The Transcendental Meditation® Program for Advocates
The role of an advocate is to promote the health, safety, and rights of patients and clients, providing holistic and empathetic care to the clients they serve.
The Transcendental Meditation (TM®) technique—which is simple to learn and easy to practice sitting comfortably anywhere—releases stress and fatigue on a daily basis and has profound, immediate and cumulative results mentally, physically and emotionally. It is not a religion or philosophy and involves no change in lifestyle, no effort or concentration and no special skills.
By caring for yourself first, you can provide the best care for clients while remaining clear, rested, healthy and capable of efficiently locating the best community resources. Learning Transcendental Meditation is self-care and self-development for you—it will not enable you to teach it to your clients, but you will be able to refer the client to a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program in the community or to TM courses offered by our certified TM teachers through your organization.
A Scientific Approach
Evidence-based research on the TM technique shows it is twice as effective as other techniques in reducing anxiety and depression, while increasing energy, improving creativity and mental clarity, enhancing decision making under stress, and increasing resilience.
Other documented benefits of the TM technique include a reduction in high blood pressure after only a few weeks, decreased risk of heart disease and stroke, reduction in pain, decreased insomnia, and increased vitality, well-being and self-esteem.
A 2018 study, published in the International Journal for Human Caring, reported that the practice of TM increased peace and integrity, presence and balance, and enhanced job performance.
A 2018 pilot research study of nurses, published in Journal for Nurses in Professional Development, showed statistically significant improvements in compassion satisfaction, decreased burnout, decreased secondary traumatic stress and improved resilience.
Sexual Assault Advocates & Certified Domestic Violence Advocates
Advocates can face seemingly insurmountable challenges every day and are themselves at high risk for stress-related disease, compassion fatigue, vicarious traumatization, hopelessness and burnout. In addition, the frustration of not being able to affect positive change can be debilitating.
An advocate can best meet these challenges with reduced stress, clear thinking, good organizational and communication skills, and a resilient physiology—benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique that have been documented among a broad range of benefits in over 400 published research studies.
When girls and women who have suffered from abuse and trauma learn TM, hope is restored, fear and PTSD dissolve, and life becomes balanced, peaceful and healthier.
In Iowa, the Transcendental Meditation program for Advocates serving victims of domestic violence is approved for one credit per hour of course participation by Iowa CADV.
If you would like to take the TM course in any other state and wish to receive credits, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (800) 635-7173 with the name of the accrediting agency in your state.
Comments shared from survivors
“I slept through the night for the first-time in years.”
“I feel so calm after meditating, thank you, thank you so much for sharing this with me.”
“I’ve never felt this good in life. It’s given me ‘me’ back.”
“Through TM I began to trust, blossom, and most of all, I began to heal…. This program has given me my life back.”
“I feel hopeful–life that has been gray for so long came back to colors with TM. I wish everybody had the opportunity to learn this.”