Archives For: February 2013

Saybrook University announces a fully accredited PhD program in Integrative Mental Health – the only program of its kind in the country.


This new doctoral degree program in Mind-Body Medicine for mental health professionals provides evidence-based training in techniques that hospitals and the public are demanding.

The public increasingly wants to know about all of its mental health care options: not just therapy and drugs, but hypnosis, biofeedback, spiritual practices, nutrition, and more.

Hospitals and clinics are increasingly advertising for mental health professionals who have these skills – but aren’t finding them. There simply isn’t an opportunity for practitioners to get these skills in a way that is rigorous, evidence-based, and accredited.

Saybrook, a fully accredited university which for forty years has had faculty in the vanguard of developing complementary medicine and integrative health care, is meeting this demand with the announcement of its new PhD program in Integrative Mental Health – the only program of its kind.

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New Student Describes her Pathway into Study of Mind-Body Medicine: Helen Paczkowski Andersen

Helen and New Spouse


Students enrolled in the Saybrook University’s School of Mind Body Medicine often tell stories of how they found their way to Saybrook.  Many describe their path as a calling, or as an answer to their quest for finding a new way of working with people, one that addresses the many dimensions of human experience.   Helen’s story is about meeting a fellow Saybrook student, Beth Haggett, who is also the first student to receive a PhD from Saybrook University School of Mind Body Medicine.  While attending a conference facilitated by the Berkana Institute, Helen met Beth, and was moved by Beth’s inspiration to make a difference in the world via her experiences and knowledge gained at Saybrook.  During the three days they spent together, Beth generously guided some of the conference participants in Qi gong and a shaking exercise.  Experiencing these new methods to bring greater mind-body connection as well as hearing about the degree-program at Saybrook planted a seed in Helen’s head, which held fast even as Helen returned home to work and her personal and community commitments. 

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Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine faculty interviewed in Washington Times


There’s a problem, says Dr. Eric Willmarth, when patients get their expectations for recovery set by “a Xanax commercial.”

In much of medicine, it really is “mind over matter.”  The trouble is most doctors and hospitals don’t practice that way.

That’s why Dr. Donald Moss, chair of Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine, told the Washington Times a story about a patient who had a heart attack, and whose “ejection faction”  (a measure of how well the heart was pumping) was at 60%.  His doctor told him “Your ejection fraction is 60%,” and left.

The patient assumed this meant his heart was functioning at 60% of capacity, and suffered a pronounced decline in his physical health.

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School of Mind-Body Medicine Students Explore Authentic Leadership and Research in January, 2013 San Diego Residential Programs

Ellyn Hutton Participates in Expressive Arts Activity in Leadership Seminar


Residential Conferences are an integral part of the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine experiential learning model.  The RC’s are a meaningful place for students to connect with the Mind-Body Medicine community and dive deeper into their coursework.  The January 2013 RC in San Diego included two courses, Intermediate Hypnosis MBM 5625 and Coaching for Health and Wellness MBM 5630, and two optional programs, Authentic Leadership: Leading from Within and a Research Seminar

Terri Goslin-Jones PhD, a mentor at Saybrook, facilitated the Authentic Leadership seminar.  During this seminar the participants used creativity, appreciative inquiry, and “witnessing” to create a leadership vision for themselves.  Each participant created a poster or small cards by using magazine photos, yarn, color, and anything that was meaningful for them to represent their exploration towards leading from within.  In addition, the group explored Appreciative Inquiry, which uses powerful questions and focused listening to gain a deeper understanding of oneself and another person.  Below are some reflections from students who attended the seminar. 

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