Redding First Church, Family Center
Initial Training October 2-5, 2019 AND Advanced Training January 22-25, 2020
About the Training
In July, 2018 the Carr Fire swept across 290,000 acres over two counties, destroying over 1,000 residences and causing physical and psychological damage on a massive scale. The Carr Fire was followed by the Delta Fire and then the Camp Fire, exponentially compounding the physical and emotional toll. The Northern California Resilience Program will address the immediate, pressing psychosocial needs stemming from the wildfires while also building local resilience and capacity to address future climate-related disasters and other major challenges facing our region.
While based in Shasta County, the program will have a regional scope, creating systemic change across Northern California by working with key health and social service institutions in neighboring communities such as Butte, Siskiyou, Trinity and Tehama Counties.
Join this dynamic program where you will practice evidence-based self-care tools for effectively addressing personal and professional stress after the fires, network with peers, and learn about an evidence-based model to rebuild resiliency in the north state. 100 participants from our region will have the capacity to reach over 3,200 people during the first year alone.
What’s Involved for Participants
This is a two-part professional training program and full attendance is required for both programs. Thanks to generous support from our funders, the training is offered at $200 for applicants who are chosen. Your investment is a commitment to 100% attendance at the 4-day (October 2-5, 2019) Initial Training Program, as well as the 4-day Advanced Training Program (January 22-25, 2020). 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 groups during the year under the supervision of Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) faculty. The expectation is that the initial two groups be offered to the community free of charge.
Who Should Apply
All north state community members, first responders, clinicians, educators, non-profit workers, faith leaders, community volunteers, and other community leaders working with populations that have experienced loss or trauma (i.e fire survivors, foster children, homeless, substance abuse, domestic violence, etc) are welcome to apply. We have developed guidelines to identify a diverse group of applicants who will be best positioned to work with local communities, institutions, organizations, or underrepresented populations in our region. 50 spots are reserved for people working in Shasta county. Remaining spots are open to individuals working in Butte, Siskiyou, Tehama, and Trinity Counties.
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 address the challenges that all of us face and help others do the same. It has often been described by CMBM’s 6000 trainees as “life changing.”
The Shasta Health Assessment and Redesign Collaborative (SHARC) has worked in cooperation with the Community Recovery Team (CRT) to bring this training to our area. Recognizing the significant emotional toll of the 2018 wildfire season, we are proactively building a foundation for community healing and resilience.
The Northern California Resilience Program is working with organizations and partners across our community and with The Center for Mind Body Medicine, whose curriculum is the foundation for the program. The vision for the Program is to develop our local capacity for healing, empower lay people with comprehensive tools, build the social connections that are the number one predictor of community resilience, and prevent the progression of stress and trauma into more serious social, mental, physical, and social impacts.
Funding provided by:
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James S. Gordon, MD
Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD
Confirmed Course Faculty
Course faculty to be announced soon.
About 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.
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.
Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD
Physician, Psychologist in Portland, Oregon; Founder of MindBody Medicine of Portland; Instructor, Portland State University School of Community Health; author, 10 Simple Solutions to Stress