Professional Training Program

Broward County Comprehensive Wellness Program

August 4, 5, 6 & 10-11, 2020

In the aftermath of the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD), Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) shared with CMBM the urgent need for a community-wide stress and trauma-relief response. In July 2018, with generous support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, CMBM and BCPS launched the Comprehensive Wellness Program for Broward County. Together we are bringing CMBM’s transformational model of self-awareness, self-care, and group support to the Broward County School District  and communities throughout the county. 

Since  the summer of 2018, CMBM and BCPS has brought together 330 teachers, parents, clinicians, and service providers from across the county for CMBM’s signature, two-part training in mind-body medicine. CMBM also trained 200 peer counselors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School over the course since the 2018-19 school year to work with over 3,200 of their peers. You can read more details here

This August, CMBM, BCPS, and Children’s Services Council (CSC), will begin the next phase of this exciting program, and invite you to join our 2020 training . You will learn the biology and psychology of stress and trauma alongside a comprehensive set of mind-body medicine techniques. In the Initial Training, you will experience CMBM’s evidence-based techniques and powerful small group model, alleviating your own stress, trauma, and burnout. In the Advanced Training, you will learn how to bring CMBM’s model to the students and families with whom you work.

James S Gordon, MD with students from Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School

Dr. James Gordon with students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Westglades Middle School before the start of the 2018 school year.

What’s Involved for Participants

This is a two-part training program and full attendance is required for both programs. Thanks to generous support from our funders, the training is free of charge. Your investment is a commitment to 100% attendance at the 5-day (August 4,5,6 & 10-11, 2020) Initial Training Program, as well as the 4-day Advanced Training Program (October 19-22). The training days will last from about 10 AM – 5:00 PM.

By applying, you also commit to co-leading at least one workshop and two, 8-week mind-body skills groups during the year under the supervision of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) faculty. Priority will be given to those who apply with 2-4 people from a given organization or institution  to ensure that you will be able to work with a co-facilitator and have ongoing support. 

I did not realize how much I needed this training personally. I came into this to strengthen my skills as a BCPS counselor. I leave with knowledge of myself and what I need to be the best me, mom, wife, sister, daughter and counselor.

Nicole Vredenburg, MSW., Broward County Public School Counselor

The mind-body medicine program is exactly what I needed as a mental health services provider to reconnect and energize my body, mind, and spirit to continue to do the work I do in the community.

Thelma Tennie, PhD, Healing Arts Institute

Our Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine is the first step in your journey towards Certification in Mind-Body Medicine. Join the thousands of health professionals who are serving millions of people across the globe. It would be our privilege and joy to have you join our community of healers.

Click the image above to view testimonials from students and faculty of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who participated in our programs.

Want more information? 

Many questions can be answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have additional questions, complete the contact form and our Program Manager LaTonya Grant will be in touch with you.