Comprehensive Wellness Program for Broward County
Confirmed Course Faculty
James S. Gordon, MD
Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP
Kathleen Farah, MD
Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS
Sabrina N’Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C
Matt Erb, PT
Rita Anita Linger, PhD, CPC, CMBP
Lilita Matison, LCSW
Sheila Bauer, M.Ed.
Anjali Goel, MD MPH FAAP
Thomas Jackson, LCSW
Dena Rain Adler, BEd, MA, ATR
Lora Matz, MS, LICSW
About the Training
In the aftermath of the February 14th shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD), Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) shared with CMBM the urgent need for a community-wide stress and trauma-relief response. In July 2018, with generous support from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, CMBM and BCPS launched the Comprehensive Wellness Program for Broward County. Together we are bringing CMBM’s transformational model of self-awareness, self-care, and group support to the Broward County School District and communities throughout the county.
Since the summer of 2018, CMBM and BCPS has brought together 330 teachers, parents, clinicians, and service providers from across the county for CMBM’s signature, two-part training in mind-body medicine. CMBM also trained 200 peer counselors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School over the course since the 2018-19 school year to work with over 3,200 of their peers. You can read more details here.
This August, CMBM, BCPS, and Children’s Services Council (CSC), will begin the next phase of this exciting program, and invite you to join our 2020 training . You will learn the biology and psychology of stress and trauma alongside a comprehensive set of mind-body medicine techniques. In the Initial Training, you will experience CMBM’s evidence-based techniques and powerful small group model, alleviating your own stress, trauma, and burnout. In the Advanced Training, you will learn how to bring CMBM’s model to the students and families with whom you work.
Dr. James Gordon with students of Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Westglades Middle School before the start of the 2018 school year.
What’s Involved for Participants
This is a two-part training program and full attendance is required for both programs. Thanks to generous support from our funders, the training is free of charge. Your investment is a commitment to 100% attendance at the 5-day (August 4,5,6 & 10-11, 2020) Initial Training Program, as well as the 4-day Advanced Training Program (October 19-22). The training days will last from about 10 AM – 5:00 PM.
By applying, you also commit to co-leading at least one workshop and two, 8-week mind-body skills groups during the year under the supervision of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) faculty. Priority will be given to those who apply with 2-4 people from a given organization or institution to ensure that you will be able to work with a co-facilitator and have ongoing support.
I did not realize how much I needed this training personally. I came into this to strengthen my skills as a BCPS counselor. I leave with knowledge of myself and what I need to be the best me, mom, wife, sister, daughter and counselor.
Nicole Vredenburg, MSW., Broward County Public School Counselor
The mind-body medicine program is exactly what I needed as a mental health services provider to reconnect and energize my body, mind, and spirit to continue to do the work I do in the community.
Thelma Tennie, PhD, Healing Arts Institute
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.
Click the image above to view testimonials from students and faculty of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who participated in our programs.
Want more information?
Many questions can be answered on the Frequently Asked Questions page. If you have additional questions, complete the contact form and our Program Manager LaTonya Grant will be in touch with you.
What You Will Learn
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. You’ll also learn how to deliver Mind-Body Skills Groups in your personal and professional communities and receive ongoing coaching from CMBM faculty.
This evidence-based program gives 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 trainees from across the globe as “life changing.”
Who Should Attend
Broward County educators, counselors, non-profit workers, social workers, school nurses, peer counseling instructors, student leaders, and other community leaders are welcome to apply. We strongly encourage you to apply with 2-4 people from your institution. We have developed the following guidelines to identify a diverse group of applicants who will be best positioned to work with Broward County Public Schools and local community institutions, organizations, or underrepresented populations in Broward County.
My experience with this workshop was incredible… We were given several different types of tools or methods to use for self care and to incorporate in our classrooms. I really loved it, never experienced anything like it.
Marilyn, BCPS Teacher & Basketball Coach
This program is the beginning of a community transformation. [It] can make a world of difference in every school in our community and beyond.
Sheryl Brill, Everglades Elementary School
Thanks to generous support, this program is free-of-charge for participants who are selected.
Organizations sending people to the training are asked to support trainee attendance through paid time off, professional development time, and other accommodations as possible.
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.
Coming soon. Please expect the training days to be from approximately 10:00am to 5:00pm.
Continued Education Credits
Continuing Education and My Learning Credits may be available. More information will be added soon, please check back for updates.
Approved Continuing Education Credits
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.
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 commitment I’m making?
This is a professional training program and full attendance is required. Participants commit to 100% attendance at the 5-day (August 4-5, 10 & 11, 2020) Initial Training Program, as well as the 4-day Advanced Training Program (October 19-22). Please expect that the training days will last from about 10 AM – 5:00 PM.
Participants also commit to running at least one workshop and two 8-week mind-body skills group (two hours per session) during the year under the supervision of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) faculty. Supervision involves approximately one-hour weekly calls with a CMBM faculty as you run your small group. This ongoing support and small group connection is cited as one of the most valuable aspects of the training by past participants.
Organizations sending people to the training are asked to support trainee attendance through paid time off, professional development time, and other accommodations as possible. We strongly encourage you to apply with 2-4 people from your institution to ensure that you will be able to work with a co-facilitator and have ongoing support.
Am I right for this program?
Since space will be limited in this program, we have developed the following guidelines to identify applicants who will be best positioned to work with local communities, institutions, organizations or underserved populations in Broward County. The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) will make the selections based on the following criteria.
- You live and/or work in Broward County.
- You are able to reach a significant number of children, adolescents and families in Broward County and Broward County Public Schools to support community-wide healing.
- You will attend with a colleague(s) from your school or institution to ensure full implementation after the training.
- You will personally make the time and/or have the support of your organization to deliver community workshops and training groups.
- You are eager to participate in the training – engaged, excited, willing to put in some energy.
- You are able and interested in learning new skills.
- You have the capacity to be self-reflective and are open to new ideas.
What has your involvement been in the Parkland/Coral Springs & Broward County community?
Please click here for a full summary of our work in Broward County, beginning in May 2018.
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