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 Ellen Fein, LCSW, C-IAYT

    Ellen Fein, LCSW, C-IAYT

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

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

  • CMBM Faculty Member Gjorgji (Goce) Nikoloski, MD

    Gjorgji (Goce) Nikoloski, MD

  • CMBM Faculty Member Susan Blum, MD

    Susan Blum, MD

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

    Dena Rain Adler, BEd, MA, ATR

  • CMBM Faculty Member Lilita Matison, LCSW

    Lilita Matison, LCSW

  • CMBM Faculty Member Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS

    Toni Bankston, LCSW, BACS

  • CMBM Faculty Member Mindy Milam, LCSW

    Mindy Milam, LCSW

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

Visit the Continuing Education Credits page for the full list of learning objectives.

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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Ellen Fein, LCSW, C-IAYT

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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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Gjorgji (Goce) Nikoloski, MD

Psychiatrist; Mental health clinician, child adolescent services, Community Mental Health Clinic, Guelph, Ontario Canada; Founder of the Center for Mental Health and Psychosocial Support Skopje, Macedonia, 1999

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Susan Blum, MD

CMBM Food As Medicine faculty member, Susan Blum, MD is a true pioneer in functional medicine and a nationally recognized speaker, author, and teacher.

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Dena Rain Adler, BEd, MA, ATR

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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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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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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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  • “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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