GRADUATE SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH SCIENCES
The Graduate School of Behavioral Health Sciences was organized in 2012 to offer live, interactive, webinar-based, interdisciplinary degree programs, certificate programs, CE courses, CE workshops and lectures that bring together physiology and behavioral science for integrated practical applications in healthcare, human service, and performance education. The Graduate School prepares professionals to bring these integrative applications directly into their existing practices and businesses, or to begin new enterprises based on their professional backgrounds and their newly acquired knowledge and skills. The Graduate School’s goal is to provide working healthcare and performance professionals with new expertise, new practical skills, and requisite business knowledge enabling them to grow their professional practices.
The first step in meeting this challenge was to design and offer webinar-based programs in applied breathing sciences for experienced, successful practitioners to help people improve health and performance through the application of behavioral learning principles to breathing physiology. To this end, the School assembled a faculty of 16 prominent scientists and clinicians and in 2013 began offering our MS degree program in Applied Breathing Sciences and its associated certification program, Certified Breathing Behavior Analyst. Only qualified professionals who do well in the certification program, and who have reason to earn an advanced degree in this field, are invited to join the MS degree program.
The decision to offer the degree and certification programs in applied breathing sciences was based in part on some astonishing statistics. Surveys show that as much as 60% of the ambulance runs in major US cities may be the consequence of acute symptoms brought on by dysfunctional breathing habits. Further, up to 25% of the US population may suffer the effects of learned dysfunctional breathing habits. Although the enormity of this problem is staggering, conventional healthcare has at best only superficially addressed the symptoms, and the causes remain virtually ignored. The applied breathing science programs offer highly effective behavioral solutions to learned dysfunctional breathing, an immense and misunderstood worldwide problem. These solutions focus on “client-centered” learning rather than “therapist-centered” treatment, where practitioners empower their clients to help themselves
The Graduate School, after developing the MS degree program and Certified Breathing Behavior Analyst certificate as proof of concept, pursued its vision to offer additional certification programs that provide behavioral physiology applications for addressing other wide spread health and performance challenges that require integrative solutions. Two years ago, the School developed a new certification program, Certified Orofacial Myology Specialist, based on statistics that suggest that perhaps eight out of every 10 children exhibit learned dysfunctional dentofacial and orofacial muscle patterns that have profound effects on growth and development of the face, lips, tongue, and jaw. If these behavioral issues are not addressed early in life, these learned patterns persist and may result in developmental compromise with a need for corrective orthodontia or turn into chronic health issues.
While enrollment in the existing programs is expanding rapidly, the School continues to design new programs that meet the criteria of its mission. Since 2013, the School has trained colleague professionals by live interactive webinar from around the world and from diverse professions, including athletics, breathwork, chiropractic, coaching, counseling, dental hygiene, dentistry, education, medicine, mental health, occupational therapy, orthodontics, physiotherapy, psychology, respiratory therapy, social work, and speech therapy. It graduated its first MS degree and breathing science certification students in 2014 and graduated its first Certified Orofacial Myology Specialists in 2017.