Development of a Nurse-Led Hypnosis Service at a Comprehensive Cancer Center : A Report from the SCEH Meeting in Berkeley10/18/2013
School of Mind-Body Medicine Chair Donald Moss attended the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis meeting in Berkeley in October, where he taught a competency course in breath training as an adjunct to hypnosis and chaired a symposium on pediatric applications of hypnosis and biofeedback. Dr. Moss is reporting in on relevant scientific programs at SCEH.
Kate Kravits, MA, RN, LPC, at the City of Hope in Duarte, California, provided a report on the development of a nurse-led service providing hypnosis for cancer patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis. This is an excellent example of progress in integrating mind-body services into the mainstream of healthcare. This program was initially inspired by Guy Montgomery’s research showing that hypnosis can not only moderate the symptoms and suffering of breast cancer patients, but also save money for the institutions serving these patients. The City of Hope team contacted Dr. Montgomery, who agreed to serve as a consultant for the program. Establishing their service, the team encountered many barriers, notably prejudices against hypnosis as a medical intervention.
Dr. Curt Lindberg to Address “Complexity and Integrative Health Care Systems” -- School of MBM Videoconference with Curt Lindberg, PhD, on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM Pacific09/24/2013
On October 22, Dr. Curt Lindberg will make an online video presentation for the School of Mind-Body Medicine: “Complexity and Integrative Health Care Systems.”
Join MBM Chair Donald Moss and the Health Care Systems Specialization faculty for an interactive conversation with Curt Lindberg. Dr. Lindberg holds a doctorate in complexity and organizational change, and has a long term record of service in healthcare administration and consulting. Currently director of the Billings Clinic Partnership for Complex Systems and Healthcare Innovation, he is recognized for bringing complexity science concepts to healthcare. Both on an organizational scale and at the individual practitioner’s level, he is committed to fostering health care change for by changing healthcare systems.
The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco is teaming up with Saybrook University’s distance learning model for Mind-Body Medicine.
This week Saybrook University’s graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine signed an agreement with the San Francisco based American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) to explore ways they can bring the best of 21st century western integrative health techniques to those studying traditional Chinese medicine – and bring the long-held wisdom of Chinese medicine to mainstream health practitioners.
The partnership will begin with a faculty member from ACTCM developing and teaching a course at Saybrook on “Whole Medical Systems” that includes the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and will grow to include opportunities for students at each institution to take each other’s courses. Both institutions anticipate whole new degree offerings coming out of this partnership.
Dr. Pete Buecker initially became interested in mind-body medicine as a way to manage his own stress and health. His interest led him to study Mindfulness Meditation and he completed an 8-day Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training retreat with Jon Kabat Zinn and Saki Santorelli from the University of Massachusetts. While he found the course personally transformative and continues to practice mindfulness, he wanted to learn more. His quest to learn more about the interface between the mind and the body to promote healing led him to consult the wise advice of Google. The search terms mind-body medicine led Pete to the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and the professional training programs that the Center offers. It was on the CMBM website where Pete began reading about the founder, Jim Gordon, MD, and his affiliation with Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine as founding Dean. Pete was intrigued by the CMBM faculty profiles and the inspiring work people affiliated with the center are doing all over the world.
After researching the training programs offered through Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine, Pete initially enrolled to complete a Certificate in Mind-Body Medicine.&nbs
"Where is the Unified Japan?" College of MBM Master's Student Tamami Shirai Reports on the Post-Tsunami Developments08/16/2012
Tamami Shirai conducted her master's thesis research in the College of Mind-Body Medicine on the psychophysiological impact of the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in her native Japan.
Are you one of the millions of Americans who have been let down by the medical system?
Dr. Shawn Tassone wants to hear from you for his blog ("The 90 minute check-up") on Psycholoty Today.
A doctoral candidate in Saybroko's Mind-Body Medicine program, Tassone has heard a number of stories from patients disenchanted with the American medical system - and understands why.
College of Mind-Body Medicine Students Complete Practicum at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute03/22/2012
Newsflash from the Meeting of the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis in Charlotte, North Carolina03/20/2012
It's been a blast here at the ASCH meeting in a sort of sleep-deprived way. Yesterday after Pierre Rainville's keynote, I spent 2 hours with him (and David Spiegel of Stanford) in my room doing Dr. Rainville’s video interview and talking about his perspective that hypnosis is the humanistic connection between neuroscience and the study of subjective experience, something that the Cognitive Behavioral perspective misses. Dr. Rainville (University of Montreal) filmed a short "hello" to the Saybrook Hypnosis, Biofeedback, and Cognitive Neuroscience students, responding to the question, “Why should a student in Mind-Body Medicine study __________?” Dr. Rainville is a great guy, who researches everything from brain mechanisms in hypnosis to pain perception in Zen meditators.
College of Mind-BodyMedicine: Dr. Julie Staples Conducts Research on Mind-Body Skills Project in Gaza02/28/2012
Conducting and reporting high quality research is an essential part of the advancement of mind body medicine in health care. Julie Staples has worked as the Research Director at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) since 1996. The rising credibility of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) is due in part to high quality studies being reported in a way that the medical profession recognizes. The medical profession uses the Randomized Controlled Trial (RCT) to evaluate the efficacy of most interventions. Reporting results of CAM interventions using recognized research methods improves the validity and credibility of the studies, and opens the lines of communication with colleagues.
Julie and her colleagues at the CMBM have recently received Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval to conduct three Randomized Clinical Trials in Gaza. The studies aim to evaluate the efficacy of mind-body skills groups for children, adolescents and adults with posttraumatic stress disorder. Previous research in Gaza studied the effects of mind-body skills groups for approximately 500 adults and 500 children. Among these, about 17% of the adults and 26% of the children had symptoms of PTSD. Using pre- and post- test measurements, the studies demonstrated improvement in PTSD symptoms and depression in both adults and children, as well as decreased hopelessness in children and improved quality of life in adults. The new studies will further advance the data gathered in the pilot studies with a more rigorous study design.
James Gordon, M.D., Dean of Saybrook University’s College of Mind-Body Medicine, has announced that he will launch a training effort for over 300 health and mental health professionals, community leaders, and educators in Gaza City.
This training in Mind-Body Medicine techniques is designed to help address the overwhelming mental health needs of children in the Palestinian territories.
The trainings will be provided by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, which Dr. Gordon founded and directs.
The training program focuses on psychological self-care, community building, and spiritual renewal. Participants will bring what they learn personally and professionally back to the communities they serve to create a sustainable system of psychological self-care and support, and to help alleviate the posttraumatic stress disorder, stress, depression and anxiety that plague Gaza’s children and youth.
During this visit, Dr. Gordon and his CMBM team will meet with their local Israeli and Palestinian leadership teams, including CMBM-trained clinicians and educators, and visit some of the 160 ongoing groups practicing self-care techniques of mind-body medicine.