The College of Mind-Body Medicine opened in August 2009, with a master’s degree and three PhD specializations (mind-body medicine practice, health care systems, and research). In addition, the College offered a 16 credit Certificate in Mind-Body Medicine, for busy professionals who were not able to dedicate the time for a degree program. This certificate included a nine credit sequence of foundation courses that include training with the Center for Mind-Body medicine. This is the same training that the Center uses in its humanitarian outreach programs in Kosovo, Gaza, Israel, Katrina areas, and Haiti.
Information on this original Certificate in Mind-Body Medicine is available on the College of MBM website at: http://www.saybrook.edu/mbm/academicprograms/programs
At this time in May 2012, the College is introducing three new Certificates in additional mind-body practice areas. They include:
A Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching
A Certificate in Biofeedback and Neurofeedback
A Certificate in Clinical and Applied Hypnosis
In April 2012 the first issue of The Peace Journalist appeared. The developing field known as peace journalism is distinguished by editors and reporters making choices that improve the prospects for peace. These choices, including how to frame stories and carefully choosing which words are used, create an atmosphere conducive to peace and supportive of peace initiatives and peacemakers, without compromising the basic principles of good journalism. Peace journalism gives peacemakers a voice while making peace initiatives and non-violent solutions more visible and viable.
It has become increasingly common to discuss the cultural aspects of conflict and conflict resolution. Where does conflict come from? Some scholars take a social constructionist view of conflict, rooted in social science literature, which also provides the philosophical underpinnings of Human Science as taught at Saybrook. The construction of meaning is a social act, and meaning is a negotiated process.
During the trial of Anders Behring Breivik - the anti-Muslim militant who massacred 77 people in Norway last summer - Amy Goodman of Democracy Now! spoke with Norwegian sociologist and mathematician, Johan Galtung, who is regarded as the principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies. His granddaughter was on the island when Breivik attacked.