Dispatch 172: Transfer Options for Argosy University Students


Saybrook University is a nonprofit, regionally accredited humanistic institution that has been dedicated to serving communities around the world for the last 50 years. Today, we stand ready to support those affected by the closure of Argosy University through various transfer options. Our faculty and administration have been working closely to identify processes and procedures to assist former Argosy students who wish to continue their educational journey with us. If you are seeking to transfer to Saybrook University, we are here to support you. Eligible programs for transfer students are outlined below.

Saybrook’s Department of Clinical Psychology will offer support to students from the following Argosy programs:

  • M.A. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology

  • Ed.D. in Clinical Psychology

  • Psy.D. programs

Saybrook’s Department of Counseling will offer support to students from the following Argosy programs:

  • M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • Ed.D. in Counseling Psychology

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education programs

Saybrook’s Department of Leadership and Management will offer support to students from the following Argosy programs:

  • M.S. and Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership

  • Ed.D. programs in Educational Leadership and Higher & Postsecondary Education.

In all transfer situations, former Argosy students should first apply to the appropriate program. They will then be invited to a faculty interview and program planning meeting to finalize the admissions decision.

We are here to help.

You can begin your application by visiting apply.saybrook.edu/ or you can begin a Live Chat with an admission representative today by visiting the TCS Education System Argosy Transfer page.

Dispatch 170: Saybrook U's Dr. Moss at Ibero-American University


Fantastic seeing Dr. Moss spreading the good word on integrative health. Here in his own words from his most recent Facebook posting:


On March 8, I spent the day at Ibero-American University, a large private University which is piloting a new applied psychophysiology curriculum for undergraduates, masters students, and doctoral students. My host was Jose Esael Pineda Sanchez. I was able to teach a roughly three hour workshop class on Psychophysiological Perspectives on Health.

In the evening, I was able to participate in another panel discussion of my book with Fred Shaffer, now available in Spanish, Fundamentos del Biofeedback de Variabilidad del Ritmo Cardio. The participants provided excellent discussion, and I gave a lecture on the objectives of the book.

Dispatch 169: Congratulations, Dr. Pilisuk, on CPA Lifetime Achievement Award


We are thrilled to announce that Saybrook University faculty member, Dr. Marc Pilisuk, will be receiving the California Psychological Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The following provides a brief summary of Marc’s work (in his words) over many decades.

Congratulations, Marc. We are so very proud of and happy for you.

Marc Pilisuk has devoted his life to the application of psychology and the social sciences to world peace, a sustainable planet and social justice. He was a founder of the Society Against Nuclear Explosions now evolved into Peace Action, of the Psychologists for Social Responsibility, the APA Division of Peace Psychology, of the first ever Teach-in opposing the war in Vietnam. He has always maintained a connection with groups dealing with the consequences of nuclear preparedness and has often testified on psychological dangers at environmental impact hearings. He developed a manual on the application of psychology to improve advocacy on nuclear issues. 

Marc is author or editor of 11 books including  The Healing Web and The Hidden Structure of Violence.  

His work has been recognized in national awards for teaching, for research and for application and service to the wider community. It has also earned him dismissal from two University positions.

Marc has been teaching since 1961 sometimes in Psychology departments, mostly in multi-disciplinary settings at the University of California and Saybrook University. 

Marc’s teaching and research have focused upon globalization, sustainability, violence prevention, conflict resolution, healthy communities and relationships in health and healing. His guiding belief is that we live in a potentially wonderful world that is traumatized by the power and wealth a small elite. The job of the psychologist who sees the casualties should not be to help people adjust to that system but to empower them to change it.

Dispatch 149: Saybrook U Alumni Making a Difference with Freedom to Choose Project


The Freedom to Choose Project (FTC) is a non-profit program co-founded by David Paul, MD, PhD, and Bonnie Paul, PhD, both graduates of Saybrook University.  The Freedom to Choose Project has received two 3-year Innovative Programming grants from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. The award letter contained a very positive comment on the merit of the program:

There was very formidable competition…The application evaluation was thorough and challenging. You should take enormous pride in your selection, as well as the role you will play in expanding the Department’s rehabilitative efforts.

FTC will now be adding programs at the California Men’s Colony in San Luis Obispo and the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF) in Corcoran, California. The SATF program will include a mentor program for the Youth Offender Program (YOP) at that institution. YOP is designed to pair newly incarcerated 18-22-year-old inmates with older, positive role model inmates. FTC will be training both the YOP participants and their mentors. 

FTC currently provides educational programs at three California prisons: Valley State Prison, Central California Women’s Facility, and the California Institution for Women. FTC presented over 25,000 inmate-hours of education in 2018. The programs have been called a “revolution in prison rehabilitation and reform.” 

