Mass Violence

Healing communities impacted by acts of mass violence

Mass violence has wide-reaching public health impacts beyond physical injury. After incidents of mass violence occur, public spaces may understandably no longer feel safe. In times when community members most need one another, it can feel unsafe to gather as a community and honor collective grief. Further, disagreement over how to address violence creates rifts between neighbors. We co-create trauma-relief programs with survivors of mass violence and first responders, bringing healing to all affected by trauma. Our mind-body medicine programs set a benchmark for community crisis response, resiliency-building, and wellness.

Broward County, FL

Following the tragic 2018 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas (MSD) High School, we collaborated with the Broward County Public Schools and Children’s Services Counsel (CSC) to implement a comprehensive trauma relief program for MSD students and their families, as well as teachers and staff. We are now bringing CMBM’s comprehensive trauma relief program to the entire district (270,000 children and 30,000 employees), and are working with Broward Schools to create an ongoing program of wellness to promote sustainable transformation.

Las Vegas, NV

Youth suicides and unresolved trauma from the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in 2017 have resulted in increased isolation, fear, and uncertainty in the community. After years of grassroots programming, CMBM partnered with UNLV in 2021 to launch a citywide program for participants from UNLV’s Schools of Medicine, Public Health, Social Work, the Center for Individual, Couple, & Family Counseling. We also partnered with the Metropolitan Police Department and local fire departments, among others.

Mind-Body Medicine in Schools: Broward County

We look back on our work in Broward County and how mind-body techniques were integrated…

Psychotherapy Networker | “The War at Home and Abroad”

Read Dr. Gordon’s recent reflection on his recent trauma-healing work in war-devastated Ukraine and communities…