Become Trained in Mind-Body Medicine to Serve Your Community

The Greater Houston Healing Collaborative has received a grant from the American Red Cross to expand our program with comprehensive training for 40 community leaders in areas of Houston that have been underserved since Harvey. Participants will learn and experience proven mind-body skills, and receive supervision and mentorship as they provide self-care education and facilitate mind-body skills support groups within their communities.

Large-group session at the first Professional Training Program in Houston, December 2017

Large-group session at the first Professional Training Program in Houston, December 2017

Training Timeline

The program consists of a three-phased curriculum, each setting the foundation for the next. Participants commit to all three phases of the program:

  • December 12-15, 2018: Professional Training Program (PTP) - See Schedule Here

  • February 13-16, 2019: Advanced Training Program (ATP)

  • March-July, 2019: Lead Mind-Body Skills Groups with Supervision

    See Training Timeline below for more information about each stage of the training program

CEU’s available (info)
Space is limited

What You Will Learn

Accepted candidates will receive comprehensive training and supervision to initiate a program of self-care education and mutual support in their communities, including:

  • Science behind mind-body techniques and their impact on alleviating stress and trauma

  • Evidence-based self-care tools and group support to deal with ongoing stress and meet future challenges

  • How to facilitate a mind-body skills group to bring self-care tools to the community

  • Mind-body techniques such as meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, self-expression in words, drawing and movement


Training Faculty

Training will be led by faculty from the world-renowned Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM), whose programs consistently demonstrate 80% reduction in symptoms of PTSD.  Founded by James S. Gordon, MD, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School and former chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, CMBM has developed programs for population-wide trauma healing in communities impacted by disasters all over the world. For more than 25 years, CMBM has taught this program to more than 5,000 professionals – clinicians, educators, community leaders, and peer counselors. Over that time, CMBM has developed what is likely the world’s largest, most effective program for healing population-wide stress and trauma.

Three-Phase Program Overview

December 12-15, 2018: Professional Training Program

The initial 4-day Professional Training Program (PTP) provides a comprehensive foundation for CMBM’s approach through didactic instruction on the scientific basis for the model, as well as small and large group experiences of mind-body techniques. This training prepares participants to use the skills they’ve learned with their clients, patients, students, parishioners, colleagues, and families.

February 13-16, 2019: Advanced Training Program

This 4-day Advanced Training Program (ATP) equips participants to more skillfully work with individuals, as well as to lead small Mind-Body Skills Groups (MBSGs) and larger Mind-Body Skills Workshops (MBSWs). This training includes a combination of didactic lectures on implementing the model along with practica, where trainees practice leading groups and teaching the techniques. Participants receive supervision and feedback, a comprehensive syllabus with scripts and instructions for using the techniques; and step-by-step guidance on facilitating groups in their communities.

March - July, 2019: Community Implementation with Supervision

All new program graduates will co-facilitate two 8-week Mind-Body Skills Groups (MBSGs) and lead one Mind-Body Skills Workshop (MBSW), as well as continue their work with individuals and families. Each MBSG will serve 10 of the most traumatized children or adults. Each MBSW will teach basic self-care to 20 - 100 people. Throughout this 5-month period, trainees will receive weekly supervision with the local Houston leadership team. Supervision includes clinical guidance, mentorship and support as they integrate the model into their ongoing work.

Targeting UNDERServed Communities

The Rice University Kinder Institute for Urban Research has produced a report on Harvey’s impact, identifying areas of Houston that have received lower levels of support and are still in need. With this training program, we are targeting eight of the most heavily impacted communities that are vulnerable to post-traumatic stress and the social and emotional consequences. Preference will be given to applicants who live in and/or serve these target areas:

77090 - Cypress Station

77088 - Inwood Pines - Acres Homes

77013 - Northshore

77074 - Braeburn

77084 - Bear Creek / Cullen Park

77089 - Southbelt/Ellington

77075 - Hobby


For more information about the training, contact

Cyrus Wirls at or (713)-797-0600


Funding for this training program has been provided by:


Feeding Souls Ryan Anderson Foundation

Rotary District 5890