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Opioid Training Day Program scheduled for Allegany College

September 26th, 2019 by WCBC Radio

Allegany College of Maryland has extended its registration deadline for an all-day training presented by Dr. James S. Gordon on Friday, October 4, 2019 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the college’s Zimmer Theatre. Gordon is an authority on post-traumatic stress and an acclaimed mind-body medicine pioneer who has worked for decades with individuals and communities around the world to address the damage done by trauma. He will present on the topic of “The Transformation: Discovering Wholeness and Healing After Trauma” and attendees will receive a copy of Gordon’s recent book of the same name. In addition to training and discussion, Gordon will lead an intensive “fish bowl” demonstration of how to effectively use mind-body medicine techniques in small group settings to address the impact of addiction.


Gordon is the executive director and founder of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine (CMBM). He is a Harvard University-trained psychiatrist, former researcher at the National Institute of Mental Health and chair of the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy, and a clinical professor of psychiatry and family medicine at Georgetown Medical School. Gordon has authored or edited 10 books, and written for a range of publications including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic and The Guardian. He has served as an expert for 60 Minutes, Today, Good Morning America, CBS Sunday Morning, Nightline, CNN, MSNBC, NPR and others.


The CMBM approach has been extensively used in the United States and countries shattered by war, natural disasters, poverty and/or violence. It teaches simple self-care tools within a small group model for health, healing and self-regulation. Peer-reviewed research has shown that CMBM’s model of mind-body medicine reduces PTSD by 80% and significantly enhances wellness among young people and traumatized populations. 


ACM has effectively used the CMBM model with staff and students for nearly two decades. The college was awarded a $443,274 prevention and education grant by the Maryland Opioid Operational Command Center (OOCC) through the Hogan Administration’s “It’s Never Too Late” initiative to train community members in CMBM techniques to manage stress and trauma. Following lunch there will be a brief celebration of OOCC’s grant award for the Tackling the Opioid Epidemic: A Community Resilience Approach project and recognition of the project’s partners.


Gordon’s training is open to the general public as well as addictions counselors, counselors and other human service professionals. Approximately $4,752 (28 percent of the program cost) is financed through a federal Appalachian Regional Commission grant to ACM.


Training registration is available through ACM’s Center for Continuing Education and Workforce Development by calling 301-784-5341. Registration includes six Continuing Education Units (or CEUs) for select professions, breakfast, lunch and a copy of Gordon’s new book. More information is available at or by calling 301-784-5526 or emailing

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