Founder and Director of CMBM and formerly Chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy.
CMBM trains these leaders to use the same kind of approach with children and adults who, in staggering numbers, are suffering from anxiety and depression, nightmares and flashbacks, aggression and emotional isolation -- the key symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
In Gaza, CMBM is training representatives from leading governmental and non-governmental organizations, including the Palestinian Ministry of Health, Gaza Community Mental Health Programme and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA).
According to a recent study published in "The Journal of Traumatic Stress" by CMBM, the 139 Kosovar high school students that participated in six-week long programs, led by local teachers trained by The Center, showed a significant decrease in symptoms of PTSD.
CMBM is working to create a more compassionate, open-minded, and effective model of health care and health education.
The course was originally developed as an elective for first-year medical students at Georgetown University School of Medicine," recalls Jo Cooper, director of nutrition programs and marketing at CMBM.
Now three CMBM faculty members have books coming out, offering practical information for all Townsend Letter readers.