Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine
About the Training
This evidence-based, transformational training gives you the science and tools you need to make mind-body medicine an integral, foundational part of your practice and your life. It is the first step in becoming certified by one of the world’s premier programs in comprehensive self-care and group support.
Participants will attend lectures on the latest research in mind-body medicine and experience CMBM’s pioneering Mind-Body Skills Groups. In these groups, they will practice a variety of techniques to reduce stress and enhance self-awareness, to mobilize their imagination and intuition, and to develop their capacity for self-care. They will, as well, share what they have learned with and learn from one another.
For more than 25 years, CMBM has taught this program to more than 5,000 professionals – clinicians, educators, community leaders, and peer counselors. Over that time, CMBM has developed what is likely the world’s largest, most effective program for healing population-wide stress and trauma. Its work in the Balkans, Israel, Gaza, Haiti, and with Syrian refugees, US veterans, and New York City Fire fighters post 9/11, and in troubled American communities has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and USA Today, and on CBS 60 Minutes.
See what our Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine is about
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.
What You Will Learn
- Make evidence-based mind-body techniques, including meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, written dialogues, and genograms an integral part of your life and your practice.
- Experience self-expression in words, drawings, and movement, and learn to use these creative approaches with others.
- Learn the latest scientific evidence for these techniques and how they bring positive change to our physiology and psychology.
- Experience CMBM’s pioneering Mind-Body Skills Group.model and learn to lead these groups.
- Bring new vision, more effective practice, and greater joy to your life and work.
- Become part of a worldwide community of healers.
Who Should Attend
- Physicians (MD, DO, ND, DC & others) & Physician Assistants
- Nurses & Nurse Practitioners
- Social Workers
- Mental Health & Pastoral Counselors
- Emergency Medical Personnel
- Military & Veteran Providers
- Massage Therapists & Yoga Therapists
- Occupational Therapists & Recreational Therapists
- Physical Therapists
- Dietitians & Nutritionists
- Complementary & Alternative Medicine Professionals
- Clergy & Religious Leaders
- Administrators of Cancer Care Organizations and Institutes
- Other Health Professionals
Scholarship information will be released soon.
The Center does its best to provide partial scholarships to full-time students, medical residents and healthcare professionals working with underserved communities, Military and Veterans, and children in crisis.
- Please apply to your institutions for funding before applying to us. We are a non-profit with limited funds.
- Scholarship offers cannot be combined with any other discounts.
- We do not provide scholarships to those who already registered.
Tuition rates and terms will be released soon. Please join the waitlist to be the first to know of the opening of this training.
Terms of Participation
In an effort to facilitate a positive experience for its program attendees, CMBM reserves the right to remove from attendance and from enrollment at any current or upcoming CMBM event or activity, anyone whose actions, in CMBM’s discretion and judgment, are disruptive or would interfere with the program or the attendees. In such circumstances, CMBM retains the discretion to grant or withhold refunds of registration fees, in full or in part.
The schedule will be released before the training date.
Continued Education Credits
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine usually offers continuing education credit for Nurses, Physicians, Psychologists, and Social Workers.
More information will be added soon, please check back for updates.
Approved Continuing Education Credits
What is the status of the program?
Over the last few months, we’ve been closely monitoring developments related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Because we want to safeguard your health and well being, and that of our staff and faculty, we’ve decided to hold the training online.
What is Mind-Body Medicine?
Mind-body medicine is based on the scientific understanding of the inextricable connection among our thoughts, sensations and feelings, and our mind, body, and spirit – between ourselves and the social and natural world in which we live. It focuses on the interactions between mind and body; and the powerful ways in which emotional, mental, social and spiritual factors can directly relieve stress and improve health. It is used with individuals, groups, and entire populations.
Mind-body skills are scientifically validated to reduce stress and restore physical and psychological health. The mind-body approach heals individual trauma and builds community-wide resilience.
