The PhD Practicum is an exciting part of completing a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University, and for Michelle LaMasa-Schrader the Practicum is where she stepped into the role of “Doctor of Mind-Body Medicine.” Michelle describes her transformation into a mind-body practitioner as a calling, something deeper than creating a new career path. Through study and numerous experiential activities she has embodied the work that she champions deep into her soul. Michelle reflects that many of the courses in her PhD program have impacted her on a profoundly personal level. During courses such as the “Spirituality and Health” course she chose to use the opportunity to deepen her relationship with her husband. She created a spiritual ritual that has strengthened their personal relationship, an unexpected gift from her graduate education.
MBM Academic Mentor Participates in Global Trauma Relief, as well as in Women’s Cancer Resource Center: Introducing Kelsey Menehan, LCSW12/02/2012
Kelsey Menehan found her way to Saybrook University through the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM). Kelsey completed her education and training to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker at The Catholic University of America, in Washington, D.C. She then began working with cancer patients and the families of kids with cancer. Shortly into her career she began wondering what else she could offer to ease the suffering of families and individuals undergoing cancer treatment. Kelsey has always been interested in spirituality, and perhaps that is a hint of what attracted her to the CMBM.
Summary of Inaugural Videoconference in New Series: Presentation by Larry Dossey, MD, on Tuesday, November 20, 201211/25/2012
The Chair of the School of Mind-Body Medicine recently began a series of monthly video conferences, welcoming and interviewing guest speakers from the fields of mind-body medicine, integrative health care, and alternative approaches to health. All students and faculty from the School of Mind-Body Medicine are invited to participate in these video conferences.
The first speaker in the series was Larry Dossey, MD, a pioneering physician who has promoted the central role of both consciousness and spirituality in health and wellness. He introduced the breakthrough idea of eras in medicine, including Era I, the era of biomedical therapies, Era II, the era of mind-body medicine, and Era III, the era of non-local healing (emphasizing the power of prayer or distant intention for healing).
Highlights from the 19th International Congress of Hypnosis, Bremen, Germany, October 15-21, 2012
Michael Yapko, PhD, is a psychologist, psychotherapist, and a teacher of clinical hypnosis with an international reputation. Yapko has pioneered the application of hypnosis to clinical depression and authored a number of books in this area, including: Mindfulness and Hypnosis, Trancework, Depression is Contagious, and Treating Depression with Hypnosis.
School of Mind-Body Medicine Cultural Anthropologist Spends 35 Years in Asia: Introducing David Blake Willis, PhD10/30/2012
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.
School of MBM Student Completes Research on Jaguar Medicine, A Shamanic Healing Approach: Introducing Vera Moura10/26/2012
School of MBM Faculty Members Attend International Hypnosis Meeting in Germany: Donald Moss and Eric Willmarth10/19/2012
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.
“The Brain that Changes Itself:” Norman Doidge Attends Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis10/16/2012
Recent MBM Grad Addresses Compassion Fatigue: Practical Applications for Nursing Professionals. Introducing Betsy Murphy10/13/2012
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.
From Pharmaceutical Sales to Academic Mentoring and Research: Introducing MBM Director of Mentoring Devorah Curtis10/08/2012
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.