I wanted to take a few minutes to share with you all my experience here in New York City at Hope Lodge. I have been in New York this week taking care of my cousin Michaelene who is part of a clinical trial at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for stage 4 cancer patients. This experience has been deeply meaningful, at so many levels - spiritually, emotionally, physically and relationally - for me. It has rekindled my passion for the work that we do - and also has reconnected me to the essence of my own calling to serve others.
Last night I facilitated a guided imagery session for residents here at Hope Lodge - all of whom have advanced stages of cancer. I scrambled all day Monday to get approval from the staff here to present last night. They were hesitant because they like to plan things way in advance and were skeptical about anyone actually attending the session with just one day's notice. I told them if one person came it would be fine - but that I wanted them to make 12 copies of the Imagery protocol handout I made. The volunteer coordinator gave me an indulgent smile - but made the copies anyway saying "Sometimes no one comes to these events..." I smiled back and said, "People will come..." I knew a few would come because I had been connecting with individuals in the kitchen and lounge and around the building - chatting and drawing angel cards for them.
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On Tuesday, May 8th at 5:30 pm PT, join Dr. Zonya Johnson, Chair of Psychology, and Dr. Ann Bernhardt, Chair of MFT-PCC, to discuss clinical psychology opportunities at Saybrook. Participants may attend the Open House in person or by webcast. Prior to breaking out into individual program sessions, Dr. Johnson and Dr. Bernhardt will provide an overview of the PhD Psychology with Specialization in Clinical Psychology and Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling (MA/MFT-PCC) degrees.
Saybrook Alumnus Dr. Daniel Pitchford (Ph.D. '09) and Alumna Dr. Jeannine Davies (Ph.D. '10) Publish Book w/Dr. Stan Krippner04/10/2012
College of Mind-Body Medicine Faculty Member Pursues Research on Altruism and Service: Lisa Kelly, Ph.D.04/10/2012
What compels a person to leave the comfort of her home and travel to a foreign country, with one goal in mind … to make a difference in the lives of others. Dr. Lisa Kelly has been interested in what motivates people to transcend their own needs for comfort and safety to be of service to others. Lisa’s interest in this human potential for service was the subject of her Ph.D. dissertation on altruism, The Lived Experience of Altruism as Described by Moral Exemplars: A Descriptive Phenomenological Study (Mastain, 2007). As an interesting dichotomy, she once studied evil people and found that a person who is capable of committing unthinkable evil lacks empathy for other human beings.
Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling Program Conference Call for Prospective Students04/04/2012
Join Dr. Ann Bernhardt to discuss the Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Clinical Counseling (MFT-PCC) program on Wednesday, April 11, 2012 at 12:00 pm PDT. Within a humanistic perspective, this clinical, career-focused program prepares students for licensure and provides practical, hands-on experience.
Even though John’s 1970 undergraduate degree was in psychology, he never imagined he would later practice mind-body medicine. Even though he almost stayed in college an extra year to study comparative religions, he also never imagined he would later practice holistic mind-body-spirit medicine. John’s inspiration to study medicine was Albert Schweitzer, who already had doctorates in music and theology when he was driven by a sense of compassion to become a doctor serving humanity for the rest of his life.
Congratulations to my friends and colleagues, Stanley Krippner, PhD, Daniel B. Pitchford, PhD, and Jeannine Davies, PhD, on their new book, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The book was just published, in March 2012, by Greenwood Press, in their Biographies of Disease series. Stanley and Daniel are both faculty at Saybrook University, and we have held residential conference programs together, on a mind-body understanding of trauma. Jeannine is currently pursuing her doctorate at Saybrook. This book is valuable because it highlights some areas not touched by other works on PTSD. For example, it shows how post-traumatic growth can unfold, creating in the person post-traumatic strengths never present before.