It’s official: On August 5, 2009, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), the federally recognized accrediting association for public and private schools and colleges California, officially approved Saybrook’s Mind-Body Medicine program, allowing it to offer MS and PhD degrees that will be recognized anywhere in the U.S., and likely the world.
With this approval, Saybrook is making a substantial contribution to the training of healthcare professionals in what James Gordon, MD, the College’s Dean, calls the “new medicine,” that recognizes the role of mind and body in healing.
The program will be headed by Dr. Gordon, a Harvard educated psychiatrist and a world renowned expert in using mind-body medicine to heal depression, anxiety, and psychological trauma. He is the Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School, and recently served as Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He also served as the first Chair of the Program Advisory Council of the National Institutes of Health's Office of Alternative Medicine and is a former member of the Cancer Advisory Panel on Complementary and Alternative Medicine of the National Institutes of Health.
For more information, visit the Saybrook homepage for Mind-Body Medicine.
In a major move away from paper and towards instant access to information, Saybrook has released its fall 2009 university catalog this month – online.
Only new students will receive a print copy of the catalog: returning students can peruse the new content in its digital, searchable, form on the Saybrook website. Additionally, by making the digital catalog the “primary” catalog, new policies and procedures can be updated in real time.
Whatever form they prefer, however, students should familiarize themselves with the catalog – as the rules and policies it outlines serve as a kind of contract between the university and its students.
To see the new catalog, click here.
Don Moss, Saybrook’s Mind-Body Medicine program director, has been elected President of Division 30 of the American Psychological Association for the term of 2010 – 2011.
Division 30 is the Society of Psychological Hypnosis.
The election is one more example of Saybrook’s long leadership in the American Psychological Association’s divisions as well as in the field of mind-body medicine and hypnosis.
The current President of Division 30 is Saybrook faculty member Eric Willmarth, whose term expires in 2010. Willmarth also received the American Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis’ Presidential Recognition Award this year.
From spiritual questions to daunting medical challenges: alumni scholarship support student research07/28/2009
Saybrook PhD student Erica Hamilton wants to create a multi-dimensional model for addressing a painful women’s medical condition. PhD student Les Ernst wants to interview spiritual directors across the U.S. to study how they teach people to discern an authentic spiritual experience.
Both of them will be able to complete these ambitious dissertations, thanks to support from the Saybrook Alumni Association.
This month the Alumni Association named Ernst and Hamilton its 2009 scholarship winners.
The $8,000 scholarships, begun last year, are awarded annually to two PhD students, in any Saybrook program, who have completed their coursework and are looking for funding to help complete their dissertation.
Saybrook Alumni Director George Aiken says there were nearly 20 essay and candidacy level doctoral students who applied, and that all of them were highly qualified.
Saybrook invites all interested students to take 3 minutes at the June RC and tell the world something about themselves
Almost every Saybrook student has a story to tell – and one way Saybrook stands out from other institutions is the quality of its students.
Saybrook students are often already professionally successful and personally accomplished: many seek higher education so that they can have a greater impact on the world. They tend to have unconventional ideas and an intimate knowledge of how much their profession needs unconventional ideas. They understand that quantitative thinking is never a substitute for qualitative thinking. In short, they’re looking for more than a grade or a credential: they’re looking for an education.
In an effort to get to know its students better, and to better present its students to the world, all interested students are invited to “tell their story” to our camera at the June RC. Each student will have up to three minutes to say whatever they want about themselves, their education, and Saybrook.
Saybrook President Lorne Buchman is pleased to announce that Chip Conley, a humanistic and socially conscious entrepreneur, will be the Honorary Degree recipient at the June, 2009 graduation. He has also graciously agreed to be graduation speaker.
The Honorary Doctorate Committee, composed of students, faculty, administrative staff and board carefully considered the outstanding candidates who had been nominated by members of the Saybrook community and graduating students for this year's honorary degree. The candidates who were chosen each represented a substantial body of work and high achievement in disciplines that embrace our values and principles. Although there were many nominees of substance, the top choices were forwarded to the President and the Board of Trustees for consideration, resulting in the decision to elect Chip Conley.
Chip’s most recently book PEAK: How Great Companies Get Their Mojo from Maslow is introducing a new generation to Maslow’s work, and is once again demonstrating the relevancy of his writings and humanistic thought to contemporary business practice.
What do health care providers need to know to stay current?
The field of healthcare is changing dramatically.
Hospitals, clinics, and patients have new needs and expectations. Do you know what you’ll need to know?
Learn more about trends in medicine and the new skills that will be essential to 21st health-care practitioners at a special presentation featuring:
- Dr. James Gordon, MD, Dean of Saybrook Graduate School’s program in Mind-Body Medicine and Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and;
- Heather Young, Ph.D., R.N., F.A.A.N., the Associate Vice Chancellor for Nursing U.C. Davis and Dean of the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing
Together they’ll cover the ways that medicine is moving away from traditional roles in which the professional talks and the patient listens and towards a dialogue in which the patient’s participation is seen as crucial for good health.
Saybrook is proud to announce that it is co-sponsoring the annual conference of the Existential Humanistic Institute, which will be held November 19-21st, at First Universalist Unitarian Church and Center in San Francisco.
The topic of the conference will be “From Crisis to Creativity: Necessary Losses, Unexpected Gains.”
“The theme of our conference reflects the paradoxical nature of life and our times,” says EHI Vice-President and Saybrook faculty member Kirk Schneider. “In order to change and grow, a familiar way of being must end, so that a new way of being can develop. Letting go can be a terrifying process, filled with anxiety and confusion. But if we find the courage to let go and begin a new journey, down a new path, the possibilities of unexpected gains will be revealed.”
The roster of presenters is now being finalized, and there will be many significant names in the Existential-Humanistic therapy participating.
Ruth Richards was thrilled to discover she had won the prestigious Arnheim Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Psychological Association – but she was less excited for herself than for her field.
This award, and the fact that it specifically cites her as one of the pre-eminent scholars in the study of creativity, is a major recognition of the field she’s devoted much of her scholarly life to.
“Everyday creativity may seem obvious, even a necessity for any of us to survive in this crazy world,” says Richards, a member of the psychology faculty at Saybrook. “But not everyone gets it yet. Clearly (the APA) committee did, and this award helps make our work much more mainstream.”
The study of creativity, Richards points out, goes back to the founders of humanistic psychology: both Abraham Maslow and Rollo May wrote a great deal about it. Her contribution has been to take the creative out of the realm of the artistic, and instead show how it operates in daily life.
The Saybrook Dialogues, a new series of conversations for networking, exploration, learning and making meaning of our personal and professional lives during uncertain and challenging times, presents its next program in early June.
“Creativity, Leadership and Wisdom” will explore the ways we can allow the creative process to inform our leadership, our work, and our lives. It will be led by Steven Kowalski, Ph.D. and Marc Lesser, MBA.
Marc Lesser is the founder and president of ZBA Associates, a company offering coaching, consulting and facilitation services. Currently conducting executive training programs for Google, he is a board member of the Social Venture Network and the author is the author of Less: Accomplishing More by Doing Less.
Steven Kowalski has over 25 years expertise in the field of creativity and innovation, and is the founder and president of Creative License. Since 1995, Steven has facilitated, coached, and trained clients in the U.S. and Europe to activate creativity and ingenuity of leaders, teams, and entire departments. He currently provides executive development solutions to impact performance and business aims at Genentech.
The Dialogue will be held Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m., at the Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center’s San Francisco offices. Seating is limited. A $25 donation is requested.
To reserve a seat, RSVP to Terry Hopper at 415-394-5220, or firstname.lastname@example.org.