Professional Training Program

Fighting Fire with Fire: Transforming How We Understand and Treat Burnout

January 31, 2018

CMBM Founder and Executive Director, James S. Gordon, MD will discuss using food to help you move beyond burnout. This bonus webinar is the final webinar in a series of Mind, Mood & Food webinars presented by The Center for Mind-Body Medicine and hosted by leading nutrition author, speaker and integrative nutritionist Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN. This webinar was presented on January 31, 2018.

About the Webinar

The burnout — the physical, emotional, and spiritual exhaustion, cynicism, withdrawal, and poor performance that afflicts painfully large numbers of health and mental health professions, that so many others also feel and suffer from — can be transformed from a calamitous endpoint to a hopeful wakeup call.

In this webinar, you will become aware of the beliefs and attitudes, the conditions and forces that may have quenched your creative fire and chilled the warmth of your compassion.

Drawing on 50 years of work with patients, students, and colleagues and The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s ground-breaking program of self-care and group support, Dr Gordon help you to discover and embrace ways of being and doing that will reignite your fire and keep it burning with life-giving, life-celebrating heat.

Learning Objectives

  1. Recognize burnout in yourself, your patients, clients, and colleagues, and learn to see it as an opportunity for transformation.
  2. Practice quieting the agitation and relentless self-criticism that make personal and professional satisfaction so difficult.
  3. Learn to raise the energy in tired, stressed out, burnt out bodies.
  4. Mobilize your imagination to discover how you can continue to burn with light and creativity, joy and compassion.

About the Presenter, James S. Gordon, MD

James S. Gordon, MDJames S. Gordon, MD, a Psychiatrist, is the Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. A Georgetown Medical School Professor, he chaired the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine and is the author of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven-Stage Journey Out of Depression.

About the Host, Kathie Madonna Swift, MS, RDN, LDN

Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, EBQ  is the co-founder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy,, a comprehensive, online, educational program for dietitians interested in functional medicine.

CMBM Food As Medicine faculty and director Kathie Madonna SwiftShe received her Master of Science  in Nutrition from Arizona State University and has held diverse positions throughout her career. Kathie pioneered innovative nutrition programs at Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Dr. Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center and continues to consult at all three organizations today.

Notable in her dietetic career, Kathie has served as the Education Director for the Center for Mind Body Medicine’s highly acclaimed “Food As Medicine” professional training program for almost two decades. She is a contributing author for medical textbooks including  Integrative Gastroenterology  and  Integrative Women’s Health published by Oxford University Press and the clinical nutrition textbook  Krause’s Food & Nutrition Care Process.  She  serves on the Advisory Board for Integrative Medicine: A Clinician’s Journal and the Integrative Healthcare Symposium. Kathie is a scientific reviewer for  Military Medicine  and was a founding member of the Nutrition Advisory Board for the Institute for Functional Medicine.

For her many years of service and dedication to advancing the field of integrative and functional medicine, Kathie received the first Visionary Leadership Award and more recently, the Lifetime Achievement Award by the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Dietetic Practice Group.

Kathie is the co-author of  The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Health with Dr. Gerard Mullin. Her most recent book,  The Swift Diet: 4 Weeks to Mend the Belly, Lose the Weight, and Get Rid of the Bloat, with co-author Joseph Hooper features the latest science on the microbiome. Connect with Kathie at