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Our innovative Mind-Body Skills Groups teach children in Gaza & Israel how to heal themselves and find hope amid conflict.

CMBM on 60 Minutes

On Sunday May 3, 2015, 60 Minutes aired a report on recovery from last summer’s war in Gaza that includes The Center for Mind-Body Medicine. The CBS segment, “The Lesson of War,” provides a worldwide audience a glimpse of CMBM’s groundbreaking trauma work with children. CMBM is the only program offering large-scale psychological healing to populations in both Israel and Gaza.

 

What 60 Minutes didn’t show its viewers is the extent of CMBM’s work in Gaza and Israel, and the richness of the model it is teaching to local clinicians, educators, and community leaders.

Since 2005, CMBM has worked with more than 200,000 psychologically traumatized children and adults in Gaza and Israel.

CMBM has trained 600 community leaders and health professionals in Gaza, and 500 in Israel. Every week they are leading Mind-Body Skills Groups for thousands of people, including first responders, widows and women who have lost family members to violence, children with disabilities, adults with chronic illnesses, and other groups affected by the ongoing conflict.

CMBM, which James S. Gordon, MD founded in 1991, has trained more than 5,000 clinicians, educators, and community leaders worldwide in mind-body medicine (meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, yoga, etc.); self-expression in words, drawings, and movement; and small group support. The CMBM model directly addresses the causes and symptoms of trauma, stress, depression, and burnout.

The practical techniques we teach are easy to learn and share with others, adaptable to a wide variety of cultures worldwide, and grounded in psychobiology. Our model emphasizes ongoing self-care and mutual help in a safe and supportive small group environment. This low cost approach builds community and reduces violence, promotes gender equality, and helps create a stronger civil society.

Our trainees have brought the CMBM approach to over 140,000+ children and adults. CMBM currently has an international faculty of 160 who have worked with population-wide psychological trauma in Bosnia, Kosovo, and Haiti, with New York City firefighters after 9/11, in Southern Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina, and with U.S. veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as in Israel and Gaza.

Published research on the CMBM model, which is used in hospitals, clinics, schools, and community-based and religious organizations, has demonstrated reductions in posttraumatic stress disorder of 80-90% and significant improvements in depression and hopelessness. It is currently being used with considerable success in 15 U.S. medical schools.