September 18-20, 2021 | New York Hilton, NY

Workshop: Taking Care of Yourself While You Care for Others

James Gordon, MD
Kathie Swift MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

The COVID-19 pandemic has placed considerable psychological strain on physicians, nurses, and other caregivers and frontline health care professionals. This has been compounded by ongoing challenges, including the threat of themselves becoming ill or bringing the virus to their families; deficits in available personal protective equipment; exhausting work hours and large numbers of patient deaths; and high levels of pre-existing occupationally related psychological stress.

Join world-recognized authority on post-traumatic stress and the acclaimed mind-body medicine pioneer James S. Gordon, MD, for a workshop during which you will have the opportunity to experience the same evidence-based, accessible, practical, mind-body skills that have been implemented by thousands of health care providers, caregivers, and others to address the extreme stress they have experienced during the pandemic. This program is the same one Dr. Gordon delineates in his new book (January 2021, HarperOne) Transforming Trauma: The Path to Hope and Healing.

Dr. Gordon and his Center for Mind-Body Medicine colleagues have published several papers in leading peer-reviewed journals that document the efficacy of mind-body skills with traumatized and stressed-out populations. These groups have repeatedly reduced the percentage of children and adults that qualify as having Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) by 80% or more. Published research also demonstrates statistically significant decreases in depression, hopelessness, anxiety, anger and sleep disturbance, and increases in quality of life.

Learning Objectives:
  1. Explain the core science of mind-body medicine, including functional views of: stress, the HPA axis, and the central and autonomic nervous system; immune and endocrine systems.
  2. Review the relationship between breathing, movement, group support, and health.
  3. Assess the evidence base for using mind-body skills groups as a primary option for trauma.
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