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I was already in my fourth year of business school at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil when I came to the conclusion that I should have gone into psychology instead. In Brazil, it takes five years to earn a business degree, and I was almost at the finish line. But that didn’t stop me from attending a psychology-related conference with my mother and her friend, where I met Stanley Krippner, legendary professor from Saybrook University. While I don’t remember everything about the conference, what stood out were the talking points related to Humanistic Psychology and the significance of spirituality. That’s when I made the decision to pursue a psychology degree in California.
Pursuing the career I didn’t know I wanted
Saybrook was pretty small at the time, which was a bonus for me considering I’d never studied in the United States and was self-conscious about my writing and language skills. So after completing my business degree and a yearlong internship with the marketing department of American Express, I arrived at Saybrook in January 1990. I earned my master’s degree in Psychology in 1992 from Saybrook and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Psychology from Meridian University in Petaluma, Calif., in 2003. That was around the time I also developed an interest in working on a multi-disciplinary team with psychiatrists, psychologists, therapists, and other health care providers in the field of transplantation.
How clinical hypnosis entered the equation
Some of my most recent work includes assisting a team with evaluating patients for left ventricular assist device implants and for heart transplants, and presenting at centers of excellence; working on a feasibility study that focuses on a cognitive behavioral therapy protocol adapted for post-heart transplant patients; and pursuing certification in the clinical hypnosis certification program from Saybrook to add to my toolbox of interventions to help address complex issues faced by heart failure, left ventricular assist device, and post-heart patients, with whom I work.
Clinical hypnosis is an evidence-based psychological intervention that may help improve anxiety, depression, pain, nausea, and emotional distress, among other issues. I’m hoping that clinical hypnosis will help my patients manage the physical and psychological symptoms they struggle with, such as depression and anxiety, and improving their quality of life.
Attending the ASCH workshop
When I recently attended the advanced track of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) Annual Scientific Meeting & Workshop in Phoenix, Arizona, as a first-timer, I must admit I was apprehensive.
I was about to meet new colleagues from a number of health disciplines who were likely more seasoned hypnosis practitioners than me. To my delight, I could have not asked for a more welcoming professional crowd, such as the one I met at the ASCH conference.
I am a mid-career licensed psychologist, and clinical hypnosis student working under the mentorship of Dr. Willmarth, who was installed as president of ASCH at the same meeting. Professionals and students at the ASCH conference are eligible to participate as beginner, intermediate, or advanced, according to prior clinical hypnosis training programs. In the advanced course I was in, taught by G. Elkins and other well-known hypnosis researchers and clinicians, I met a number of friendly professionals, eager to share knowledge and experiences with each other and myself from events focused on clinical hypnosis, integrative medicine conferences, and mind-body medicine. Working as a psychologist in transplantation, I attend a number of international multidisciplinary conferences every year. Honestly, none of them are as welcoming.
But just as I have earned my own accomplishments, I’m always seeking to be around those who are as goal-oriented as me—but in an atmosphere that is not isolating or overly competitive. The ASCH conference was exactly that. I bonded with group members in just a few hours after my flight from San Francisco. I took a tour of Dr. Milton Erickson’s family home the first evening, met Dr. Erickson’s wife’s companion and the companion’s close friend, shared an Uber ride to our hotel, made lunch plans with the group, and chatted amicably with many participants at the different workshops.
I think that I have found my professional home, which has been my quest for many years. I encourage more students and professionals to join ASCH for the invaluable bonding and resources.
And if you’re interested in treating the whole person—not just the symptoms—Saybrook’s College of Integrative Medicine has top-notch professors and the integrative approach that I (and you) may be looking for.
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Curious about how an MS or PhD in Mind-Body Medicine could advance your career in teaching? Interested in expanding your professional practice to focus on patient-centered healing? Drawn to pursuing research on alternative therapies and integrative medicine? Or perhaps you’d like to see new mind-body approaches to healthcare integrated into healthcare policies and administration. Go beyond a certificate to learn how Saybrook University’s Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine can help you achieve these goals and more.
