The Herbert Benson MD Course in Mind Body Medicine

Event Date: October 25th, 2018 - October 27th, 2018

Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine

The Herbert Benson MD Course in Mind Body Medicine

Comprehensive Education and Skills Development for an Integrated Model of Care

Mind body approaches such as meditation, yoga, tai chi, cognitive skills, lifestyle interventions and positive psychology now boast an impressive evidence base to support their ability to improve—and in some cases, prevent—stress-related illnesses, ranging from asthma to hypertension, functional bowel diseases and pain syndromes.

Whether you are a physician, nurse, psychologist, social worker or therapist, mind body techniques provide you with evidence-based ways to enhance patient care and clinical outcomes.

The Herbert Benson, MD Course in Mind Body Medicine is a comprehensive education program where you learn how to incorporate these skills into your practice. It teaches:

  • The latest data on stress, stress management, and resilience enhancement, and their impacts on patient health and treatment options
  • The mind body approaches that form the foundation of modern self-care
  • When, where and how you can employ mind body approaches to enhance patient care
  • Practical skills to guide your patients in the use of self-care techniques

In addition to clinical approaches and integrative models of care, this program provides:

  • Education on genomics, transcriptomics, metabolomics and how to leverage recent advances in the neuroimaging of contemplative states
  • Opportunities for certification


For those who are new to mind body medicine, this program provides comprehensive education to begin using integrated models of care within your practice. For those who have experience in these methods, this program provides updates and workshops to take your skills to the next level.


All participants can customize their learning experience. The program offers more than 30 skills development sessions, focused presentations and interactive workshops. You can choose the ones that align with your specific goals and clinical interests.


This program is taught by leading experts in the field of mind body medicine—including Dr. Richard Davidson, Dr. Joan Borysenko and Dr. Herbert Benson, who are all pioneers in the scientific research of self-care interventions.

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About Herbert Benson, MD

Dr. Benson is the Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and Distinguished Mind Body Medicine Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School. He is the author or co-author of more than 180 scientific publications and twelve books.

Dr. Benson is a pioneer in mind body medicine, one of the first Western physicians to bring spirituality and healing into medicine. In his 40+ year career, he has defined the relaxation response and continues to contribute to research into its efficacy in counteracting the harmful effects of stress. Dr. Benson’s work extends from the laboratory to the clinic to Asian field expeditions and serves as a bridge between medicine and religion, East and West, mind and body, and belief and science.

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Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Define the body’s response to stress, known as allostasis and allostatic load, and the role it plays in the development or exacerbation of medical conditions
  • Recognize how lifestyle modification builds resiliency
  • Enrich patient-provider relationships to affect patient outcomes
  • Develop skills in a variety of meditation methods that elicit the relaxation response
  • Evaluate the epidemiology of provider burnout and its consequences
  • Develop strategies to lower your risk of provider burnout
  • Enhance functional expression of empathy to improve clinical performance and personal resiliency
  • Summarize up-to-date meditation-induced brain imaging changes
  • Apply mind body interventions in the treatment of multiple disease symptomatology
  • Improve your ability to motivate patients towards sustainable behavior change
  • Deliver a more effective, integrative model of care
  • Use newfound skills and tools to improve patient outcomes
  • Identify the components of the Benson-Henry care model
  • Support healthcare changes designed to reduce the prevalence of non-communicable diseases
  • Define the underlying influences of happiness
  • Formulate a more integrative model of patient care
  • Experience a variety of healing modalities