Santa Rosa, CA
Roseland University Prep

Initial Training Program: June 19-22, 2019
Advanced Training Program: July 31-August 3, 2019

About the Training

The traumatic events of the North Bay wildfires have profoundly affected our individual emotional and physical health, our social functioning, our overall well-being, and the health and security of our community. Unresolved, this distress can damage our health and limit our potential for rebuilding a strong community.

Join diverse Sonoma County community members in this dynamic train-the-trainer program where you will practice evidence-based self-care tools for effectively addressing personal and team stress after the fires, network with peers, and learn an evidence-based model to rebuild a resilient, self-healing, and inclusive Sonoma County. 115 people completed the first cohort in January and are eagerly preparing to implement the training in their workplaces and communities.

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 funders, the training is free of charge. Your investment is a commitment to 100% attendance at the 4-day Initial Training Program (June 19-22, 2019), as well as the 4-day Advanced Training Program (July 31-August 3, 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 one, 8-week, mind-body skills group during the year under the supervision of Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) faculty. See more details on the full time commitment here.

There are many ways to get involved, please fill out this form to indicate your interest.

Course Directors

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  • CMBM Course Director James S. Gordon, MD

    James S. Gordon, MD

  • CMBM Course Director Jerrol Kimmel, RN, MA,

    Jerrol Kimmel, RN, MA,

Confirmed Course Faculty

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  • CMBM Faculty Member Matt Erb, PT

    Matt Erb, PT

  • CMBM Faculty Member Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD

    Claire Wheeler, MD, PhD

  • CMBM Faculty Member Geoff Sittler, OTR/L, BCN

    Geoff Sittler, OTR/L, BCN

Other course faculty may be added.

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 coachingfrom 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 6000 trainees as “life changing.”

Learning Objectives

  • Prepare and demonstrate how to give a didactic presentation on one or more mind-body approaches.
  • Demonstrate the ability to lead a mind-body skills group.
  • Demonstrate how to work with a co-facilitator in a group.
  • Describe and demonstrate how to deal with different personalities in a group (i.e. people who are withdrawn or who talk excessively).
  • Assess how to deal with one’s own psychological issues in the context of a mind-body group.
  • Describe ways to regulate the timing of the pace when leading a group.
  • Create the group as a safe container and list ground rules for the group.
  • Demonstrate how to use breath and movement to create relaxation, improve physical and emotional functioning and enhance energy when leading a group.
  • Apply the use of imagery and art in the form of drawings for self exploration, expression and understanding.
  • Demonstrate the use of autogenic training to regulate the autonomic nervous system when leading a group.
  • Demonstrate how imagination can be used to affect physical change and create feelings of safety when leading a group.
  • Explain how meditation is a way to bring about changes in the body and mind.
  • Explain the importance of mindful and healthy eating as part of self-awareness and its role in self care and health promotion.
  • Discuss the role of spirituality and ritual in healing.
  • Apply and adapt the mind-body medicine model to work with different age groups.
  • Design and demonstrate a method for ending the final group of a session.
  • Utilize mind-body skills to teach group members ways of dealing with trauma.
  • Explain how to integrate mind-body medicine into one’s own practice or institution.
  • Describe possible ways to establish mind-body programs for individual clients and community groups.
  • Prepare marketing materials and discuss mind-body medicine in professional settings.
  • Create a plan to offer mind-body skills to groups within the community.

Who Should Attend?

All Sonoma County community members, first responders, educators, clinicians, non-profit workers, faith leaders, and other community leaders are welcome to apply. Our vision is to reach all walks of life across our county. We have developed the following guidelines to identify a diverse group of applicants who will be best positioned to work with local communities, institutions, organizations, or underrepresented populations in Sonoma County.

Background on The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative

The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative is working in partnership across our community and with The Center for Mind Body Medicine, whose curriculum is the foundation for the program. The vision for the Collaborative, which has been endorsed and adopted as a part of Sonoma County Health Action, is to develop our local capacity for healing, empower lay people with comprehensive tools, build the social connections that are the predictor of community resilience, and prevent the progression of stress and trauma into more serious social, mental, physical, and social impacts.

The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative has been endorsed and adapted as a part of Sonoma County Health Action.

The Sonoma Community Resilience Collaborative is generously supported by:


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.

June 19-22, 2019 Initial Training Program
July 31-August 3, 2019 Advanced Training Program

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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Jerrol Kimmel, RN, MA,

Integrative Medicine Practitioner; Oncology Nurse Navigator for Women’s Health; works with clients around the country in her program Filling Up On

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Matt Erb, PT

Matt Erb, integrative physical therapist, owner of Embody Your Mind, and faculty member for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, has a passion for helping the world understand the science of mind-body medicine, stress, and integrative wellness.

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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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Geoff Sittler, OTR/L, BCN

Geoff Sittler OTR/L, BCN is an Occupational Therapist specializing in utilizing Mind-Body modalities with both individuals and groups.

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  • “We’ve experienced so much trauma, especially the Latino community that has the dual trauma of immigration and the DACA students and then dealing with the firestorm and losing their jobs, their homes…This is part of the solution that I see needs to happen here in Sonoma County.”

    Wanda Tapia, former ED, Latino Service Providers

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