Saybrook student develops new applications for Jungian archetypes


“Jungian Archetypes,” symbolic images that are consistent across cultures, have been a source of fascination to the public ever since they were first proposed in the early part of the 20th century.

But outside of Jungian psychology, few fields have found ways to use the concept on a practical level.

A Saybrook university student may be changing that.

Grace Kolman, a PhD student in Psychology at Saybrook University, has recently proposed a new approach to Jung’s archetypes – one that validates Jung’s work by integrating recent studies of neuroscience and evolutionary psychology – and offers practical applications for youth and adults recovering from trauma, or hoping to grow as human beings.

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Advancing our understanding of Phantom Limb Pain


by Richard Sherman, PhD

There is a very sad cycle in the health care community in which each generation of health care providers discovers that phantom pain is a real problem, thinks they can treat it and then finds out they can’t. The vast majority of providers working with amputees today never knew about the hard lessons learned during past wars when it finally became apparent that phantom pain was a truly debilitating problem with few or no effective treatments.

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Student Spotlight: Jessica Weinbrenner

Photo courtesy of USMC.

For first or second semester students, finding your way around the Residential Conference (RC) can be both exciting and overwhelming. We sat down with PhD student Jessica Weinbrenner at the January 2014 RC to discuss her intriguing background in mixed martial arts, the Marines and her second semester at Saybrook.

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Faculty and Student Presentations and Achievements


PhD faculty Orah Krug and Kirk Schneider presented a workshop in E-H Therapy last month at the Division 32 Conference experiential training course as part of the existential humanistic institute certificate program. PhD Psychology student, Juanita Ratner shares her essay on the program in the EHTP Newsletter.

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Message from the Chair of the School


The Annual Conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (Division 32 of the APA) was hosted by Sofia University in Palo Alto, March 13th-16th.  Of the nearly 200 participants, a significant number were Saybrook CP Faculty, Alumni, and students from the PsyD, PhD and MFT-PCC Programs.  Faculty Member Carol Humphreys, PhD, served as Co-Chair of the Conference and we all owe her a debt of gratitude for creating such a welcoming space for community, sharing, and learning.

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Alumni Spotlight: Kirk Schneider


Some Thoughts on an Integrative Humanistic Psychology

Kirk J. Schneider, Ph.D.

From AHP Perspective June/July 2005, p. 8

Humanistic psychology needs to move toward serious cultural and professional integration. By this I mean that in order for humanistic psychology to survive, let alone thrive, it needs to be much more proactive. It needs to reach across many more chasms of cultural and professional divides, if it is to live up to its founding impulse to re-vision and reenergize mainstream American psychology.

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Student Spotlight: Manny Sandoval


PhD clinical psychology student, Manuel Sandoval, or Manny, as many call him, is set to graduate next year. While at the recent RC (Residential Conference) we caught up with him and discussed his past work with the elder population and his present work at Palomar Health Center in Escondido, CA.

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Faculty Spotlight: Richard A. Sherman


Richard A. Sherman received his doctorate in psychobiology from New York University in 1973. He has more than forty years of experience teaching and performing research and clinical work in behavioral medicine and related fields. Dr. Sherman is an award-winning teacher and has taught courses at virtually all levels of adult education, including numerous undergraduate, medical resident, and graduate school courses as well as continuing education courses for clinical professionals in both on-site and distance-learning formats.

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Saybrook scholars – faculty, alumni, and students – to shine at the upcoming Society for Humanistic Psychology conference


Saybrook University was established by the founders of Humanistic Psychology as a way to carry their work into higher education.  It’s had legendary scholars in the field like Rollo May, Abraham Maslow, and Eleanor Criswell on its faculty.

So it’s no surprise that it has long been an established leader in the APA Division for Humanistic psychology.  Man of the division’s officers and presidents have been Saybrook faculty and alums.

Saybrook is poised to prove itself again this year, at the Society for Humanistic Psychology’s annual conference, held this year in Palo Alto, California, from March 13 - 16.  Many of the most exciting presentations will be led by members of the Saybrook community.

These include:

The application of humanistic principles in an urban medical setting:  not for the faint of heart – Theopia Jackson

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An interview with Saybrook Alumnus Maurice Apprey

Dr. Maurice Apprey

In addition to studying under Amedeo Giorgi at Saybrook, Maurice Apprey studied under Anna Freud.  Today he has a full Professorship of psychiatry at the University of Virginia where he is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Educators at the School of Medicine. He also serves as a training and supervising psychoanalyst at the Contemporary Freudian Society in Washington, DC, a component of the International Psychoanalytic Association. We asked Dr. Apprey how his studies evolved over the years.

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