Integrative PsychologyI have recently become affiliated with the Center for Integrative Psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University, San Diego. I have been meditating and practicing yoga since 1994. If you would like to know more about the Center, look at their website at http://www.integrativepsychology.net.
If you are working on your dissertation at CSPP/AIU and are considering including me on your committee, please contact me so we can assess the "fit." I tend to emphasize two aspects within integrative psychology: (1) the importance of maintaining one's own regular "practice" if one plans to study aspects of integrative psychology, and (2) the possible roles of scientific investigation and empirical validation.
Some of my research/clinical interests in integrative psychology include:
Meditation and yoga in psychotherapy and behavioral medicine
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)
Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
Developmental models of consciousness (e.g., Ken Wilber, Allan Combs)
Neural correlates of meditation, consciousness and mental health
I will be offering the following course at AIU with Steve Hickman next Fall:
Mindfulness in Psychotherapy Spring 2004
Mindfulness involves the cultivation of intentional focused awareness - a way of paying attention on purpose in the present moment. It is often said to cultivate qualities of non-judging, non-striving, acceptance, patience, trust, openness, and letting go. Although often associated with ancient Eastern traditions, the essential qualities of mindfulness appear in nearly all spiritual traditions. More recently, it is having considerable impact on scientifically-based clinical psychology and behavioral medicine, as renowned researchers have come to believe that being mindful is central to being mentally healthy. This course examines the emergence of mindfulness-based interventions that incorporate mindfulness as a healing factor in medical and mental health settings. These empirically-validated interventions include: Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR; Kabat-Zinn), Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT; Williams, Segal & Teasdale), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT; Linehan), "Urge Surfing" as a component of relapse prevention in substance abusers (Marlatt), Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT, Hayes), and others. Paired with the didactic component of the course will be an experiential semester-long "immersion" of participants in their own practice of MBSR. Participants will learn and practice various forms progressive relaxation, meditation, and gentle yoga (Students will be evaluated based only upon the didactic portion of the course.)