Phact - update Oct 17,21 Nov 18th Dec 21
Our past speaker had some fascinating inside information about Orgonomy - but apparently still
ascribes to some of the ubiquitous nutty psychotherapy beliefs out there. Perhaps our
next speaker will help clear up a few fringe areas.
Our next meeting is Oct. 21 at 2pm. Our speakers are James Herbert and Brandon Gaudiano -
see the bottom of this message for details. Afterwards, consider joining a bunch of us who go
out for an early dinner nearby. Anyone who still hasn't had enough of skeptics after that can
join Bonnie Finkelstein for a 2nd city comedy event at 8pm at MontCo
Some people say the Catholic church got a lot of free advertising over
Cathy Drexel. According to a recent article by Faye Flam, the church
fails to include all the cases where prayers are not answered when considering unusual
remissions. - Actually, Faye may be a good candidate for us to resurrect our "award for
journalistic integrity". We would need a volunteer to get a plaque made up. - actually,
there's a lot of things we could use volunteers for.
Reserve November 18th for Prof. Bill Wisdom's talk on "The History of Skepticism".
On Oct. 17th 8pm, Paul Kurtz will speak at Princeton U. on "Secular Humanists - The Last
Repressed Minority in America". Although the title sounds goofy, Paul is a great
thinker who was instrumental in starting CSICOP, and I was hoping to make it
out there. - he is really old, this could be my last chance to hear him. Anyone
interested in car pooling, give me a call.
Jack Rohr has paid to reserve a large room for us to have a winter solstice party Dec 21.
This would be at the corner of Prospect and Farm Rd in North Wales.
Jack's number is (215) 661-1134 We will have people bring food and should have
some sort of entertainment.
Visit our Phact discussion board at:
More detail for the Oct 21 2pm lecture:
Our speakers are James D. Herbert, Ph.D. and Brandon
Gaudiano. They have authored Thought Field Therapy: A
Critical Analysis (Skeptical Inquirer, July 2000) James
has published in numerous psychological journals on
questionable therapies in mental health, especially Eye
Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing. He has
also done numerous interviews in the popular media on
the topic. Recently, he commented on EMDR for a piece
in "The Tennessean"
James Herbert is a former native of Texas is currently
Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and
Health Psychology, and Director of Psychological
Services at Hahnemann University. He teaches various
psychotherapy and psychopharmacology courses for
Ph.D. psychology students. He has an active, federally
funded research program on the assessment and
treatment of anxiety disorders, and has published widely
on this and other topics in professional journals. He is
nationally known for his writings on quackery and
pseudoscience in mental health. He has received
numerous professional honors and awards, including the
University's Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award in
1999. He has served on the Board of Directors of the
Philadelphia Behavior Therapy Association, and is on
several editorial boards of professional journals.
Brandon Gaudiano is currently pursuing his doctorate in
clinical psychology at MCP Hahnemann University in
Philadelphia, PA. Currently, he works as a staff
therapist at the Social Anxiety Treatment Program and at
a partial hospitalization program at Hahnemann Hospital.
He is also a research associate in a National Institutes of
Mental Health funded study in the area of treatment
outcome research. His clinical/research interests include
anxiety and mood disorders, cognitive-behavior therapy,
and pseudoscientific practices in the mental health field.
Note: All our meetings will be the 3rd Saturday of each
Month at 2pm.