Redding, CA
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.

Learn more about trauma relief efforts in Shasta County, California

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.

Click on the video to hear the experiences of local Shasta County residents who have participated in The Center for Mind-Body Medicine model.

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.”

Sponsoring Organizations

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.

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Course Directors

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  • CMBM Course Director James S. Gordon, MD

    James S. Gordon, MD

  • CMBM Course Director Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD

    Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD

Confirmed Course Faculty

Course faculty to be announced soon.

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

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.

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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

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