Archives For: October 2012

School of Mind-Body Medicine Cultural Anthropologist Spends 35 Years in Asia: Introducing David Blake Willis, PhD

David Blake Willis


David Willis began teaching at the School of Mind Body Medicine in 2010 with courses in Qualitative Methods and the Challenges of Midlife to Elderhood, following that with mentoring new graduate students.  He is currently transitioning from his role of mentoring to working with students throughout their dissertation process, from Concept to Proposal to final Dissertation. Doctoral students are sure to benefit from his diverse perspective as a Cultural Anthropologist and 37 years of mentoring students in an academic environment. 

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School of MBM Student Completes Research on Jaguar Medicine, A Shamanic Healing Approach: Introducing Vera Moura

Vera Moura, MD


Vera Lucia de Souza Moura, MD, is a Brazilian psychiatrist/psychoanalyst with two decades of clinical practice in Brazil prior to immigrating to the United States in the 1990’s. In the United States she worked for ten years at the University of Michigan School of Medicine, and then joined the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Medicine, as a research instructor and, more recently, as an adjunct instructor.  She completed the Mind-Body Skills Group training of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and since 2001 has facilitated Mind-Body Skills Groups for health care professionals, health professional students, women with a history of abuse, and healthy people as well as those with chronic diseases. Over the years, Vera has studied ancient healing methods derived from indigenous cultures such as Andean (Kichwa), African, Afro-Brazilian, and Native American. She completed Michael Harner’s three year program in advanced shamanism, and served as an apprentice of a Kichwa Taita Iachak (shaman) from the Andes of Ecuador for ten years.  In September 2012 she completed her master’s degree in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University in California. In her private practice she facilitates mind-body skills groups, offers counseling in mind-body medicine and shamanic healing, as well as health and wellness coaching, to individual, clients, and groups.

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School of MBM Faculty Members Attend International Hypnosis Meeting in Germany: Donald Moss and Eric Willmarth

Statue of the Bremen Town Musicians


Two faculty members from Saybrook’s College of Mind-Body Medicine are attending the meeting of the International Society of Hypnosis (ISH) in Bremen, Germany, October 17-21.   Bremen is known to tourists as the site of the well-known fairy tale about the Bremen Town Musicians, made famous by the Brothers Grimm.

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“The Brain that Changes Itself:” Norman Doidge Attends Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Eric Willmarth, Norman Doidge, and Donald Moss


Neuroplasticity is the relatively new concept of the human brain, which highlights the capacity of the brain to recover after injury through organizing new functional pathways, and in part by actually growing new cells and regenerating nerves.
The attached photo shows Norman Doidge with two Saybrook University faculty members, Donald Moss and Eric Willmarth, attending the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) meeting in Toronto, Ontario on October 13, 2012.

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Recent MBM Grad Addresses Compassion Fatigue: Practical Applications for Nursing Professionals. Introducing Betsy Murphy

Betsy Murphy, Alone and Teaching a Class of Seniors

Nurses are on the front line of care for the ill, wounded, and traumatized individuals and are called upon to deliver compassionate care to their clients. Empathy and compassion are essential qualities for successful healing environments, vital for both the providers and receivers of health-promoting interactions.

Betsy Murphy is a certified holistic nurse who is interested in exploring mind body methods to help preserve compassion in nurses.  Her professional and personal practice of mindfulness meditation and yoga, along with Saybrook’s training in mind-body skills, guided her in the development of a 16-hour experiential education program to alleviate compassion fatigue in nursing professionals. This education program comprised her masters’ project, and she graduated with an MS in Mind-Body Medicine in August 2012.

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From Pharmaceutical Sales to Academic Mentoring and Research: Introducing MBM Director of Mentoring Devorah Curtis

MBM Director of Mentoring, Devorah Curtis, PhD



Devorah Curtis, PhD, is the Director of Mentoring for the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, a unique position that aims to enrich student satisfaction and improve student retention by pairing students with a mentor from the time they start the program through graduation day. 

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MBM Faculty Members Attend Hypnosis Meeting in Toronto: Donald Moss and Eric Willmarth

Drs. Moss and Willmarth Accompanied by Spouses


Two faculty members from Saybrook’s College of Mind-Body Medicine will attend the annual meeting of The Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis (SCEH) in Toronto, October 10-14.   SCEH is a national organization of mental health and health professionals dedicated to the highest level of scientific inquiry and the conscientious application of hypnosis in the clinical setting.  

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Organizations Promoting Mind-Body Medicine: Introduction to the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe and its September 2012 Conference in Rzeszow, Poland

Photos at BFE Conference in Poland, September 2012


The Biofeedback Federation of Europe (BFE) is a non-profit organization sponsoring a conference in Europe once each calendar year, promoting self-regulation oriented therapies, biofeedback, neurofeedback, and related therapies.  The BFE sponsors an online journal, Psychophysiology Today, and regular webinars providing professional education in biofeedback and neurofeedback.  The website for the BFE is

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World Mental Health Week and the International Network of Integrative Mental Health

The INIMH Logo


October 7-13, 2012 is World Mental Health Week.  The aim of World Mental Health Week is to educate and increase awareness about mental illness and mental health needs worldwide.  This year’s World Mental health Week is a good time to consider lending your personal and professional time and energies to promoting integrative mental health care world-wide.  Consider joining the International Network for Integrative Mental Health (INIMH).

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