Weston, FL
Bonaventure Resort and Spa
July 30 - August 2, 2018

About the Training

CEUs and 28 my learning credits are available for this training

Join with us to create a Parkland, Coral Springs, and countywide Comprehensive Wellness Program.

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. We are honored, now, to partner with the Broward County Public Schools.

During the next year, we will be bringing our foundational and comprehensive approach to self-awareness, self-care, and group support to you — to Broward County clinicians, educators, staff, clergy, first responders, students, and other community leaders — and to the community you serve.

Our evidence-based program — featured on CBS 60 Minutes and in The New York Times  — will begin July 9-12 with 4 days of step-by-step instruction in the approach and tools of Mind-Body Medicine. 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. This educational program — at once evidence-based and deeply experiential — will give 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 6000 trainees as “life changing.”

This is a 2-part training. Part 2, the Advanced Training on July 30-August 2, is not required, but we strongly encourage people to attend. CMBM faculty will guide and coach you as you learn to teach what you have experienced to others. Part 1, July 9-12 is a pre-requisite for Part 2.

During the following 8 months, we will support you as you choose to integrate the tools we’ve taught and our model into the work you do with individuals and families and in classrooms as well as in small groups.

This program will be 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.

We encourage all Broward County clinicians, teachers, administrators and staff, law enforcement, first responders, parents, students, and other community leaders to apply.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, this program is free to all participants. We encourage you to attend all 4 days of both training sessions if possible and use what you learn in the service of the people of Broward County. We encourage you to bring colleagues from your place of employment, institution, or community group.

“The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s program I the most comprehensive of all of them… and it is the one with the strongest evidence that it works to cure PTSD.”

For Veterans, a Surge of New Treatments for Trauma by Tina Rosenberg, September 26, 2012

See what our Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine is about

Inside Mind Body Medicine course by The Center for Mind Body Medicine

The School Board of Broward County, Florida • Nora Rupert, Chair • Heather P. Brinkworth, Vice Chair • Robin Bartleman • Abby M. Freedman • Patricia Good • Donna P. Korn • Laurie Rich Levinson • Ann Murray • Dr. Rosalind Osgood • Robert W. Runcie, Superintendent of SchoolsThe School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex or sexual orientation. The School Board also provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Director, Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department & District’s Equity Coordinator/Title IX Coordinator at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, (ADAAA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities/ADA Compliance Department at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.

Course Directors

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  • CMBM Course Director James S. Gordon, MD

    James S. Gordon, MD

  • CMBM Course Director Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP

    Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP

Confirmed Course Faculty

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  • CMBM Faculty Member Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS

    Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS

  • CMBM Faculty Member Lora Matz, MS, LICSW

    Lora Matz, MS, LICSW

  • CMBM Faculty Member Debra Lewis Kaplan, LCSW, LMFT, FAPA, BCPC

    Debra Lewis Kaplan, LCSW, LMFT, FAPA, BCPC

  • CMBM Faculty Member Jerrol Kimmel, RN, MA

    Jerrol Kimmel, RN, MA

  • CMBM Faculty Member Jane Reilly, MS, LICSW

    Jane Reilly, MS, LICSW

  • CMBM Faculty Member Margaret Gavian, PhD, LP

    Margaret Gavian, PhD, LP

  • CMBM Faculty Member Matt Erb, PT

    Matt Erb, PT

  • CMBM Faculty Member Lilita Matison, LCSW

    Lilita Matison, LCSW

  • CMBM Faculty Member Rita Anita Linger, PhD, CPC, CMBP

    Rita Anita Linger, PhD, CPC, CMBP

  • CMBM Faculty Member Patricia A. Van Kley, PhD

    Patricia A. Van Kley, PhD

Other course faculty may be added.

