Mind-Body Skills Program for Health Care Professionals

For Physicians, Nurses, Social Workers and Other Health Care Professionals, Wednesdays, Feb. 4 - April 22, 6 - 8 p.m.

The mind-body skills group program (MBSG) is an educational program offered by the UNC Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation, Program on Integrative Medicine, designed to help people embrace a unique approach to health and wellness and adopt new attitudes about health and healing. In this program, group participants have the opportunity to learn and practice a variety of mind-body techniques -- meditation, guided imagery, and progressive muscle relaxation, to name a few -- in a small group context facilitated by a trained, certified professional. Two-hour group sessions are held once a week for twelve weeks focused on experiential practice and self-reflection.

Regarding the benefits of MBSG on this particular population, it has been proven to assist health care professionals in “preventing burnout, re-instilling fresh purpose in their work, understanding their purpose in serving and healing their patients, and providing a transformational experience” for them within a safe peer-support group. The tools learned in these programs can last a lifetime.

MBSG is based on principles identified in Dr. Gordon’s book, Manifesto for a New Medicine. Dr. Gordon, a psychiatrist and founder of the Center for Mind- Body Medicine in Washington DC, states that “self care is the true primary care” and “health promotion is a way of life”. He advises health care professionals and patients to embrace a holistic, individualized approach to health and draw upon the wisdom of ancient medical traditions. The Center for Mind Body Medicine is one of the world's most respected training programs teaching mind-body skills for self-care and stress management in the United States.

There is growing evidence of the immense healing potential of this program for diverse populations. These include healthy people who want to enhance self awareness and well being as well as those with clinical conditions, such as cancer, depression, anxiety, chronic pain and severe stress, particularly when used in combination with conventional health-care services. This program will be used by the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in a NIH-DOD recently approved randomized control trial to determine if it will result in improvement of PTSD symptoms, depression, and anger as well as quality of life and quality of sleep in US veterans.

Inquiries and Registration
Call Vera Moura, MD at the Program on Integrative Medicine: (919) 966-8586, Ext. 6 or e-mail her at vera_moura@med.unc.edu. A personal interview is required before admission to the program. The group is limited to 8 participants.

Deposits and Tuition Fees
The cost for the program is $425.00. Partial scholarship available (no one will be turned away for financial difficulties).

Location of the Course
Integrative Health Center of Chapel Hill
55 Vilcom Center, Suite 110, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
See directions at http://www.chapelhilldoctors.com

The group will meet once a week for twelve weeks starting on February 4 and will last two hours, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM

About the Facilitator
Vera Lucia Moura, MD is a Brazilian psychiatrist/psychoanalyst with over 20 years of clinical practice in Brazil prior to immigrating to the US in 1990. While working at the University of Michigan Medical School (1995-2006) Dr. Moura completed the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s Professional Certification Program in Mind-Body-Spirit Medicine based in Washington DC. At the University of Michigan Integrative Medicine Program, she facilitated Mind-Body Skills groups of medical and other health professional students as well as groups of women with history of abuse and conducted research on Mind-Body Medicine and Ancient Ways of Healing. Currently, she is working as a faculty member in the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Program on Integrative Medicine at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Moura is skilled in various ancient healing methods derived from indigenous cultures, including Andean (Kichwa), African, Brazilian and Native American. Dr. Moura is committed to educating groups and individual clients on mind-body-spirit integration skills.

The Program on Integrative Medicine (PIM) within the UNC Department of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation was founded in 1998 with the mission of enhancing health and health care through the informed integration of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) with mainstream health care. Faculty, staff, and affiliates collaborate on CAM-related research, education, clinical practice, and community initiatives, with the aims of understanding theoretical and philosophical bases of CAM systems; exploring efficacy of CAM practices; improving access to patient centered integrative care; furthering communication and collaboration with CAM providers; and disseminating evidence-based information on CAM and integrative care. Funding for PIM is currently provided through a state appropriation that originated with the UNC Division of Health Affairs in 1997, as well as federal and foundation grants.