Professional Training Program

Mind-Body Medicine Training for Broward County

June 10-13, 2019 and June 24-27, 2019

After the February 14th tragedy 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 throughout the county.

In the summer of 2018, CMBM and BCPS brought together 180 teachers, parents, clinicians, and service providers from across the county for CMBM’s signature, two-part training in mind-body medicine. CMBM also trained 130 peer counselors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School over the course of the 2018-19 school year to work with their 3,200 peers. You can read more details here.

This June, CMBM, BCPS and Children’s Services Council (CSC) invite you to join us for a second cycle of 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.

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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 4-day (June 10-13, 2019) Initial Training Program, as well as the 4-day Advanced Training Program (June 24-27, 2019). The training days will last from about 8 AM – 5:30 PM.

By applying, you also commit to running at least one workshop and two, 8-week mind-body skills group during the year under the supervision of Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) faculty. We strongly encourage you to apply with 2-4 people from your institution to ensure that you will be able to work with a co-facilitator and have ongoing support.

As a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I have spent the past six months trying to make sense of what is so senseless. … I can say without reservation that nothing has helped me as much as these last days.

Alicia, High School Teacher

This training astounded me – how quickly the strategies affected people throughout the room. In groups, I saw people moving through emotions and issues they were not even aware were holding them captive.

Allison, M.S., Broward County Public Schools

James Gordon MD delivering trauma relief training using mind-body medicine skills in Broward County, Florida
Dr. James Gordon presenting mind-body medicine to teachers and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Westglades Middle School before the start of the 2018 school year.

Who Should Apply

Broward County educators, counselors, non-profit workers, social workers, school nurses, peer counseling instructors, student leaders, and other community leaders are welcome to apply. We strongly encourage you to apply with 2-4 people from your institution. We have developed the following guidelines to identify a diverse group of applicants who will be best positioned to work with Broward County Public Schools and local community institutions, organizations, or underrepresented populations in Broward County.

My experience with this workshop was incredible… We were given several different types of tools or methods to use for self care and to incorporate in our classrooms. I really loved it, never experienced anything like it.

Marilyn, BCPS Teacher 

This program is the beginning of a community transformation. [It] can make a world of difference in every school in our community and beyond.

Sheryl, Elementary School Teacher

What You Will Learn

In large group lectures, you will learn the science of meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, and autogenic training, and of self-expression in words, drawings, and movement. In CMBM’s groundbreaking Mind-Body Skills Groups, led by senior CMBM faculty, you will use these tools and share your experience with other trainees. You’ll also learn how to deliver Mind-Body Skills Groups in your personal and professional communities and receive ongoing coaching from CMBM faculty.

This evidence-based program gives you the tools you need to understand and successfully address the issues and challenges from which all of us learn and to help others do the same. It has often been described by CMBM’s 6,000 trainees as “life changing.”

Background on The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

Over the last 27 years, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine has developed and implemented what may well be the world’s largest, most effective program for healing population-wide psychological trauma and stress. This program is led by CMBM’s Founder and Executive Director, James S. Gordon, MD, a Georgetown Medical School Professor and former Chairman of The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Faculty will include distinguished US and international clinicians who have, for many years, successfully used the CMBM model to address population-wide trauma and stress.

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 Hannah Quinn will be in touch with you.