Archives For: July 2014

Webinar: Multicultural Competency for Mind-Body Medicine

Multicultural Competency

Join us for a Webinar on August 27.

Dr. Deborah Wilcox holds a master's degree in public administration, a master's in clinical community counseling, and a doctorate in counseling education. She has previously served as an instructor at Kent State University, the University of Dayton, Union Institute, and the University of  Cincinnati, providing instruction in multi-cultural counseling, adolescent development, public health administration, and grant writing. She is now on the faculty at Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine.

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Biofeedback Provides Tools to Guide Effective Use of Medication

Jay Gunkelman, author and expert on quantitative analysis of EEG


Biofeedback – When a behavioral problem such as attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is diagnosed, selecting medication to best treat it can become a matter of trial and error. Analyzing brain patterns by using electroencephalography (EEG) can help predict which medicine will offer the best result and thus lower the risk of adverse drug events. Recognizing brain patterns can be a better guide to medication use than psychiatric diagnosis based on the DSM-V.

The article “Medication Prediction with Electroencephalography Phenotypes and Biomarkers” in the current issue of the journal Biofeedback offers evidence that quantitative EEG assessment can refine the selection of medications by detecting brain patterns. Author Jay Gunkelman uses the example of a 7-year-old child diagnosed with ADHD.

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Saybrook University Shines at National Wellness Conference

Saybrook Students and School Chair Moss at Poster Session

This year, a number of Saybrook University faculty, students, and alumni participated in the National Wellness conference, presenting on everything from coaching to the multicultural approaches to wellness.

The National Wellness Conference is a major event annually in the worlds of health promotion, health coaching, nurse coaching, and wellness education.  This year's  conference took place in Minneapolis, from June 23 to 26, 2014.  The conference theme was Reshaping the Wellness Landscape: The Next Five Years.  Keynote presentations were made by several major figures in the wellness world, including Mary Jo Kreitzer. the founder and director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Spirituality and Healing, Michael Arloski, a leader in the world of wellness coaching, and David L. Katz, the founder and director of Yale University's Prevention Research Center.

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Watch Saybrook faculty member Donna Rockwell discuss mindfullness with Katie Couric!


Donna Rockwell, who teaches Mindfulness, Meditation, and Health at Saybrook University made an appearance on "Katie" last week to talk about the health benefits of mindfulness in daily life - and how to achieve it.

Dr. Rockwell conducts research in mindfulness, and is a staff psychologist at the Center for Creative Living.

Read her essay on Mindfulness for The New Existentialists here

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Conversations About the Future of Systems Research


There is a long connection between Saybrook and systems conversations, which continues to this day.  The semi-annual conversations have been hosted by the International Federation for Systems Research (IFSR), and were historically known as the Fuschl Conversations (due to their location at Fuschl am See in Austria). Bela Banathy, the founder of the systems program at Saybrook, initially led these conversations.  He extended the conversations through the International Systems Institute, based in the US, hosting annual conversation events at Asilomar, in Pacific Grove, CA.  Bela brought me into the IFSR where I have served as part of the Executive Committee since 2002, and President since 2010.  

The seventeenth IFSR conversation was held this past April in Linz, Austria.  It was the largest conversation that the IFSR has hosted to-date, with 42 participants working in six teams.  The topics on which the teams chose to focus spanned a wide range of systems concerns, from the philosophy of systems to the principles of the conversation itself.  One team considered the future of cybernetics, and another continued work on applications and models in systems engineering.  A fifth team continued work on “curating the conditions for the emergence of thrivable systems.”  The sixth team addressed the issue of systems research—ranging from what systems research is to the method(s) that a legitimate systems research project should ideally follow.  

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