Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) partnered with the Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) to participate in the “Community Resilience: Tools for Moving Through and Beyond Trauma” workshops May 12 through May 15.

The traumatic events of February 14, 2018 affected emotional and physical health, social functioning, and overall well-being. The workshop provided participants with evidence-based tools based in self-care that can be used to effectively deal with one’s own stress and pain. CMBM also has a program for healing population-wide trauma.

In each workshop, students, teachers, parents, and community members were presented the following:

  • Explore the connection between traumatic events and emotional, physical, and social distress and dysfunction;
  • Practice evidence-based mind-body techniques to relieve stress, heal trauma, and enhance health and well-being;
  • Experience the benefits of coming together and sharing in a group.
  • Learn about CMBM’s program for transforming devastating trauma into an opportunity for promoting individual and community healing, and for discovering new meaning and purpose.

About the Center for Mind-Body Medicine

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) was founded in 1991 by psychiatrist James S. Gordon, M.D. In the years since, 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. Dr. Gordon, and CMBM’s 130 faculty have developed programs for population-wide trauma healing in the Balkans, the Middle East, and Haiti, with New York City firefighters post 9/11, in post-Katrina New Orleans, on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, in post-Harvey Houston, and with war traumatized U.S. veterans.

CMBM has worked with schools and school systems around the world to bring our life-affirming model of self-awareness, self-care and group support to students and parents, teachers and staff.

Jim Gordon, MD and Sarina N'Diaye leading a trauma relief workshop at UNLV School of Medicine

James S. Gordon MD, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine Founder and Executive Director and CMBM Faculty Sabrina N’Diaye Phd, speaking with a survivor of the October 1, 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas during a trauma-relief workshop at the UNLV School of Medicine.

CMBM Workshop Faculty

James S. Gordon, MD, CMBM Founder and Executive Director of 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. Dr. Gordon is the author most recently of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression; Comprehensive Cancer Care; Manifesto for a New Medicine; and more than 140 articles in professional journals and mainstream publications, among them the American Journal of Psychiatry, Clinical Psychiatry, The Journal of Traumatic Stress, The American Family Physician, The Atlantic Monthly, The Washington Post, and The New York Times.

Sabrina N’diaye PhD, LCSW-C, Integrative Psychotherapist and Founder of the Heart Nest Center for Peace and Healing in Baltimore. CMBM Faculty.
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Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS, Executive Director, Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center. CMBM Faculty

Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS, Executive Director, Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center. CMBM Faculty
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Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP, CMBM Associate Clinical Director, Integrative Clinical Psychologist and Consultant

Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP, CMBM Associate Clinical Director, Integrative Clinical Psychologist and Consultant, Minneapolis, MN
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