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research & Development

Project Healing Hive in partnership with Bee Eternal Enterprise, conducts independent research on the efficacy of holistic therapies and CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) when integrated into a cognitive behavioral health program. Our research, meta-analysis, and developed treatment models are meant to create systemic change in the standard model of treatment for mental health. With particular attention being paid to the development of our youth treatment model. Our goal is to provide evidence-based research and results supporting the effectiveness of holistic therapies and CAM (complementary and alternative medicine) when integrated into cognitive behavioral therapy so that these services become part of the standard model of mental health care.

Studies show that Complementary and Alternative Medicines (CAM) may help improve neuroplasticity and cognition and may decrease depression and PTSD symptoms. By integrating CAM therapies into a standard model Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) plan, neuroplasticity may have the ability to improve cognition and reduce depression symptoms making the CBT treatment more effective. Neurofeedback (NFB) is a noninvasive treatment for mental health issues. NFB uses sensors and a Brain Computer Interface to measure brainwaves, allowing individuals to observe and modulate their own brain’s activity. A feedback and reward system helps patients achieve brain states associated with self-regulation, attention, focus, and other improvements relative to behavioral health conditions. NFB helps address patterns of dysregulation associated with irregular brainwave activity found in trauma.

Resources and Acknowledgements:

Neuroplasticity and Trauma- Can Brain Science Give Us a New Perspective on Healing? (NICABM)

Qigong-based Cognitive Therapy for Anxiety and Depression

Clinical Studies of Biofield Therapies

Complementary Therapies for Clinical Depression

Effect of Traditional Yoga, Mindfulness–based Cognitive Therapy

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current research

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This body of research will determine the effectiveness of Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) when integrated with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for those seeking care for mental health challenges. 

Advocacy

The demand for quality mental health care since the global Covid-19 pandemic has grown to an all-time high and is stretching the system beyond its limits. A shortage of practitioners, coupled with barriers to access such as cost, stigma, and socioeconomic inequities are leaving a lot of individuals and families without access to quality care. Research shows that although the Pennsylvania Office of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (OMHSAS) spends a relatively high amount per capita (when compared with other states) on community-based programs, it also shows that our current model has made little impact in the accessibility and overall quality of care. The recent rise in incarceration rates and youth mental health demands will place an additional financial strain on the system. Our goal at Project Healing Hive is to create systemic change in how we treat mental, physical, and spiritual health by creating sustainable trauma-informed systems that provide access to community-based mental health resources that include holistic and complementary therapies. To accomplish this, we will need your help.

Project Healing Hive is looking to transform the mental health system in Pennsylvania and beyond through research, advocacy, and education. We are looking for accountable partners who are willing to help lead the way. Will you join us?

PHH Founder, Kristen Morris-Yehiel