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Saybrook University Master's Student Daniel Gawrys Uses Executive Coaching to Maximize Employee Potential

12/08/2014
UCLA Radiology Managers in Retreat Conducted by Gawrys and business partner

Daniel Gawrys is a master's degree student in Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine.  Gawrys is an Executive Coach whose niche is working with high functioning clients who have been successful thus far in their career.  These clients typically focus so intensely on their career that other areas of life become imbalanced, which causes personal issues to roll into their work life.  These clients are stuck in a perpetual cycle of professional/personal imbalance.  Instinctively, these clients try to work harder, and doing so, they only exacerbate the root issues.  Motivation is strongly present, but they’re at a loss for how to initiate change. 

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Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine Offers Four PhD Specializations in Mind-Body Medicine

12/05/2014

 

In August 2009, James S. Gordon and the Center for Mind-Body Medicine collaborated with Saybrook University, founding the Graduate School of Mind-Body Medicine for individuals pursuing a master’s degree and/or doctoral degree.  As the program has grown over the years, the graduate school now provides four doctoral level specializations, to prepare graduates for careers in healthcare and mental healthcare.  Influenced by the humanistic philosophy of Saybrook University, the central focus of each degree program and specializations emphasize person-centered health care, and advocate the importance of integrating self-care, mind-body practices, and other alternative approaches within the mainstream of health and mental healthcare. The School of Mind-Body Medicine is designed as a hybrid program, which affords working professionals the opportunity to conveniently attend a maximum of three short residential conferences a year, as well as complete all of their coursework through online and videoconference technology.

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

12/04/2014
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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Articulation Agreement between Saybrook University and the International Nurse Coach Association

10/29/2014
Barbara Dossey, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN, HWNC-BC, and Susan Luck, RN, BS, MA, HNC

The International Nurse Coach Association (INCA) has signed an Articulation Agreement with Saybrook University to provide recognition of credits from the INCA Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP) for Saybrook University’s M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs in Psychology with a Specialization in Consciousness, Spirituality, & Integrative Health.

INCA has also signed an articulation with Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine to provide recognition of credits from the INCA Integrative Nurse Coach Certificate Program (INCCP) for Saybrook’s master's and doctoral programs in the School of Mind-Body Medicine (School of MBM). 

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Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine Signs Articulation Agreement with the University of Santa Monica

10/11/2014
The University of Santa Monica

Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine has finalized an articulation agreement with the University of Santa Monica (USM). The agreement enables graduates from the University of Santa Monica to utilize their USM graduate credits for application to the Saybrook PhD degree programs in mind-body medicine. The agreement is effective immediately.

The School of Mind-Body Medicine (MBM) at Saybrook University provides four doctoral level specializations, to prepare graduates to pursue careers in healthcare, mental healthcare, and integrative and functional nutrition.  The four PhD specializations (and two master's degrees) are influenced by Saybrook University's humanistic philosophy and pursue a vision of a person-centered health care, with self-care, mind-body practices, and other alternative approaches integrated into the mainstream of health and mental healthcare. 

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School of Mind-Body Medicine to Provide November 12 Webinar on Opportunities with Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine

10/07/2014
Dr. Ruthann Russo

 

Dr. Ruthann Russo, instructor in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine, will conduct a webinar on November 12 at 5:30 PM Pacific. She will provide information on professional affiliation and certification opportunities available through the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine (AIHM) as a result of the recent merger of The American Holistic Medical Association, the American Board of Holistic and Integrative Medicine, and the Journal for Global Advances in Health and Medicine. 

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Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine Instructor Martha Menard Publishes Mixed Methods Study on Quality of Education in Massage Therapy

09/30/2014
MBM Instructor Martha Menard

Mixed-methods research combines the best features of qualitative and quantitative research method in a single study.  Healthcare offers many fruitful opportunities for applying mixed methods, and Saybrook University's School of Mind-Body Medicine has promoted mixed methods for its doctoral students' research.

A recently published study by Saybrook University School of Mind-body Medicine faculty member Martha Menard, PhD, LMT, illustrates how mixed methods can be applied to topics in healthcare. The study is a national evaluation of the current quality of education in massage therapy, and was funded by the Commission on Massage Therapy Accreditation. Multiple data sources included quantitative educational outcomes from the National Center for Education Statistics, such as tuition costs, graduation rates, job placement rates, median loan amounts, and loan repayment rates, with a qualitatively developed survey of educators from multiple healthcare disciplines. The survey question and answer choices were based on individual and focus group interviews, and  included several open-ended questions.

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

09/10/2014
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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Charlene Conlin and Carleen Phelps Complete a Collaborative Doctoral Dissertation on Males and Females Successfully Managing Type 2 Diabetes through Lifestyle Change

08/25/2014
Carrie Phelps and Char Conlin at Saybrook University Graduation

 

Charlene Conlin and Carleen Phelps have just completed a collaborative dissertation as part of their doctoral studies in the Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine.  This was the first collaborative dissertation in the School of Mind-Body Medicine.

Collaborative work is abundant in the publication of academic research papers, especially in the healthcare sector, where meaningful research studies frequently require coordination among several disciplines and settings. Nevertheless, collaboration is rare in the doctoral dissertation process. One Saybrook collaborative dissertation was completed by two psychology students, Leila Kozak and Dorothy Mandel, within Integrative Health Studies in 2006, but until now none had taken place within the School of Mind-Body Medicine. 

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School of MBM Instructor Dr. Lisa Kelly and PhD Student Teresa von Kerckerink Collaborate on ISSEEM Presentation on Shamanic Healing

08/08/2014
Photos from ISSEEM Shamanic Seminar

 

In June 2014, Saybrook University School of Mind-Body Medicine PhD candidate, Teresa von Kerckerink and MBM faculty member Dr. Lisa Kelly collaborated in presenting a 90 minute seminar on the lived experience of shamanic healing at the International Society of Subtle Energy and Energy Medicine conference titled: Seen and Unseen Realities.

Teresa began the workshop by presenting the findings of her first person Hermeneutic Phenomenological pilot study on the lived experience of the use of the shamanic sacred plant medicine, San Pedro. A lively discussion followed, where participants asked numerous questions and the group discussed the role of altered states of consciousness and energy medicine in shamanic healing. Following this discussion Dr. Kelly presented an overview of her experience with shamanic healing in Peru, and then together Teresa and Dr. Kelly facilitated a shamanic healing ritual with the attendees.

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