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Mindscape Film Festival

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Art Therapy – A Tool For Healing

The act of creating and making art is a unique phenomenon amongst human species. We use this skill to recreate the world we perceive externally and internally. Artist Vincent Van Gogh once stated: “I put my heart and soul into my work and have lost my mind in the process.” Van Gogh viewed art as …

5 Ways of Coping with Stressors

Five tips to help deal with Stressors in your life.

CMBM meditation during training in New Orleans

Spreading CMBM’s work through scholarships

“We are committed to sharing our program of self-care and group support with everyone who wants and needs it. For 25 years, we have been offering scholarships to communities of the underserved and those who work with them. Our whole team welcomes your inquiries and applications.” -James S. Gordon   Who do we provide scholarships …

National PTSD Awareness Day – why today is important

The month of June is National PTSD Awareness Month, and June 27th is National PTSD Awareness Day. But what exactly is PTSD? And how does it affect us? Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) occurs after a traumatic event, such as a car accident, shooting, combat, natural disaster, or sexual assault. Often after an event like this, …

James Gordon, MD in Lebanon meeting Syrian refugees

Syrian refugees in Lebanon

Musarrat Kazepis, our Special Programs Manager, Maha Ghatasheh from The Institute for Family Health in Jordan, and I are in Lebanon to explore possibilities for working with local organizations to meet the needs of Lebanon’s one million war-traumatized Syrian refugees. On our first day, we met with representatives of The American University of Beirut and …

James Gordon, MD using mind-body skills such as drawing to help Syrian refugees

Drawing pictures of hope

On the fourth day, we do our second set of drawings and compare them with the first. In his hoped for future, the Syrian refugee draws himself back in his home, taking his rightful place, rebuilding. The Palestinian has “stopped the clock.” No longer trapped by the past or worrying about the future, he draws …

James Gordon, MD visits the home of Syrian refugees

In the home of Syrian refugees

As part of CMBM’s trip to Jordan, James Gordon, MD stopped by the home of a refugee family. The experience was profound.

James Gordon, MD working with Syrian refugees on genograms

Strength from family – past and present

On the third day, we do genograms, family trees, and share them. We’re looking not only for patterns of disease and distress, as mental health professionals usually do, but also for strengths that can sustain us, for ancestors and contemporaries who can inspire us to deal with present challenges. The Syrian refugee sees himself getting …

Syrian women meditating during mind-body skills training

Meditating and finding solutions

Meditation is the focus of this third installment in James Gordon, MD’s six part narrative of our work in Jordan for Syrian refugees.