FTC was funded in the “promising practice” category of the grant. This is defined as a program that has demonstrated effectiveness in reducing recidivism but has not yet fulfilled all the criteria to be classified as an evidence-based rehabilitation program. A major focus for FTC starting in 2019 will be research on both the qualitative and quantitative outcomes of the program. 


FTC is open for any Saybrook students who might be interested in participating as volunteers or as part of a practicum or a for-credit course. A recent Saybrook graduate, Trish Singh Ph.D., joined FTC last fall at the men’s prison, and reported a very positive experience:

Hello!  I really wanted to share with you and Bonnie my gratitude for being included in Freedom to Choose.  The weekend was extraordinary and I am still glowing from the experience of healing and witnessing such a brilliant and amazing group of volunteers.


An interesting biographical note:  Drs. David and Bonnie Paul did their first education program at Valley State Prison for Women in March 2004, the same month they started as students at Saybrook. 

More info is available on the FTC website (https://freedomtochooseproject.org/) including a preview for a documentary filmed at Valley State Prison for Men which will be released later this year.

Dispatch 146: Video Featuring Rollo May on Existential Psychology

Dr. May provides the audience a beautiful explication of Existential Psychology in this video. While short, it is incredibly packed. One of Saybrook University’s major faculty members (beginning in the 1970s), he has left an indelible imprint on may within and far beyond our beloved institution.

Dispatch 142: Saybrook U Presidential Fellow to Speak at San Jose State Community College

So very proud of SU Prez Fellow Dr. O’Dell Johnson for the work he is doing as President and CEO of RISE (Research Institute for Social Equity) to improve the lives of the formerly incarcerated and to call attention to issues race and mass incarceration. If you have the date free, I highly recommend attending this important event in which he is one of the featured panelists, all of whom bring important perspectives to the topic of mass incarceration.

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Dispatch 141: Dance Your PhD - The Path to Warrior Wellness


Allison Winters Fisher's research is a holistic case study analysis of an existing integrative treatment program. Her recent video features original music by Nathaniel McLaughlin, videography by Elizabeth Freeman, and choreography by Allison herself. View the video here and directly below.


An innovative way to explain PhD research, the contest challenges scientists to explain their research without PowerPoint slides or jargon—in fact with no talking at all.  

Now in its 11th year, contestants submit a video explaining their Ph.D. research through interpretive dance.  


Many military members struggle with symptoms of trauma. The body responds to trauma by over-activating the autonomic nervous system (ANS). Soldiers can remain in a high alert state for long periods of time, which can include continuous, quick, and shallow breathing and a racing heart. It is a burden that is carried in the body, just as a soldier wears a rucksack wherever he or she might go. Mind-body practices, such as diaphragmatic breathing, gentle movement, and relaxation techniques can counteract these automatic physiological responses. Practicing and building mind-body skills increases heart rate variability (HRV) and coherence levels, transforming burden into a new found and lasting sense of calm, balance, and peace. 

This video is Allison's dance interpretation of her Ph.D.dissertation, Dance/Movement Therapy-Based Mind-Body Medicine in an Integrative Medicine Treatment Program for Military Members with Traumatic Brain Injury. 

Dispatch 138: Saybrook University Institutional Review Board Updates/Reminders

The January 2019 IRB newsletter went out over email on 1.30.19 and includes:

  • A quick overview of how the Saybrook IRB is working with the new federal human subjects regulations

  • The forthcoming revised informed consent template

  • A summary reminder about CITI Program training and how to select the “right” training course

  • An overview of upcoming IRB Open House sessions and other IRB support. 

We are working to have our IRB Newsletters archived, and retrievable online, by March 1. Once this news is archived, we’ll be able provide a direct link to the IRB Newsletter in this section of the monthly newsletter. 

If you have any questions about the Saybrook IRB, please contact IRB@saybrook.edu

Dispatch 137: Saybrook Student Anjali Talcherkar Spoke at Recent US FDA Public Hearing!


On January 18th, Saybrook University PhD Mind-Body Medicine candidate, Anjali Talcherkar, spoke at the FDA public hearing in Washington D.C. on Eliminating Youth E-Cigarette & other Tobacco Product Use. Anjali presented alongside Ronnie Newman, Director of Research at IAHV, for the SKY Youth Program for Treatment & Prevention Strategies.

Learn more about the presentation here, and view the Presentation Proposal for more details.

Congratulations, Anjali on this opportunity to advance impactful research and practices on a national stage!

