Danbury, CT
Ann's Place
May 3 - 6, 2018

About the Training

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) in partnership with Ann’s Place will host the first Professional Training Program in Mind-Body Medicine for Cancer Caregivers (PTPCC) in honor of Susan H. Bowker. The generous gift from the Susan H. Bowker Irrevocable Living Trust will empower one hundred clinicians to attend this program tuition-free.

This training will provide participants with the science and personal experience that will enable them to teach practical techniques of self-care that directly address the stress that inevitably accompanies a cancer diagnosis. Participants will have the opportunity to experience and practice a variety of mind-body skills including meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, and yoga, and self-expression in words, drawings, and movement in CMBM’s pioneering, educational, and meditative mind-body skills groups. After this four-day training, participants will be able to use the skills they learned with their patients and clients, and their families members, as well as to integrate them into their own lives.

We are now taking pre-registrations for the training. Please provide us your name, email address and phone number and we will contact you when registration opens.

Participant Selection Criteria

Since space will be limited in this tuition-free program, we have developed the following guidelines for selecting applicants who will be best positioned to work with institutions, organizations or underserved populations. Priority will be given to applicants who are:

  • In a position to reach cancer patients or work in Cancer Care, this includes both oncology and other health professionals, administrators of Cancer Care programs, and patient advocates
  • Committed to integrating the approach they learn, where appropriate, in work with groups as well as individuals
  • Eager to participate in the training – engaged, excited, willing to put in some energy
  • Able and interested in learning new skills
  • Open to new ideas, self-reflection and trying new skills
  • Committed to 100% attendance at the 4-day training program
  • Have not attended a CMBM program in the past (applications from alumni will still be considered)

Course Directors

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  • CMBM Course Director James S. Gordon, MD

    James S. Gordon, MD

  • CMBM Course Director Amy Shinal, MSW, LCSW

    Amy Shinal, MSW, LCSW

Confirmed Course Faculty

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  • CMBM Faculty Member Susan Blum, MD

    Susan Blum, MD

  • CMBM Faculty Member Joel Evans, MD

    Joel Evans, MD

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

    Debra Lewis Kaplan, LCSW, LMFT, FAPA, BCPC

  • CMBM Faculty Member Lora Matz, MS, LICSW

    Lora Matz, MS, LICSW

  • CMBM Faculty Member Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP

    Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP

  • CMBM Faculty Member Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC

    Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC

  • CMBM Faculty Member Stephen Sagar, BSc, MB, BS

    Stephen Sagar, BSc, MB, BS

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?

  • Physicians (MD, DO, ND, DC & others) & Physician Assistants
  • Nurses & Nurse Practitioners
  • Mental Health Professionals
  • Cancer Caregivers
  • Patient advocates
  • Dietitians & Nutritionists
  • Massage Therapists & Yoga Therapists
  • Occupational Therapists & Recreational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Complimentary & Alternative Medicine Professionals
  • Clergy & Religious Leaders
  • Administrators of Cancer Care Organizations and Institutes
  • Other Health Professionals

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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Amy Shinal, MSW, LCSW

Amy Shinal, MSW, LCSW, is an Integrative Psychotherapist in private practice, and Clinical Director at The Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC.

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Susan Blum, MD

CMBM Food As Medicine faculty member, Susan Blum, MD is a true pioneer in functional medicine and a nationally recognized speaker, author, and teacher.

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Joel Evans, MD

CMBM Food As Medicine faculty member Joel Evans, MD, a board-certified OB/GYN, is the founder and director of the Center for Women’s Health

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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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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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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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Monique Class, MS, APRN, BC

Clinical Nurse in Holistic Health; Certified Family Nurse Practitioner; Director of Nursing, the Center for Women’s Health, Stamford, CT; Certified by the Psychosynthesis Institute in Imagery and Visualization

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Stephen Sagar, BSc, MB, BS

Dr. Stephen Sagar is a Full Professor of Oncology and Medicine at McMaster University, Canada. He is a radiation oncologist at the Juravinski Cancer Centre. His research and education interests include models of health care, Integrative Oncology, psycho-education and patient-centred care. He is Past President of the Society for Integrative Oncology.

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