The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Since 1996, the Center’s Global Trauma Relief program has worked to relieve population-wide trauma resulting from wars and disasters. We train local healthcare professionals and educators to teach children and adults simple, powerful self-care and self-awareness techniques that can relieve stress and suffering, using the Center’s unique small group model.

Our goal: sustainable programs that serve local populations by providing the healing and support desperately needed in the face of major traumatic experiences.

Where We Work

  • The Middle East: Gaza, Israel
  • Haiti
  • Kosovo
  • The US: Post-9/11 NYC, Post-Katrina New Orleans, Healing Our Troops, Post-Sandy NJ, NY area

How We Work

  • Outreach & Training
  • Community Group Work
  • Ongoing Support & Supervision

5 Phases of Training

  1. Outreach to local health-related organizations that may benefit from training
  2. Initial Mind-Body Medicine Training introducing the science and experience of mind-body skills for participants to use and practice in their own self-care
  3. Advanced Mind-Body Medicine Training offered several months later, teaching participants how to lead the small groups they have experienced in the Initial training themselves, with clinical supervision. Participants receive supervision on integrating the Center’s model into their work with individuals, families and groups in their own institutions and communities
  4. Ongoing supervision and support from the Center’s clinical staff
  5. Leadership Training that develops a local team able to provide training, supervision and resources for fellow program graduates and new trainees

Our Research

The Center’s research on our Global Trauma Relief programs is documenting the efficacy of the Center’s model for healing PTSD and contributing to the body of literature on mind-body medicine.

Key studies include:

  • The first randomized controlled trial (RCT) of an intervention with war-traumatized children and the first RCT of a successful, comprehensive mind-body approach with any traumatized population (The Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 2008) on the Center’s work in Kosovo
  • A study showing mind-body skills groups reduced symptoms of PTSD, depression and feelings of hopelessness in war-traumatized Palestinian children and adolescents (accepted for publication, International Journal of Stress Management)
  • Research in progress: A Department of Defense (DOD) grant to study the effects of mind-body skills groups on veterans returning from Afghanistan and Iraq, in collaboration with investigators in the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Healthcare System
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