Watch a CBS News story on an innovative treatment program for cancer survivors created by a Saybrook Mind-Body Medicine student!02/24/2015
Experts project there will be 18 million cancer survivors in the U.S. by 2022. Cancer patients often report feeling lost and abandoned at the conclusion of active treatment. Even though treatment has ended, the impact of cancer on their lives has not.
Members of the Saybrook community have been pioneers in developing treatments for them – including faculty members and alumna like Dr. Jeanne Achterberg (who pioneered integrative techniques to combat the effects of cancer), Dr. Lyn Freeman (who received National Institute of Health grants to test integrative health techniques for cancer survivors, and make them available to patients), and now PhD student Francinne Lawrence, who has created a new model of holistic treatment for cancer survivors..
Survivorship is a recognized phase of treatment along the cancer control continuum and is a new directive for accreditation by the Commission on Cancer. At THRIVE – a program created and run by Lawrence for the Mary Bird Perkins, Our Lady of the Lake Cancer Center, in Louisiana - individuals are considered cancer survivors from the moment of diagnosis.
The integrative program was recently featured on a local newscast. Watch it here.
School of Mind-Body Medicine Chair Donald Moss will attend APA Council of Representatives Session Dealing with Torture, the Assessment of Trauma, Aid to the Dying, and other Critical Issues02/15/2015
The American Psychological Association (APA) will meet this month to determine the organization's stances on key issues facing not just psychologists, but our nation: on the use of torture, on how trauma is assessed, on how we support those who are dying.
Don Moss, the Chair of Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine, will be part of the select group determining these stances. He is a new member of the APA Council of representatives. He represents Division 30, the Society for Psychological Hypnosis. He is also a past-president of this APA Division.
The American Psychological Association (APA) remains the largest professional association representing psychologists worldwide, dedicated to advancing "the creation, communication and application of psychological knowledge to benefit society and improve people's lives." The APA Council of Representatives is the legislative body of APA and has full power and authority over the affairs and funds of the association within the limitations set by the certificate of incorporation and the Bylaws, including the power to review, upon its own initiative, the actions of any board, committee, division or affiliated organization
The Council is composed of representatives of APA's divisions, representatives of state, provincial and territorial psychological associations (SPTAs) and the members of the Board of Directors.
Dr. Jose Baltazar, Recent Graduate of Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine, Applies Mind-Body Skills Groups for Stress Reduction and Wellbeing02/10/2015
Jose Baltazar is a Fall 2014 graduate in Saybrook University’s PhD program in Mind-Body Medicine, in the Healthcare Practice specialization. His dissertation was a mixed-methods research study applying Mind-Body Skills groups with college employees, which showed significant stress reduction and improvements in health and wellness. The Mind-Body Skills groups implemented a model developed by James S. Gordon, director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
“I can run real fast and do a big poopy now,” said five-year old Lily, in the best thank you card Mary Beth Augustine ever received.
This case narrative was provided by Mary Beth Augustine, RDN, CDN, FAND, the Director of the Saybrook University Masters in Integrative and Functional Nutrition program. The child’s name was change to protect her anonymity.
Lily was in preschool when Mary Beth Augustine met her and her parents at her initial nutrition consultation. Diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) at three years of age, every day was a painful battle for Lily and her parents. Dressing, bathing, walking, getting in and out of a car seat, the normal activities of daily living, were all worsened by Lily’s cries of pain and her resistance to moving her swollen joints. Worse yet was the impact on her gross motor skills, speech, and social skills, as Lily preferred to sit quietly at a preschool table instead of running, interacting, and playing with her peers.
Ellyn Hutton, Saybrook University Certificate Graduate, Offers Holistic Programs for Pregnant Women and Others Online and Onsite01/28/2015
Ellyn Stanek Hutton, BSN, RN, is a practicing Certified Holistic Nurse. She completed her studies in Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine Certificate Program and is enthusiastic about sharing her knowledge with others. Her coursework in the Saybrook Certificate program included the health coaching course, an introduction to biofeedback, and the three part School of Mind-Body Medicine course sequence in using mind-body skills groups, based on the model developed by James S. Gordon, MD, of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
As a yoga teacher and massage therapist, she has a unique interest in working with those in chronic pain. She is creating a yoga teacher training program for pregnancy as well as an inpatient yoga, massage, and meditation program for high-risk pregnancies.
Dr. Donald Moss, Head of Saybrook’s School of Mind-Body Medicine, to Chair Symposium on Chronic Illness at Biofeedback Conference01/22/2015
On Friday March 13, Donald Moss will chair a symposium at the annual meeting of AAPB, in Austin, Texas, featuring presentations on “Mind-Body Approaches to Challenging and Chronic Cases.” (AAPB is the Association for Biofeedback and Applied Psychophysiology, an international association promoting evidence based applications of biofeedback, neurofeedback, and self-regulation therapies).
Every day, human beings present in healthcare clinics with multiple conditions, chronic illnesses, and conditions that challenge the patient and the care team. Biomedicine has limited solutions for chronic and complex conditions. Patients also vary greatly in their readiness to take an active role in their care.
In October 2014, Lynne Shaner defended her dissertation on the “Lived Experience of the Practice of Long-Term Meditation,” and is happy now to be credentialed as Dr. Shaner. After resting and recovering from four surgeries and additional hospitalizations as well as completing her last stretch of coursework, doctoral study, and final dissertation work in 2014, she reports being relieved to be at this stage of her professional and academic career. Dr. Shaner reports that she is already seeing her degree as a useful tool empowering her professional work. She comments, “the degree is already opening doors and creating opportunities in my life”.
In the fall of 2014, Dr. Shaner was invited to co-teach “Self-Care for Applied Well-Being” at George Mason University, and pending enrollment, may again serve as adjunct faculty there in 2015. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University. “I really enjoy teaching,” she notes, and “watching the students discover mind-body experiences, from meditation to imagery to yoga. It’s wonderful. Teaching a self-care course at George Mason---the first of its kind there---with my colleague, was a real gift. It was great fun, also, to assign readings that I had drawn from classes that I had taken at Saybrook, and to also assign part of the dissertation done by Dr. Pegi Black (Saybrook, 2014) -- Pegi’s work on self-care inspired the students.”
Center for Mind-Body Medicine Training Available at the School of Mind-Body Medicine Residential Conference12/15/2014
Hot off the Presses: There are a limited number of openings for non-students to take the Mind-Body Medicine training offered by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) as part of the January January MBM Residential Conference in Seattle. Both the Professional Training Program and the Advanced Training Programs will be given, and non-Saybrook students can register through CMBM.
Join us or share with your colleagues and friends to spread the mind-body paradigm! Start the year off right -- register now! Jan 18-21 www.cmbm.org/mbm-seattle.
Elena Gillespie, PhD, is a new addition to the research faculty in Saybrook University’s School of Mind-Body Medicine. She will be teaching a course on Quantitative Research Resign for Healthcare. Dr. Gillespie has been involved in research for nearly twenty years with a focus in Mind-Body techniques. She was co-founder of the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Center at the University of Michigan funded by the National Institute of Health, now known as the University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Research Center. Her study assessing the use of Reiki in the amelioration of pain in diabetic neuropathy was the second study utilizing Reiki as a healing modality funded by the NIH. The results of that quantitative study were published in 2007.
Saybrook University Master's Student Daniel Gawrys Uses Executive Coaching to Maximize Employee Potential12/08/2014
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.