 31% of men and 43% of women, according to one study conducted by Laumann, Paik, and Rosen (1999). Sexual dysfunction is more common in persons with poor physical and emotional health and is closely associated with negative experiences in sexual relationships and overall well-being. With the advent of new drug therapies and surgical options for the treatment of sexual dysfunction, sexual health is becoming increasingly medicalized, resulting in the lack of adult sexuality education available outside of the medical setting and a pathology-based approach to “treating” sexual concerns. Given the multidimensional context of sexual wellness, however, the allopathic approach seems to be severely inadequate. In addition, the medical community charged with providing treatment seems unprepared and undereducated for the task thus opening the potential for prescribing ineffective or extreme treatments for symptom reduction rather than addressing root causes or offering patient-centered approaches.

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New brief published on business and human rights by the Center for Sustainable Economies


The United States Institute for Peace (USIP) has just released a report called Business and Human Rights: An Issue whose time has come. USIP’s Center for Sustainable Economies hosts a taskforce on business and peace, which explores creative and effective ways in which the corporate sector could avoid fomenting conflict while being aware of actions that could promote peace.

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Saybrook Alumnus Dr. Sil Machado Appointed to Core Faculty at the Sanville Institute

Dr. Sil Machado

The Saybrook Alumni Association and Saybrook University are proud to announce that Psychology Alumnus Dr. Sil Machado was recently appointed to the Core Faculty at the Sanville Institute for Clinical Social Work and Psychotherapy in Berkeley, CA.

Established in 1974, the Sanville Institute offers a PhD in clinical social work and a two-year certificate program in psychodynamic psychotherapy to masters-level licensed and pre-licensed clinicians. The Institute promotes clinical scholarship that integrates theory and practice. Largely focusing on contemporary psychodynamic theory and practice, the program is a dispersed model of learning for working professionals who seek the challenge of doctoral studies within a program that allows for individualized interests and perspectives. 
Dr. Machado received his Ph.D. from Saybrook in 2011. His dissertation titled, Gay Men And The Poetics Of Facing Negative Parental Reactions To The Disclosure Of Gay Identity, was chaired by Dr. Willson Williams.

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College of MBM Energy Medicine Residential Conference: MBM Students Learn about Human Energy Field, and Participate in Chakra Energy Assessment

MBM Students Renee and Ramona Conduct Chakra Assessment


On June 11, approximately 22 students prepared to attend the residential component of their class on The Human Energy Field and Energy Medicine at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, MD.  That morning the Hyatt suffered a power outage (an “energy crisis”) leaving hundreds of guests walking down several flights of stairs and missing some of the comforts that electricity brings, particularly the air conditioning.  Unfazed by the lack of electricity Associate Dean Dan Sterenchuk quickly responded and found an alternative location for the class.   College Chair Don Moss led a morning meditation and check-in on the mezzanine of the Hyatt, and then students proceeded to the new location and spent the day with Beverly Rubik, PhD, learning about some of the latest advances in Energy Medicine.  

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The Saybrook Institutional Review Board and your Research

Dr. M. Willson Williams

The SIRB and your Research

One aspect of being an ethical professional is that all research should be proposed and approved by an institutional review board, which assures the well-being of any human participants involved in the research. For Saybrook students and faculty, the Saybrook Institutional Review Board (or SIRB) must approve any research project before it is implemented.

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Saybrook University Alumna Dr. Hilarie Cash Asks, Should Internet Obsession be Considered an Addiction Disorder?

Dr. Hilarie Cash

Saybrook University Psychology Alumna Dr. Hilarie Cash (Ph.D. '89) co-founded reSTART: Internet Addiction Recovery Program, the first and only residential treatment program for adults suffering from Internet and Video Game Addiction ( Dr. Cash began her pioneering work in this new field in the mid 90's, and by 1999 she co-founded an outpatient clinic called Internet/Computer Addiction Services in Redmond, WA (home of Microsoft). In 2008, Hilarie co-authored a book now being released in its second edition called Video Games and Your Kids: How Parents Stay in Control. These ongoing endeavors have brought Dr. Cash recognition as one of the nation's leading experts in the growing field of Internet Addiction. 

Dr. Cash began her counseling career in Hawaii, where she specialized in Women's Issues. When she moved to the Seattle area with her family, and started a new practice, she found more and more clients presenting with problems related to some aspect of the Internet. She was intrigued, but found that few therapists were paying attention to the things she was noticing. Her curiosity, concern, and clinical experience led her to develop a growing understanding of, and expertise in, this intriguing subject.
Today, there is a growing world wide recognition of problems associated with overuse of digital technology. S. Korea and China have named it their #1 public health threat. The US has been slow to recognize the problem as a legitimate mental health concern, and Internet Addiction Disorder is not likely to be listed in the new DSM-V. However, there has been progress with the addition of a new DSM category for non-substance addictions. With time and the accumulation of research, it is likely to be added to the roster of behavioral addictions that are finally being recognized, in the same way that gambling is today. 

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Saybrook University Alumna Dr. Leila Kozak Receives Grant from NCI and is Appointed Clinical Champion by the Veterans Administration

Dr. Leila Kozak

Saybrook Psychology Alumna Dr. Leila Kozak (Ph.D. '07) recently received a grant from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) for a project entitled: Palliative Care Provider Online Education in Evidence-Based Complementary Therapies, and was appointed Clinical Champion at Veterans Administration (VA) Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, WA.

