Cummings Graduate Institute Newsletters
"We are going to be intentionally provocative,” said Jodeme Goldhar of Ontario, Canada’s The Change Foundation. As a DBH, you know you’re at the right conference when this is the opening plenary statement! The International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC) hosts a blockbuster conference annually in the UK and Europe, providing integrated care leaders from across the globe an opportunity to share highlights of their work and to learn from the successes and failures of others. Read More
Biodyne Mindset Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 6
In the wake of the recent loss of two influential people in the modern day US cultural zeitgeist, Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain, Dr. Janet Cumming's second installment on the topic of suicide prevention is more timely than ever. Read More
Biodyne Mindset Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 5
The focus of this brief article is to review how mental health and substance abuse problems impact employees in the workplace and to present several evidence-based recommendations for improving access for these troubling problems. A review of research articles related to this topic indicates that employee-related mental health and substance abuse problems result in a reduction in worker productivity, create safety concerns for the employee and their co-workers, cause increased absenteeism and an increase in employee turnover. Read More
Biodyne Mindset Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 4
Editor’s Note: CGI recognizes that the month of April has been designated as Autism Awareness month. To bring light to the needs of this population CGI has invited two CGI Doctor of Behavioral Health students who are subject matter experts on Autism to deepen our understanding of how Autism impacts the lives of all ages. CGI thanks doctoral candidates Kasia Motylewicz and Liliane Rocha for sharing their expertise with our community and for their work to serve this population. Read More
Biodyne Mindset Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 3
When I was under intense stress and pressure during my doctoral program, I experienced heart palpitations. As a behavioral health provider, I knew that my history of anxiety and the stress I was enduring were likely resulting in this new physical symptom, but just in case, I made an appointment to see my PCP of ten years, who had worked with me for anxiety. When I saw her, I said, “I think this may just be anxiety. Read More
Biodyne Mindset Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 2
With the United States leading the world in healthcare research and spending twice as much on healthcare than any other developed nation, Americans should be the healthiest people in the world; yet, we are not. Health is the multidimensional relationship between social environment, mental health, physical well-being, functional needs, quality of life, and the ability to adapt, self-manage, and recover; it is the holistic state of well-being and maternal mortality rates are a good gauge in determining of the overall health of a population (Huber, 2011) (Wilson & Cleary 1995) (WHO, 1948). Read More
Biodyne Mindset Newsletter Vol. 3 Issue 1
Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) is thrilled to announce the graduation of five new Doctors of Behavioral Health. Steven Byrd, Janine Fonfara, Margaret Kristin “Kristie” Guadiano-Elliott, Carolyn Latham-Shiflett, and Jackson Williams completed the requirements for the Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) program in November 2017 and were conferred to graduate in December 2017. Read More
Biodyne Mindset Newsletter Vol. 2 Issue 11
To Australia and Back! In November 2017, I traveled to Brisbane, Australia to attend APIC: the first International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC) conference in the southern hemisphere, resulting from a partnership between the International Foundation of Integrated Care (IFIC), Children’s Health Queensland (CHQ), and Queensland Health’s Clinical Excellence Division. Read More
Biodyne Mindset Newsletter Vol. 2 Issue 10
Why Do Anti-Anxiety Medications Sometimes Increase Anxiety? A recent New York Times article (Denizet-Lewis, 2017, October 11) raises the question of why anxiety disorders are increasing among American teenagers. The author of the article tells the story of “Jake,” an anxious teenager who was prescribed Prozac and then a series of other medications that did not help. Read More
Biodyne Mindset Newsletter Vol. 2 Issue 9
Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) announces a two-year knowledge partnership with the International Foundation for Integrated Care (IFIC). Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies, a private nonprofit institution, offers graduate and professional education in integrated behavioral health care through a virtual online campus. Read More
Biodyne Mindset Newsletter Vol. 2 Issue 8
The leadership at Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies (CGI) was proud to celebrate their two-year anniversary as one of the country’s most innovative, 100% online degree programs in integrated behavioral health. Founded in June 2015, it is one of a handful of universities worldwide that grant the distinguished Doctor of Behavioral Health (DBH) degree, and is the only university in the world that exclusively focuses on the growing field of integrated healthcare. Read More
Biodyne Mindset Newsletter Vol. 2 Issue 7
According to a recent article by Buckley (2017) that appeared this month on the Medscape website, two factors that increase suicidality in teens with type 1 diabetes have recently been identified. Read More
The “four questions” of the refocused psychotherapist [in the Biodyne Model] and the concept of the “onion/garlic” psychodynamic enabled me to not only conceptualize a case and plan treatment more rapidly, but to rise to a new level of professional confidence in meeting the behavioral care needs of my patients.
Dr. Gayle Cordes, DBH July 12, 2016
At the age of 53, and after working 25 years in the field of social work returning to school was not on my bucket list, but after learning about the Cummings Graduate Institute’s online program, my hope of achieving my lifetime a doctorate degree was possible. CGI online Doctor of Behavioral Health program is innovative and relevant. It's the perfect fit for the busy professional, parent or person looking to return to school or career advancement without the fuss of unnecessary coursework. CGI understands and recognizes that there are capable professionals and that most professionals are looking to gain a competitive edge or simply looking to satisfy a personal goal.
Steven Byrd DBH, Alumni March 4, 2017
I am a behavior analyst, and always believed that behavior analysis could improve the quality of life of so many people; but the way ABA services are delivered nowadays, one behavior analyst cannot reach many people. The healthcare landscape is changing and integration is a perfect venue to reach more people. I had already worked in a hospital setting and knew that my training was not enough to navigate the changing systems. The DBH offers training in relevant subjects such as population health management, health equity, legal issues and ethics in healthcare, and entrepreneurship. The breadth and variety of the courses will prepare me to face any challenges I may encounter.
Liliane Deaguiar-Rocha DBH Candidate, Cummings Graduate Institute March 8, 2017
The faculty at CGI are not only very knowledgeable in their field, but are very caring individuals who make an effort to learn about the students and their interests. I have been pleasantly surprised by the various systems CGI has in place to set clear expectations and guidelines for the student's performance. For each class, I know exactly what to expect, and what I have to do. The course material is very stimulating and engaging. The staff is very approachable and responsive, and the Librarian is an asset! I feel that everyone at CGI is cheering me for my success while holding me accountable for my work. I am sure that upon graduation, I will have a solid foundation to be an active change agent in the healthcare landscape.
Liliane Deaguiar-Rocha DBH Candidate, Cummings Graduate Institute March 8, 2017
I truly believe that my experience with CGI was exactly what I needed, when I needed it, and every barrier that I faced was problem solved jointly with CGI advisor/staff.
Dr. Leolani Ahquin, DBH Alumni, Cummings Graduate Institute April 7, 2017
As a therapist with more than thirty years of experience, I felt a strong need to continue to learn and grow as a professional. The Cummings Graduate Institute's focus on integrated care intrigued me because so many of my current patients are dealing with physical as well as psychological concerns. The faculty and staff have all been welcoming and very supportive. The Institute's utilization of webinars creates an atmosphere of student togetherness while allowing easy access to the teaching staff. I recommend the program for all candidates but especially experienced clinicians who are seeking professional growth and development. Successful completion of this program will open many doors in the field of mental health and integrated care.
William Penney DBH Candidate, Cummings Graduate Institute October 2, 2017