Saybrook University's College of Mind-Body Medicine Faculty Members Attend International Hypnosis Meeting in Germany

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Saybrook faculty to present at prestigious conference

Saybrook University's College of Mind-Body Medicine is sending two faculty members to 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.

MBM faculty members Donald Moss and Eric Willmarth will attend the Bremen meeting.

Dr. Moss will participate in a symposium on philosophical topics in hypnosis. Moss will also conduct a 90 minute introductory workshop on heart rate variability training. Current research shows that heart rate variability is a correlate of hypnotic depth, and clinical reports suggest that Heart Rate Variability (HRV) training may enhance an individual’s ability to participate in hypnosis. Moss is one of two delegates from the North American organization the Society for Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis to ISH, and will participate in the ISH executive council meeting.

In Bremen Dr. Willmarth will conduct video interviews with several leading figures in the European hypnosis community, for his “living history of hypnosis” project. Willmarth has constructed an online archive of video interviews with many of the great names in hypnosis, including now deceased figures such as Herbert Spiegel, Jack Watkins, Harold Crasilneck, and Erika Fromm. This archive provides an abundance of rich material for hypnosis education. One recent development is a series of interviews with hypnosis leaders who send specific messages to Saybrook students for their hypnosis learning.

The International Society of Hypnosis is the primary international organization of mental health and health professionals dedicated to the promotion of scientific research and the development of clinical practice in hypnosis. The constituent national societies making up ISH range from Poland to Iran to Japan to South Africa. They meet once every three years, and attracts approximately two thousand attendees from every corner of the globe. Its website can be found at http://www.ish-hypnosis.org

Located in San Francisco, California and Seattle, Washington, Saybrook University is the world’s premier institution for humanistic scholarship and research. Saybrook offers advanced degrees in psychology, mind-body medicine, organizational systems, leadership, and human science. For 40 years, Saybrook has empowered students to find their life’s work and achieve their full potential. Saybrook’s programs are deeply rooted in the humanistic tradition and a commitment to help students develop as whole people – mind, body, and spirit. Saybrook University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). It is also authorized by the Washington Higher Education Coordinating Board and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree Authorization Act.

For more information, visit http://www.saybrook.edu

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