Saybrook Faculty, Students Present More than 20 Workshops, Papers, Posters, at APA Convention

The 121st American Psychological Association (APA) Annual Convention was held July 31st to Aug. 4, at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. Saybrook University was well represented at the convention, which included more than 800 sessions covering the entire field of psychology. Some of the highlights from the Saybrook presenters included:

Steve Pritzker, PhD, director of the Creativity Studies program, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Encyclopedia of Creativity and President-Elect of APA’s Division 10 (Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts), who led a symposium on Art As Healer—Preschoolers to Seniors to Society at Large.

Louis Hoffman, PhD, director of the Existential, Humanistic, and Transpersonal Psychology program and president of the Society of Humanistic Psychology (APA’s Division 32), presented a paper on existential therapy and creativity in China, along with fellow Saybrook faculty members Shawn Rubin, Steve Pritzker, Louis Hoffman and Jason Dias.

Don Moss, chair of Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine and past president of the APA’s division on hypnosis, presented a workshop on “The Need for Supplementary Mind-Body Interventions in PTSD Treatment.”

For a partial look at more of Saybrook faculty and student’s involvement at the APA convention, please see below.


Steve Pritzker
Conversation Hour (S): Creative APA Clearinghouse to Foster Excellent Popular Psychology in Television
Wednesday, July 31: 9:00 AM – 9:50 AM Convention Center
Room 317A

Symposium (S): Art As Healer—Preschoolers to Seniors to Society at Large
Friday, Aug. 2: 12:00 PM – 12:50 PM Convention Center
Room 303B

Symposium (S): Promoting Creative Thinking in Schools — An APA Module for Teachers  Convention Center
Saturday, Aug. 3: 12:00 PM- 12:50 PM
Level 3, Room 321 B

Louis Hoffman

Existential therapy, culture, and therapist factors in evidence-based practice by Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman, Louis Hoffman, & Sivan Willson*.
Thursday, Aug. 1: 9:00-9:50

The meaning and history of Junkanoo for Bahamian culture (Poster) by Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman & Louis Hoffman.
Thursday, Aug. 1: 10:00-10:50.

Existential therapy and creativity in China (Poster) by Heather McQueen*, Shawn Rubin, Steve Pritzker, Xuefu Wang, Richard Bargdill, Louis Hoffman, & Jason Dias.
Thursday, Aug. 1: 10:00-10:50.

Demonstrating existential and humanistic therapy’s evidence-based foundation for your practice: A workshop by Louis Hoffman, Janelle Clark*, Marilyn Franklin*, Gena Clark*, Aimee Henson*, Abraham Lopez*, Tjuana Smylie*, Tiffany Washa*, & Sivan Willson*, (Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA Division 32) Hospitality Suite.
Thursday, Aug. 1: 4:00 to 5:50.

Humanistic psychology speaks: The division president’s town hall meeting on horror (Conversation Hour); Frank Farley & Louis Hoffman (co-chairs).
Friday, Aug. 2: 9:00-9:50.

Relational factors, culture, and religious experience in clinical practice by Louis Hoffman, TJ Smilye*, & Sivan Wilson*.
Saturday, Aug. 3: 9:00-9:50.

Existential issues in trauma: Assessment and treatment by Louis Hoffman, Heatherlyn Cleare-Hoffman, & Lisa Vallejos*.
Saturday, Aug. 3: 10:00-10:50.

Multiculturalism, epistemological diversity, language: Embracing poetry and science to advance psychology (Society for Humanistic Psychology [APA Division 32] Presidential Address).
Saturday, Aug. 3: 2:00-2:50.

Existential Therapy As an Evidence‑Based Treatment for Trauma by Tiffany Washa,
Thursday, Aug. 1: 9:00-9:50.

In Search of Beauty: An Investigation Inspired by Rollo May poster presentation by Kristina R. Wibbens.

Ruth Richards

Symposium (S): A Systems Perspective on the Ethics of  Creativity
Wednesday, July 31.: 10:00 AM – 10:50 AM Convention Center
Room 318B

Symposium (S): Art As Healer—Preschoolers to Seniors to Society at Large
Friday, Aug. 2: 1200 PM – 12:50 PM Convention Center
Room 303B

Div. 10/32 Hospitality Suite, Friday, Aug. 2: 2 p.m. Creativity and Chaos Theory—Meeting Life Anew
Ruth Richards
Stanley Krippner


Don Moss

Donald Moss chaired the Awards session for Division 30, the Society for Psychological Hypnosis.  The session will include presentations by:  Guy Montgomery, recognized in 2012-2013 for Distinguished contributions to the Science of Hypnosis, Mark P. Jensen, recognized in 2011-2012 for Distinguished contributions to the Science of Hypnosis; Darlene Viggiano (Saybrook MBM faculty and psychology alumna) recognized in 2011-2012 for Early Career Contributions to the Field of Hypnosis; and Stephanie Scholze, recognized in 2012-2013 for Early Career Contributions to Hypnosis.

Wednesday, July 31: from 8 am to 9:50 am
Symposium: “Defining Hypnosis.” Presented with Eric Willmarth.
Wednesday, July 31: 10 am to 10:50 am

Workshop: “The Need for Supplementary Mind-Body Interventions in PTSD Treatment,” and “The Use of Heart Rate Variability Training for Trauma: What Do We Train?” Co-presented with Constance Dalenberg.
Thursday, Aug. 1: 2 to 4 pm

Presentation: “Learning to Use Hypnosis in the Lab and Clinic: Obtaining Suitable Training in Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis.”
Saturday, Aug.: 3: 9 am to 9:50 am

Skill-building session: “The Integration of Hypnosis and Biofeedback in Pain Management.” Co-presented with Eric Willmarth.
Sunday, Aug. 4: 11 am to 11:50 am

Skill-building session: “Clinical Perspectives on Heart Rate Variability in Biofeedback and Hypnosis.” Presented with Eric Willmarth.
Sunday, Aug. 4: 12 noon to 1:50 pm