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 140: College of Social Sciences Updates for February



  •  Susi Ferrarello, Ph.D., and Nicolle Zapien, Ph.D., co-authored and recently released a new book, titled Ethical Experience: A Phenomenology

  • A recent article in the Atlantic, titled What It's Like to Visit an Existential Therapist, features work from Rollo May, PhD - one of the founders of the Humanistic Psychology Institute, which later became Saybrook University - as well as contributions from current Saybrook faculty members Drs. Orah Krug and Louis Hoffman



Contributions to the World of Practice

  • In January, Mary Kay Chess, PhD, hosted an Executive Round Table (ER Call) for health care leaders around the country on increasing the capacity for innovation and creativity in unique networks and community-based shared services organizations. This session was a follow-up to the in-person two-day Innovation Lab led by Dr. Chess during a healthcare summit in 2018.  

  • Joanne L. Smikle, PhD was in Charleston, SC facilitating executive development sessions for physicians selected to participate in the American Academy of Neurology’s Women Leading in Neurology Program and their Diversity Leadership Program. Dr. Smikle’s sessions focused on the competencies required to deliver transformational leadership in the rapidly changing healthcare environment.

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 134: A Lovely 14th Birthday


A fine day with our boy, Leo Long, who celebrated his 14th today. A lot of birthday well-wishes were sent from far-and-wide, making his day all that more special. 

Tonight we take my wife, Kim Schroeder Long, to the airport so she can bring Rosemary Clooney back to the stage in Key West, Florida at the Red Barn Theatre.

Proud of her and this big step in her career

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

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

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 128: In Memoriam


Some time ago, I had the honor of serving for President Teresa Goodwin at The Christ College of Nursing and Health Sciences in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was an incredible mentor and colleague; a visionary who was able to bring life to the college from the ground up laying the foundation for what this institution is today.

Along the way, she introduced me to her dear husband, Dick, who was always right there by her side. He was full of life, humor, and a deep love for his wife who he always expressed such deep pride for including the hard work she did in helping bring the college to life.

Dick passed away a couple of days ago at 81 years of age. In his passing, today I remember his 30-year marriage to Terry, his life of service, and his dedication to the communities in which he lived and worked.

Indeed, a life well-lived, Dick Goodwin. Rest in peace.

If you would like to join me, please consider a gift in his honor at Food for the Poor by going to this link.

Dispatch 127: Beautiful Monterey

I was able to break away for a long walk earlier last week while at the residential conference. I can’t help but share these beautiful photos from the shoreline. Painfully beautiful…

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!

Dispatch 124: Post-RC Visit with Alumna Dr. Kaffia (Belle) Jones


One of the many joys of being a university president is the ability to meet our alumni. Following the Spring 2019 Residential Conference in Monterey, I headed over a short distance to see one of our recent alumna, Dr. Kaffia (Belle) Jones. On top of being a graduate of Saybrook University, she is also a veteran having served as a Brigadier General in the United States armed forces.

We visited for nearly three hours. During that time, she walked me through how she began her practice, put her office together (Dr. Jones furnished her entire office for a fraction of the cost). As you can see here, her office is inviting and she has created an environment that feels safe and is actually part of the therapeutic process. She also provided me insights into her therapeutic process, including an overview of the assessment tools she uses to support her patients during their sessions.

We ended our time together with her sharing some amazing stories of her family as well as her adventures as an entrepreneur.

Someone asked me the other day why I love my job. I can easily say it is because of our amazing students and alumni. Indeed, Dr. Jones represents that sentiment perfectly. Thank you, Dr. Jones, for all you have done for our country and what you do for your patients.

Dispatch 123: Day Seven of the Saybrook RC 2019

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While some of our programs have one more day to go, most of us return home to families, friends, and loved ones. It’s been a great week filled with expanded minds, growing hearts, courageous conversations, and building/maintaining friendships.

Thank you Katie Horton for taking time to speak about yourself and your Saybrook experience! Check out her video here.

Lastly, thank you, Saybrook University Community, for a truly powerful week in which we empowered one another to make positive social change among ourselves, in our organizations, and our communities.