Archives For: September 2013

Sabrina N’Diaye, PhD Student in School of Mind-Body Medicine, Named as Faculty for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Sabrina N'Diaye Teaching


In 2006, during the Psychotherapy Networker Symposium in Washington, D.C., attended an Introduction to Mind-Body Medicine workshop, led by Dr. James S. Gordon, the Director of the  Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM).  At the end of the session, Jim encouraged Sabrina to take the Center's certification training. Sabrina responded with, “I am really searching for a doctoral program, and will not be pursuing any more certifications until I find one!”

Four years later, she received an e-mail from The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, announcing its affiliation with Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine degree programs.  “My heart sang, while reading that e-mail from Jim”, Sabrina recalled, “Every cell in my body knew that I was headed to this program!”

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Saybrook Defies the Great Recession


The Ivory Tower lives in the same economy as the rest of the world, and according to articles in the Chronicle of Higher Education, American graduate school enrollment is flat and stagnant.
That’s not the case at Saybrook University, a graduate-only institution which, according to just-released enrollment numbers, now has the highest number of students in its history – a 36% increase over the number of students it had in 2008, when the Great Recession began, and a 32% increase over Fall 2012 new student headcount.

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Dr. David Wark to Address “Alert Eyes-Open Hypnosis and Clinical Applications” in School of MBM videoconference.

Dr. David Wark Speaks on Alert Hypnosis


School of MBM Videoconference with David Wark, PhD, on Wednesday, October 9, 2013 at 5:30 PM Pacific

Join MBM Chair Donald Moss and Director of Training Eric Willmarth on Wednesday evening October 9 for a presentation by Dr. David Wark, an internationally known speaker on clinical hypnosis.  Dr. Wark is a Diplomate and past officer of the American Board of Psychological Hypnosis. He served as the President of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis for 1995-97, and of the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis for 2008-09. He is a life member of the Minnesota Society of Clinical Hypnosis and the International Society of Performance Improvement.  Dr. Wark is an Emeritus Professor of Psychology, and currently travels and teaches hypnosis to professionals in America, Europe and Asia. He maintains an active practice in clinical hypnosis in St. Paul, Minnesota.

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Dr. Curt Lindberg to Address “Complexity and Integrative Health Care Systems” -- School of MBM Videoconference with Curt Lindberg, PhD, on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 at 5:30 PM Pacific

Dr. Curt Lindberg, Consultant on Complexity in Health Care Systems


On October 22, Dr. Curt Lindberg will make an online video presentation for the School of Mind-Body Medicine: “Complexity and Integrative Health Care Systems.”

Join MBM Chair Donald Moss and the Health Care Systems Specialization faculty for an interactive conversation with Curt Lindberg.  Dr. Lindberg holds a doctorate in complexity and organizational change, and has a long term record of service in healthcare administration and consulting.  Currently director of the Billings Clinic Partnership for Complex Systems and Healthcare Innovation, he is recognized for bringing complexity science concepts to healthcare.  Both on an organizational scale and at the individual practitioner’s level, he is committed to fostering health care change for by changing healthcare systems.

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Judson Brewer Addresses Neurofeedback, Mindfulness, and Neuro-phenomenology: Reports from the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research

Judson Brewer and fMRI Images of Posterior Cingulate Cortex Activation


School of Mind-Body Medicine Chair Donald Moss has been attending the ISNR meeting in Dallas this week, where he taught (with Dr. Fred Shaffer) a competency course in heart rate variability biofeedback and a workshop on ethics and professional standards in Neurofeedback.  Dr. Moss will report in on relevant scientific programs at ISNR.

On Saturday September 21, Dr. Judson Brewer delivered a keynote address:  he discussed the human tendency to “get in one’s own way,” mindfulness practices as a tool for eliminating destructive thinking, the application of mindfulness for addictions treatment, and the use of neuroimaging and neurophenomenology to study correlates of mindfulness and wandering thoughts.

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Two Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine Faculty Members, Drs. Don Moss and Fredric Shaffer, Teach Heart Rhythms Workshop at 2013 Meeting of International Society for Neurofeedback and Research

Dr. Fred Shaffer and Dr Don Moss at ISNR Conference


Two members of the Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine faculty presented a workshop on September 16 and 17, 2013 at the annual meeting of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research.   Dr. Donald Moss is Chair of the School of Mind-Body Medicine, and Dr. Fredric Shaffer is a part time instructor at Saybrook and a Professor at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri.  Shaffer is also chair of the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance, which certifies health care professionals for completing basic training and skills mastery in biofeedback, Neurofeedback, pelvic floor disorders, and heart rate variability biofeedback.  Moss is the chair of the BCIA international certification committee, and serves on the BCIA Board,

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Lorenzo Cohen and an Individualized Approach to Cancer Care: Notes from the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR)

Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, MD Anderson Cancer Center


School of Mind-Body Medicine Chair Donald Moss is attending the ISNR meeting in Dallas this week, where he will be teaching a competency course in heart rate variability biofeedback and a workshop on ethics and professional standards in Neurofeedback.  Dr. Moss will report in on relevant scientific programs at ISNR. 

Today Lorenzo Cohen, PhD, provided a keynote presentation on the relevance of dietary, exercise, and life style changes for cancer prevention, and a review of current research on mind-body practices for cancer. Dr. Lorenzo Cohen is Professor and Director of the Integrative Medicine Program at The University of Texas/MD Anderson Cancer Center and Distinguished Clinical Professor, Fudan University Cancer Hospital, Shanghai, China. Dr. Cohen is a founding member and past president of the international Society for Integrative Oncology.

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Saybrook University Mind-Body Medicine PhD Student, Michelle Lamasa-Schrader, Accepted as Intern for Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Michelle Lamasa-Schrader, PhD Student in School of Mind-Body Medicine


Michelle LaMasa-Schrader is a PhD student in the Saybrook University  School of Mind-Body Medicine in the Healthcare Practice Specialization, currently in the dissertation research stage.  She reports that her doctoral program has been a turning point in her professional and personal growth.  During the past three years, she served the Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine Community as a member of the Student Academic Review Board Committee, as a Teaching Fellow, and most recently as a mentor to incoming PhD students to support and guide them in their journey toward the PhD. 

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Hear Louis Hoffman Discuss the DSM-5 on San Francisco Public Radio


Saybrook psychology faculty member Dr. Louis Hoffman will discuss the controversy surrounding the "Bible of Psychiatry" - the DSM-5 - on KALW's public affairs program "City Visions" this Monday at 7 p.m..

Hosted by Joseph Pace, the program will ask whether the DSM-5 is a flawed but necessary document - or whether it's time for it to go.  

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MBM Students Bring Some “Positive Deviance” to the 2013 National Wellness Conference

Char Conlin and Carrie Phelps

According to a conference presentation made by two Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine students, traditional health programs resemble "quick-fix" solutions, rather than leading to sustained change and long-term health improvements.

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