Saybrook University student Monisha Rios tells us about her experiences as a U.S. veteran, concerns with the mental health industry, and how Saybrook has helped her.
Tell us about what life was life before Saybrook:
The foundation for my work was laid by my personal experiences in seeking services from the VA. It all began in 1998. I was freshly discharged from the Army and fully equipped with advice from one of my drill sergeants. She told me to go straight to the VA for counseling as soon as I got out, since going to mental health on active duty was certain death for your career. I did as instructed but was turned away because, according to the staff member I spoke with, despite my having been sexually harassed and assaulted multiple times, I had not been penetrably raped, so therefore I did not “deserve” to ask for help. To make matters worse, they told me I was not eligible for any care because I was discharged before 24 months, even though my service was honorable. The Army told me I was a veteran deserving of care, why was the VA disagreeing? The only way I could get care at that point was if I had been medically discharged or attained a disability rating. Since I had been conveniently denied a medical board evaluation prior to discharge there was only one choice. On I went through the ridiculous claims process.
Shawn Tassone, MD, Doctoral Candidate in Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine, Launches Web-Based Educational Initiative on Holistic Care05/05/2015
Saybrook's Shawn Tassone, MD, a PhD candidate in the School of Mind-Body Medicine, has launched a new partnership as a thought leader in Integrative Medicine, with a web-based educational effort to provide evidence-based information about proper nutritional supplementation, treatment, and training in holistic care. In conjunction with the support of INNATE Response, a company that distributes whole food based nutritional supplements, Dr. Tassone is the author and presenter in a series of educational videos that are available free online. Eventually, this partnership will contain more lectures on mind-body medicine, women's health, and how to integrate alternative therapies into your professional practice.
Watch 60 Minutes Sunday for Report on the Gaza Trauma Work of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine
On Sunday May 3, 2015, 60 Minutes will be airing a report on recovery from last summer’s war in Gaza that includes The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, a U.S. nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. The CBS segment provides a worldwide audience a glimpse of CMBM’s groundbreaking trauma work.
The coverage includes footage of CMBM Director, psychiatrist James S. Gordon, MD, using CMBM’s innovative model of self-care and group support with children who have lost parents in Gaza, and those affected by the conflict in southern Israel. The words and drawings of the children demonstrate the devastation they have experienced, and the power of the CMBM model to heal trauma and restore hope. Included as well are brief interviews with some of these children, and with Dr. Gordon, and CMBM Gaza program director Jamil Abdel Atti.
In conjunction with Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month which both take place in April, Saybrook’s Dr. Beth Haggett, one of the leading advocates of using Mind-Body Medicine techniques to address the trauma of sexual abuse, was featured on Cyrus Web’s Blogtalk Radio April 27.
Saybrook student Joel Sereboff is completing his Ph.D. dissertation this semester in the Creativity Studies specialization in the School of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry. His research includes narrative inquiry and an autoethnographic exploration of his own creative process as an inventor. In this interview Sereboff explains his reasons for doing the research, and doing it at Saybrook.
Saybrook University Faculty Mary Beth Augustine spoke on April 16 and 17th at the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2015 annual meeting. She presented the opening session on "Introduction to Integrative and Functional Nutrition: Standards of Practice and Professional Performance," and the closing session on the "Science, Art & Practice of Dietary Supplements."
John H. "Jack" Zenger offers Webinar on Leadership Development and Consulting through Saybrook University on April 2904/20/2015
Legendary executive coach and corporate consultant Dr. "Jack" Zenger will provide a Webinar on leadership development and the consulting process, for Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine on April 29, 2015 at 5:30 PM Pacific. He will address students in a healthcare consulting skills class taught by Beth Haggett, LCSW, PhD, and others are welcome to participate in the Webinar.
Carrie Phelps, PhD, BCC, CWWS, is a cancer survivor and an integrative wellness entrepreneur. She has over 25 years of experience in the wellness and integrative medicine profession. She currently serves as adjunct faculty at Saybrook University’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. She also serves on faculty for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and is board certified coach. Carrie was recently appointed to the National Wellness Institute Board of Directors. Her mission to co-create the next evolution of health promotion that energizes well-being, expands potential, fosters fulfillment, and enriches lives.
Mind-Body Medicine is an aspect of an integrative healthcare model that includes various evidence-based healing modalities that utilize the mind’s capacity to improve the body’s function, and vice versa. The science of mind-body medicine shows how the workings of the mind—to include emotions, thoughts, beliefs, and attitudes—directly affects biological health.
On January 25, 2015, at Saybrook’s Spring Residential Conference for the Schools of Psychology and Interdisciplinary Inquiry, Clinical Psychology, and Organizational Leadership and Transformation, students and faculty put on a community-wide event, “The Butterfly Effect: The Art and Performance of Social Transformation.”
Saybrook University faculty and students made a major impact at the recent annual conference of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis in Jacksonville, Florida, held March 27-31. Long-term faculty member Stanley Krippner, PhD, made the opening plenary address of the conference with a speech entitled, “Healing Ceremonies of Shamans and Survival of the Suggestibles”.
Self-Care is at the Heart of All Healthcare: Podcasts from Saybrook Doctoral Student Francinne Lawrence and Graduate Dr. Lynne Shaner04/08/2015
In conjunction with Cancer Awareness month, national media is focusing on innovation and advancements for those living with cancer. BlogTalk Radio tapped into the expertise and wisdom of two Saybrook University trained practitioners in recent radio interviews (April 6 & 7).
Starting with the perspective that self-care is at the heart of all healthcare, both interviews demonstrate how people are interested in learning new skills and adopting a better way of looking at wellness. Dr. Shaner’s interview reports her research that provides new evidence on the efficacy of meditation for better living, not only for oncology patients but for caretakers, family members, and humans. Francinne Lawrence’s innovation launched THRIVE, improving the experience of cancer survivors in her region every day through self-care and creative expression.