Renowned author, physician and educator Bernie Siegel, MD, and his long-time friend, A. (Bud) Harris Stone, author, educator and founder of The Graduate Institute, invite you to listen to their discussion about a unique Experiential Health and Healing Master of Arts degree program.

Key Topics in Experiential Health and Healing: A Dialogue Presented by The Graduate Institute

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Bernie Siegel
Bernie Siegel, MD

A. (Bud) Harris Stone
A. (Bud) Harris Stone

Renowned author, physician and educator Bernie Siegel, MD, and his long-time friend, A. (Bud) Harris Stone, author, educator and founder of The Graduate Institute, invite you to listen to their discussion about a unique Experiential Health and Healing Master of Arts degree program. Co-directed by Bernie, the program is offered by the Institute to lifelong learners who understand health and wellbeing are both a state of mind and a choice.

During this engaging, webinar attendees will learn the following:

  • What is The Graduate Institute’s mission?
  • What is the Experiential Health and Healing Master of Arts degree program?
  • How is allopathic medicine enriched by better understanding and use of other modalities?
  • How do spiritual, family and community support of patients change lives and medical outcomes?
  • And much more…!

The Graduate Institute

This free webinar is presented by The Graduate Institute to support the innate human desire to learn and the right of all to optimal health and wellbeing.

Bernie Siegel MD

Dr. Siegel, who prefers to be called Bernie, not Dr. Siegel, was born in Brooklyn, NY. He attended Colgate University and Cornell University Medical College. He holds membership in two scholastic honor societies, Phi Beta Kappa and Alpha Omega Alpha and graduated with honors. His surgical training took place at Yale New Haven Hospital, West Haven Veteran’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. He retired from practice as an assistant clinical professor of surgery at Yale of general and pediatric surgery in 1989 to speak to patients and their caregivers.

In 1978 he originated Exceptional Cancer Patients, a specific form of individual and group therapy utilizing patients’ drawings, dreams, images and feelings. ECaP is based on “carefrontation,” a safe, loving therapeutic confrontation, which facilitates personal lifestyle changes, personal empowerment and healing of the individual’s life. The physical, spiritual and psychological benefits which followed led to his desire to make everyone aware of his or her healing potential. He realized exceptional behavior is what we are all capable of.

Bernie, and his wife and coworker Bobbie, live in a suburb of New Haven, Connecticut. They have five children and eight grandchildren. Bernie and Bobbie have co-authored their children, books and articles. Their home with its many children, pets and interests resembled a cross between a family art gallery, museum, zoo and automobile repair shop. It still resembles these things, although the children are trying to improve its appearance in order to avoid embarrassment.

In 1986 his first book, Love. Medicine & Miracles was published. This event redirected his life. In 1989 Peace, Love & Healing and in 1993 How To Live Between Office Visits followed. He is currently working on other books with the goal of humanizing medical education and medical care, as well as, empowering patients and teaching survival behavior to enhance immune system competency. Bernie’s realization that we all need help dealing with the difficulties of life, not just the physical ones, led to Bernie writing his fourth book in 1998 Prescriptions for Living. It helps people to become aware of the eternal truths and wisdom of the sages through Bernie’s stories and insights rather than wait a personal disaster. He wants to help people fix their lives before they are broken, and thus not have to become strong at the broken places. Published in 2003 are Help Me To Heal to empower patients and their caregivers and 365 Prescriptions For The Soul, in 2004 a children’s book about how difficulties can become blessings, Smudge Bunny, in 2005 101 Exercises For The Soul and out in the Fall of 2006 a prescriptions for parenting book Love, Magic & Mud Pies. Published in 2008 Buddy’s Candle, for children of all ages, related to dealing with the loss of a loved one, be it a pet or parent, and to be published in 2009 Faith, Hope & Healing with survivor stories and my reflections about what they teach us.

Woody Allen once said, “If I had one wish it would be to be somebody else.” Bernie’s wish was to be a few inches taller. His work has been such a growth experience that he is now a few inches taller. His prediction is that in the next decade the role of consciousness, spirituality, non-local healing, body memory and heart energy will all be explored as scientific subjects.

A. (Bud) Harris Stone

When A. (Bud) Harris Stone founded The Graduate Institute more than a decade ago his intention was to create an educational community that moved beyond traditional academia toward dynamic learning relevant in contemporary society. Today, The Graduate Institute offers degrees in emerging fields of inquiry like the Master of Arts in Experiential Health and Healing (EHH), continuing the quest to fulfill Stone’s mission.

“Such things as English literature, history and mathematics are not dynamic in the worlds of most people. They are dynamic in the world of academic people,” Stone explains. “Furthermore, they are not programs that are career programs. They are programs for the human evolution, not for personal development. Studies in emerging fields of inquiry reach deep into what intellectual and cultural values are about.”

The Graduate Institute and its faculty are unique by design. Those involved with the Institute do not sit behind closed doors, engaged in research. For dozens of years, Stone has purposely sought out people, whether at Princeton or IBM, or in the hills of Massachusetts, who have big ideas and the capacity to share those ideas in a cogent way. Fittingly, the faculty or, “academic coordinators,” are charged not with imbuing students with lessons and learning, but with facilitating the learning process for the candidates.

“We think of coordinators as sherpas as opposed to teachers, and the colleagues or candidates as trekkers,” Stone says. “Trekkers set the direction of where they’re going and the sherpas provide the support for the endeavor. Within the structure of these courses the colleagues have their own individual learning design.”

Stone sees the power of the EHH program as being a function of its personal incentive based system, not simply its timely and important content. He explains that the program requires all students to engage in something not just academic, but stringently so.

“Here you’re getting a degree because you got an education, not because you memorized facts. You provide the incentive and the motivation for yourself. Your education is about what you learn, how you learn, and who you become as a learner.”

Stone has authored more than 35 educational books and publications and served as chair of the Faculty of Education at Sacred Heart University. He has also served as chair of the Department of Education at Southern Connecticut State University and held an academic appointment at Harvard.