Course Overview


Comprehensive Education and Skills Development for an Integrated Model of Care

The Herbert Benson, MD Course in Mind Body Medicine will be held online this year, using live streaming, electronic Q&A, and other remote learning technologies.


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 interventions 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 61 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 practitioners and experts in the field of mind body medicine—including Dr. Rudy Tanzi and Michelle Williams, SM, ScD, who are both experts in the scientific and practical research of mind body medicine.


The 2021 program has been enhanced for distance learning. In addition to being live streamed, all sessions will be recorded and made available to participants for online viewing for 60 days after the end of the course. 


About Herbert Benson, MD

Dr. Benson is the Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine and Mind Body Distinguished 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.


Upon completion of this course, 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 modifiable lifestyle behaviors synchronized to circadian rhythm builds resiliency
  • Enrich patient-provider relationship 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
  • Summarize up-to-date meditation-induced brain imaging changes
  • Develop strategies to lower your risk of provider burnout
  • Enhance functional expression of empathy to improve clinical performance and personal resiliency
  • Apply mind-body interventions in the treatment of multiple disease symptomatology
  • Assess the influence of gut health and diet on mood 
  • 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 modifiable risk factors for brain health
  • Explain mind-body science of depression
  • Acquire skill in state-of-the-art cognitive behavioral therapies applied to children, adolescents and young adults with a range of emotional and behavioral problems
  • Identify the components of the Benson-Henry Care Model
  • Support healthcare change 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
  • Review novel behavioral health interventions designed to influence brain health
  • Interpret the signs of cognitive decline and depression as a guide towards prevention