International Team of American, Palestinian, Israeli, Kosovar Psychiatrists Come Together to Heal Haiti-Wide Psychological Devastation and Trauma

By Center For Mind-body Medicine, PRNE
Sunday, November 28, 2010

Center for Mind-Body Medicine to Launch Groundbreaking Training Program In Haiti, December 6-10, 2010

WASHINGTON, November 30, 2010 - On December 6th, 2010, James S. Gordon, M.D., one of world's leaders in
healing psychological trauma, will bring an international team, including
Palestinian, Israeli and Kosovar psychiatrists and psychologists to Haiti to
lay the foundation for Haiti's first-ever nationwide program of primary
mental healthcare.

Dr. Gordon has successfully brought population-wide psychological healing
to Israel, Gaza, Kosovo and post-Katrina New Orleans and to US, military
returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. His groundbreaking work in Gaza was the
subject of a recent New York Times' piece (Sept. 8, 2010).

In Haiti, Dr. Gordon and his Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM)
colleagues will train leaders from every major health and mental health
organization in Haiti, including the Ministry of Health, the Medical and
Nursing Schools, the General Hospital, Partners in Health, and Project Hope,
as well as leaders of the Catholic, Protestant, and Voudoun communities and
the Haitian National Police. These leaders will learn CMBM's scientifically
validated model of mind-body medicine (including meditation, guided imagery,
relaxation, biofeedback, and yoga), self expression in words, drawings and
movement, and small group support. They, like the 3,500 other professionals
whom CMBM has trained around the world, will also share their own trauma and
grief, discover new psychological strengths and recover their capacity for

The Initial Training will take place from December 6-10, 2010 at the
Plaza Hotel in Port-au-Prince. Participants will bring what they have learned
personally and professionally back to the communities they serve to create,
for the first time ever in Haiti, a sustainable system of psychological
self-care, and support.

The leadership of the Haitian medical and political communities now
recognize that the massive death and physical damage from the earthquake,
civil violence, and the more recent deaths and terror of the cholera epidemic
have caused a population wide psychological devastation that will continue
for many years. They are looking to Dr. Gordon and CMBM for a practical and
enduring solution.

In postwar Kosovo, the CMBM model's effects were documented in the first
ever randomized controlled trial of any intervention with war traumatized
children, published in the prestigious Journal of Clinical Psychiatry in
2008. High school teachers there (supervised by local psychologists and
psychiatrists), helped students achieve an 80% reduction in post-traumatic
stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. At a three month follow-up, these gains were
largely maintained. Studies of children and adults in Gaza have demonstrated
similar results at the seven month follow-up.

James S. Gordon M.D., a Harvard-educated psychiatrist, is the Founder and
Director of the Center for Mind-Body Medicine, a Clinical Professor in the
Departments of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at Georgetown Medical School,
Dean of the Saybrook University College of Mind-Body Medicine, and former
Chair (under Presidents Clinton and Bush) of the White House Commission on
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. He is the author most recently
of Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out Of Depression (Penguin

Said Archbishop Desmond Tutu on the work of Dr. Gordon and the Center,
"You really are amazing and we give great thanks to God for the remarkable
work you are doing in so many places where God's children are hurting".

Media coverage of the entire training–including filming of CMBM's
emotionally powerful small groups and visually engaging large group movement
and dance exercises–is welcome.

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