The Center for Mind Body Management

Based in Washington, DC, The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM) was founded in 1991 by James S. Gordon, M.D., a professor of psychiatry and family medicine at Georgetown University Medical School and former chairman of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, under Presidents Clinton and G.W. Bush.

In the 25 years since then, CMBM has become a worldwide leader in making self-care, group support, and community-building central to all healthcare, the training of health professionals, and the education of children. CMBM has focused on providing innovative solutions to some of the world’s most intractable and complex psychological and physical problems.

CMBM’s international faculty of 160 experts have trained over 5,000 health professionals, educators, and community leaders in our pioneering mind-body medicine model of self-care, self-awareness, and group support; they in turn integrate our model into their communities and use it with the populations they serve, allowing us to benefit millions of people.

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Teaching Thousands to Heal Millions

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine trains local healthcare providers, educators and community leaders to teach children and adults simple, powerful self-care techniques that help relieve their stress and trauma. CMBM helps people and communities heal.

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  • CMBM's work in Gaza to build strong, resilient communities


  • CMBM provides assistance to US Veterans dealing with PTSD and other issues

    US Veterans

  • CMBM provides assistance with Native American Communities

    Native Communities

  • CMBM provides assistance to communities in Haiti coping with the effects of the earthquake

    Healing in Haiti

  • CMBM provides programs to help build communities in Israel


  • Eskenazi Health center

    Eskenazi Health

  • CMBM provides community building assistance in Kosovo in the former Yugoslavia


  • Trauma assistance in New Orleans

    New Orleans

Training Programs Provided by the Center

Mind-Body Medicine

The Mind-Body Medicine training program focuses on practical techniques for self-care and mutual support. Learn the science and skills of meditation, guided imagery, biofeedback, and self-expression in words, drawings, and movement in classroom sessions and supportive, small group experiences.

Food as Medicine

The Food As Medicine training is the nation’s leading introductory program in medical nutrition, providing a semester’s worth of nutrition care practices in just four days. We provide a curriculum for physicians, registered dietitians, and educators to bring back to their communities.

Food as Medicine for Mind and Mood

The Center’s Food As Medicine for Mind & Mood seminar explores the science of nourishing foods, gut health, epigenetics and mind-body practices that support healthy brains, and is taught by leading practitioners in this exciting and emerging field.