Health-related behaviors such as poor nutrition, lack of exercise, smoking, excess sun exposure, abuse of alcohol and substances, inadequate stress management, and disturbances in sleep are increasingly being linked to rates of morbidity and mortality. To illustrate, consider that the latest medical research suggests that one third of cancers are caused by controllable lifestyle factors. Mind-Body Bridging, developed by Stanley Block, M.D., is a branch of Mind-Body Medicine that is being well received by both providers and patients as a blueprint for facilitating the adoption and maintenance of health-related behavior change. Mind-Body Bridging techniques enable patients to tap into and constructively override their potentially maladaptive Identity System (I-System), an internal and often unconscious negative feedback loop that automatically maintains a “disconnect” between one’s internal affective state (e.g., historic “story lines”) and the current, external situational demands (e.g., the present/the moment). Mind-Body Bridging has been shown to be efficacious in short circuiting these potentially maladaptive patterns driven by the I-System in a variety of patient populations such as perpetrators/victims of domestic violence, as well as patients with ADHD, chronic pain, depression and anxiety, and more recently, PTSD. Among the benefits of this technique is its rapid effectiveness and resultant enthusiastic acceptance among patients. This online CE course will provide an introduction to the fundamental principle of Mind-Body Bridging, an overview of the relevant literature and a discussion of its powerful experiential aspects and applications for healthcare providers. In addition, an outline for a 3-session Mind-Body Bridging protocol to promote health-related lifestyle change and wellness is provided for use in a variety of clinical settings in both individual and group formats.
This online course is approved for APA CE credit, NBCC CE clock hours, ASWB Clinical CE clock hours, and NYSED CE credit.
After completing this course, health professionals will be able to:
- Describe the “I-System,” the fundamental model behind Mind-Body Bridging, from a theory- and evidence-based perspective.
- Articulate how the “I-System” can interfere with positive lifestyle and health-related behaviors and identify how the 6 general practice guidelines of Mind-Body Bridging can reverse that.
- Practice and apply the 8 therapeutic “mapping” techniques and 4 simple “awareness” practices that comprise a Mind-Body Bridging Program to reduce stress, improved health-related behaviors (e.g., sleep) and enhance overall patient quality of life.
- Design and clinically implement a 3-session Mind-Body Bridging Program, in both an individual and group format.