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Doctoral student Allison Winters to present on Integrative Healthcare and the Arts in Military settings


Allison Winters, MA, MS, BC-DMT, LCAT, RYT, and a doctoral student at Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine, will be speaking on a panel on  Research Innovations on Integrative Care in Military Health Settings and Applications for the Arts this Friday, Feb. 27, at the National Center for Complementary and Integative Health in Bethesda, MD.  

The presentation is part of the National Initiative for Arts and Health in the Military this Friday.

The panel will focus on integrative health and wellness and its use with military populations and veterans.  Allison is a dance/movement therapist and leads a program specifically designed to support veterans in a residential facility in Livermore, California.

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Using integrative health techniques to fight the effects of cancer: sample cases


Lynne Shaner, PhD  is a graduate from Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine.  She has a private practice in the Washington, DC area.

“Lisa,” a woman in her forties, had ongoing metastasizing flares, though her cancer was in remission on this day at Hope Connections, a community cancer center in the Washington, DC area.   Her pain was significant, and was located in her chest, at the cancer site.  In a group setting for the monthly workshop that I lead, we used a particular acupressure/talk technique known as EFT, in which she tapped on the various points as directed and verbalized her situation in very general terms. Usually, the pain goes down dramatically. But nothing had changed. We were both disappointed. But when I asked “Does the pain have a face?” she immediately named her daughter. She had a clear image of her daughter ----a picture in her mind’s eye, as well as a list of the emotional results of the daughter’s current behavior (fear, frustration, anger). We went through the technique again, this time including her daughter’s name and each of the different emotions. This time, the pain decreased significantly, down from a level 6 to a 2. We continued to focus, and the pain was eliminated.

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Watch a CBS News story on an innovative treatment program for cancer survivors created by a Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine student!


Experts project there will be 18 million cancer survivors in the U.S. by 2022. Cancer patients often report feeling lost and abandoned at the conclusion of active treatment.  Even though treatment has ended, the impact of cancer on their lives has not.

Members of the Saybrook community have been pioneers in developing treatments for them – including faculty members and alumna like Dr. Jeanne Achterberg (who pioneered integrative techniques to combat the effects of cancer), Dr. Lyn Freeman (who received National Institute of Health grants to test integrative health techniques for cancer survivors, and make them available to patients), and now PhD student Francinne Lawrence, who has created a new model of holistic treatment for cancer survivors..

Survivorship is a recognized phase of treatment along the cancer control continuum and is a new directive for accreditation by the Commission on Cancer. At THRIVE – a program created and run by Lawrence for the Mary Bird Perkins, Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, in Louisiana - individuals are considered cancer survivors from the moment of diagnosis.

The integrative program was recently featured on a local newscast.  Watch it here

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Saybrook now offers a Coaching for Health and Wellness Certificate approved by the International Coaching Foundation (ICF)

International Coaching Federation

Saybrook University, the world’s premier institution for humanistic graduate studies, now offers a Coaching for Health and Wellness Certificate program through the University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine (MBM). The coaching certificate program provides individuals coming from a variety of professional backgrounds with knowledge and practical experience in basic, intermediate, and advanced coaching skills and competencies. Upon completion of the certification process, participants will be adept at applying their knowledge and coaching skills within diverse contexts such as integrative health and wellness, leadership, and life coaching.

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Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine Student Featured on TV, Authors Chapter for Oxford University Press

James Cahill

Saybrook MBM student Jim Cahill was recently featured in a health segment on a regional television news program, discussing his program: Mindfulness-Based Biofeedback Therapy™ (MBBT). Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine (SCIM) asked Jim to represent the organization and discuss the effects of multitasking on health and well-being, in conjunction with a Women's Health Expo organized by SCIM. He also recently completed a chapter on pain management under contract for Oxford University Press, which describes some of the methods he uses in MBBT.

Jim's MBBT program combines evidence-based psychophysiology with classical Eastern mindfulness practices to create a unique, effective, and grounded training system. Clients are trained to adhere daily to a practical set of self-regulation methods for training foundational nervous system responses, while observing internal states coupled with objective feedback from medical monitors. Eastern mind training methods are used to cultivate understanding and expertise in sensing and controlling the shifts in subjective states associated with desirable objective shifts in physiological states.

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Saybrook University announces cutting edge master’s degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition


We are what we eat, so it’s a big problem that Americans have a dysfunctional relationship with food.

But just telling people to “eat right” or “count calories” doesn’t work.  We know it, and our doctors have discovered it.  Yo-yo diets and food fads are even worse.

We need new approaches to nutrition, ways to integrate healthy habits and effective self-care into people’s lives, and do it in ways they’ll find personally meaningful.

That’s why Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine is proud to announce a new MS degree in Integrative and Functional Nutrition – a degree focusing on the ways we can combine the best in nutritional science and psychology to help people take control of their health by improving their relationship with food.

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Development of a Nurse-Led Hypnosis Service at a Comprehensive Cancer Center : A Report from the SCEH Meeting in Berkeley

Kate Kravits, Senior Research Specialist, City of Hope


School of Mind-Body Medicine Chair Donald Moss attended the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis meeting in Berkeley in October, where he taught a competency course in breath training as an adjunct to hypnosis and chaired a symposium on pediatric applications of hypnosis and biofeedback.  Dr. Moss is reporting in on relevant scientific programs at SCEH.

Kate Kravits, MA, RN, LPC, at the City of Hope in Duarte, California, provided a report on the development of a nurse-led service providing hypnosis for cancer patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis.  This is an excellent example of progress in integrating mind-body services into the mainstream of healthcare.  This program was initially inspired by Guy Montgomery’s research showing that hypnosis can not only moderate the symptoms and suffering of breast cancer patients, but also save money for the institutions serving these patients.   The City of Hope team contacted Dr. Montgomery, who agreed to serve as a consultant for the program.  Establishing their service, the team encountered many barriers, notably prejudices against hypnosis as a medical intervention.

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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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Traditional Chinese Medicine Meets American Distance Education


The American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in San Francisco is teaming up with Saybrook University’s distance learning model for Mind-Body Medicine.

This week Saybrook University’s graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine signed an agreement with the San Francisco based American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ACTCM) to explore ways they can bring the best of 21st century western integrative health techniques to those studying traditional Chinese medicine – and bring the long-held wisdom of Chinese medicine to mainstream health practitioners.

The partnership will begin with a faculty member from ACTCM developing and teaching a course at Saybrook on “Whole Medical Systems” that includes the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and will grow to include opportunities for students at each institution to take each other’s courses. Both institutions anticipate whole new degree offerings coming out of this partnership.

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Physician and Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine Student Pete Buecker Creates Wellness Center

Dr. Pete Buecker

Dr. Pete Buecker initially became interested in mind-body medicine as a way to manage his own stress and health.  His interest led him to study Mindfulness Meditation and he completed an 8-day Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training retreat with Jon Kabat Zinn and Saki Santorelli from the University of Massachusetts.  While he found the course personally transformative and continues to practice mindfulness, he wanted to learn more.  His quest to learn more about the interface between the mind and the body to promote healing led him to consult the wise advice of Google.  The search terms mind-body medicine led Pete to the Center for Mind-Body Medicine and the professional training programs that the Center offers.  It was on the CMBM website where Pete began reading about the founder, Jim Gordon, MD, and his affiliation with Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine as founding Dean.  Pete was intrigued by the CMBM faculty profiles and the inspiring work people affiliated with the center are doing all over the world.

After researching the training programs offered through Saybrook School of Mind-Body Medicine, Pete initially enrolled to complete a Certificate in Mind-Body Medicine.&nbs

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