Dispatch 136: Upcoming NYC Saybrook Salon February 23, 2019, Featuring Dr. Ruth Richards and Roger Cunningham


Saybrook Salon: Saturday Double Feature!

Saturday, February 23rd, 2 - 4 PM EST

482 West 43rd St., Manhattan Plaza Health Club

1st Fl., Minnesota Conference Room

New York, NY

RSVP: rogerjeff@access.net

Join us for a Saybrook Salon event in NYC featuring presentations and experiential activities by Roger Cunningham and Dr. Ruth Richards. The event is free, and refreshments will be available.

  • Focusing - Our Inner Wisdom (Roger Cunningham)

  • Intimacy with Everyday Creativity: See it - Free it - Be It (Dr. Ruth Richards)

Each Segment involves cutting-edge activities for self-development and growth in psychology and human consciousness.

Dispatch 135: Robin Dickey, PhD MBM, Win University of Texas HS Center Grant


Robin Dickey, a doctoral candidate in the Saybrook University Mind-Body Medicine program, has just been awarded a grant to fund a faculty wellness initiative at The University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Robin will be collaborating with the Office of Faculty Affairs to offer monthly wellness related activities, including education, exercises, mindfulness, guest speakers, etc. 

She will also conduct an appreciative inquiry study with the UT faculty. The appreciative inquiry will include collaborative questioning, pre- and post-participation surveys, and open dialogue with faculty attendees about transformational change potential for the University. This will include exploration into strengths, successes, values, hopes and dreams. We plan to follow the The 5-D Cycle of Appreciative Inquiry: Define, Discover, Dream, Design and Destiny/Delivery to focus on Strategic Planning, Cultural Transformation, Employee Satisfaction, Morale and Retention, and Leadership Development.

The funding for the faculty wellness initiative comes from UT System, an entity that oversees the 14 University of Texas educational institutions throughout the state. She hopes to publish the results of this offering in the International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health's special edition called Participatory Research in Health Promotion that will be published in November.

Dispatch 133: Student Spotlight - J Daniel Gawrys

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J Daniel Gawrys is an organizational consultant with expertise in change management and process improvement. As a Doctoral student studying Organizational Behavior at Saybrook University, the focus of Daniel’s work includes navigating decision-making, divorcing distractions, and ushering leaders and managers to discovering their path toward greater depth and meaning in their work and life.

Daniel is both an alumnus of Saybrook University (MS Mind-Body Medicine, 2016) and a current student, having returned in 2018 to pursue a PhD in Managing Organizational Systems.

We are thrilled to be able to welcome Daniel back to the university for this next phase of his educational journey, and are proud to announce his recent publication in last month's edition of CalSAE's magazine, The Executive. Read 7 Steps to Successfully Navigate the New Year, and join us in congratulating Daniel on this accomplishment!

Dispatch 132: Saybrook U Announces PhD in Counselor Education & Supervision

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Photo Credit: taylor hernandez (www.taylormaephotography.org) via UnSplash

Saybrook University is now taking applications for our new PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision.

 Saybrook University is a private, nonprofit institution that has a deep and rich history in the field of Humanistic Psychology. Founded as the Humanistic Psychology Institute in 1971 by Eleanor Camp Criswell and advanced by the work of Rollo May, Clark Moustakas, and James Bugental, Saybrook  was regionally accredited by WSCUC in 1984 and has since grown to include programs such as Clinical Psychology, Transformative Social Change, Mind-Body Medicine, Psychophysiology, and the department of Counseling.

The doctoral degree program in Counselor Education and Supervision at Saybrook University is intended to prepare students to work as counselor educators, supervisors, and advanced practitioners in academic and clinical settings. Graduates are prepared to contribute to their knowledge base in the field of counseling, through leadership and research skills. The PhD program is aligned with the broader mission of Saybrook University, specifically, to prepare students as advocates in inspiring transformational change in individuals, organizations, and communities, toward a just, humane, and sustainable world.

Our department of Counseling programs are low-residency, online programs. The department includes the upcoming PhD program and a CACREP-accredited MA degree. Students in the PhD CES program will have a unique opportunity to engage in teaching and supervision experiences both online and at our residencies, which will prepare students to take faculty roles in both modalities.

Note that funding opportunities may be available for qualified applicants.

For more information, please feel free to reach out to:

 Jennifer Preston, PhD, NCC, LPC
Counseling Department Chair
CACREP Liaison
PhD Coordinator

Dispatch 131: The Willmarth Hypnosis Interviews


Saybrook University provides a multiplicity of programs ranging from psychology to mind-body medicine. I have been impressed by the various approaches to supporting clients in their path to wellness. Dr. Eric Willmarth, one of our esteemed faculty members, provides our students techniques from biofeedback to hypnosis - techniques that support their healing journey in a holistic, humanistic fashion.

