Broward County, Florida
Bonaventure Resort & Spa
(Summer 2019 Program Dates Have Closed)

About the Training

This page is specifically for our training in mind-body medicine. If you’d like to read a summary of the work we’ve done in Broward County, please click here.

After the February 14th tragedy 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 throughout the county.

In the summer of 2018, CMBM and BCPS brought together 180 teachers, parents, clinicians, and service providers from across the county for CMBM’s signature, two-part training in mind-body medicine. CMBM also trained 130 peer counselors at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School over the course of the 2018-19 school year to work with their 3,200 peers. You can read more details here.

This June, CMBM, BCPS and Children’s Services Council (CSC) invite you to join us for a second cycle of 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.

Participants at CMBM’s Comprehensive Wellness Program training talk about how the CMBM training has provided hope and healing after suffering the loss of 17 members of their community.

Participants at CMBM’s Comprehensive Wellness Program training in 2018 talk about how the training has provided hope and healing for their community.

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 4-day (June 10-13, 2019) Initial Training Program, as well as the 4-day Advanced Training Program (June 24-27, 2019). The training days will last from about 8 AM – 5:30 PM.

By applying, you also commit to running at least one workshop and two, 8-week mind-body skills group during the year under the supervision of Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) faculty. 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.

As a teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I have spent the past six months trying to make sense of what is so senseless. … I can say without reservation that nothing has helped me as much as these last days.

Alicia, High School Teacher

This training astounded me – how quickly the strategies affected people throughout the room. In groups, I saw people moving through emotions and issues they were not even aware were holding them captive.

Allison, M.S., Broward County Public Schools

James Gordon MD delivering trauma relief training using mind-body medicine skills ini Broward County, Florida

Dr. James Gordon presenting mind-body medicine to teachers and staff at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Westglades Middle School before the start of the 2018 school year.

Who Should Apply

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 

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, Elementary School Teacher

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 6,000 trainees as “life changing.”

Background on The Center for Mind-Body Medicine

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. This program is 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.

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 Hannah Quinn will be in touch with you.

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 Thomas Jackson, LCSW

    Thomas Jackson, LCSW

  • CMBM Faculty Member Sheila Bauer, M.Ed.

    Sheila Bauer, M.Ed.

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

    Sabrina N’Diaye, PhD, LCSW-C

  • CMBM Faculty Member Mindy Milam, LCSW

    Mindy Milam, LCSW

  • 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 Kathleen Farah, MD

    Kathleen Farah, MD

  • CMBM Faculty Member Anjali Goel, MD MPH FAAP

    Anjali Goel, MD MPH FAAP

  • CMBM Faculty Member Regine Laroche

    Regine Laroche

  • CMBM Faculty Member Gwen Brehm, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT

    Gwen Brehm, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT

  • CMBM Faculty Member Lilita Matison, LCSW

    Lilita Matison, LCSW

  • CMBM Faculty Member Chad Dingman, LCSW

    Chad Dingman, LCSW

  • CMBM Faculty Member Sue Levin, PhD

    Sue Levin, PhD

  • CMBM Faculty Member Dena Rain Adler, BEd, MA, ATR

    Dena Rain Adler, BEd, MA, ATR

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?

  • School Psychologists
  • Social Workers
  • School Counselors
  • Principles, Teachers and School Staff
  • Nurses & Nurse Practitioners
  • Peer Counselors & Mind-Body Ambassador Students
  • Parents
  • School Resource Officers
  • Broward County School District Staff
  • Emergency Medical Personnel
  • Coaches
  • Complimentary & Alternative Medicine Professionals
  • Clergy & Religious Leaders
  • 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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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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Thomas Jackson, LCSW

Thomas Jackson is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Middlebury, Vermont.

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Sheila Bauer, M.Ed.

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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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Mindy Milam, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in New Orleans, LA, working with individuals, couples and families, and trauma following Hurricane Katrina.

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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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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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Anjali Goel, MD MPH FAAP

CMBM Mind-Body Medicine faculty member, Anjali Goel MD is a Board Certified Pediatrician with a specialty in integrative mental health based in Minnesota.

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Regine Laroche

Entrepreneur, Practicing Architect; Certified Yoga Instructor; Conflict Management & Peace-Building in disenfranchised, gang violence-ridden communities; Vice-Coordinator of Fondation Wynne Pour L’Environnement

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Gwen Brehm, M.Ed., LPC, LMFT

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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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Chad Dingman, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Oncology Certified Social Worker; Mind-Body Skills Group facilitator at Gibbs Cancer Center Spartanburg, SC

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Sue Levin, PhD

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Dena Rain Adler, BEd, MA, ATR

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