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In the News: Karen Lawson, M.D., featured in Global Advances in Health and Medicine

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 health care 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.

To assist the patient in the healing process, health coaches typically develop a personalized plan which addresses a variety of issues a patient may be experiencing and act as a liaison between health care providers and the person seeking help.

In addition to leading the program, Lawson and her colleagues co-created the Four Pillar model which looks at different areas of healing including Mindful Presence, Authentic Communication, Self-awareness, and Safe and Sacred Space. Lawson believes it will have an impact on health and health care both nationally and internationally.

“The Four Pillars model may be a path of engagement that, if applied throughout all areas of health care, could transform our current medical culture,” said Lawson.

Interested in reading the full article? Click here.

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