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) approach to wellness is grounded in practical, evidence-based skills for self-care, self-awareness, and group support. It emphasizes an approach that respects and enhances each person’s capacity for self-knowledge and self-care.
What’s the science behind it?
Mind-body approaches use the conscious mind to directly affect the workings of the brain and the rest of the body. The techniques exert their effect on the hypothalamus, the switching station in the brain, which exercises control over the autonomic nervous system (which controls heart rate, blood pressure etc.), the endocrine (glandular) system and the immune system.
The scientific literature on these approaches is now rich and robust. Studies dating from the late 1960’s have shown the power of mind-body techniques to balance the over-activity of the sympathetic branch of the autonomic nervous system (“the fight or flight” and “stress” responses) which is implicated in many physical and emotional diseases and conditions, with parasympathetic nervous system stimulation that promotes relaxation.
More recently, these techniques have been demonstrated to create beneficial changes in many of the body’s physiological responses (including blood pressure, stress hormone levels, pain response and immune functioning) and to make a significant clinical difference in conditions as diverse as hypertension, HIV, cancer, chronic pain, and insomnia as well as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
What are the participation guidelines?
Commitment to punctual attendance for all 5 days. This is a training program‐‐we ask for a commitment from you to attend the entire training program, including all didactic and group sessions, except in rare, unforeseen circumstances. This is especially important for small group sessions as your presence and participation impacts the others and the group process as a whole.
Virtual Presence for small group sessions – Web camera & microphone must be active throughout the small group sessions as this is a vital factor towards group cohesion.
Willingness to engage in experiential exercises and active participation during live large and small group sessions.
Understanding that the training may evoke strong emotions. The training includes sharing of thoughts, experiences, and emotions in yourself and being present to others.
Responsibility to keep all information shared in the small groups confidential. In this virtual setting, demonstrating respect for the other group members means:
- Participant will refrain from joining small group sessions in a public space or where others can see or hear the group activity.
- Participant will not share Adobe login information with others.
- Recording (both audio and video/screenshots) is strictly prohibited.
Note: An important exception to this confidentiality rule is if any individual expresses an intent to harm themselves or others, in which case, CMBM would be required to take immediate, additional action in support of the situation.
How do I prepare a private space for participation?
You should participate in the training from a quiet location where you will not be distracted by household or work disturbances such as phones, pets, children, etc. Important: A private space away from others is required during small group sessions. This will help support a safe, confidential environment for sharing in the group.
Headphones are strongly recommended during small group sessions to minimize audio feedback (static, echo etc) and so that others in the home will not overhear the group sharing.
You should be mindful of your background and check your lighting. We recommend avoiding sitting with your back towards a bright window.
What are the technology requirements?
You will need consistently reliable and quality internet connection.
Using a desktop or laptop computer is strongly recommended. A phone or tablet can be used as a backup if your primary device fails.
It is also required to have a web camera (built in or external), microphone (built in or external) and headphones in order to participate in small groups and other live sessions. Web camera, microphone, and headphone use is required throughout the small group sessions as this is a vital factor in the group experience.
We will be using Adobe Captivate Prime as our learning management & Zoom as our video conferencing technology. Closer to the program date, you will receive instructions for using these systems.
Who is the Center for Mind-Body Medicine?
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) was founded in 1991 by James S. Gordon, MD, a former researcher at the U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, a clinical professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School, and former chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Over the last 25 years, CMBM’s 160 global faculty members and 5,000 trained clinicians, educators, and community leaders have successfully brought programs of self-care and group support to schools and universities, hospitals and clinics, social welfare agencies, and community-based organizations around the world. Programs have been implemented in areas touched by conflict, terrorism and natural disasters abroad in Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Israel, Gaza, Haiti, as well as in post-Katrina southern Louisiana and with US Military returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. The CMBM’s work has easily been integrated into and is compatible with different cultures and their belief systems.
Will there be recording at the training?
The Center for Mind-Body Medicine will record all live, large group lecture sessions as a resource to participants in case a session is missed. These recordings will be provided after the training dates.