Faculty Stories

May 17, 2014
For us Northerners, who have just lived through the cold and long nights of winter, the thought of spring brings on a torrent of adrenalin as full and fast as the snowmelt-flooded streams. With the longer days and warming temperatures comes new growth—a procession of wildflowers, each emerging at the optimal time to out-compete the neighbors for sunlight and fertilizing insects.
May 15, 2014
"Meaning is not something you stumble across, like the answer to a riddle or the prize in a treasure hunt. Meaning is something you build into your life." - John Gardner
May 6, 2014
A recent University of Minnesota review investigated the effects of a few deep breaths of an essential oil while drifting off to sleep. The review concluded the inhalation of essential oils is a worthwhile option to explore after a night or two of restless sleep.
January 10, 2014
Nature can provide you with more than fresh air and a nice view. In fact, nature can enhance your overall health and wellbeing. The Center for Spirituality & Healing’s Jean Larson, Ph.D., was featured in the December issue of Minnesota Health Care News and discussed nature’s health benefits…
July 8, 2013
Surrounded by beeping, bustling, monitors and machines that help a patient breathe; the intensive care unit (ICU) at a hospital isn’t exactly what you would call a stress-free environment. Worries proliferate easily for ICU patients who are often awake but cannot speak or act independently after having experienced anything from a severe car accident to open-heart surgery. As they focus on recovery and hospitalization outcomes, patients in the ICU may soon be able to put some of their worries to bed thanks to new University of Minnesota research. A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) found music reduces anxiety for individuals who are critically ill and need assistance from a mechanical ventilator to breathe. Listening to music was also found to reduce the amount of medication nurses gave patients to help calm them.
June 19, 2013
Karen Lawson, M.D., director of Health Coaching at the Center for Spirituality & Healing, was featured in the May issue of Global Advances in Health and Medicine. Her article, which is titled “The Four Pillars of Health Coaching: Preserving the Heart of a Movement”, discusses the role of health coaching in health care settings, its past, and the potential it holds in the future. Health coaching is a relatively new and developing profession designed to meet the needs of people who wish to improve their well-being in the midst of complex healthcare options. At its foundation, health coaching is practiced from a holistic perspective that sees each patient as a healthy being, wise and the ultimate expert in their own healing journey.
June 3, 2013
With more than 5,000 music therapists in the U.S. today, music therapy is a practice that is growing in demand, popularity and relevance in today’s health care. Today’s music therapists work in a variety of health care facilities including psychiatric hospitals, rehabilitative facilities, medical hospitals, outpatient clinics, day care treatment centers, agencies serving persons with developmental disabilities, community mental health centers, drug and alcohol programs, senior centers, nursing homes, hospice programs, correctional facilities, halfway houses, schools, and private practice.

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