What to Expect:
Attendance is free, but reservations are required for this event. Please reserve your space on our website!
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What skills do doctors, nurses, helpers, and healers need for the 21st century?
The future of health and wellness is Mind-Body Medicine.
Learn more about the only fully accredited graduate degree program in Mind-Body Body Medicine in the United States, and how you can be a part of it.
Join Lisa Kelly, PhD on a webcast and conference call
Lisa Kelly, PhD will be holding a webcast and conference call for prospective students interested in Saybrook’s MS and PhD degrees in Mind-Body Medicine, and how students can specifically tailor those degrees towards careers in medical research, hands-on practice, and health care administration.
Developed in conjunction with James S. Gordon, MD, who directs The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, D.C., and serves as the Dean of the College, Saybrook’s program in Mind-Body Medicine was designed by doctors and health practitioners for doctors and health practitioners. It combines mainstream western medicine with alternative practice; psychological health with nutritional and behavioral change; the science of the present with the wisdom of the past.
This event will provide an opportunity for prospective students to learn more about the Mind-Body Medicine curriculum and ask questions about this exciting new program. We hope you can join us.
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Join us to learn more about our Psychology programs and have discussions with our faculty members. You can participate on site or online via computer and conference call. Please click on the link to the right to register and receive the web and call in information.
In a time when most academic and professional psychology focuses on biomedical breakthroughs, Saybrook’s psychology programs focus on people. We invite you to learn more about our MA and PhD Psychology programs, Creativity and Jungian Studies specializations, and Consciousness and Spirituality, Humanistic and Transpersonal, Integrative Health Studies, and Social Transformation concentrations.
Saybrook is a unique university of student-engaged learning in a rigorous course of study. Our mission is to provide graduate education that evokes and guides transformational change in individuals, organizations, and communities toward a just, humane, and sustainable world. Our renowned faculty, alumni, and students are thought leaders in their fields.
Begin your graduate study at Saybrook and pursue your passion at the world’s premier institution for humanistic studies. Join us in person or by webcast to learn more about our multidisciplinary graduate university.
Saybrook University is a regionally accredited, nonprofit, distance learning graduate institution. Grounded in the humanistic tradition, Saybrook offers master’s and doctoral degree programs in Human Science, Mind-Body Medicine, Organizational Systems, and Psychology.
Scholarships and Financial Aid are available. Applications are currently being accepted for Spring 2013.
Onsite Check in 5:00 – 5:30 pm
747 Front Street, Third Floor
San Francisco, CA 94111
To RSVP, please visit the event listing!
Join us for a Taste of LIOS open house – an evening informational session designed to give you a small taste of our experiential learning community.
You’ve heard about LIOS’s unique graduate and professional training programs. Now come to a Taste of LIOS and discover your future.
LIOS Graduate College
4010 Lake Washington Blvd. NE Suite 300
Kirkland, WA 98033
To RSVP, please visit our event page!
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Join Saybrook faculty to discuss Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) program opportunities. Developed in conjunction with Dr. James Gordon, Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and Dean of Saybrook’s Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, Saybrook offers the only fully accredited MS and PhD MBM degrees in the US.
During conference calls, faculty will lead discussions of MBM curriculum and degree options, prior to opening the floor to student questions. There are multiple opportunities to participate:
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
5:30pm – 6:30pm PT
Host: Lisa Kelly, PhD
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
12:00pm – 1:00pm PT
Host: Donald Moss, PhD
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On Wednesday, June 27th, 2012 at 12:00 pm PDT, join Dr. Zonya Johnson, Chair of Psychology, to discuss Saybrook’s unique clinical psychology program. Saybrook psychology MA and PhD programs focus on humanistic, existential, transpersonal, and phenomenological psychology. Within the PhD, the Clinical Psychology Specialization integrates that curriculum into a clinically focused degree giving learners the option to prepare for licensure.
The program has been designed to develop proficiencies in scholarship and clinical practice. It combines face-to-face residential learning through biannual week-long conferences in San Francisco with independent study and virtual classroom participation. Students can earn their degrees at a distance while maintaining other commitments.
