Frequently Asked Questions

When is your next training in Broward County?

Thanks for your interest in our training program! Our summer program has ended. We hope to have another round of trainings this year. If you would like to be notified of future opportunities, please email [email protected] If you know of certain groups or organizations who would be interested, please let us know.

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’s (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.

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.

What is the Comprehensive Wellness Program for BCPS?

** Please note that both trainings have been completed. We hope to offer another round of trainings soon.

In response to the February 14th tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD), The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), in partnership with the Broward County Public Schools, will implement a Comprehensive Wellness Program of training, guidance and support for clinicians, teachers, administrators, school counselors, school resource officers, first responders, parents, students, and community leaders as they learn and integrate the CMBM model into their existing roles and services. By utilizing CMBM’s group model, these individuals and groups will effectively and efficiently reach large numbers of children and adults throughout Broward County. It is not required, but we suggest that people who are interested register in groups of 2-4 so that they have partners to do this work with moving forward. This training is not limited to health professionals; we encourage parents, students, all staff members, and interested community members to attend.

The first training, July 9 – 12 , 2018, is described in detail below. We encourage people from the first training to also attend the second training, the Advanced Training July 30 – August 2 , 2018, which teaches participants how to deliver this model to their colleagues, students, patients, and families. This second training isn’t required, but strongly encouraged. Upon completion of these first two trainings, trainees will be able to use these techniques with individuals or groups, with supervision and guidance from senior CMBM faculty.

The program will later include the creation of a local leadership team which will be equipped to supervise ongoing integration and implementation of the CMBM model in these organizations as well as outreach to other providers. The CMBM leadership team will be a long-term, sustaining presence in the community.

Has your organization done work like this before?

For over 20 years, CMBM has worked with schools and school systems that have asked us to make our model available to their students and teachers. We have worked with Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, in Gaza, Israel, Kosovo, Haiti, and in Washington DC where we are based. Many of the almost 4,000 graduates of CMBM’s US professional trainings are integrating our model into services they provide in local schools in hundreds of communities. The institutions and individuals with whom we have worked have been gratified by the results. In all instances, the programs have been implemented by local communities. In most cases, the majority of the work has been done by teachers, school psychologists and counselors, and youth peer-counselors. The skills are applicable to all ages.

Future Training Dates TBD

  • 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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