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The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at MGH

  • Mind body medicine seeks to improve existing medical conditions by employing specific techniques to reduce stress.
  • On March 5-8, BHI will be offering an advanced CME course for physicians and other health professionals.
  • On June 4-8, BHI will host an introductory course for health care providers on mind body medicine.

The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Mass General helps patients reduce stress

Institute provides services for patients and educates clinicians in the field

2/23/2012

For patients seeking to reduce stress and improve their physical health, The Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine (BHI) at Massachusetts General Hospital offers a full range of services. The Institute also offers training for health professionals.

Mind body medicine acknowledges the connection between the mind and body, and seeks to improve existing medical conditions by employing specific techniques to reduce stress. The Institute's practitioners collaborate with a patient's existing physicians in an effort to complement traditional medical care.

"Stress is an essential feature in over 60% of visits to health care professionals," said Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus. "Mind body or self-help therapies are effective, inexpensive, scientifically-proven approaches that counteract the injurious effects of stress in a way that drugs or surgeries cannot."

Benson is a pioneer in the field of mind body medicine, being one of the first Western physicians to incorporate mind body practices into his treatment regimens for patients.

The Institute treats hundreds of patients each year who have a wide array of symptoms and are seeking to reduce stress associated with their conditions. The Institute's physicians see many patients battling chronic conditions like heart disease, diabetes, or cancer, or aging patients who want to improve their quality of life.

"Mind body medicine is a very empowering area of medicine in that it teaches patients self-care skills and techniques that they can use to maximize their health," said Ann Webster, PhD, Director of the Mind Body Program for Cancer.

Patients can find more information about upcoming 2012 BHI programs geared for specific audiences and patients on the BHI website.

Clinician Education

The Institute also educates many physicians each year who are interested in learning about the science behind stress and about how stress exacerbates symptoms. Through the Institute’s Continuing Medical Education (CME) courses they can enrich their own medical practice with elements of mind body medicine, like meditation, yoga, and use of humor to cope with trauma. The course levels range from beginner to advanced.

On March 5-8, BHI will be offering a CME course for physicians and other health professionals who are interested in learning more about mind body medicine and in being trained in specific therapeutic skills that they can use to help their patients.

Building Resilience: The Mind Body Revolution in Health and Healing
is an advanced course in resiliency enhancement training and includes education in the relaxation response and meditation, cognitive behavioral skills, and positive psychology. It is geared for health care providers who have had previous exposure to mind body medicine.

BHI will also host an introductory course on June 4-8, which is suitable for health care providers who have not had any previous experience in mind body medicine, but who wish to learn more. Find more information about this course and other upcoming CME opportunities from BHI.

 

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