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Alison Shapiro to present at annual "Mini Medicial School" at Pacific Medical Center


The California Pacific Medical Center’s Institute for Health and Healing in San Francisco will be holding its annual “Mini Medical School” on Wednesdays in April, and the Chair of Saybrook’s Board of Trustees, Alison Shapiro, will be one of the featured speakers.

The free lecture series will explore the brain — from neuroplasticity and emotions to brain injury and aging. Nationally renowned experts will share how to keep the brain active and vital, and reveal the brain’s remarkable capacity to regenerate and adapt.

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Eugene Taylor to deliver opening address at science of consciousness conference


Eugene Taylor, director of the Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology concentration at Saybrook’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic, will deliver the opening address of the first Plenary session of the annual “Toward a Science of Consciousness” conference, April 11 - 17, in Tucson, Arizona.  

Preconference workshops begin on the 12th, and the opening session is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on April 13th.

A historian, philosopher of psychology, and internationally recognized scholar on the life and work of William James, Taylor’s presentation will be called “Could Radical Empiricism Guide Neurophenomenology as the Future of Neuroscience?”

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Marc Pilisuk to speak at conference about revisiting the military-industrial complex


Marc Pilisuk, a Human Sciences faculty member at Saybrook’s Graduate School of Psychology and Humanistic Studies, will be speaking on the implications of war and military spending at a conference at Purdue University.

The conference, “Revisiting the Idea of the Military Industrial Complex,” will be held on April 9th, and be divided into two parts.  The first will involve Pilisuk, the author of more than 140 articles on conflict and its resolution, discussing his book Who Benefits from Global Violence and War?

The second will consist of a panel of experts local to Purdue on the impact of war and military spending.
The event is free and open to the public – it will be held in Room 206 of Stewart Center, on Purdue’s West Lafayette, Indiana, campus.

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Saybrook Dialogues commence in April


The Saybrook Dialogues, an in-depth examination of topical issues facing the world today, kicks off Thursday, April 1, with additional Dialogues scheduled on April 21 and June 10.

All programs are held at Saybrook’s San Francisco campus, 747 Front Street.  Dialogues begin at 7 p.m..

April 1 Dialogue: Leading in the Midst of Change

As leaders (and we are all leaders) our opportunity and challenge is to embrace change, to understand change, and to lead change - within ourselves, our lives, our organizations. This Saybrook Dialogue will focus on tools and practices for leading, and thriving in the midst of change.

Dialogue Leaders

   Bob Andrews, Director of Executive Coaching for Gap Inc.
   Jackie McGrath, Executive Coach

April 21 Dialogue: Appreciative Leadership: Turning Creative Potential into Positive Power

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Additional scholarship and work opportunities for students


Two potential opportunities for scholarship funds and employment for interested students are available. 

First, the Jenzabar Foundation is currently accepting applications and organizational nominations for Student Leadership Awards.  These awards are to be given to ten campus student groups or individual students leading significant service efforts consistent with the Jenzabar mission:  "to recognize and support the good works and humanitarian efforts of student leaders serving others across the global community." 

The service must make an impact in serving others beyond the institution.  The activity should also be a model that can either be repeated in other areas or that inspires others to form their own service model.  Collaborative service among students is a plus.

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Saybrook to participate in this month's Psychotherapy Networker Conference


Saybrook University and the Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine are pleased to announce that they will participate as sponsors in the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, hosted by the publication Psychotherapy Networker, from March 25 - 28 in Washington D.C..

Held on the theme of “When times say pull back, we say break through,” the symposium will feature speakers including Dan Goleman San Siegel, Tara Brach, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Natalie Goldberg.  Jim Gordon, the Dean of Saybrook’s Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, will present twice:  one morning workshop entitled “A Mind-Body Approach for Traumatized Vets,” and an all day workshop entitled “Heal – and Celebrate – Thyself.” 

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Mind-Body Medicine Chair Don Moss travels to support develoment of biofeedback


Don Moss, the editor of Biofeedback Magazine and the chair of Saybrook’s Graduate college of Mind-Body Medicine, has a busy travel schedule late this month in support of efforts to improve the knowledge and implementation of biofeedback techniques. 

From March 24-27, Moss will attend the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, in San Diego.  He will present two clinical workshops at that meeting:  first, “Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health” with colleague Angele McGrady, and second, “Breath Training and Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders” with Saybrook faculty member Fredric Shaffer.

On March 28, Moss will attend the annual board meeting of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, also in San Diego. He is a Board member, and serves as the officer in charge of promoting the certification process for biofeedback professionals internationally.


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Shaping the University's response to the crisis in Haiti, students led the way


 On February 2, Saybrook Interim President Bob Schmitt issued a statement expressing Saybrook’s solidarity with the people of Haiti and describing the steps that members of our community are taking to address their suffering. 

 At many institutions statements like these are drafted only at the highest levels, with the people they purport to represent not finding out about them until long after the fact.  In this case, however, the statement was conceived of by students, and a diverse spectrum of the community was instrumental in its development.

 The Haiti earthquake took place on January 12, just as students and faculty were beginning to travel to the Residential Conference of the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies.  The idea of issuing a statement about  earthquake was first brought forward not in the boardroom, but in a classroom, by Janine Ray, a PhD student in Human Science with a concentration in Social Transformation.  She walked into the January 2010 Residential Conference intensive on Global Citizen Activism, Theory, and Research (co-sponsored by the Social Transformation Concentration and the Human Science degree program), knowing that she couldn’t pretend the earthquake hadn’t happened.

 “It turns out we were all feeling that way,” Ray says.  “We’re the Social Transformation concentration:  we all thought we should be doing something.”

 So the participants in the session began to ask themselves:  what realistically could be done? 

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Saybrook co-sponsors this month's ATP conference


Saybrook University is proud to co-sponsor this month's Association of Transpersonal Psychology Conference, entitled "Spirituality In Action:  Bringing Transpersonal Psychology to a World in Crisis."

Held from Feb. 12 - 14 at Menlo College, in Atherton, CA, the conference features speakers including Charles Tart, Fred Luskin, Jenny Wade, Olga Louchakova, Ed Bruce Bynum, Marilyn Mandala Schlitz, Dean Radin, and Donald Rothberg.

For more information call 650-424-8764,or email


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We've got a new plan for sustainability


Sustainability means more than new technology to save the environment.  It’s about communities, about culture, about people making big changes and thriving as they adapt. 

While there are dozens of masters degree programs around the country that focus on sustainability as a business decision, or a new technological response, there’s no place to go to learn practical tools to tap into the human side of sustainability.

 No place except Saybrook.  The Organizational Systems masters degree specializing in sustainability leadership that’s offered by the Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies is a unique program that goes where other programs don’t:  it looks beyond new technology to address human systems, how people adapt effectively to change, and how organizations can creatively bring out the best in people.

 That program is now set to grow and expand, and has new co-directors who will focus on its development.

 Kathia Laszlo, a Saybrook human science alumna who co-founded the international think-tank Syntony Quest, is joined by new faculty member Erica Kohl-Arenas, who received her PhD in education from UC Berkeley and her MA in community development from UC Davis.  

 They say Saybrook’s MA in sustainability is poised to play an instrumental role in helping the world transition – in big ways and small – to new models of sustainable practice.

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