On August 14, 2012 Saybrook University's College of Mind-Body Medicine held its first independent graduation ceremony as a College! The Commencement Ceremony took place in San Diego, California. University Provost Dan Sewell, College Dean James Gordon, and College Chair Donald Moss bestowed the master’s degree in mind-body medicine on fourteen individuals. Ten of the 14 graduates were present for the ceremony, and are pictured in the accompanying photo.
"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.
This College of Mind-Body Medicine Certificate provides a comprehensive training in health and wellness coaching. The Certificate includes five key courses, four residential conferences, and a capstone integrative essay.
College of Mind-Body Medicine PhD student, Ramona Rolle-Berg, Completes Practicum Placement in Chiropractic Clinic.08/08/2012
College of Mind-Body Medicine PhD Student, Renee Rolle-Whatley, Completes Practicum Placement in Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine08/02/2012
Renee Rolle-Whatley, a PhD student in the Saybrook University College of Mind-Body Medicine, recently completed a practicum placement with acupuncture practitioner Timothy Sam Kit Tin, L.Ac. This practicum provided her with the unique opportunity to experience firsthand the real-time use of a medical system of diagnosis and treatment already several thousands of years old. Acupuncture as practiced by Tin and his colleagues at Joyee Acupuncture and Herb, was both grounded in ancient Chinese medical wisdom and focused to treat common modern physical complaints. Mr. Tin was an enthusiastic mentor, jumping in with both feet, even though he and Ms. Rolle-Whatley differed in language, culture, and healthcare profession. By allowing her to learn by observation, discussion, and comparison, he provided a memorable and beneficial internship experience.
Embodied Practice for Health and Wellbeing: A Healing Retreat for Mental Health Professionals Experiencing Burnout and Compassion Fatigue: Introducing Kari M. Allen-Hammer08/01/2012
Mental health professionals often work in stressful environments, and are exposed regularly to human suffering. As a result, they risk emotional and physical exhaustion that can lead to burnout syndrome and compassion fatigue.
For her Master’s project, Kari M. Allen-Hammer described the problems of burnout syndrome and compassion fatigue as experienced by some mental health professionals, examined the research that supports the use of mind-body medicine practices for reducing the emotional stress that can lead to burnout and compassion fatigue, and formulated an original 16-hour urban retreat program designed to guide mental health professionals to embody states of heightened awareness of their mental, physical and spiritual needs.
This Certificate provides a comprehensive training in biofeedback and neurofeedback, following the knowledge blueprint of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). Students must document access to biofeedback instrumentation including at least three modalities, and preferably access to neurofeedback instrumentation as well. The Certificate includes five courses, four residential conferences, a graduate colloquium, and a capstone integrative essay.
For her final Master’s Project, Maureen Molinari researched how stress impacts people with diabetes both physiologically and psychologically, and then created a website providing videos and information for effective stress-management, using yoga, guided imagery, and nutrition. The website uses health-coaching, because she believes that a coaching model empowers people with diabetes to make meaningful lifestyle changes to improve their health and well-being. Health coaching uses the clients’ vision of health and wellness to guide the coaching sessions, providing a supportive way to work with people.
College of Mind-Body Medicine Student Produces Manual for Group-Based Mind-Body Skills Approach for Enhancing Sexual Wellness: Introducing Alexzandria Baker07/18/2012
College of MBM Energy Medicine Residential Conference: MBM Students Learn about Human Energy Field, and Participate in Chakra Energy Assessment07/16/2012
On June 11, approximately 22 students prepared to attend the residential component of their class on The Human Energy Field and Energy Medicine at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Bethesda, MD. That morning the Hyatt suffered a power outage (an “energy crisis”) leaving hundreds of guests walking down several flights of stairs and missing some of the comforts that electricity brings, particularly the air conditioning. Unfazed by the lack of electricity Associate Dean Dan Sterenchuk quickly responded and found an alternative location for the class. College Chair Don Moss led a morning meditation and check-in on the mezzanine of the Hyatt, and then students proceeded to the new location and spent the day with Beverly Rubik, PhD, learning about some of the latest advances in Energy Medicine.