The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, the world’s leader in successfully addressing population-wide psychological trauma, was founded in 1991 by James S. Gordon, MD, a former National Institute of Mental Health researcher. A Harvard-educated clinical professor of psychiatry and family medicine at Georgetown Medical School and former Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, he is the author of Transforming Trauma: The Path to Hope and Healing (HarperOne).
In the 29 years since its founding, CMBM has developed a model of self-care, social support, and community building that has transformed practices and outcomes in health care, the training of health care professionals and the education of children. CMBM’s signature Mind-Body Skills Groups have repeatedly been demonstrated, in studies published in peer-reviewed journals, to decrease levels of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) by 80 percent or more in children, adolescents, and adults. Published research also demonstrates statistically significant decreases in depression, hopelessness, anxiety, anger and sleep disturbance, and increases in quality of life.
Providing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most intractable and complex psychological and social problems, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s international faculty of 140 has worked with communities in over a dozen nations as well as here in the United States, training health professionals, educators, community leaders, and youth peer counselors, who in turn integrate the CMBM model into their work with millions of children and adults.
CMBM has successfully worked with population-wide trauma in communities challenged by war, poverty, mass shootings, climate-related disasters, opioid addiction, and genocide. In response to the unprecedented psychological trauma of the Covid-19 pandemic, CMBM most recently launched an innovative online program of self-care and social support for healthcare workers and those afflicted by Covid-19 that is designed to strengthen their resilience as well as relieve the symptoms of psychological stress and trauma.
Dr. James S. Gordon, MD
Founder and Executive Director
CMBM was founded by James S. Gordon, MD in 1991. Dr. Gordon is a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School, and chaired the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy under Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush.About Dr. Gordon
Our Ground-Breaking Trauma Relief Programs
- Community-wide program in Broward County in the wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
- The largest, most effective programs for healing population-wide psychological trauma. More than 150,000 children and adults served In Gaza.
- 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.
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.
Meet the people behind the scenes, who make all the programs and trainings a reality. Learn how we can help you, as an individual, through education, or through our community wide trauma relief programs.
We are teaching thousands to heal millions—and by teaching the teachers first, we ensure that they bring the spirit of our model, as well as the specific practices, to the individuals, families, and communities whom they serve.
All people have the capacity to understand, help, and heal themselves. When we share this process of healing with others, we serve our highest purpose and facilitate the most life-enhancing and enduring changes.
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine is currently seeking individuals to support all areas of program production.
Looking for an integrative healthcare provider, or someone who is trained in CMBM’s model? We have graduates all over the world, who come from a variety of healthcare backgrounds.