Phyllis Mabbett, R.N., Ph.D.

Program Director

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My Viewpoint
   As an under-graduate nursing student at the University of British Columbia, I was struck by the discrepancy I noticed between the ideals of humanitarian caring taught in our classes and the reality of the nurses’ work experience.  Stress, fatigue and even burnout seemed to take the place of the rewarding experiences we were led to expect.  At the time, I thought I was the only one aware that something was amiss and I dared not speak about it.
   Since then, much has been learned about the processes through which positive intentions and ideals turn into fatigue, frustration and negative results. I have come to see this process occurring in institutions, professions, families, marriages and even our own psyches as once cherished ideals seem unattainable.
    Fortunately, I have also seen instances where ideals and values are become a way of life. This is the information our program instructors and I will share with you during your retreat program. Our desire is that you are able to re-connect with your inner well-being and that you are able to enjoy and express this quality every day of your life.

Professionally Speaking
   As a licensed therapist and registered nurse with more than 25 years of professional practice as a clinician, educator and administrator, Dr. Mabbett has repeatedly played an instrumental role in the integration of innovative treatment approaches within conventional healthcare settings.
    As the administrative director
of Scripps’ McDonald Center, Phyllis was responsible for the re-development of the 28-day recovery program, the detox program, out-patient programs, aftercare programs, the alumni center, and a Healing Garden.

    Subsequently, she assisted in the founding of Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine. The vision for this unique center was to integrate complementary and alternative treatment approaches within a conventional healthcare setting. In this position, Dr. Mabbett was instrumental in supporting and developing the clinical use of Healing Touch, Acupuncture, Biofeedback, Phoenix Rising Yoga, Music Therapy, a Herbal/Homeopathic Pharmacy, and the Destination Health Retreats.
    Dr. Mabbett founded Vitality International Training Associates in 1996 to further the work begun in her doctoral dissertation on methods for preservation and enhancement of personal vitality and wellness. Dr. Mabbett has provided numerous presentations on personal vitality, has consulted on the development of wellness in both the U.S. and Canada and has written professionally on this topic.

Education and Credentials
    Dr. Mabbett holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing (University of British Columbia 1971) a Master’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies (Simon Fraser University 1981) and a Doctorate Degree in Counseling Psychology (University for Humanistic Studies 1989). She has advanced training in Healing Touch, Energy Psychology and Trauma Healing.

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