Dr Donald Moss: Post-conference workshop

  • 04 Aug 2008
  • 8:30 AM - 5:29 PM
  • Sydney


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Dr. Donald Moss PhD
Pathways to Illness, Pathways to Health: Applications of Mind-Body Medicine to Common Medical Disorders.

  • This workshop provides a comprehensive mind-body framework for intervening with medically ill patients, based on the Pathways to Illness paradigm (McGrady & Moss, in preparation).
  • Sixty to seventy percent of patients entering primary care present with complaints which would benefit from mind-body intervention.
  • The majority of these patients receive routine medical care, including medical testing, medication, and/or referral to a medical specialist.
  • Those referred to mental health specialists frequently refuse referral, and become more focused on medical/physical causes and solutions. 
  • Yet if given a choice, many of these patients will seek out complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies, many with no documented effectiveness.  
  • This workshop advocates a comprehensive model for integrating behavioral, behavioral, psychophysiological, and lifestyle changes into health care.
The model:
  • The model begins with a presentation of the Pathways to Illness paradigm, illustrating specific life style choices, environmental conditions, psychophysiological mechanisms, and cognitive/affective dysregulation processes, which lead the individual to the illness condition.
  • The workshop then proceeds to describe a comprehensive assessment which identifies the patient’s individual pathway to illness:  genetic, lifestyle, nutritional, and psycho-physiological factors which dispose the patient to illness.
  • The emphasis is on identifying turning points and choices, which are amenable to voluntary control and self-regulatory change strategies.
  • Finally, patients who understand the pathways that brought them to illness are more motivated to walk the pathway toward health.
  • The workshop will highlight the development of a prescriptive individualized pathway for health, including facing difficult behavioral and life-style changes. 
  • Mind-body therapies including biofeedback, hypnosis, and meditative techniques supplement lifestyle interventions in restoring health.
Application of the model:
  • Dr Moss will briefly review the outcome literature to identify disorders for which mind-body therapies have demonstrated positive efficacy.
  • Specific applications will be discussed, moving beyond the bounds of typical psychological practice: headache, diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and lupus erythematosis.
  • For each of these disorders, life-style, risk behaviors, and psychophysiological patterns will be reviewed, which can contribute to the pathogenesis of disease, and which can also serve as the basis for a restoration to health.
  • Special attention will be given to heart rate variability biofeedback for its expanding applications to a variety of health care problems.

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