Too often, discussions that the world should be having take place only in the classroom.
As part of its mission to both foster community and reach out to the world around it, Saybrook is pleased to announce a new series, “Saybrook Dialogues,” beginning in March.
Held at Saybrook’s San Francisco offices, the first dialogues in the series will focus on the topic of “Leadership, Wisdom, and Making a Difference.”
Organizer Marc Lesser, the founder and president of coaching and facilitation company ZBA Associates and the former director of Tassajara Zen Mountain Center, will focus the conversations on making meaning of our personal and professional lives during uncertain and challenging times.
The Saybrook Dialogues are free, but a $25 donation is requested from those who can give. More information will be forthcoming. To RSVP please contact Terry Hopper at: 415-394-5220.
What do you hate about yourself? What is it about your personality that makes you squirm?
And what does that mean?
According to James Hollis, one of the America’s leading Jungian psychologists, distrusting and disliking something about yourself is a fundamental part of the human experience: but one that we rarely understand.
Hollis will be in the Bay Area on Saturday, January 17, giving a public presentation about what legendary psychologist Carl Jung called “the Shadow” – the energies, motives, and agendas in every person which operate outside of our conscious control and are sometimes contrary to our professed values.
The first ever Saybrook/LIOS Spring Program is now scheduled to launch on March 1 of this year.
The is the first program to integrate the resources of Saybrook with the Leadership Institute of Seattle, enhancing the traditional LIOS offerings while remaining focused on the exceptional, always evolving experiential and transformative education that has been the LIOS trademark for almost 40 years.
Program participants will be guided by LIOS’ team of seasoned faculty – all of whom are graduates of LIOS. This unique feature is part of the vitality of LIOS’ programs, as alumni and current students are the best resources for new students. Emphasizing this relationship creates programs that are dynamic and responsive, and a community that is closely knit.
Saybrook is pleased to announce the hiring of its first Dean of Instruction, Eric Fox.
Eric comes to Saybrook from Western Michigan University, where he was an Assistant Professor of Psychology and founded the university's Language, Cognition, and Instructional Technology lab. He has a PhD in Learning & Instructional Technology from Arizona State University, and both his research and his teaching have focused on the use of technology as a pedagogical tool.
"My role at Saybrook is to work with administration, faculty, and students to create the best learning environment that we can," Eric says. "Making sure that faculty are involved in the decision making process and are comfortable with the way we're designing and expanding programs, and that students are satisfied with the way everything works."
An eLearning and Web Design Consultant for nine years, he has a decade of experience developing and supporting technology-based teaching in higher education. He says was Saybrook's history as a leader with distance learning and technology supported education that first interested him in the position.
"Saybrook's history of doing distance and graduate education in innovative ways was very appealing to me," Eric says. "And this is a very exciting time to be part of it Saybrook has a really great vision, some positive new programs, and very interesting initiatives coming into play. The opportunity for me to apply some of my training and work to help keep Saybrook a leader in the field is very exciting."
This year Saybrook is proud to award an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters to Dr. Ethel Tobach, a significant figure in politically engaged psychology and the study of human beings.
A Distinguished Consulting Faculty member at Saybrook, Dr. Tobach is curator emerita of the American Museum of Natural History and has made major contributions to the study of genetics and comparative and evolutionary psychology during her distinguished 50 year career as a researcher. She has been a leader in psychology activist groups seeking constructive public policies, nuclear disarmament, and peace-building - and she was a founder of Psychologists for Social Action (PSA).
The Honorary Degree of Doctor of Humane Letters is awarded annually to individuals who have made substantial contributions to the unique mission and purposes of Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center. The degree recognizes outstanding contributions to humanistic psychology or human science, and acknowledges general outstanding contributions to the arts and sciences, which are related to the unique mission and purposes of Saybrook. The honorary degrees also recognize outstanding contributions made directly to Saybrook Graduate School and Research Center.
Dr. Tobach will receive the reward on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Westin Ballroom of the Westin San Francisco International Airport.
The community is invited to a discussion of how we sustain Saybrook's humanistic core
Saybrook’s made great strides in the 21st century: creating new programs, completing the most successful fund-raising campaign in its history, and accomplishing key goals as it moves towards the creation of a full university structure.
But as Saybrook grows in new ways, old questions become more relevant: what is the place of Humanistic thought in the 21st century? How does it apply to disciplines outside of psychology? In what way can Saybrook best articulate and pursue these principles?
All members of the Saybrook community are invited to a community-wide discussion of these issues to be held at this January’s Residential Conference in San Francisco, on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 7:15 - 9 p.m..
This year Saybrook will honor the author of a seminal study on the psychological underpinnings of political beliefs, as well as the world’s foremost authority on Jewish philosopher Martin Buber. Every two years Saybrook, in collaboration with the Rollo May Committee, presents the Rollo May Award for Humanistic Service, recognizing distinguished individuals whose life’s work demonstrates faith in human possibility.
A third of American adults are using complementary or alternative medicine to improve their health – treating conditions ranging from back pain and migraines to insomnia.
As the demand for complimentary medicine increases, the demand for well-trained practitioners … and high quality research on effective treatments … will grow too. In fact, they will become necessities.
“Mind-body medicine is a revolutionary twenty-first century approach to health care that includes a wide range of behavioral and lifestyle interventions, on an equal basis with traditional medical interventions," says Saybrook's Mind-Body Medicine program director Donald Moss. "The patient in mind-body medicine is understood as a totality of body, mind, and spirit. Interventions are directed at each of these aspects of the person. The medical conditions linked with human suffering today, in the affluent societies of the developed world, are caused as much by lifestyle, dietary habits, activity level, and life-stress, as they are by such traditional causes of disease as infection, virus, bacteria, and physical trauma.”