Archives For: February 2014

Creativity and Education, 2/2014


1.) "LA schools arts budget: Most funds will go to 'arts integration' teachers​" by Mary Plummer": ​click here: "The Los Angeles Unified School District plans to increase spending on arts instruction by nearly $16 million over the next three years – but the majority of the new money will go to hire 101 “arts integration” teachers, trainers that will show classroom teachers how to integrate arts into academic less

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Creativity and Music, 2/2014


1.) "Robert Gupta: Between Music and Medicine" on TED: click here: "Can music be a medical instrument? In a moving talk from TEDMed, Robert Gupta reveals that it certainly can be. He gives as an example the work of neuroscientist Gottfried Schlaug, one of the pioneers of melodic intonation therapy. Schlaug noticed that, while stroke victims with aphasia could not utter a sentence, they could still sing the lyrics to songs.

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Interview withSaybrook Creativity Studies Specialization Student Hamish More


Tell us a little about your background.

I am originally from Scotland, and moved to NZ 14 years ago to take advantage of the clean, green and very safe environment – and also to be in a country where I didn’t have a 2-3 hour commute to work. My first degree was in technology, and I worked in IT and business consulting for the majority of my “first career” and in the last 15 years have moved increasingly into work that for me has a greater sense of meaning, purpose and contribution – work that makes a difference. I have spent the last 5 years working in the environmental/ecosystem/species protection area, and absolutely love it.

What made you decide to apply to the Creativity Studies program at Saybrook University?

I wanted to extend my learning, and chose creativity studies for a few reasons: The Saybrook programm it was part of an overarching psychology curriculum and that was important for me; the learning would require me to work in an area that was outside my ‘normal’ area of study and therefore push/extend my own learning boundaries; I was keen to learn from Prof Pritzker, and finally the programm allows me to follow areas of interest and is done via distance/on-line learning which is essential – as frequent trips from NZ is a bit of an obstacle.

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MBM Student Lynne Shaner, Turning Toward Community for Strength

School of Mind-BOdy Medicine PhD Student Lynne Shaner


In December of 2013 doctoral student Lynne Shaner had surgery on her eye to correct a condition called thyroid eye disease.  After surgery she developed a post-surgical eye infection that her physicians later described as “The Triangle of Death.” The words paint an alarming picture of her condition and Lynne recollects that "hearing those words felt surreal.”

After several CT scans, 3 MRI’s, and multiple rounds of intravenous antibiotics Lynne began feeling a deep despair, like there was no end in sight.  Rather than relying on her usual self-sufficient move forward attitude, Lynne knew she needed support and reached out to the communities that she has been cultivating, including the Saybrook School of Mind Body Medicine.

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Mind-Body Medicine in Our Lives: Char Conlin Uses her Mind-Body Skills at Motor-Vehicle Accident Scene

Char Conlin


One of the many strengths of the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine is applying what we learn academically to our professional and personal lives.  As a community -- including students, faculty, staff and our loved ones -- we continue to experience the full spectrum of life, from birth to death and all of the joys and sorrows in between, as we pursue our individual dreams.  As a group we have the capacity to learn from one another and also to connect, share, and possibly collaborate.

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Dr. Stephen Porges, Expert on Heart Rate Variability, Provides Address in Venice, Italy on Evolutionary and Physiological Foundations of Social Engagement

Stephen W. Porges (Researcher/Psychophysiology) and Sue Carter (Field Biologist)


School of MBM Chair Donald Moss attended the Biofeedback Federation of Europe annual meeting February 10-15 in Venice, Italy.  Here he reports on a keynote address by Dr. Stephen W. Porges in the BFE scientific meeting.

Stephen Porges is a leader in the scientific study of psychophysiology, especially of “heart rate variability” and the role of the vagal nervous system. His model is based in his innovative understanding of the evolution of the mammalian nervous system. Porges has also contributed to the practical applications of psychophysiology to treatment, including the treatment of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.

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Aphrodisiac Nutrition


Delahna Flagg is a professional chef and full-time student pursuing a Master’s degree in Mind-Body Medicine.  Delahna is passionate about aphrodisiac nutrition and intends to combine

Food - Love - Relationship

as a way to ignite passion and self-awareness, and elicit a higher sense of consciousness for the people that she works with.

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Dr. David Spiegel Speaks from Paris and Addresses SCEH Berkeley Meeting

Dr. David Spiegel Addresses SCEH from Paris


David Spiegel, MD, Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Medical Director, Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine, addressed the SCEH conference in October, 2013, from Paris where he was spending a three month sabbatical.  Hypnosis has a venerable tradition in France and in Paris, specifically. Once Anton Mesmer gained some recognition, for his work in animal magnetism, he moved from Vienna to Paris.   

Spiegel emphasized that hypnosis is the oldest Western model for psychotherapy.  Over 100 years before Freud, Mesmer established the principle that an interpersonal interaction with a patient can be therapeutic.  Freud himself began his professional work by studying hypnosis with Charcot in Paris. Only after he was frightened by a female patient expressing affection for him, did he abandon hypnosis as his therapeutic approach.  Ironically, at the end of his career, after his move to London, Freud placed a photograph of Charcot on the wall above his analytic couch.

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