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Saybrook now offers a Coaching for Health and Wellness Certificate approved by the International Coaching Foundation (ICF)

12/04/2014
International Coaching Federation

Saybrook University, the world’s premier institution for humanistic graduate studies, now offers a Coaching for Health and Wellness Certificate program through the University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine (MBM). The coaching certificate program provides individuals coming from a variety of professional backgrounds with knowledge and practical experience in basic, intermediate, and advanced coaching skills and competencies. Upon completion of the certification process, participants will be adept at applying their knowledge and coaching skills within diverse contexts such as integrative health and wellness, leadership, and life coaching.

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Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine Student Featured on TV, Authors Chapter for Oxford University Press

09/10/2014
James Cahill

Saybrook MBM student Jim Cahill was recently featured in a health segment on a regional television news program, discussing his program: Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback Therapy™ (MBBT). Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine (SCIM) asked Jim to represent the organization and discuss the effects of multitasking on health and well-being, in conjunction with a Women's Health Expo organized by SCIM. He also recently completed a chapter on pain management under contract for Oxford University Press, which describes some of the methods he uses in MBBT.

Jim's MBBT program combines evidence-based psychophysiology with classical Eastern mindfulness practices to create a unique, effective, and grounded training system. Clients are trained to adhere daily to a practical set of self-regulation methods for training foundational nervous system responses, while observing internal states coupled with objective feedback from medical monitors. Eastern mind training methods are used to cultivate understanding and expertise in sensing and controlling the shifts in subjective states associated with desirable objective shifts in physiological states.

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Saybrook University announces cutting edge master’s degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition

03/10/2014

We are what we eat, so it’s a big problem that Americans have a dysfunctional relationship with food.

But just telling people to “eat right” or “count calories” doesn’t work.  We know it, and our doctors have discovered it.  Yo-yo diets and food fads are even worse.

We need new approaches to nutrition, ways to integrate healthy habits and effective self-care into people’s lives, and do it in ways they’ll find personally meaningful.

That’s why Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine is proud to announce a new MS degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition – a degree focusing on the ways we can combine the best in nutritional science and psychology to help people take control of their health by improving their relationship with food.

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Development of a Nurse-Led Hypnosis Service at a Comprehensive Cancer Center : A Report from the SCEH Meeting in Berkeley

10/18/2013
Kate Kravits, Senior Research Specialist, City of Hope

 

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.

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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 Pacific

09/24/2013
Dr. Curt Lindberg, Consultant on Complexity in Health Care Systems

 

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.

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Traditional Chinese Medicine Meets American Distance Education

05/14/2013

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.

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Physician and Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine Student Pete Buecker Creates Wellness Center

03/26/2013
Dr. Pete Buecker

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

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"Where is the Unified Japan?" College of MBM Master's Student Tamami Shirai Reports on the Post-Tsunami Developments

08/16/2012
Post-Tsunami Devastation

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.

 
Almost a year after her first visit to Hanamaki, Iwate prefecture, Japan, after the March 11 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, Tamami Shirai visited Tohoku (Japan's northeast) again in March 2012. This time, she visited Tohoku's Iwate and Miyagi prefectures as well as two cities in the western part of Japan. This blog entry is based on her eye witness accounts. 

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The first step to fixing America's health care system is sharing our stories

06/25/2012
Shawn Tassone

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.

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College of Mind-Body Medicine Students Complete Practicum at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute

03/22/2012

 

  As PhD candidates in Mind-Body Medicine, LaVera Forbes and Beth Haggett keenly listened to Dr. Michael Roizen at the American Society for Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH) conference in Las Vegas, they both had the same thought “…we should do our practicum with him.”  After the presentation they approached Dr. Roizen.  They introduced themselves as Ph.D. students in the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, and presented their idea to do a practicum with him.  Within minutes their idea turned into a reality, as Dr. Roizen gracefully agreed.  Actualizing this practicum required some coordination work on Beth and LaVera’s part, as well as some trust as for months they communicated only through Dr. Roizen’s assistant. One year later they were shadowing Dr. Roizen around the internationally respected Cleveland Clinic.
 
            Dr. Roizen, who continues to practice anesthesiology and internal medicine, wears many hats.  He is the Chief Wellness Officer at the Cleveland Clinic and leads the Wellness Institute. He has appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show 13 times, the Today 17 times, 20/20 (3 times), Good Morning America (24 times), CBN (15 times), CNN, CBS, and that is just a sample. The following statement from Dr. Roizen sums up his passion for preventive medicine, “I have the honor and pleasure of working each day from 6:30 am to 11:00 pm, but I love it and it is an honor.” 

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