The Latest: IT’S HERE! After nearly three years and hundreds of hours of passionate attention, we are pleased to announce that our evidence-informed, peer-reviewed, and collaborative textbook – Integrative Rehabilitation Practice: The Foundations of Whole-Person Care for Health Professionals – was released on 5/21/21. If you’d like to order, the Amazon listing which includes a number of reviews, is found here. We also encourage consideration of independent booksellers such as bookshop.org here. The code MERB25 can also be used on https://uk.singingdragon.com/ (United Kingdom); https://aus.singingdragon.com/ (Australia); and https://us.singingdragon.com/ (United States) for 25% off the IRP book. If you work in an academic setting, please email for information on how to obtain a free review copy.
Feedback: We deeply value feedback-informed process improvement and mutual learning. To provide positive and/or constructive feedback on the contents of the book, go here for an online form that will compile the feedback. This feedback will be shared with the authors and editors and considered in future revisions/editions, thank you.
To support experiential learning, portions of the content of the book are found in a novel 45-hour online course: Foundations of Integrative Rehab Practice. Go to the IRP main website to learn more about this exciting opportunity for self-paced learning that meets the needs of your demanding life and schedule. This course is offered on a sliding fee scale down to $0. Any proceeds from the book and the course are turned around into scholarships with an emphasis on supporting justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion.
High quality mentoring via video conferencing or phone (or in-person if in Tucson AZ) is also available for those wishing personalized guidance while delving into a whole-person practice. We aim to make education accessible for all. As such, Matt Erb, PT, founder of Embody Your Mind, offers the online course as well as mentoring on a sliding fee scale. Contact us via email to inquire as to reduced rates that fit your budget. You can find many other qualified mentors equipped to support you in developing whole-person/integrative care skills, at this listing.
- Sparking Wholeness with Erin Kerry
- The Healing Pain Podcast with Joe Tatta
- Watered Grass, Growing Your Happiness
- Pain Out Loud with Melissa Cady
- The Optimal Body Podcast (Note Matt’s presentation starts at the 26:27 mark)
- Zaya with Nadeya Hassan
- Guiding Principles for Mind-Body Integration for Physiotherapy in Mental Health, Mexico Ministry of Health, Latin America Conference on Physiotherapy in Psychiatry and Mental Health
- Academic Consortium for Integrative Medicine and Health
- American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine (Fall Conference 2019) (on ACEs and trauma-informed care as well as mind-body medicine integration in clinical practice)
- Arizona Physical Therapy Association (Spring Conference 2019) – (on psychologically-integrated practice, mind-body skills integration, and other topics)
- Exploring the topic of chronic pain through an integrative, mind-body lens, for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.
- Exploring an embodied approach to ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy) for the HealthFlix project on YouTube
- Several colleagues and I have been presenting at the “Calling Upon the Warrior Spirit to Heal Historical Trauma Conference and Ceremony” series. This has included at the Gila River Indian Community, Sacaton AZ, Viejas/Kumeyaay near San Diego, and Window Rock/Navajo, overviewing the collaborative work that we are doing with CMBM in Indian Country in relation to trauma-informed care and historical trauma.
- New York Physical Therapy Association, Regional Fall Conference, 2018
- An important peer-reviewed paper on ACEs and trauma-informed care, co-authored with Embody Your Mind contributors Matt Erb, PT and Noshene Ranjbar, MD, published online through the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine’s (ACRM) journal: Archives of Rehabilitation Research and Clinical Translation.
- Go here for a recent collaborative paper exploring Trauma-Informed Care and Cultural Humility in the Mental Health Care of People From Minoritized Communities.
- Go here for another recent collaboratively written paper on understanding the impact of child and family separation as relates to immigration and US policy and stay tuned for a forthcoming FOCUS psychiatry CME journal paper on cultural considerations within trauma-informed mental health care.
- Consider this novel paper that Matt had the honor of co-authoring on with colleagues in yoga therapy, mind-body medicine, and neuroscience, exploring theoretical parallels between ancient yogic teachings and contemporary neuroscience – in particular, a favorite teaching topic of mine: Polyvagal Theory. It has received extensive attention at the Frontiers in Neuroscience website, garnering nearly 140,000 views.
- Two chapters (one co-authored with Marlysa Sullivan on polyvagal theory, yoga, and pain; the other that Matt authored on nutrition, pain, yoga and mindful eating) in a wonderful collaborative book on a yoga-informed approach to managing pain. You can purchase at numerous retailers, including here.