Over several years, he has been compiling interviews on the history and benefits of hypnosis. Here is one of his many videos I am featuring (with more to come). Thank you, Dr. Willmarth, for your scholarly contributions as well as your abiding commitment to supporting the health of individuals and communities via your work in this and other key areas related to mind-body medicine.

Dispatch 130: A Powerful Quote from a Powerful Influence (Carl Rogers)

Carl Rogers remains one of the important scholars in Humanistic Psychology and philosophy. He was also instrumental in Saybrook’s founding and perpetuation. As I reflect on his legacy, I (still) find inspirational this quote from his most noted scholarly work, “On Becoming a Person: A Therapist’s View of Psychotherapy”.

I believe it will have become evident why, for me, adjectives such as happy, contented, blissful, enjoyable, do not seem quite appropriate to any general description of this process I have called the good life, even though the person in this process would experience each one of these at the appropriate times. But adjectives which seem more generally fitting are adjectives such as enriching, exciting, rewarding, challenging, meaningful. This process of the good life is not, I am convinced, a life for the faint-fainthearted. It involves the stretching and growing of becoming more and more of one's potentialities. It involves the courage to be. It means launching oneself fully into the stream of life. Yet the deeply exciting thing about human beings is that when the individual is inwardly free, he chooses as the good life this process of becoming.” 
― Carl R. Rogers, On Becoming a Person: A Therapist's View of Psychotherapy

Dispatch 129: Coaching is Powerful Magic (Dr. Beth Haggett - SU Faculty Member)


Coaching is Powerful Magic by Beth Haggett, MSW, LCSW, Ph.D.

Beth teaches as an adjunct faculty member for Saybrook University in the Integrative Wellness Coaching Master's and Certificate program in The College of Mind-Body Medicine. She also trains coaches using her own curriculum to help support change management strategies internal to Customer Support Organizations.

Master Personal & Executive Coach

I am always a little concerned when I speak of coaching being powerful magic that I will sound a bit too “Woo Woo” to some. So, let me explain my thinking. First of all, I think “Woo Woo” refers to thing that we sense or feel but often cannot see so things of this nature are difficult to measure or prove. That being said, although it can be hard to measure the magic of the intangibles of coaching, there are outcomes from the coaching relationship that are quite tangible.

 Read more here...

Dispatch 126: Today Marks Official Launch of the Eleanor Criswell Scholarship

Photo Credit: Stephen Weiss ( http://www.stephenweissphotography.com )

Photo Credit: Stephen Weiss (http://www.stephenweissphotography.com)

Dear Saybrook Community and Friends of the University:

I write today to formally launch the formation of the The Dr. Eleanor Criswell Humanistic Psychology Institute-Saybrook University Founder’s Scholarship, and to ask you to join me in supporting the future of humanistic scholarship and practice at Saybrook University.

By way of this announcement, we launch a campaign to seed this newly endowed fund with $25,000. Once that threshold is reached, Saybrook will begin awarding annual scholarships to incoming and continuing students who demonstrate a deep passion for, and commitment to, the principles of humanistic psychology and philosophy, as evidenced through their work as scholar-practitioners. Consider making a gift today to help us reach this goal (please select Dr. Eleanor Criswell Founder's Scholarship in the drop-down menu).

Dr. Eleanor Criswell is a leader in the fields of humanistic psychology and holistic health, and was the founding director/president of the Humanistic Psychology Institute, which later became Saybrook University. Recipients of the Dr. Eleanor Criswell Founder’s Scholarship must demonstrate a deep passion for the principles of humanistic philosophy in their scholarship application, along with an articulated commitment to championing these principles in their current or intended course of study at Saybrook, as well as in their future goals.

Recipients will be selected by a committee of faculty, administration, and community members, which will be assembled in collaboration with Dr. Criswell, or her designee.

Make A Gift Today

Nathan Long, President
Saybrook University

Dispatch 125: Evening Reflections


The beauty of Monterey, the power of community, and the opportunity to connect with so many wonderful souls all contributed to a truly amazing experience these last few days. As I listen to one of my favorite classical pieces (Adagio Cantabile from Beethoven’s Pathetique Sonata #8 - https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=pEYdyXwMn2U&feature=share) I am reflecting on the beauty of all that life offers professionally and personally.

Leo and I are on to playing a (rousing) game of Parcheesi. Tomorrow is dedicated to some self-care and catch-up on other work matters followed by a Mediterranean meal with close friends.

Be well!