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.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the theory and practice underlying mind-body medicine.
  • Define the purpose of groups for teaching and experiencing mind-body medicine.
  • Practice and recognize the role of movement, exercise, and breathing as mind-body modalities.
  • Demonstrate the use of drawings as mind-body modality.
  • Practice and recognize the role of biofeedback and autogenic training as mind-body modalities.
  • Practice and recognize the role of guided imagery as a mind-body modality.
  • Practice and recognize the role of meditation as a mind-body modality.
  • Realize the role of emotions in mind-body medicine.
  • Realize the importance of self-awareness in mind-body medicine.
  • Recognize the importance of genograms as a mind-body modality.
  • Demonstrate the drawing of a genogram.
  • Describe the use of mind-body skills in dealing with trauma.
  • Recognize the importance of spirituality in healing.
  • Realize the importance of mindful and healthy eating as part of self-awareness.
  • Demonstrate a method for ending the final group of a session.
  • Assess how to begin to use mind-body skills in clinical practices and/or teaching.

Who Should Attend?

  • High School Students
  • Parents
  • School Resource Officers
  • School Counselors
  • Broward County School District Staff
  • Principles, Teachers and School Staff
  • Physicians (MD, DO, ND, DC & others) & Physician Assistants
  • Nurses & Nurse Practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health & Pastoral Counselors
  • Emergency Medical Personnel
  • Military & Veteran Providers
  • Coaches
  • Massage Therapists & Yoga Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists & Recreational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Dietitians & Nutritionists
  • Complimentary & Alternative Medicine Professionals
  • Clergy & Religious Leaders
  • Other Allied Health Professionals

Please note: You do not have to be a health professional to apply for this training program.

James S. Gordon, MD

James S. Gordon, MD, Founder and Executive Director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine; founding Dean of the College of Mind-Body Medicine at Saybrook University; Clinical Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Family Medicine; Georgetown University School of Medicine; former Chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy; author, Manifesto for a New Medicine, Comprehensive Cancer Care, and Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey out of Depression.

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Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP

Integrative Clinical Psychologist and Consultant; Core Faculty, National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute; Former Clinical Instructor of Pediatrics, University of Minnesota School of Medicine

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Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS

Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS currently serves as the Executive Director of the Baton Rouge Children’s Advocacy Center and the Vice-President of the Louisiana Alliance for Child Advocacy Centers She also serves on the Louisiana Legislative Task Force for Sexual Assault Prevention.

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Lora Matz, MS, LICSW

Psychotherapist; Faculty member at the Center for Spirituality and Healing; University of MN; Clinical Education Specialist at Prairie Care in MN

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Debra Lewis Kaplan, LCSW, LMFT, FAPA, BCPC

Diplomat, College of Mental Health of American Association of Integrative Medicine; Fellowship status of American Psychotherapy Association; Healing Center in Plano, TX

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Jerrol Kimmel, RN, MA

Integrative Medicine Practitioner; Oncology Nurse Navigator for Women’s Health; works with clients around the country in her program Filling Up On

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Jane Reilly, MS, LICSW

Psychotherapist and Trauma Counselor, private practice; Coordinator, Center for Victims of Torture; Culinary Teacher; currently Chief Psychotherapy Officer at PrairieCare Medical Group clinic in Minnesota

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Margaret Gavian, PhD, LP

Lead Psychologist at North Memorial Medical Center in Minneapolis, MN; works in primary care and outpatient mental health; focus on mind-body skills and treating chronic and mental health conditions.

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Matt Erb, PT

Matt Erb, integrative physical therapist, owner of Embody Your Mind, and faculty member for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, has a passion for helping the world understand the science of mind-body medicine, stress, and integrative wellness.

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Lilita Matison, LCSW

Lilita teaches mind-body and Social-Emotional Learning skills in K-8 classrooms and to individual students, Teachers, Support Services staff and Principals.

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Rita Anita Linger, PhD, CPC, CMBP

Human Scientist; Integrative Health Practitioner; Certified Mindfulness Instructor and Coach; Certified Mind Body Medicine Practitioner

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Patricia A. Van Kley, PhD

Psychologist, private practice in Perrysburg, OH; Post-doctoral study in Relational/Cultural therapy; Study of Samatha and Vipassana meditation; adjunct faculty member at Saybrook University

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  • This training was socially, emotionally and professionally life changing for me. I learned and grew more in the past week than I did in three years in MSW program. I am already integrating relaxation exercises into my role as a therapist in my private practice. I am hungry for knowledge and growth from CMBM and look very forward to the advanced training.

    Christie Clayton, MSW, LCSW

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