Mind-Body Medicine

03/07/2012

Consider Joining the International Network of Integrative Mental Health

The International Network of Integrative Mental Health is a global network dedicated to promoting a whole person approach throughout mental health care. Its objectives include:

  • Advance a global vision for an integrated whole person approach to mental health care via education, research, networking and advocacy by bringing together the wisdom of world healing traditions and modern science.
  • Re-animate the mental health field with energy, spirit, compassion and joy.
  • Create community and opportunities for nurturing personal and professional connections. We honor and respect the unique backgrounds and skills that each person brings to this work, and wish to promote meaningful relationships and connection to a global integrative mental health network.
  • Promote evidence-based alternative and complementary therapies and the judicious use of modern pharmacologic approaches for the betterment of mental healthcare.
  • Contribute to the emerging bio-psycho-socio-spiritual paradigm addressing mind, body, and spirit by promoting effective and safe clinical practices.
  • Educate, support and inspire integrative practitioners and trainees, at all levels of their careers and in all world regions. Our philosophy is based upon blending the best practices from traditional and modern healing systems. Our focus is on safety and positive outcomes while honoring our patients’ unique needs, beliefs, wisdom, and advocacy for therapeutic choices and relationships with practitioners that empower them.
  • Facilitate collaborative efforts between researchers and clinicians that extend beyond limited conventional understandings of mental healthcare as it pertains to treatment of individuals with psychological or psychiatric disorders, to a broader perspective that includes the range of psychosocial, familial, environmental, cultural and spiritual factors that impact on health, well-being, immune functioning, and physiological integrity.

Students and professionals who join can look forward to participating in the transformation of mental health care globally. They will also gain some personal benefits, such as:

  • Promote one’s practice to patients seeking services
  • Build a community with other integrative clinicians.
  • Maximize personal expertise with a comprehensive, searchable library.
  • Expand one’s knowledge and build a professional network by participating in expert-led forums.
  • Receive regular updates on important conferences and research news

Several Saybrook faculty are active in INIMH leadership. Carol Veizer, a Saybrook PhD student, and Chanel Helgason, MD, an MBM instructor, are on the INIMH Board. Jeannie Achterberg, PhD, and Donald Moss, PhD, Saybrook faculty, are on the INIMH Advisory Board.

Student membership in INIMH is $25.00 per year. The website is at: www.inimh.org

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