Every 70 seconds, someone in the U.S. is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, that means that there could be up to 16 million Americans with Alzheimer’s by 2050 – and that’s only one of many different kinds of dementia that afflict the elderly.
In the most literal sense possible, what are we going to do with all these people who can’t do for themselves?
For the most part, they get their physical needs met: hospitals and clinics and care workers and families are increasingly good at helping people with dementia eat and bathe and take their medicine.
But what about their psychological needs? Does dementia condemn someone to a life of confusion, loneliness, and solitude?
“People with dementia are present, they live in the moment, and they still want to be met, noticed, related to,” says Doris Bersing, an expert on the psychology of aging and a faculty member in Saybrook’s PsyD program. When people with dementia aren’t related to, their confusion often becomes depression and anger – the way anyone’s does.
The same kind of thinking that got us into an environmental catastrophe won't be able to get us out of it.
According to the research of Kathia Laszlo, who co-directs Saybrook's Organizational Systems MA program in Leadership of Sustainable Systems, it will take a new kind of thinking to get our society working on the sustainable basis we know we need.
Perhaps the most important point: understanding that sustainability is a process, not a certification.
Read more in her recent article at TriplePundit.
Over 40 years ago some of the greatest minds in 20th century psychology and human science gathered in Old Saybrook, Connecticut to start a movement. The term “humanistic psychology” had recently been coined by Abraham Maslow and Anthony Sutich: the attendees at the Old Saybrook conference believed it was an intellectual movement that could transform culture for the better.
Over the next few years, this movement would produce a notable body of literature, an academic journal (the Journal of Humanistic Psychology), and – on June 9, 1971, the date on which Saybrook was officially established and incorporated – an independent graduate college, that ultimately evolved to become Saybrook University.
In 2011, Saybrook will celebrate the 40th anniversary of its establishment as an independent graduate institution, having helped to support the development of humanistic psychology, expand humanistic thought into new fields, and create a community of thought leaders who are changing the world. Saybrook faculty and alumni have briefed the UN and the White House, led international aid programs, served as citizen diplomats, presented important ideas in psychology, and helped lead the current revolution towards a mind-body approach to medicine. Always, they have been in the intellectual vanguard pushing to connect us where the world polarizes us.
The Leonard Shlain Scholarship Fund supports the work of students doing research in the areas explored in Former Saybrook Trustee Dr. Leonard Shlain’s books: creativity, the development of the human brain, art and science, and human sexuality. There are two annual awards of $1,500 each.
The scholarship awardees will be presented copies of Dr. Shlain’s best-selling three books: Art and Physics: The Parallel Visions of Space, Time and Light, Alphabet Vs. The Goddess: The Conflict Between Word and Image and Sex, Time & Power: How Woman’s Sexuality Shaped Human Development, as well as his fourth book about Leonardo Da Vinci, Leonardo’s Brain: The Right - Left Roots of Creativity that will be published in the near future. The students will be encouraged to utilize Dr. Shlain’s findings in their doctoral research.
Leonard Shlain Scholarship Eligibility
Join Saybrook Board of Trustees Chair Alison Shapiro for a discussion on concepts of narrative psychology in brain injury.
The session, which Shapiro will co-host with Rita Martin, L.Ac., will cover an understanding of the power of “story,” and how we can change the patterns of internal messaging to support recovery.
The presentation, on Tuesday, May 25, from 4-6 p.m., will be held at Laguna Grove in San Francisco, and is sponsored by AgeSong and the Pacific Institute.
To RSVP, call Maris at 415-318-8670
Saybrook is proud to sponsor the 17th annual International Transpersonal Conference, to be held in Moscow from June23-27.
The mission of the conference is to present, both experientially and didactically, breakthrough discoveries revealing the fundamental role of consciousness in all human affairs, and the value for humanity of our growing insights into the nature of consciousness and the world.
Covering themes from “A New Cartography of the Human Psyche” to “Consciousness and the New Paradigm in Science” and “Transpersonal Psychology and Higher Education,” the ITC conference is expected to draw over 500 participants from over 50 countries. It will feature a wide range of globally recognized speakers, including Stanley Krippner, a faculty member at Saybrook’s Graduate College of Psychology and Humanistic Studies.
Upon its conclusion, the conference will present several volumes documenting its proceedings with papers covering not only a comprehsive overview of the forty years of the transpersonal paradigm through the voices of its founders and pioneers, but also outline its future perspectives through the work presented by the conference's keynote speakers, artists, and spiritual teachers.
For more information, visit http://www.ita2010.com/.
Mind-Body Medicine chair Don Moss is assisting faculty at the University of Lublin in the creation of a new “Polish-American Institute of the Psychology of Existence and Mind-Body Medicine” that will focus on both MBM techniques and the therapeutic methods of Viktor Frankl, founder of Logotherapy.
Additionally, Moss and Saybrook faculty member Fredric Shaffer will present a one week workshop in Rzezow, Poland, on “Foundations of Clinical Biofeedback” for health care and mental health professionals though John Paul II University of Lublin.
Drs. Moss and Shaffer’s recent book A Primer of Biofeedback Practice is also being published in Poland.
It’s simple arithmetic: more and more veterans are showing signs of post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), as more and more soldiers are coming home from war. This adds up to tragedy. More veterans are getting into trouble after they return home, and many of them are in the nation’s prison system.
A recent study suggested that six percent of new inmates in the Texas prison system are recently returning veterans, and now that state is trying a new approach to address the problem: special courts for veterans.
Modeled on “drug courts” that offer drug users social services and mental health treatment instead of jail time, the veterans courts – which are either operating or ramping up in six Texas counties – would try to identify veterans whose crimes can be traced to combat stress or the attempt to cope with it, and offer them social and mental health services and treatment for addictions instead of jail time.
Saybrook psychologists who have worked frequently with soldiers say they appreciate what Texas is trying to do, but are skeptical about the idea.
The internet might rightly be called the greatest medium of free expression in human history – but just how free is the internet?
This month a federal court ruled that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) can block or slow internet content they don’t like … or charge popular sites to be accessed.
In other words, the company that provides your internet can also decide what you see on it.
The ruling has caused an uproar, with everyone from government regulators to high-tech companies trying to decide what to do next. Many of them argue that the principle of “net neutrality” – the idea that every site on the internet should be treated equally by ISPs – is essential to preserving the potential for the internet as a free exchange of ideas.
For Joel Federman, a member of Saybrook’s Human Science faculty who heads its interdisciplinary concentration in Social Transformation, this discussion couldn’t be more crucial. The future of democracy – which depends on access to information – is at stake.
It’s one small step for 400 people – but could turn into a huge change for the federal government.
The United States Office of Personnel Management has announced that it will implement a pilot “results only” work program for 400 federal employees – allowing them to work wherever, whenever, and however they want, and evaluating them only by the results they produce.
If successful, it could lead to widespread changes, and greater flexibility, for government employees at every level.
Saybrook scholars who work with governments say they are impressed – but that programs like this aren’t always easy to get right.
“The devil is in the details, as they say,” says Gary Metcalf, an Organizational Systems faculty member who teaches at the Federal Executive Institute of the U.S. government. “How it actually works will depend a great deal on the targets they set, and how they get measured. Some people will do better with it than others. Also, it takes more discipline to run your own schedule, and some people don’t do that well.”
Still, he’s excited by the prospect. “Conceptually it sounds like a huge step forward – well beyond what many corporations are ready for yet. If the expected amount of work for each person remains relatively the same, though, and employees feel like outcomes are evaluated fairly, I think the end result could be really positive.”