yogaHOPE’s Trauma Informed Mind Body (TIMBo) program is a curriculum focused on bringing rehabilitative mind-body psychoeducation and mindfulness practices to populations globally, with a goal of creating more trauma-resilient communities. Originally a tool used for women suffering from chronic trauma, addiction, and/or abuse, the TIMBo program has expanded to a more broadly applicable method for use in clinical mental health settings. The TIMBo program has been empirically shown to result in a significant reduction in the symptoms of depression, anxiety and PTSD.
Distilled from the TIMBo program, is the TIMBo method. The TIMBo method educates individuals in integrating the core essence of mindfulness practice into moment-to-moment and day-to-day life. The TIMBo method focuses on three core components to improving overall well-being: interoception, self-compassion and mindfulness. Interoception addresses the matter of noticing what’s happening inside our body. Self–compassion (in regards to the TIMBo method) involves using the TIMBo method to change relationship to inner sensations, thoughts, feelings and habitual actions, moving from judgment to self-compassion. Mindfulness means maintaining a moment-by-moment awareness of our thoughts, feelings, bodily sensations, and surrounding environment. Mindfulness involves acceptance, meaning that we pay attention to our thoughts and feelings without judging them. The foundation of the TIMBo method is understanding that our body sensations drive our thoughts, feelings and actions. The TIMBo method provides tangible tools to create space between the sensations in our body and our thoughts/actions. This method is easily integrated into clinical/direct service work as well as staff/client and colleague relations and has the potential of changing overall outcomes in both patient/client mental and behavioral health outcomes and overall staff effectiveness.
Over the three years of programming and training, a distinct methodology has emerged that is allowing the core components of TIMBo to be integrated more broadly within traditional mental health and human service agencies. This methodology is being shared through 1-day TIMBo Informed Clinician 1-day workshops. Initial feedback from the workshops shows an immediate influence on how staff work with and relate to clients, colleagues as well themselves. With the rising rate of compassion fatigue and secondary trauma across health, correctional and education systems in the U.S. the immediate results of the TIMBo method workshop could have a powerfully positive effect on the health of staff, clients and the system as a whole—this due to the fact that positive learning is shared within all manner of relationships.
The need for this change in overall health is clear and in the coming year, the TIMBo Method workshop will be offered within agencies and in cities across the country. Future intentions include offering agency support throughout the year including next step and refresher trainings, custom program and evaluation design and continued consulting and support. yogaHOPE is formulating a comprehensive research and evaluation plan in partnership with the TIMBo Research team in collaboration with the Human Services Research Institute in Cambridge Ma.
Active conversations regarding interest in TIMBo Methodology for Systems Health is ongoing with the following organizations:
Leake & Watts—N.Y.C.
N Street Village—Washington, D.C.
Petaluma Health Center—San Francisco, CA
Boston VA—Boston, MA
Taunton State Hospital—Women’s Recovery from Addiction Program
Whole Family Health
The TIMBo development team recognizes that agencies and organizations that work with families can use TIMBo methodology to support whole family emotional health. Our focus groups tell us that women who are mothers inherently share the TIMBo emotional anatomy education and mindful coping skills they are learning with their children. In addition, clinicians that work with children and teens are communicating TIMBo methodology in age appropriate ways, using child appropriate language, drawing, puppets and clay. It’s clear that TIMBo can contribute to whole family health by developing/modifying TIMBo materials for children and teens (children’s books, modifying language and images on flash cards etc). The vision for the future is an integration of TIMBo methodology through whole systems (agency, community, family) both from the top down (supervisor-clinician-colleague & client) and bottom up (child-sibling-parent-social worker/clinician-supervisor). As we continue to look for ways to grow our organizational infrastructure our focus on this methodology will take priority.