Ellicott City, Maryland
Turf Valley Resort
October 11 - 15, 2018

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

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

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.

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

  • CMBM Course Director Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP

    Lynda Richtsmeier Cyr, PhD, LP

Confirmed Course Faculty

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  • CMBM Faculty Member Sabrina N’Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C

    Sabrina N’Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C

  • CMBM Faculty Member Kathleen Farah, MD

    Kathleen Farah, MD

  • CMBM Faculty Member Carol A. Penn DO, MA, FACCE

    Carol A. Penn DO, MA, FACCE

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

    Debra Lewis Kaplan, LCSW, LMFT, FAPA, BCPC

  • CMBM Faculty Member Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS

    Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS

  • CMBM Faculty Member Cherie Snyder, MSS, MA

    Cherie Snyder, MSS, MA

  • CMBM Faculty Member Cynthia Hamilton, DO

    Cynthia Hamilton, DO

  • CMBM Faculty Member Carol Jacobs, LCSW

    Carol Jacobs, LCSW

  • CMBM Faculty Member Julie Kilpatrick, RN, BSN, PHN

    Julie Kilpatrick, RN, BSN, PHN

  • CMBM Faculty Member Father Robert Lyons, M.Div., BCC, CPES

    Father Robert Lyons, M.Div., BCC, CPES

  • CMBM Faculty Member Sheila Bauer, M.Ed.

    Sheila Bauer, M.Ed.

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
  • Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • Mental Health & Pastoral Counselors
  • Emergency Medical Personnel
  • Military & Veteran Providers
  • Coaches
  • Educators
  • 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 Allied 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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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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Sabrina N’Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C

Lead mind-body medicine faculty member, Dr. Sabrina N’Diaye is an integrative psychotherapist and founder of the Heart Nest Center for Peace and Healing in Baltimore.

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Kathleen Farah, MD

Mind-Body Skills Group facilitator, Integrative Medicine Clinic, Children’s Hospitals and Clinic in Minneapolis; Board certified in family practice and holistic medicine

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Carol A. Penn DO, MA, FACCE

Family Physician; Acting Medical Director, Quality Community Health Center in Philadelphia; Nationally Certified Personal Trainer; Certified Yoga Instructor

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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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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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Cherie Snyder, MSS, MA

Professor, Director of Integrative Health program, Director of the Human Service Associate curriculum, Chair of the Integrative Health Team, Allegany College of Maryland

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Cynthia Hamilton, DO

Board certified in family medicine caring for military and family members at Ft. Bliss. She leads mind-body medicine skills groups in her clinic.

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Carol Jacobs, LCSW

Carol Jacobs, LCSW, Psychotherapist in private practice in Ashland, Virginia; Trustee of Marion Woodman Foundation that focuses on work of Jungian Analyst Marion Woodman

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Julie Kilpatrick, RN, BSN, PHN

CMBM faculty member Julie Kilpatrick, RN, BSN, PHN retired from public health nursing in March 2015.

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Father Robert Lyons, M.Div., BCC, CPES

Father Robert Lyons, M.Div., BCC serves as Manager of the Eskenazi Health Center for Spiritual Care & Education in Indianapolis, Indiana, where he has been on staff since 2000. He splits his time between departmental leadership, direct patient care, and supervision of the hospital’s Clinical Pastoral Education program (into which he has integrated Mind-Body Medicine education).

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Sheila Bauer, M.Ed.

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