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I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies | Home of Mind-Body Bridging and Productive Mind

 

In 2018, Stanley H. Block, MD, together with his wife, Carolyn Bryant Block, provided Utah State University with a generous gift that led to the founding of the I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies within the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Anthropology in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, for the purpose of providing a public service to USU students and to larger communities and social units through the broadest outreach of education, training, and research using the I-System Model. 

The I-System Model, which provides the foundation for both Mind-Body Bridging and Productive Mind, was developed by the Blocks in the late 1990s to optimize heath, wellness, and human performance. The I-System Model presents a view of individual and collective psychosocial human functioning and embraces a holistic approach to healing and wellness. 

USU is thrilled to host the I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies, Home of Mind-Body Bridging and Productive Mind. 


 

Cover of Social Unrest

New Publication: Social Unrest

The I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies is proud to present its newest publication, Social Unrest: Resolving the Dichotomies of Me/You and Us/Them, written by Stanley H. Block, MD and Carolyn Bryant Block, along with Derrik Tollefson, PhD and Guy du Plessis, MA.

Donations to the institute of $20 or more qualify for a free copy of Social Unrest: Resolving the Dichotomies of Me/You/Us/Them.

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Upcoming MBB® Building Resilience Workshop 

The I-System institute for Transdisciplinary Studies presents: Building Resilience Program, a 4-session workshop beginning Wednesday, October 14th, 3 pm to 4 pm. Utah State University, Online Interactive. The buliding resilience program provides students with skills to increase resilience duringand after stressful life events, improve general well-being and enhance performance in demanding activities such as academics and sports. The building resilience program introduces students to Mind-Body-Bridging skills, an evidence-based intervention that alleviates psychological distress, and enhances resilience and general well-being. To enroll in a free building resilience workshop, please fill out an online form at i-system.usu.edu

As a student, you know that life can be pretty tough sometimes. Why is it that some people can go through really rough times and still bounce back? The difference is that those who bounce back have resilience. Resilience is our ability to adapt successfully in the face of stress, trauma, or adversity and then bounce back to our normal state of functioning and well-being. The good news is that resilience isn't something you're born with or not. The skills of resilience can be learned.

This 4-session Building Resilience Program will provide you with skills to increase resilience during and after stressful life events, improve general well-being and enhance performance in demanding activities such as academics and sports. Research indicates that increased resilience can positively affect school and life outcomes for students, including academic achievement.

This program will introduce you to Mind-Body Bridging, an evidence-based intervention that alleviates psychological distress and enhances psychological resilience and general well-being. You will be taught skills to cultivate present-focused awareness of your body, thoughts and emotions and develop an understanding of the psychological mechanisms behind maladaptive mind-body states and behaviors. You will learn techniques that enhance awareness and understanding of your own thought processes, as well as to re-evaluate or reframe both negative and positive experiences, and adjust non-productive and limiting expectations of yourself, others and the world that restrict your potential.

Kevin Webb, Associate Director of I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies

Kevin Webb, MSW, LCSW

Associate Director
I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies
Presenter Profile

Kevin Webb, MSW, LCSW is the Associate Director of the I-System Institute for Transdisciplinary Studies at Utah State University. Kevin has over thirty years experience helping people, including those with disabilities, behavioral and mental health challenges, domestic violence, trauma, addiction and substance abuse. He has over 25 years experience as a clinical consultant and child and family therapist.

 

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Institute News

Mind-Body Bridging®: A Bridge to Self Discovery

Mind-Body Bridging®: A Bridge to Self Discovery

06/24/2020

Donor’s gift establishing the I-System Institute for Mind-Body Bridging will help therapy clients find their answers within themselves

Dr. Derrik Tollefson

A podcast featuring Dr. Derrik and Cassie Tollefson

04/26/2020

Listen to the Teaching Literacy Podcast episode where Dr. Tollefson and his wife Cassie share the benefits of Mind-Body Bridging® and Building Resilience in elementary aged children.

Stress Management podcast with Niki Olsen, certified Mind-Body Bridging practitioner

Stress Management podcast with Niki Olsen, certified Mind-Body Bridging practitioner

03/17/2020

Niki Olsen discusses the ways Mind-Body Bridging can help with stress management in podcast series

 

 

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