What We Do

A Public Health Approach to Transforming Trauma
From war to domestic violence, from public health crises to climate-related disasters, from chronic illness to the vulnerability of aging, from generational trauma to systemic racism—trauma is unavoidable. According to a 2017 report, 70% of adults surveyed across 24 countries reported having experienced a traumatic event in their lifetime. Since then, the coronavirus pandemic has left no community untouched by trauma and stress. Trauma can increase mental distress, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, and other chronic conditions. It negatively affects our health, relationships, work lives, home lives, and the communities we live in. We help communities create and implement evidence-based, inclusive, accessible, affordable, and sustainable public health interventions to relieve trauma and build resilience.

Our Mission

Our mission is to help communities around the world develop the tools they need to heal population-wide trauma.

Our Vision

We envision a world in which communities are healthy, resilient, and equipped to transform trauma.

Our Values

All people have the capacity to understand, help, and heal themselves. When we share this process of healing with others, we serve our highest purpose and facilitate the most life-enhancing and enduring changes.

We believe the full range of human perspectives and experiences should be considered in all we do. To this end, we value and commit to addressing Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) and its components on all levels of our organization and offerings. This includes who we hire and what we deem an essential commitment in bringing our work to communities. We honor these principles in how we elevate and create leadership opportunities for our staff, faculty, board, and volunteers, and in how we design and offer all our trainings and programs. 

Our organization and our work are grounded in the community of healers and the healing community that we began to create 31 years ago. We welcome all those who share our mission and our values to join with us. 

Our model is inclusive, equitable and accessible.

We work effectively with a wide range of local partners to integrate our model with the existing structures and services within any community. 

Together with the communities we serve, we co-create in-person and online programs that teach practical tools of self-care and provide a small group experience that fosters mutual support. Trainees practice a range of evidence-based self-care techniques that promote physiological and psychological balance, enhance self-awareness and compassion, and enable the skillful use of this approach with others.

PARTNERSHIP DEVELOPMENT Values and needs discovery Identify community-based leaders and institutional partners Coordinate with government agencies and grassroots organizations Create a collaborative funding plan PROGRAM DESIGN AND ACTIVATION Participant recruiting and community engagement Workshops Professional and advanced trainings Clinical supervision IMPLEMENTATION AND COMMUNITY SUPPORT Supervision and certification Leadership development and mentoring Workshops, trainings, and Mind-Body Skills Groups led by trainees Evaluation and impact reporting Knowledge sharing

How does our model work in communities and institutions?

We collaborate with community leaders to co-create trauma relief and resilience-building programs that are responsive to the community’s unique experiences, needs, goals, and culture. The programs we create together teach people skills to restore the physiological and psychological balance disrupted by all trauma, including chronic illness. At the same time, we help bring together diverse partners–community-based organizations, hospitals and healthcare systems, schools—to build each community’s capacity to sustain their healing and create a culture of well-being. 

How do we scale our model and sustain impact?

We’re able to scale our impact for communities of all sizes by adjusting program variables. Planning for sustainability is central to our work, as our programs build local capacity to train more facilitators. With our support, local leaders, institutions, and whole communities can progress toward making urgent and ongoing population-wide trauma relief and resilience building sustainable.

Who can benefit from the CMBM model?

In short, everyone. While not all trauma is the same, our model can be applied across cultures, populations, and experiences. 

We have seen our model change the lives of people of all backgrounds and identities: adults and children, educators and students, healthcare workers and patients, military veterans, first responders, and frontline workers. 

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The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s program…is the most comprehensive of all of them…and it is the one with the strongest evidence that it works to cure PTSD.

– New York Times

I used to hate sleep because I had terrifying dreams. After I joined the Mind-Body Skills Group and practiced these skills, I got rid of the nightmares. Now I wake up feeling energized and optimistic.

– Student, North Gaza

CMBM’s program empowered me and my students to help build community resilience. It has absolutely changed my life and how I instruct and care for my students.

– Diane Wolk-Rogers, former AP History Teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas and Activist