Recent Graduate from Saybrook University Presents Strategies for Cultivating a Clinical Practice in Mind-Body Medicine08/28/2015
James M. Cahill, MS, BCB, is a recent graduate of the Saybrook University College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. Here James Cahill presents strategies for cultivating and promoting a clinical practice in mind-body healthcare services.
Working from the Heart
I have noticed, here at Saybrook, that there is a wide continuum of experience among us with regard to marketing. We seem to have much greater, and more natural, strengths in our beloved field of Mind-Body Medicine (MBM). Most of us are authentically motivated by its wise paradigms, practices, and worldview, while we may be hesitant—or even disdainful—of the business-end of clinical practice.
Saybrook University Integrative Medicine Student Arielle Dance Wins "Herbert Spiegel Scientific Poster Award" for Poster on Hypnotically-Assisted Childbirth and Labor.08/24/2015
Arielle Denise Dance is a doctoral student in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University. Arielle has a master's degree in women’s health.
Diagnosed with endometriosis at 15 years old, Arielle has spent the majority of her academic career being an advocate in the women’s health community focusing on topics of chronic pain, disability, and marginalized communities. Arielle currently works for the American Cancer Society, but is extremely passionate about her work within the field of Integrative Medicine especially geared towards women’s health research. Upcoming research includes assisting women with endometriosis using specific relaxation techniques including meditation, deep breathing, and guided imagery.
Dr. Annapoorni Ramasubramanian, Ayurvedic Physician, Provides Nutritional Perspectives for Students in Saybrook’s College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences08/21/2015
Dr. Anapoorni Ramasubramanian studied Ayurvedic medicine at the K.G.M.P. Ayurved Mahavidyalaya in Mumbai, India, achieving a Bachelors and Doctorate degree in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery. She also has six years of teaching experience with the California College of Ayurveda and is a positive and inspirational Ayurveda practitioner. She strives to help others find balance and inner peace for lifelong physical, mental and spiritual health.
Presently, Dr. Ramasubramanian is working with Saybrook University as an Ayurveda teacher in the College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences. Her students know her as “Dr. Anu.” Her newest Ayurveda course will focus on Ayurvedic nutritional principles, and will be available beginning in Fall 2016 for students in the mind-body medicine degree programs as well as for students in Saybrook’s new master’s degree in integrative and functional nutrition.
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the fifth installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
Have you ever lain awake at 2 AM in the morning with your mind spinning out of control? You might be imagining all the things that can, and no doubt you think, will go wrong. If so, then you know the mental rumination about all the terrible things you’re worrying about appear much larger, deeply menacing and frightfully disturbing in the dark, wee hours. The ghosts, gremlins, energy vampires and wicked witches seize your mind, body and spirit until you’re paralyzed with fear and inertia. Stuck doesn’t feel very good as you literally worry yourselves sick.
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” This is the fourth installment in Dr. Rockefeller’s series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
Your mental imagery will help you stay on course and prepare you for arriving at your destination. Whether it’s an image in your mind, or a Vision Board (more about this later), if you don’t know where you want to go, you’ll probably end up someplace else. And that someplace else will most likely be a destination that someone picked out and it may have nothing to do with you. Time and time again people come to me and say they feel like they missed the boat. My response is, “Well, you didn’t’ miss the boat, you were just on the wrong dock.”
Kirwan Rockefeller on Imagery: Don't Dismiss the First Thoughts that Come to Your Mind as Silly or Impossible.07/30/2015
Kirwan Rockefeller, Ph.D., WIA/TAA Academic Advisor at the University of California, Irvine Extension, is the author of “Visualize Confidence: How to Use Guided Imagery to Overcome Self-Doubt,” and is the co-editor of “Psychology, Spirituality and Healthcare,” Volume 2 of the 3-volume series, “Whole Person Healthcare.” Dr. Rockefeller will be providing a series of blogs on utilizing the imagination for personal transformation.
As Oprah says, "Even the wildest dreams have to start someplace. Allow yourself the time and space to let your mind wander and your imagination fly. You must be a believer before you can be an achiever."
Saybrook Instructor Elena Gillespie, PhD, Publishes The Anatomy of Death, a Book on Transpersonal Experiences of Death and Dying07/27/2015
Dr. Elena Gillespie, researcher and faculty member with Saybrook University, has trained with a psychic-shaman in Michigan for many years, and is a certified Medium in the Spiritualist Church, in addition to being a Reiki master since 1988. She had a private practice in Michigan, focusing primarily on working with patients with cancer, and in palliative care, when some of those patients were close to transition into death. Dr. Gillespie’s dissertation was a phenomenological-hermeneutic analysis of her transpersonal experiences with these subjects. Her book is based on her dissertation called The Anatomy of Death: Notes From a Healer’s Casebook.
Kirwan Rockefeller, in Saybrook's School of Mind-Body Medicine, on Learning to Quiet the Inner Critic07/12/2015
Blog # 2 on the Power of the Creative Imagination.
Learn to quiet the Inner Critic. Yes, you know that inner voice very well – that nagging voice that tells you you’re not enough, you’re too old, too young, too fat, too thin, too tall, too short, you're male or you're female, or plain and simple "Who do you think you are?!" You can’t ______ ...."
The Inner Critic usually develops in our childhood, originally as a protective mechanism. The I.C. starts out wanting to make sure we look both ways before crossing the street, or not touching a hot stove. And, let me be absolutely clear about this: I'm not blaming Mom or Dad. The I.C. can come from anyplace; being horrible at kickball on the playground, feeling vulnerable, scared, frightened, or not up to snuff according to society, organized religion, or any authority figure that terrorize our tender minds. Sadly, at some point the I.C. spirals out of control and we give up. Kaput. A wet blanket smothers the fire in our bellies. And as we believe the I.C. is telling us the truth, we sink further into the bottom of an ice cream container at 2 AM.
Saybrook Instructor Dr. Lynne Shaner Publishes Article on Meditation in Journal of Humanistic Psychology07/08/2015
When she began to think about what to research for her dissertation, Lynne Shaner, PhD, wanted to study human transformation. According to her dissertation chair the topic was too big and too vague. Still, it was a starting point. As she continued to think about what she felt mattered most to her, in terms of integrative practices and human transformation, she kept coming back to the topic of meditation. “It is such a foundational technique, and it is so transformative. I am a long-term meditator myself, so I know this personally. I also figured that not only was the topic important, but that there would be a lot of research that I could sift through and build upon,” said Dr. Shaner recently, as she discussed the recent publication of ”Calm Abiding: the Lived Experience of the Practice of Long-Term Meditation.” It was published online in July by the Journal of Humanistic Psychology..
Saybrook Instructor Dr. Donna Rockwell Addresses Conference, “Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice”07/08/2015
Mindfulness and Compassion: The Art and Science of Contemplative Practice, a conference held at San Francisco State University from June 3-7, 2015, brought together leading scholars, contemplative teachers, and neuroscientists to discuss the intersection of science and Buddhism, and the role of compassion in wellness.
Donna Rockwell, PsyD, Saybrook adjunct faculty member, and co-teacher (with John A. Patterson, MD) of Mindfulness, Meditation and Health in the School of Mind-Body Medicine, and Mindfulness and Spirituality in Clinical Practice in the School of Clinical Psychology attended the conference, presenting her research findings on the role mindfulness training can play in the education of clinical psychologists. Her presentation: If I Only Had the Nerve: Mindfulness and Courage in Psychotherapy: Implications and Applications, was featured in the session: Engagement with Mindfulness Interventions.