WASC Approval of Mind-Body Medicine

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San Francisco, Ca. and Washington D.C. (August 10, 2009) – Dr. Lorne M. Buchman, President of Saybrook University and Dr. James S. Gordon, Dean of the College of Mind-Body Medicine and Founder and Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), announced today that Saybrook has received full approval from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) for the new M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs in Mind-Body Medicine.

In announcing the WASC approval, Dr. Buchman stated: “Increasingly, we understand the importance of including mind body approaches, nutrition and exercise, and group support in preventing and treating chronic illness, and improving quality of life. Masters and doctoral students of the College of Mind-Body Medicine will participate in the transformation of healthcare-through performing cutting-edge research, enhancement of clinical practice, and the development of innovative and integrative models of health education and healthcare delivery.”

Dr. Gordon, Dean of Saybrook’s College of Mind-Body Medicine program said: “The College of Mind-Body Medicine is committed to educating and supporting the women and men who will help to shape the coming worldwide transformation in health and mental health care. The College's teachings are grounded in the understanding that self awareness, self care and mutual help are crucial to the prevention and treatment of all chronic illness and to the fulfillment of our human potential, and that we cannot help others on their healing journeys unless we are embarked on and actively engaged in our own. Combining the wisdom of in-depth experiential learning with the most sophisticated tools of scientific investigation, we are creating a graduate curriculum that is intellectually challenging, powerfully practical, and personally and socially transformative. The College will be a central element of a worldwide healing community and will itself be a community of healers.”

The College of Mind-Body Medicine offers M.S. and Ph.D. degrees and a certificate program in Mind-Body Medicine. Ph.D. students may further define their area of study by selecting a specialization in Research, Practice, or Healthcare Systems.
Saybrook Graduate School is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is also authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree Authorization Act. Grounded in the humanistic tradition and values, Saybrook’s focus is graduate education for a humane and sustainable future that honors the human capacity for choice and growth and encourages each student to reach their highest levels of personal development and potential. Saybrook Graduate School is affiliated with the Leadership Institute of Seattle (LIOS) and has locations in San Francisco, CA and Seattle, WA. For more information, visit www.saybrook.edu.