Research

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Intramural Project

At Home Within

A Personal Growth Program for Homeless Adults

Principal Investigator
Cassandra Vieten, PhD
Key Collaborators
John Records at COTS/Mary Isaak Center,
Priya Bhagaonker, dissertation student, Institute for Transpersonal Psychology, Richard Miller at the Integrative Restoration Institute
Project Staff
Charlene Farrell at IONS, Lauren Darges at COTS

In 2003, the executive director of the Committee on the Shelterless (COTS) approached the Institute of Noetic Sciences (IONS) to develop an application for shelter residents based on research findings about the role of consciousness in transformation. Through a dynamic collaboration between the shelter staff and IONS researchers, At Home Within was born. The purpose of this study was to find out whether participating in a multi-week class focused on body, mind, and spirit in which residents learned practices such as meditation, yoga, qi gong, music, dance, drumming, and other practices resulted in reduced stress, improved mood, and better responses to difficult emotions and life circumstances.  Self reports from participants and COTS staff have been very positive. Analysis of pre- and post-measures of participants in the program is currently underway, and a manual detailing how the program can be implemented in other social service settings is nearly complete.

Watch the "At Home Within" Pilot Program Video:

We would like to acknowledge the following for supporting this project:

The Clements Foundation, The Kalliopeia Foundation, The Mental Insight Foundation, The Meyer Family Fund, and Private Donors

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