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Back Pain

The University of Minnesota is conducting a research study comparing different therapies for low back pain and to prevent back pain in the future. All visits take place at clinics in the Twin Cities and are at no cost for eligible individuals, Compensation is available. 

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Become an Integrative Health and Wellbeing Coach through the University of Minnesota

Become a health coach! In addition to learning coaching skills and techniques that support others and create optimal wellbeing, students in our program are also provided opportunities for their own personal growth and development. This helps impact the lives of the practitioner and their patients. Learn more.



    "The instructors were very understanding in my Center courses and they truly practiced mindfulness themselves! They were the most supportive instructors that I have experienced here at the University."



    "I work for a non-profit with a mission to build healthier communities. I’m using what I’ve learned in my Center courses to help people explore diverse ways of building individual and community resilience."



    "As a future physician, I will apply some of the holistic practices that I have learned in Center coursesto my medical practices. The body is more than just the physical being, and there is more to medicine than pharmaceuticals."


    "CSPH courses are different because they rely much more heavily on reading and synthesizing information from research – these courses really support critical thinking. The approach is more 'how to think' about a subject, rather than 'what to think.'"


    "I am a practicing pharmacist, and taking an academic course at the Center gave me new tools to use to help my patients."



    Top Reasons for Enrollment

    • Academic credit
    • Personal development
    • Professional education
    • Mental health and wellbeing


    Academic Quality

    • 96% satisfied with course quality
    • 94% satisfied with academic rigor
    • 91% satisfied with academic instruction


    Students reported CSPH courses support them in addressing:

    • Stress: 75%
    • Anxiety: 58%
    • Depression: 35%
    • Insomnia: 17%
    • Other: 14%


$3M Transformational Learning; $4M Strategic Innovation; $4M Research and Discovery; $1M Growth and Sustainability; $12M Overall Goal


"I am excited to kick off the Wellbeing for All campaign for the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing. The campaign comes at a time when we are poised to grow the Center in ways that will enable us to meet the increasing needs of those we serve."

-Center Director Mary Jo Kreitzer

Around the Center

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Take Five for Your Health and Wellbeing Podcast

This biweekly podcast explores science-based health and wellbeing subjects through interviews with experts like Alex Haley, Mary Jo Kreitzer, Megan Voss, and many more. Now available on iTunes, Spotify, Stitcher, Google Play, and TuneIn.

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Integrative Health and Medicine Specialization on Coursera

The Center recenctly launched an Integrative Health and Medicine Specialization on Coursera. This Specialization is designed for healthcare professionals and explores integrative healing through five classes, including Introduction to Integrative Therapies and Healing Practices, Guided Imagery, Herbal Medicine, Aromatherapy: Clinical Use of Essential Oils, and Mindfulness in Integrative Healthcare.



The research team at the Center is headed to the International Forum for Back and Neck Pain Research in Primary Care

Researchers at the Earl E. Bakken Center for Spirituality & Healing have had six abstracts accepted for presentation at the 2019 International Forum for Back and Neck Pain Research in Primary Care; the team will head to the forum in Quebec in July.



Nature Based Therapeutics

Working with plants or animals can improve concentration, encourage relaxation, and improve self-esteem. Digging in rich, black soil feels good. That’s because the environment plays a critical role in your overall wellbeing - in fact, a growing number of researchers believe that many mental health issues - like depression, anxiety, and stress - are due, in part, to our separation from nature.



CSPH 5541 - Emotional Healing and Happiness

This course will introduce and provide in-depth, experiential training in the cultivation of happiness, emotional health and healing for multi-disciplinary professions. Students will learn ancient and contemporary highly effective methods for the transformation of afflictive emotions, unhealthy patterns, and behaviors.

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You can follow the Center's twitter page to stay up to date with news of mindfulness events, thought leadership from experts, and wellbeing research.