Dr. Johnson will lead discussion on the program prior to opening the floor to questions. To learn more and register, please RSVP HERE.
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Saybrook faculty JoAnn McAllister, along with organizational systems student Dennis Rebelo, will host a discussion at the Center for Phenomenological Leadership in Pawtucket, Rhode Island on Saturday, June 23rd, from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. Dennis, founder of the Center and JoAnn, Chair of the Human Science Program, will also share information on the training opportunities at the Center and graduate programs in Organizational Systems and Human Science at Saybrook.
How do you connect with another person? Does the story you tell showcase your character and your values? Does it inspire trust? Does it take you across the threshold to your next opportunity, next project, next challenge? Does it open the door to your future? Whether you are expanding personal and professional networks, seeking a new job, embarking on a new profession, or building a new business, how you tell your story is the key to success.
Telling our story to someone new, or a new story to people who already think they know us, is a challenge. Dennis and JoAnn will inspire you to pay attention to your story and offer some insights in how to tell a story that is authentically you and generates interest. With filmmaker Patrick West they are on their way to Montreal to share with scholars from around the world at the International Human Science Research Conference what they have learned about how we create our identity and express ourselves to others through story. Clips from Patrick’s award winning film, Hortensia, will illustrate these themes.
Join them for lively discussion and refreshments at:
Center for Phenomenological Leadership
HOPE ARTISTE VILLAGE
1005 Main Street
Suite # 1101
Pawtucket, RI 02860
On Thursday, June 14, join Dr. Joann McAllister, Human Science Program Chair, and Dr. Nancy Southern, Organizational Systems Co-Chair, to learn more about Saybrook programs. Prior to student questions, Dr. McAllister and Dr. Southern will lead discussion on select topics. To register, please RSVP HERE.
Human Science (HS) is a discipline rooted in the European scholarly tradition of qualitative theory. HS programs investigate issues that intersect between art, science and philosophy to discover how individuals and societies can improve their condition.
HS Graduates work in diverse fields, from urban violence prevention or community organizing to bioethics; they work with indigenous populations, provide alternative health care treatments to those in need and study alternative states of consciousness. Others evaluate the effectiveness of city and state government intervention programs, help develop effective school system educational programs, or teach in higher education.
Dr. McAllister has worked with non-profit organizations and government agencies, including the Office of the California Attorney General, conducting research and developing violence prevention and intervention programs to address intimate partner violence and the needs of at-risk youth. After discussing Human Science opportunities at Saybrook, she will lead a question and answer session with participants.
OS programs are designed for students that want to contribute to emerging social needs for transformative, innovative, sustainable organizational and social change. Our goal is to produce graduates who become leaders in sustainable organizational changes all over the world.
Dr. Southern worked in the field of organizational development, consulting to public, corporate, and non-profit executive teams and teaching academic courses to mid-career managers. Her work is focused in facilitating transformational learning for individuals and organizations.
Saybrook faculty are dedicated to helping each student develop a personal leadership philosophy informed by humanistic values, as well as the capacity to lead within a framework of personal and professional ethics, and responsibility to their organizations and communities. To register and learn more, please RVSP HERE.
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On Saturday, May 19th from 9:30am – 5:30pm PT, experience what it’s like to be a Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) student at Saybrook University. Join MBM students and faculty as we open our doors to prospective students to participate as observers in our Imagery for Health course.
Taught by Director of Instructional Excellence, Lisa Kelly, PhD, and Director of Mentoring, Devorah Curtis, PhD,this course reviews the place of imagery and the imagination in traditional healing practices. Meet MBM faculty and staff, and talk with current students about their experience.
This event gives prospective students the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge on the mind-body medicine curriculum from MBM faculty, current students, and staff. An intergral part of the Saybrook experience, residential conferences allow MBM students and faculty to come together to explore and study exciting ideas in their fields of interest. Each conference offers exploration and enriched learning in a variety of topics.
We hope you can join us. To learn more and register, please RSVP HERE.