Research work at Wellness Space (Society for Energy & Emotions)

Society for Energy & Emotions - ResearchAt Wellness Space, we focus on three core areas (See the visual with three bubbles) and integrate the learnings from each core area into the other two[1].   This is a win-win for everyone since our research brings powerful and actionable insights that we integrate into our coaching and therapy framework and together these two core areas feed into our training & certification curriculum (Regression Therapy & Life Coaching).  As per our knowledge, the integration of these three core areas with proven outcomes in each is our unique strength.  It also builds strong credibility in our teaching and certification work and vice versa. For example, the self-hypnosis protocol we teach (The SEE Protocol for Self-Hypnosis) integrates proven yogic concepts and it has been validated in several publications (G. Trivedi et al., 2020). Hence, if our trained therapist is teaching self-hypnosis to someone, he/she is assured that the protocol is based on strong evidence and the client is assured that he/she is learning something that is proven.

1. Reaching out to experts and institutions

For achieving excellence in clinical research, we reach out to education institutions as well as subject-area experts (some of them continue to mentor us beyond the specific assignments.  Pls see the Society of Energy & Emotions page).  Over the past few years, we have also collaborated and generated research outcomes – in the form of case studies (e.g., with IIM, Ahmedabad), book publications, research articles and so on (Saharsh et al., 2020; G. Y. Trivedi et al., 2021; G. Y. Trivedi & Banshi, 2019; G. Y. Trivedi & Saboo, 2021).  For details, you can review this page on collaboration with institutions.  The collaboration provides opportunities for many students and researchers to develop their skills as well.  Please see the videos at the end of the article covering discussions with a few of these students.

2. Ethical review

Our research follows the protocols consistent with the principles set forth by the Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Ethical Guidelines for biomedical and health research involving human participants (Behera et al., 2019).  In addition, the proposals are often reviewed by the experts in their respective fields (specifically, as needed, the review is conducted by Diabetologist: Dr Banshi Saboo, Cardiologist: Dr Kamal Sharma, Preventive Medicine: Dr Kathirvel S., Psychology: Dr Anita Kumar) before submission to the IEC (Institutional Ethics Committee) at Dr Jivraj Mehta Smarak Health Foundation, Ahmedabad. The IEC functions in accordance with ICH (International Council for Harmonisation of Technical Requirements for Pharmaceuticals for Human Use) GCP (Good Clinical Practice) & ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research) guidelines. Recent work (research, training, therapy) we do has been reviewed and approved over two phases (highlighted below)

Phase 1 (Ref No ECR/274/Inst/GJ/2013/RR-19, dated 27/10/2020)

  • Data collection methodology (all parameters WHO-5, GAD-7, MDI, ISI), online, Trauma Assessment (PCL-C),
  • Adverse Childhood Assessment),
  • Bhramari,
  • Self-hypnosis,
  • Regression Therapy and Self-Hypnosis

Phase 2 – (Ref No JMSHF IEC – BHR/O/18/2022)

  • ACE, Regression Therapy
  • Understanding the risk factors of suicide behavior
  • Application of Artificial Intelligence (machine learning) algorithms to predicting mental health risks (ACE), suicide behavior.
  • Healing the Child Within methodology (Before, 4, 8, 12 sessions)
  • Phobia, PTSD and Complex PTSD Assessment & Intervention (PCL-C, ITQ)
  • Trials Registered with ICMR (Pls see below)

3. Clinical Trials Registration

The protocols and the experiment we follow for the research have been registered with ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), NIMS (National Institute of Medical Statistics) Clinical Trials registry (CTRI). CTRI started as a voluntary measure and later it was made mandatory by the Drug Controller General of India (DCGI) on Jun 15, 2009 (Gogtay et al., 2017). This ensures accountability, transparency, and accessibility of clinical trials. In short, most of our work is approved by the Institutional Ethics Committee (Dr Jivraj Mehta Smarak Health Foundation, Ahmedabad, Reg: ECR/274/Inst/GJ/2013/RR-19, approval of Academic Research Study on 27 Oct 2020) and registered with ICMR (Indian Council of Medical Research), NIMS (National Institute of Medical Statistics) Clinical Trials Registry (CTRI/2020/12/029968, CTRI/2020/12/030084, CTRI/2020/12/030131, Part of CTRI/2021/01/030798, REF/2022/07/056064). If you have given content to us for allowing us to use your data for research, you can seek a copy of the IEC approval.

4. Ongoing projects

In addition the work listed above, additional projects we have at the moment include (a) Adverse Childhood Experiences and emotional/mental health, (b) Pilot to understand the linkage between Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Adverse Childhood Experiences, (c) Understanding Complex PTSD, (d) Interventional pilot to understand how to address PTSD conditions, including functionality, (d) Effectiveness of “Healing the Child Within” intervention for wellbeing, anxiety and depression, and (e) Understanding the linkage between social media and mental health outcomes such as wellbeing, anxiety, depression and sleep quality. All the research we do when published is integrated into our 200 Hour Regression Therapy & Life Coaching Curriculum.

The link covers some of our research outcomes (publications).

[1] We would like to acknowledge our mentor Prof K V Ramani for instilling the idea to integrate research and teaching into our core focus areas.

4. References

Behera, S., Das, S., Xavier, A., Selvarajan, S., & Anandabaskar, N. (2019). Indian Council of Medical Research’s National Ethical Guidelines for biomedical and health research involving human participants: The way forward from 2006 to 2017. Perspectives in Clinical Research, 10(3), 108.

Gogtay, N. J., Ravi, R., & Thatte, U. M. (2017). Regulatory requirements for clinical trials in India: What academicians need to know. Indian Journal of Anaesthesia, 61(3), 192–199.

Saharsh, P., Fariburz, I., & Gunjan, Y. T. (2020). International Journal of Psychotherapy Practice and Research, 1(4), 20–29.

Trivedi, G., Patel, V., Shah, M., Dhok, M., & Bhoyania, K. (2020). Comparative study of the impact of active meditation protocol and silence meditation on heart rate variability and mood in women. International Journal of Yoga, 13(3), 255.

Trivedi, G. Y., & Banshi, S. (2019). A Comparative Study of the Impact of Himalayan Singing Bowls and Supine Silence on Stress Index and Heart Rate Variability. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Mental Health, 2(1), 40–50.

Trivedi, G. Y., Pillai, N., & Trivedi, R. G. (2021). Adverse Childhood Experiences & mental health – the urgent need for public health intervention in India. Journal of Preventive Medicine and Hygiene, 62(3), E728–E728.

Trivedi, G. Y., & Saboo, B. (2021). Bhramari Pranayama—A simple lifestyle intervention to reduce heart rate, enhance the lung function and immunity. Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, 12(3), 562–564.