The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) was founded in 1991 by James S. Gordon, M.D., a professor of psychiatry and family medicine at Georgetown University Medical School and former chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, under Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush.
In the 25 years since then, CMBM has become a worldwide leader in making self-care, group support, and community-building central to all healthcare, the training of health professionals, and the education of children. CMBM has focused on providing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most intractable and complex psychological and physical problems.
CMBM’s international faculty of 160 experts have trained over 5,000 health professionals, educators, and community leaders in our pioneering mind-body medicine model of self-care, self-awareness, and group support; they in turn integrate our model into their communities and use it with the populations they serve, allowing us to benefit millions of people.
Our Ground-Breaking Trauma Relief Programs
- The largest, most effective programs for healing population-wide psychological trauma. In Gaza, more than 150,000 children and adults served.
- A parallel program in Israel; CMBM is the only organization that works with large-scale psychological trauma in both Gaza and Israel.
- A nationwide program of mind-body medicine in post-war Kosovo.
- Programs for healing U.S. veterans’ PTSD at 30 military bases and VAs.
- Ongoing work with Haiti’s most disadvantaged people: orphaned children, homeless youth, disabled people, and prisoners.
- The first ‘wellness hospital’ at Eskenazi, the largest health provider in Indiana.
- A program of trauma healing and suicide prevention, combining mind-body medicine and traditional Lakota ceremony on Pine Ridge Reservation, where 20 children have killed themselves in the last year.
Evidence-Based Mind-Body Training & Certification
Our trainings focus on practical techniques for self-care and mutual support. Learn the science and skills of meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, and self-expression in words, drawings, and movement in classroom sessions and supportive, small group experiences.
CMBM is developing comprehensive programs of trauma healing for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Turkey, and Lebanon; working to make our evidence-based model available to all U.S. servicepeople and their families; and collaborating with our Native American faculty to develop a continent-wide program to heal the present and historical trauma of indigenous people.