The palliative care project will develop and test a series of online continuing education modules to teach palliative care providers about use of evidence-based complementary therapies.  Dr. Kozak and Dr. William Collinge are Co-Principal Investigators for the project. These materials will be tested with a cohort of palliative care providers from institutions such as the University of Washington School of Medicine and the Veteran Administration Health Care System. 

A Clinical Champion is a staff member who has demonstrated knowledge and interest in Patient-Centered Care, including whole person/integrative care, complementary therapies, and psycho-social-spiritual and wellness interventions. Nationally, the VA is moving toward a model of care with a patient-centered focus versus a disease-based model. Person-centered care is also known as personalized, whole-person, or integrative care.  As a step towards implementing this model across all facilities, the VA Office of Patient Centered Care & Cultural Transformation (OPCC&CT) has funded 30 Clinical Champions nationally, whose role is to develop and promote programs that are patient centered and that will advance the vision of personalized/integrative care within VA for all Veterans.  
This position is funded through OPCC&CT at the VA Central Office in Washington, DC, which announced that Dr. Leila Kozak and Dr. David Kearney will represent VA Puget Sound, because of their "experience in providing education and training to clinicians and a demonstrated knowledge and interest in Patient-Centered Care."
Dr. Kozak will serve as a liaison between the Field Implementation Teams (FIT), OPCC&CT, and regional (VISN)  facilities, with a focus on forming close partnerships and with the goal of developing and implementing patient centered care (PCC) initiatives, including:
• Providing consultation and orientation to facilities in PCC principles and practices focused on improving the experience of care as well as the changing model of care delivery.
• Providing on-site facility training and orientation for clinical staff on PCC and clinical practices, such as health coaching and integrative medicine.
• Assisting the OPCC&CT in developing and implementing tools for working with clinical staff.
• Leading committees and groups to further PCC clinical programs that focus on new models of healthcare delivery that include integrative models of care.

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Food as Medicine Speaker Suggests Surrounding Homes with Edible Landscapes and Promotes Healthy Internal Landscapes to Fight Cancer: Jeanne M. Wallace, PhD.

Jeanne Wallace, PhD, at Food as Medicine 2012


PhD students in the Saybrook College of MBM attend the Food as Medicine training program, as part of their Nutrition and Health class.  The Food as Medicine program, sponsored by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, was held this June in Bethesda, MD. One of the highlights of this year’s program was Jeanne M. Wallace, PhD, an innovative nutritionists who spoke twice: first on creating an "edible landscape," using healthy foods and herbs in landscape and garden to surround oneself with healthy food options, and second on creating a healthy environment within the body, to inhibit cancer cell growth using nutrition. Jeanne Wallace heads the “Nutritional Solutions Consulting Group,” which provides consulting to cancer patients throughout the US and abroad.  Wallace is the author of “Holistic Oncology Update.”

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July 6 - Celebrate the Shift Network's 'Nonviolence Friday' of the Summer of Peace


The goal of the Summer of Peace 2012 is to activate the largest global commitment to peace in one season in the history of humankind. The Summer of Peace 2012 is produced by The Shift Network in partnership with Pathways to Peace, Culture of Peace Initiative (CPI), The Peace Alliance, PeaceDayTV, Alliance for Peacebuilding, Gaiafield Project, International Cities of Peace and Push4Peace, along with numerous co-sponsors. Together, the goal is to mobilize grassroots participation of people worldwide to accelerate humanity’s shift to a culture of peace.

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Saybrook University Alumnus Dr. Kirk Schneider Appointed to Adjunct Faculty Position at Columbia University

Dr. Kirk Schneider

Saybrook University psychology alumnus and faculty member Dr. Kirk Schneider (Ph.D. '84) has been appointed to an adjunct faculty position at Teachers College, Dept. of Clinical and Counseling Psychology, Columbia University. He will be teaching a summer session on Awakening to Awe: An Existential-Integrative Approach to Therapy, July 2 through August 6, 2012.  

Dr. Schneider also just completed a new book called The Polarized Mind: Why It's Killing Us and What We Can Do About It that is currently under review at a major publisher. The book is an existential exploration of why and how power centers and their leaders have become repeatedly polarized down through history up to present times, which includes concrete steps we can take to address this core human peril.
Dr. Schneider's Doctoral Dissertation at Saybrook, Clients' Perceptions of the Positive and Negative Characteristics of Their Counselors, was chaired by Dr. Jurgen Kremer. Kirk is a former editor of the Journal of Humanistic Psychology, and is the current Vice President of the Existential-Humanistic Institute's Board of Directors.

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Saybrook University Faculty Take Leading Roles in APA

Steven Pritzker

The American Psychological Association (APA) has elected Saybrook University faculty member Dr. Steven Pritzker president-elect of Division 10: the Society for the Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.

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New Social Media Site Launched for Activists


Lokashakti, a nonprofit organization based in New York City, is dedicated to promoting peace and social justice through collective nonviolent action. Lokashakti recently announced the launch of a new social media site for activists, the Lokashakti Peace & Social Justice Network. Unlike other social media, the Lokashakti Network is noncommercial and exists mainly to facilitate real-world activism, embodying the phrase, “Think globally, act locally.”  

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