I. Halberstadt N, Staples JK, Addesky R, Gordon JS. Mind-body groups: concepts, practice, and results (The First International Conference of the Unit of Applied Neuroscience on Training the Mind: Mindfulness, Brain, and Behavior, Dec 30, 2009 Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center, Israel).
- Data gathered at the Initial and the Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Training Programs in Israel in 2006 showed an increase in the use of mind-body modalities, both personally and professionally, as well as an increase in optimism, a decrease in anxiety, anger and fatigue, and improved spirituality scores.
II. Mind-body skills group training results in decreased PTSD symptoms, improved mood, and enhanced spirituality in healthcare professionals following Hurricane Katrina
- Attending the Mind-Body Medicine Training programs in 2007 in New Orleans following hurricanes Katrina and Rita helped health care professionals who were working with the traumatized populations to decrease their posttraumatic stress symptoms, improve their mood, and enhance aspects of their spirituality. 63 participants completed questionnaires on posttraumatic stress (PTSD), mood, and spirituality.
- There was a significant decrease (17%) in the overall PTSD scores following the training. Significantly fewer participants also reported hyperarousal symptoms (i.e. difficulty sleeping and concentrating, outbursts of anger, exaggerated startle response, hyper-vigilance) (42% pre vs 15% post-training). There were statistically significant improvements in anxiety, depression, anger, fatigue and vigor after the training. Three months following the training, there was a significant decrease in compassion fatigue.
III. Survey of training program participants 1995 – 2008 shows mind-body skills reach over 20,000 individuals
- Professionals who attended CMBM training programs from 1995 to 2008 were asked how they were using the training and how many people they had taught to use mind-body skills. Surveyed graduates have worked with 30,000 individuals in Mind-Body Skills Groups addressing anxiety, depression, addiction, and a variety of chronic illnesses.