Our Vision Moving Forward
In the latter part of 2017 the Greater Houston Healing Collaborative joined forces with Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington DC and received a grant to train group facilitators in mind body skills for trauma recovery. These skills are specifically designed to bring self-care and healing in trauma related disasters such as the flooding related to Hurricane Harvey.
The CMBM model was selected because of its inherent design to create a culture of wellness beyond the groups and workshops, as the trained facilitators and their beneficiaries incorporate the mind-body skills into their regular client services, staff meetings, relationships, and other aspects of their personal and professional lives.
In addition, the CMBM model is inherently non-stigmatizing. Marketed as an educational group or class, it can be successfully implemented within populations typically averse to seeking help for emotional distress. The underlying premise of the CMBM model is to teach people skills that they can use in their own self-care. The model teaches them how to become more aware of their physical and emotional stressors and responses, and then gives them tools to change the way they cope with stressful events. The techniques are simple, easy-to-learn and fun to use. The group model provides a safe container for self-expression and support from others, while participants discover their own inner capacity to help themselves through difficult times.
After the successful implementation of this program, reaching over 3500 people in just 4 months, the Greater Houston Healing Collaborative hopes to expand their reach to communities that are still in need of healing. GHHC desires to establish a long-term recovery plan and program to continue the use of this model throughout the Houston area. This vision includes establishing a larger number of group facilitators so that in the occurrence of future catastrophes we will be able to immediately start addressing the mental health needs of our community through crisis intervention and trauma healing groups. We plan to do this by offering training to 140 more individuals, followed by supervision and leadership training. Over the next 2 years we hope to be in a stable place to meet the crisis needs in the Houston area for years to come.