Cummings Institute Art and Science of Integrated Care Conference to Focus on Innovations in Integrated Health Care

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On October 14-15 in Phoenix, AZ, the Cummings Institute are hosting the Art and Science of Integrated Care Conference. The Conference will focus on how leading innovations, such as virtual reality, will revolutionize integrated health care.

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The Cummings Institute

The New Doctorate in Behavioral Health

The Cummings Institute, one of the few academic institutions in the United States that specializes in integrated behavioral health education, will host The Art and Science of Integrated Care Conference on October 14-15 in Phoenix, AZ.

The conference will focus on leading innovations in integrated health care, including:

  •     The use of new technologies, including virtual reality, for the treatment of mental illness
  •     How to expand the role of behavioral health providers in hospitals and finance integrated care efforts
  •     Culturally sensitive multi-generational approaches to integrated care

“We are excited to bring together some of the industry’s thought leaders to discuss how we can improve the quality of health in the U.S. through innovative, integrated care techniques,” says Cara English, director of the Cummings Institute. “We hope to change the way health care professionals treat illness by sharing strategies for treating the mind and body together.”

One of the highlights of the conference will be a presentation on the Cummings Institute’s partnership with STAX3D, a 3-D technology solutions company in Gilbert, AZ. The two companies joined forces recently to test the use of virtual reality (VR) in the treatment of patients suffering from social and emotional stress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression and anxiety.

VR allows patients to experience stimuli—both visual and auditory—related to their disorders and learn how to control their automatic responses in increasingly stressful situations. The goal is to help reduce patients’ fear and anxiety by focusing on behavioral changes before prescribing medication.

Conference attendees will have the chance to experience virtual reality firsthand using STAX3D VR headsets.

The Art and Science of Integrated Care conference kicks off with a reception at the Hotel Palomar on Thursday, October 13, followed by workshops and sessions at the Phoenix Art Museum on Friday, and tours of Head to Toe Integrated Care and STAX3D on Saturday.

Cost is $25 for students and $100 for health care professionals, which includes lunch on Thursday and up to 10 continuing education credits provided by The National Alliance of Professional Psychology Providers.

To register for The Art and Science of Integrated Care conference and learn about hotel accommodations for the event, visit
The Cummings Institute: Dr. Nicholas Cummings founded the Cummings Institute in 2014 with the primary goal of training current medical professionals in the science of integrated health care—blending primary care and behavioral health techniques into one system.

Students learn to use the Biodyne model as they explore courses in medical literacy, behavioral health interventions and health care entrepreneurship. Once they’ve attained a Doctor of Behavioral Health degree, students will have the necessary skills to lead behavioral health integration efforts in public and private sectors.

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