In December of 2013 doctoral student Lynne Shaner had surgery on her eye to correct a condition called thyroid eye disease. After surgery she developed a post-surgical eye infection that her physicians later described as “The Triangle of Death.” The words paint an alarming picture of her condition and Lynne recollects that "hearing those words felt surreal.”
After several CT scans, 3 MRI’s, and multiple rounds of intravenous antibiotics Lynne began feeling a deep despair, like there was no end in sight. Rather than relying on her usual self-sufficient move forward attitude, Lynne knew she needed support and reached out to the communities that she has been cultivating, including the Saybrook School of Mind Body Medicine.
Mind-Body Medicine in Our Lives: Char Conlin Uses her Mind-Body Skills at Motor-Vehicle Accident Scene02/25/2014
One of the many strengths of the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine is applying what we learn academically to our professional and personal lives. As a community -- including students, faculty, staff and our loved ones -- we continue to experience the full spectrum of life, from birth to death and all of the joys and sorrows in between, as we pursue our individual dreams. As a group we have the capacity to learn from one another and also to connect, share, and possibly collaborate.
Dr. Stephen Porges, Expert on Heart Rate Variability, Provides Address in Venice, Italy on Evolutionary and Physiological Foundations of Social Engagement02/21/2014
School of MBM Chair Donald Moss attended the Biofeedback Federation of Europe annual meeting February 10-15 in Venice, Italy. Here he reports on a keynote address by Dr. Stephen W. Porges in the BFE scientific meeting.
Stephen Porges is a leader in the scientific study of psychophysiology, especially of “heart rate variability” and the role of the vagal nervous system. His model is based in his innovative understanding of the evolution of the mammalian nervous system. Porges has also contributed to the practical applications of psychophysiology to treatment, including the treatment of children with Autistic Spectrum Disorder.
Delahna Flagg is a professional chef and full-time student pursuing a Master’s degree in Mind-Body Medicine. Delahna is passionate about aphrodisiac nutrition and intends to combine
Food - Love - Relationship
as a way to ignite passion and self-awareness, and elicit a higher sense of consciousness for the people that she works with.
David Spiegel, MD, Associate Chair of Psychiatry and Medical Director, Stanford Center for Integrative Medicine, addressed the SCEH conference in October, 2013, from Paris where he was spending a three month sabbatical. Hypnosis has a venerable tradition in France and in Paris, specifically. Once Anton Mesmer gained some recognition, for his work in animal magnetism, he moved from Vienna to Paris.
Spiegel emphasized that hypnosis is the oldest Western model for psychotherapy. Over 100 years before Freud, Mesmer established the principle that an interpersonal interaction with a patient can be therapeutic. Freud himself began his professional work by studying hypnosis with Charcot in Paris. Only after he was frightened by a female patient expressing affection for him, did he abandon hypnosis as his therapeutic approach. Ironically, at the end of his career, after his move to London, Freud placed a photograph of Charcot on the wall above his analytic couch.
Applying Systems Change to Integrative Health Care: How Ohio’s Wellness Management and Recovery (WMR) is Building Communities of Wellness and Transforming Health Care Service Delivery01/07/2014
Webinar – Wednesday, February 26, 2014
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm Pacific
On February 26, 2014, at 5:30 PM Pacific, the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine will sponsor a Webinar on Applying Systems Change to Integrative Health Care. The presenter will be Deborah A. Wilcox, PhD, who is a member of the School of Mind--Body Medicine faculty. Dr. Wilcox is also the Founder and CEO of Confluency Consultants and Associates, a multicultural educational and organizational development consultancy. She is the lead consultant, and an educator and researcher for the Wellness Management and Recovery Coordinating Center of Excellence (www.wmrohio.org). Dr. Wilcox has practiced for over 20 years working with public and private sectors organizations, and has conducted professional development presentations on local, national and international levels. Currently she serves on the Board of Directors of the National Wellness Institute (www.nationalwellness.org) and the Health Policy Institute of Ohio's Wellness and Prevention Collaborative (www.hpio.net).
Carolyn Trasko, Clinical Social Worker and Addictions Counselor, finds Practical Applications for Saybrook's New Integrative Mental health Specialization01/03/2014
After many years of searching for just the right program Carolyn Trasko found the Integrative Mental Health program at Saybrook and is a member of the inaugural class. Carolyn enthusiastically shared how the first term has impacted her, and how she interacts with clients.
Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine Recognizes First Graduates of Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate Program01/02/2014
The Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine announced on January 2, 2014 that four students have completed the requirements for its new Certificate in Health and Wellness Coaching.
Cliff Smyth, Lisa Jones, Maureen Molinari, and Deborah Klein are the first graduates of this Health and Wellness Coaching Certificate Program. The graduates of the certificate program have completed a rigorous yearlong educational and experiential program that involves two on-site residential conferences, virtual student learning forums (webinars and conference calls), writing several academic papers, a plethora of practical and experiential coaching practice, and a Capstone Essay that highlights the integration of the graduates’ experiences throughout the certificate program.
Matt Watkins, Saybrook University Mind-Body Medicine Student, Pursues Mindfulness and Presence-Based Coaching Model12/11/2013
Matt Watkins is completing his final master's project to fulfill the requirements for a Master’s Degree in Saybrook University's Mind-Body Medicine. For his culminating project he is combining his love of professional coaching with mind-body skills to develop a coaching model. The direction of his project is currently unfolding; however, the main focus is how mindful and presence-based coaching, informed by the principles of Health Realization, facilitates the development of self-determined values and actions.
Mallory Rowell, Master's Student in Mind-Body Medicine, Combines New Marriage, Research Job, Fitness Training, and Graduate Study12/10/2013
Mallory Rowell completed her BS degree in Psychology from Ohio State in 2010, and although she knew that she wanted to complete an advanced degree, she was unsure of her path. One day as she was perusing the APA academic listings she came across an advertisement for Saybrook University, School of Mind Body Medicine. She was immediately attracted to the advertisement and that led her to attend an introductory call hosted by the department chair, Dr. Don Moss. After the introductory call Mallory recalls her elation at finding this program, “It felt like everything I was looking for and didn’t know what to call it. Saybrook combined my lifestyle and academic goals all into one.” In the fall of 2013 Mallory began classes to complete her MS in Mind Body Medicine.