In addition to contributions of whole medical systems—such as Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurvedic Medicine—students of the Ph.D. in Mind Body Medicine: Integrative Mental Health specialization learn a core of evidence-based complementary therapies. Example specialization courses include:
- Advanced Integrative Psychotherapy
- Clinical Psychopharmacology
- Contemporary Neuroscience-Psychology and the Brain
- Spirituality and Health or Mindfulness, Meditation, and Health
- Body-Oriented Approaches to Psychotherapy
Within the scope of their existing licenses, graduates will be able to augment their practice with a variety of complementary therapies and integrative medicine interventions. In addition, they will also be prepared for work in academic jobs in universities, colleges, and medical schools, furthering studies in the field while teaching integrative approaches to a new generation of health and mental health care providers.
The Ph.D. in Mind-Body Medicine: Integrative Mental Health specialization is oriented for licensed mental health practitioners and individuals who have a licensable mental health degree. Some eligible disciplines include:
- Social work
- Psychiatric nursing
- Expressive arts therapy (when licensable)
Students in the IMH specialization learn a core of evidence-based complementary therapies and mind-body science courses. Practicing within the scope of their professional license, graduates will be able to provide clinical treatment augmented with a variety of complementary therapies and integrative medicine interventions. Acquiring a wide variety of knowledge and skills, graduates may choose to enter into new areas of care, working in chronic pain, palliative care, and integrative hospice services.