It sounds amazing when we first hear about it. Students who receive a supporting touch from a teacher on the back or arm are nearly twice as likely to volunteer in class; a kind touch from a doctor leaves people with the impression that their visit has lasted twice as long; a massage from a loved on can not only ease pain but also sooth depression.
It goes on. According to an article in the New York Times on the power of touch, high fives can actually enhance performance – and the professional basketball teams that score most tend to the be teams that touch most.
But it’s real. It’s also not a surprise to scholars of complementary medicine, like Don Moss, who chairs the degree program of Saybrook’s Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine.
In mind-body medicine, the idea that people respond well to contact with human beings is basic … something we all experience on a daily basis. It’s also been shown for some time by research – but too often ignored since it doesn’t fit in to the “medical model” of clinical practice.
“Touch is the tactile dimension of love, and love and connectedness are key needs for human beings to thrive and actualize their potential,” Moss says. “Since the early work of psychologist Harry Harlow, who showed that monkeys raised with artificial mothers wrapped in soft fabric thrived much more than monkeys raised with wire cage mothers, psychology has slowly discovered the value of touch for human beings.”
Saybrook University and the Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine are pleased to announce that they will participate as sponsors in the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium, hosted by the publication Psychotherapy Networker, from March 25 - 28 in Washington D.C..
Held on the theme of “When times say pull back, we say break through,” the symposium will feature speakers including Dan Goleman San Siegel, Tara Brach, Barbara Ehrenreich, and Natalie Goldberg. Jim Gordon, the Dean of Saybrook’s Graduate College of Mind-Body Medicine, will present twice: one morning workshop entitled “A Mind-Body Approach for Traumatized Vets,” and an all day workshop entitled “Heal – and Celebrate – Thyself.”
Faculty and staff from all of
Don Moss, the editor of Biofeedback Magazine and the chair of Saybrook’s Graduate college of Mind-Body Medicine, has a busy travel schedule late this month in support of efforts to improve the knowledge and implementation of biofeedback techniques.
From March 24-27, Moss will attend the annual meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, in San Diego. He will present two clinical workshops at that meeting: first, “Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health” with colleague Angele McGrady, and second, “Breath Training and Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback in the Treatment of Anxiety Disorders” with Saybrook faculty member Fredric Shaffer.
On March 28, Moss will attend the annual board meeting of the Biofeedback Certification Institute of America, also in San Diego. He is a Board member, and serves as the officer in charge of promoting the certification process for biofeedback professionals internationally.
Saybrook Alumna and Board of Trustees Member Renee Levi, PhD '03 Co-Directs Power of Place Initiative03/05/2010
Leadership Development at The Banff Centre, along with The Fetzer Institute’s Powers of Place Initiative, would like to invite you to participate in an intimate forum on Place-Based Leadership, which will explore the role of place in transformative leadership theory and practice. The forum will be held at The Banff Centre in Banff, Alberta, Canada from May 9 -12, 2010. To See Invitation...
Alumnus David Whitsitt, PhD '08 and Three Saybrook Doctoral Students Present at The International Human Science Research Conference in August03/05/2010
Alumnus David Whitsitt, PhD '08 and Three Saybrook Doctoral Students Erica Shane Hamilton, Miyuki Tomura, and Christine Thomas Present the Symposium Giving Voice to Experience: Health and Sigma, Student Contributions to Qualitative Research The International Human Science Research Conference Seattle University August 4-8, 2010 Abstract: This symposium will showcase the power of qualitative...
Saybrook Alumni Haiti Fund Raises More Than $1500 in Support of Alumna Marie Fonrose's Mission On February 19th Marie left for Haiti. In little over a week she has begun her work as a psychologist at a hospital in Pignon; has visited an orphanage and held group therapy; has been on the radio with local clergy educating the public about mental health issues in Haiti; and has visited an elementary...
The Ransom Center annually awards 50 fellowships to support scholarly research projects in all areas of the humanities, including literature, photography, film, art, the performing arts, music, and cultural history. Applicants must demonstrate the necessity of substantial on-site use of the Center's collections. The fellowships range from one to three months, with stipends of $3,000 per month....
Dear Students, Faculty, Alumni, and Staff, During this transition period, I promised to periodically update you on the progress we are making at Saybrook University on the presidential search. By design the presidential search process has been discreet. However, there are a few items I would like to share with you and to give you an idea of where we are in the process. First, the Search...
Saybrook Alumna Deirdre Bundy, PhD '09 and Briana Schuck are very excited to announce the official launching of the LITTLE LADIES SPORTS CLUB, a mentoring service for adolescent and teenage girls ages 8-18 years of age in the Malibu, Venice, Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Marina del Rey, Playa del Rey, Westwood, Brentwood, Bel Air and Beverly Hills, CA area! After months of creation and...