Self-Care & Group Support

Self-Care & Group Support

Allegany College of Maryland Continuing Education in partnership with The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) is pleased to bring you this full-day training with Dr James S. Gordon, as well as John Ferguson and Jessey Mason. This one-day workshop is designed to present the fundamentals of self-care and group support to health and human service professionals, educators, and community leaders in Allegany County. The lectures and experiential activities will discuss and demonstrate the effectiveness of CMBM’s model for addressing opiate addiction and the anxiety, depression, and despair that fuel it. This workshop will build upon an existing foundation of engagement; 42 members of the community have been trained by CMBM over a 20 year span, and are driving a population-based, community approach to wellness.

Learning Objectives

  • Demonstrate the effectiveness of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s (CMBM) model for addressing opiate addiction and the anxiety, depression, and despair that fuel it
  • Experience several evidence-based practical techniques that participants can learn to use for themselves first, and then for those who are struggling with opiate abuse and addiction
  • Understand how addiction and trauma can open up an opportunity for transformation and healing
  • Understand the connection between caregiving, stress, chronic illness, and addiction
  • Experience mind-body medicine techniques (meditation, movement, drawings…) to enhance overall health and wellbeing
  • Realize the importance of self-awareness and self-care for overall health and wellbeing
  • Recognize the importance of a community response to the opioid crisis
  • Apply the CMBM model to employee health and the current community initiative to build a culture of wellness

Earns 6 CEUs for nurses, psychologists, LCPC, addictions counselors and social workers.

Members of the community who attended CMBM’s professional training in Mind-Body Medicine.

Workshop Faculty

James S. Gordon, MD, the psychiatrist who is CMBM’s Founder and Executive Director, will lead large group presentations focused on several experiential mind-body techniques, and the basic science underlying these approaches. Additional sessions will be presented by addiction specialists from Indianapolis’ Eskenazi Health System who have been trained in CMBM’s model.

They will address practical ways that the approach is currently used, evidence of the impact of the model, as well as the challenges and benefits for people with opiate addiction and those who serve them. There will be ample opportunity to share personal experiences and discuss the specific problems affecting Allegany County. The goal will be to help members of the community integrate self-care and group support into their preventive and therapeutic efforts for people with opiate abuse and addiction and their families to foster a culture of wellness in Allegany County.


Please contact Kathy Condor, 301-784-5526 or

About the Author(s)

Brian Jacobson

Communications Director for The Center for Mind-Body Medicine.