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Faculty Member Henry Grayson, PhD on Your Power to Heal

Faculty member, Dr. Henry Grayson, is on the cutting edge of mind/body/spirit psychology He received his Ph.D. in psychology from Boston University and a 4 year post-doctoral certificate psychotherapy and psychoanalysis from the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health. He has studied neuropsychology, most of the major psychotherapies, th...
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Dr. Bernie Siegel, on what led him to TGI

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Welcome Jerry Gaura!

b2ap3_thumbnail_MFT_Exam_02.JPGTGI extends a warm welcome to Gerald (Jerry) Gaura, who has joined us as Program Coordinator of the St. Francis Hospital cohort of the MA in Integrative Health and Healing.

A certified Gestalt Psychotherapist, Jerry has experience working with individuals, couples, and families utilizing Strategic, Structural, Solutions and Emotionally-Focused models. His interest lies in treating couples, families, and adolescents in transitional crisis; pre-marital, pre-divorce, and post-divorce counseling, non-traditional and blended families, and counseling individuals in acute transformational crisis. 

Jerry additionally has counseled At Risk Youth while employed as a Wilderness Counselor for Second Nature Blue Ridge located in Blue Ridge Mountains of Clayton, GA. In addition to Wilderness Therapy, he has worked with both youths and adolescents in a variety of treatment environments, including residential and IOP settings. 

His passion lies in reconnecting people to purpose-driven living and merging the best modern treatment methods with systemic, depth, and process-oriented Transpersonal approaches which utilize a multidimensional model of the human psyche. He also employs the teachings of the ancient wisdom traditions, shamanic psychologies, and dreamwork in his practice.

Please join us in welcoming Jerry to the TGI community!

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Welcoming New Faculty

TGI is delighted to welcome Dr. Catherine Wagner and Carol Shear to the faculty for the new Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation Certificate program! Dr. Wagner serves as the program's Academic Director, and Ms. Shear joins us as Clinical Director. Together, they bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the clinical and coaching aspects of the program delivery:

b2ap3_thumbnail_Catherine-Wagner.jpgDr. Catherine Wagner is Vice President of Education and Health Information for the Connecticut State Medical Society. She previously served as Executive Director of the Eastern Connecticut Area Health Education Center. She is co-founder of the Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, and created the Collegiate Health Service Corps Program as a pipeline program into primary health professional practices in medically under-served communities. She holds a doctorate in Educational Management from the University of Bridgeport.

b2ap3_thumbnail_Carol-Shear.jpgCarol Shear is President-Elect of the Connecticut Chapter of the International Coach Federation. She is a Life & Integrative Health Coach, ACC Certified by the ICF, and has completed training at the Coach U Coaching Program as well as at Duke University's Integrative Health Coach training program. As a Registered Nurse, she integrates her knowledge of change theory, leadership dynamics and mind-body-spirit perspectives into her practice, having counseled, coached, and supported individuals, organizations and communities for more than 25 years. 

The first cohort in the Integrative Health Coaching and Patient Navigation Certificate program begins October 2013 in Hartford, CT.

TGI is hosting information sessions at Stamford Hospital on Wednesday, May 15 at 12 pm and at St. Francis Hospital in Hartford on Monday, May 20 at 12 pm and 4 pm. Contact Mia Hawlk at (203) 874-4252 or to register!

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Welcoming New Faculty and New Pioneers in Emerging Fields!

With all of the new programs being offered this fall, TGI is delighted to announce a host of new faculty and friends who will join us in the "Trekking and Sherping" that constitutes the charge of our academic leadership.

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Mark C. Amodio, Ph.D, Academic Director, Master of Arts in Oral Traditions. Mark is Professor of English at Vassar College. He holds his A.B. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. A specialist in oral theory and Old and Middle English language and literature, his research focuses on the intersection of orality and literacy throughout the English Middle Ages. He is the author of numerous articles and two books, Writing The Oral Tradition: Oral Poetics And Literate Culture In Medieval England (UNDP, 2004) and The Blackwell Anglo-Saxon Literatue Handbook (Wiley-Blackwell, 2013). He has also edited a number of volumes, including Oral Poetics in Middle English Literature (Garland, 1994), Unbinding Proteus: New Directions in Oral Theory (ACMRS, 2005), and A World of Oralities: Essays in Memory of John Miles Foley (ACMRS, forthcoming). He lives in Poughkeepsie, New York and will be joining TGI's new Writers Cohort for a special presentation in December. 

Nicole Misko, M.A., Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Learning and Thinking. Nicole received a Masters Degree in Holistic Thinking from The Graduate Institute in 2006. She holds a BS in Elementary Education and a BA in Fine Arts from Bridgewater State College, as well as a degree in Women's Studies from Hartford College for Women/University of Hartford. Throughout her fifteen year teaching career in inner cities, she has integrated the arts into her classroom. Nicole has been extensively trained in Gardner's theories of multiple intelligences and highlights these intelligences in her teaching to support and ignite student learning and success. Nicole has worked in newspaper and magazines managing fine and performing arts, creating partnerships and connecting communities throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts. As an educator, she brings a strong belief in celebrating the individual learning journey and strives to foster the uniqueness of each person's special gifts.

Deborah (Debby) O'Brien, M.A., Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Integrative Health and Healing. With an undergraduate degree in Anthropology and years of practicing archaeology, family health issues led Debby to investigate the healing power of lifestyle choices. She was certified as a Nutritional Therapist and Holistic Health Counselor, and was trained in Gut & Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) Diet coaching. She earned her M.A. in Experiential/Integrative Health and Healing from The Graduate Institute in 2012, with a particular focus on vibrational modalities. As a Health Counselor, she offers personalized health opportunities through nutrition, belief, and lifestyle choices. Debby continues to appreciate the beauty of the journey. 

Vanessa Reale, Ph.D., Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Learning and Thinking. Vanessa is an experienced public school leader with a strong record of accomplishment in instruction, health promoting school leadership, assessment, curriculum development, supervision, program development, and staff evaluation. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Hull, England, and a Superintendent's Certificate and Sixth Year in Administration and Supervision from Southern Connecticut State University. She also completed two years of doctoral study at the graduate school of the City University of New York in Environmental Psychology. Vanessa has received several professional development awards for her work in education and school leadership. She is committed to working collaboratively to address the social, emotional, physical, and academic needs of all learners and to increase academic achievement and personal well being.

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