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Hybrid Learning Model

Connect directly with leaders in the integrative and complementary healthcare fields for training in mind-body medicine, integrative nutrition®, and integrative mental health. Our low residency, evidence-based, integrative medicine programs are designed for licensed professionals who wish to expand the treatment modalities they can offer their patients. Our doctoral degree program in mind-body medicine also offers specializations in healthcare systems (including consultation skills, grant writing, and informatics), healthcare research, healthcare practice, as well as integrative mental health. 

A majority of coursework is conducted online and at a distance:  all courses include weekly web-based activity and monthly video conferences for students and faculty.  

Each semester includes two eight-week terms. At the beginning of each semester students must attend at least one Residential Conference (offered in Seattle, Washington) in order to work in-person with faculty and fellow students, and receive hands-on training. 
Each of our degree programs includes one or more trainings offered by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.  Each of the MS programs and the four PhD specializations include the Center's Professional Training Program, which teaches students to conduct a mind-body skills group. This training is built into the foundational courses for each degree program. The trainings are conducted by Center for Mind-Body Medicine faculty onsite at the Saybrook Department of MBM residential conferences. 

In addition, students in some degree programs also take the Center for Mind-Body Medicine's Advanced Training Program, and an additional course, Mind-Body Skills Group: Supervision, which provides telephone supervision for students while they conduct mind-body skills groups in their home communities.

Our degree programs are designed for professionals in a variety of career fields who wish to enhance and expand their skills or pursue research in health and wellness. With this transformative education, students in the program will learn how to:

  • Work to transform healthcare through humanistically informed research, practice, and education
  • Acquire knowledge and skills to transform healthcare practice and healthcare delivery systems
  • Develop an approach emphasizing higher levels of health and wellness
  • Acquire an understanding of the human energy field, its function as a bridge between mind and body, and its role in health and disease
  • Develop an integrative approach to mental health work, combining mainstream psychological and psychiatric care with complimentary approaches.
  • Develop an integrative and functional approach to nutrition, integrating cutting edge research on nutrition, dietary supplements, and herbal medicine with mind-body and life-style oriented interventions, for a variety of diseases and chronic conditions.
  • Display innovation and creativity in the use of integrative methods, moving beyond disciplinary and paradigmatic boundaries
  • Develop a sensitivity and acceptance for multiple perspectives on health based on racial, ethnic, and cultural groups and their histories
  • Acquire an understanding and mastery of research in healthcare, especially research that supports improvement and nurtures change in health care.

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