- Check out this publication that Matt co-authored with Kristine Weber of Subtle Yoga, Asheville, NC, on understanding the relevance and impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences/ACEs, in this case geared for the yoga therapy community. This topic is near to our heart and fundamental to how we work with ourselves and our patients, and those that we teach, learn, and grow together with.
- Go here for a co-authored chapter on the biological underpinnings of resilience, with Dr. Noshene Ranjbar and Dr. Justin Otis, in a book geared towards medical residency programs on burnout and resilience.
- As part of Matt’s work with the integrative medicine subgroup at ACRM (American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine), a survey paper on rehab professional’s attitudes and experience with integrative approaches.
- Other recent teaching publications that you may wish to browse include: Yoga Therapy Today on Understanding Opioids, May 2016 edition, co-authored with colleague Fred Taylor, MD, professor of neurology, University of Minnesota… And another feature article in the Yoga Therapy Today Spring 2017 issue, co-written with Marlysa Sullivan on understanding placebo in relation to yoga…
Onsite Continuing Education Courses:
We are always seeking host sites to advance the quality of whole person care. Beyond the existing online courses, Embody Your Mind is able to deliver live webinar and/or live on-site CE courses geared towards PT/rehab professions and/or medical professionals. This can include specific to chronic pain, headache management, or general practice guidelines. Please contact us via email for inquiries.
@The Center for Mind-Body Medicine:
Be sure to check out the Mind-Body Medicine Professional Trainings, offered by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. We will continue to work with the Center’s many programs including: Community Healing Collaborative for the Greater Houston area; in Kyle, South Dakota for Little Wound School under an ANA grant; Broward County, Florida for community-wide resilience building ; a community resilience program for Sonoma/Northern California in relationship to the wildfires through 2019; and a unique VISN8 VA program in Florida and Georgia combining the VA’s integrative health coaching model with CMBM’s small group model, to improve care for our veterans. Stay tuned for more CMBM trainings and be sure to check out the highly rated FAM (Food As Medicine) programs.
Teaching Experience and Services:
- Senior Faculty, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, Professional Training Programs
- Instructor and Content Reviewer, UACIM
- Peer Reviewer, International Journal of Yoga Therapy
- Peer Reviewer, Frontiers in Psychiatry
- Editorial Board, JAYS (Journal of Applied Yoga Studies)
- Peer Reviewer, Occupational Therapy in Health Care
- Ongoing teaching for the University of Arizona College of Medicine, as well as the Department of Psychiatry in their pioneering Integrative Medicine Residency program in collaboration with the Arizona Center for Integrative Medicine (UACIM). We also recently became more involved with UACIM, authoring segments of the integrative mental health modules. This course is available online for those interested in the topic. Reminder: we are available for lecturing and teaching in all levels of academia.
- Over the last 15 years, Matt has presented numerous guest lectures to multiple PT educational programs (Iowa, USC, New York Medical College, Emory, College of St. Catherine, etc.). A standing invitation is in place to any DPT programs in the US to expand the inclusion of evidence-based integrative/whole-person/mind-body medicine into core DPT education.
- Academic Lectures, a few examples include:
- Polyvagal Theory and Mind-Body Medicine
- Placebo – The Elephant in the Room
- Understanding Burnout and Resilience
- Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma-Informed Care
- Historical Trauma
- Exploring Pain
- Music in Medicine and Healing, Polyvagal Theory and Music
- Intro to Mind-Body Medicine for Rehab Therapy Education
- Wellness & Self-Care programs in Medical Education and Residency
- Professional Continuing Education & Workshops, a few examples include:
- Integrative Headache Treatment (Geared to Physical Therapists, open to Occupational Therapists and Physicians) (HACEBrochureGeneric)
- Building a Mind-Body Integrated Therapy Practice (All Rehab Therapists, medical providers also welcome to attend) (MBMTherapistsGeneric)
- Clinical Considerations of the Polyvagal Theory (Rehab and Mental Health Therapists, Allied Professions, Medical Providers)
- Understanding Stress Through Yoga
- Physiotherapy in Psychiatry & Mental Health (under development)
- Resiliency for Healthcare Providers
Comments from past participants of continuing education programs:
- “Evidence-based with excellent knowledge of the subject.”
- “Very well researched, applicable, and handouts are wonderful.”
- “Great intro to mind-body concepts and ideas for treatment.”
- “Very knowledgeable instructor and presents material well.”
- “This is the best course I have taken in several years. Lots of great ideas for working with chronic pain patients.”
Contact us via email for additional information and/or for pricing/quotes.
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