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The doctoral degree program in Mind‐Body Medicine with a Specialization in Integrative Mental Health offers professionals a means to broaden and deepen their academic and professional development in the mental health field. The program provides the opportunity to build upon the foundation provided by a master’s degree from Saybrook or from another regionally-accredited college or university.

Requirements Overview

Candidates for the Integrative Mental Health (IMH) specialization must have a master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited University that qualifies them for a mental health license. They may be counselors, social workers, marriage and family therapists, psychiatric nurses, or psychiatrists, or have a degree that qualifies them for one of these specialties. The IMH degree is a 93 credit PhD. Applicants are allowed to transfer in up to 30 credits from their previous degree, leaving 63 credits in coursework for most applicants.

All students in the IMH specialization complete a regimen of research courses preparing them to complete a doctoral dissertation research project on a health related topic, and complete 150 hours in a Clinical Practicum placement or placements.

Students receiving a master’s degree in Mind‐Body Medicine from Saybrook who are admitted into the doctoral degree in Mind‐Body Medicine can generally transfer many of these credits into their PhD program. These students must fulfill the doctoral degree requirements not completed at the master’s level, including the remaining required courses and the dissertation or project. Meeting the doctoral requirements will include completing additional credits of doctoral coursework plus the dissertation or project, for a minimum total of 93 credits. Under some circumstances, additional courses required may total more than 93 credits.

For further information see Saybrook University MA/MS to PhD process as described in the University Admissions section of the Saybrook University website. Some credits from a master’s degree earned in other programs at Saybrook may also be transferable into the doctoral degree program. Contact your mentor to find out if your credits qualify for transfer.

This program is not a clinical psychology program. However, it can offer those wishing to enhance and further develop their clinical knowledge and expertise, and who do not intend to use the degree to qualify for licensure, more flexibility in program planning than the Clinical Psychology Specialization program provides. For course descriptions, click here.

Courses Credits
MBM 1008 Information Competency and Library Use- PhD 3
MBM 5503 Ph.D. Graduate Colloquium Professional Development I 1
MBM 5504 Ph.D. Graduate Colloquium Professional Development II 1
MBM 5510 Imagery for Health 3
MBM 5540 Fundamentals of Research 3
MBM 5557 Advanced Research Method 3
MBM 5584 MBM Ph.D. Professional Seminar 3
MBM 5615 Movement, Exercise, and Health 3
MBM 5630 Coaching for Health and Wellness 3
MBM 5660 Foundations of Integrative Mental Health 3
MBM 5661 Nutritional Foundations of Mental Health 3
MBM 5662 Whole Medical Systems: TCM, Ayurveda, and Indigenous Healing Principles 3
MBM 5664 Somatics: Bodywork for Mental Health 3
MBM 5665 Ph.D. Practicum 4
Choose One: 3
MBM 5551 Doctoral Research Pilot Study I 1 CR and MBM 5552 Doctoral Research Pilot Study II 2 CR
MBM 5555 Doctoral Research Pilot Study 3 CR
Choose One 3
MBM 5553 Quantitative Research Overview​​
MBM 5556 Qualitative Research Overview
Choose One (corresponding to choice above) 3
MBM 5620 Basic Training and Education in Hypnosis
MBM 5622 Basic Training and Education in Biofeedback
Choose One 3
MBM 5625 Intermediate Training and Education in Hypnosis
MBM 5627 Intermediate Training and Education in Biofeedback
MBM 5632 Intermediate Coaching
MBM 5663 Advanced Integrative Psychotherapy
Choose One 3
MBM 5635 Spirituality and Health
MBM 5655 Mindfulness and Meditation in Health
MBM 9501 PhD Dissertation Proposal 3
MBM 9601 PhD Dissertation Research * 3
Elective Credits Included 3

* (Note: This course will require several terms to complete. You will continue to remain enrolled in this course each term during culminating phase until you complete course.)

Degree Requirements for 2014-2015 Academic Year approved by MBM Degree Program Committee.

- The degree completion time for a student following the default course sequence will average between four to five years. Some students may complete degree requirements sooner and some may take longer to complete this degree.

-A listing of acceptable Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine elective courses is available on the Saybrook website and available electives will be discussed with your mentor during first semester of enrollment. Students may also choose an elective from the required courses in other specializations.

- This is a structured cohort program and the sequence of courses is different for students who start in the fall than for students who start in the spring. Your specific course sequence will be discussed with your mentor during your first semester of enrollment. Example program plan course sequence:


Sample schedule for Fall 2014 Cohort (PDF)

Sample schedule for Spring 2015 Cohort (PDF)