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The Transcendental Meditation Program for Advocates
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15 October 2021
The role of an advocate is to promote the health, safety, and rights of patients and clients, providing holistic and empathetic care to the clients they serve.
The Transcendental Meditation (TM®) technique—which is simple to learn and easy to practice sitting comfortably anywhere—releases stress and fatigue on a daily basis and has profound, immediate and cumulative results mentally, physically and emotionally. It is not a religion or philosophy and involves no change in lifestyle, no effort or concentration and no special skills.
By caring for yourself first, you can provide the best care for clients while remaining clear, rested, healthy and capable of efficiently locating the best community resources. Learning Transcendental Meditation is self-care and self-development for you—it will not enable you to teach it to your clients, but you will be able to refer the client to a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program in the community or to TM courses offered by our certified TM teachers through your organization.
A Scientific Approach
Evidence-based research on the TM technique shows it is twice as effective as other techniques in reducing anxiety and depression, while increasing energy, improving creativity and mental clarity, enhancing decision making under stress, and increasing resilience.
Other documented benefits of the TM technique include a reduction in high blood pressure after only a few weeks, decreased risk of heart disease and stroke, reduction in pain, decreased insomnia, and increased vitality, well-being and self-esteem.
A 2018 study, published in the International Journal for Human Caring, reported that the practice of TM increased peace and integrity, presence and balance, and enhanced job performance.
A 2018 pilot research study of nurses, published in Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, showed statistically significant improvements in compassion, satisfaction, decreased burnout, decreased secondary traumatic stress and improved resilience.
￼ BONAMER JR, AQUINO-RUSSELL C. SELF-CARE STRATEGIES FOR PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT: TRANSCENDENTAL MEDITATION REDUCES COMPASSION FATIGUE AND IMPROVES RESILIENCE FOR NURSES. JOURNAL FOR NURSES IN PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT 2019 35(2):93-97.
Sexual Assault Advocates & Certified Domestic Violence Advocates
Advocates can face seemingly insurmountable challenges every day and are themselves at high risk for stress-related disease, compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, hopelessness and burnout. In addition, the frustration of not being able to effect positive change can be debilitating.
An advocate can best meet these challenges with reduced stress, clear thinking, good organizational and communication skills, and a resilient physiology—benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique that have been documented among a broad range of benefits in over 400 published research studies.
When girls and women who have suffered from abuse and trauma learn TM, hope is restored, fear and PTSD dissolve, and life becomes balanced, peaceful and healthier.
In Iowa, the Transcendental Meditation program for Advocates serving victims of domestic violence is approved for one credit per hour of course participation by Iowa CADV.
If you would like to take the TM course in any other state and wish to receive credits, please contact us at email@example.com or (800) 635-7173 with the name of the accrediting agency in your state.
Comments shared from survivors
''I slept through the night for the first time in years.''
''I feel so calm after meditating, thank you, thank you so much for sharing this with me.''
''I've never felt this good in life. It's given me 'me' back.''
''Through TM I began to trust, blossom, and most of all, I began to heal. . . . This program has given me my life back.'''
''I feel hopeful—life that has been gray for so long came back to colors with TM. I wish everybody had the opportunity to learn this.''
Understanding and navigating the American healthcare system is difficult. Therefore, patient advocacy entails guiding patients through the confusing maze of healthcare options and procedures patiently and efficiently. Patient advocates, whether employed in hospitals or non-profit organizations and working through community agencies or in independent practice, educate and lead patients through medical and financial processes.
A patient advocate can be responsible for coordinating communication between the patient and relevant health professionals, administrators, and insurance companies. The details can be endless and overwhelming for the patient–and even for the advocate. So an advocate must have strong communication skills, good organizing power, resilience, compassion and a supportive attitude.
All the qualities needed by a patient advocate are improved by the simple practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique, which reduces stress and improves mental acuity, psychological balance, and physical health.
The Transcendental Meditation for Women program, 'Transcendental Meditation for Certified Patient Advocates and Their Clients' is approved for 13 CEs by the Patient Advocate Certification Board to satisfy the requirements for Board Certified Patient Advocates (BCPA), approval code 18111.
''As an Advocate and prior Executive Director of a DV/SA support agency I can attest to the life changing results received from the simple practice of the TM technique. Continuously searching for methods to address vicarious trauma, I found just what I was hoping for in the practice of this meditation course. I now have the tool I need to diffuse the stress, reenergize daily and stay calm in the continuous storms experienced in work that we do.
The TM technique offers a method that Advocates and Clients can always have with them. Having learned, they don't need a phone, an app, or an appointment. It is always in their reach. TM is a tool for life.''
SONDRA PROCHASKA, M.ED, MBA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, CRISIS INTERVENTION SERVICES OF SE IOWA
''TM literally saved my life on those chaotic mornings when clients were upset or couldn't focus. I found that my calm, careful manner settled them right away and we were able to work collaboratively. Adult clients in the most stressful situations—such as those with PTSD, sleep deprivation, or high parenting stress—who took the TM course were then better able to find ways to improve their lives.''
RETIRED SOCIAL WORKER
SOURCE: The Transcendental Meditation® Program for Advocates on the Transcendental Meditation® for Women website.
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