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 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 52 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. Daniel Goleman and Ms. Sharon Salzberg, who are both pioneers in the scientific and practical research of self-care interventions.


The 2020 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 30 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 the role it plays in human physiology and medical conditions
  • Recognize how modifiable lifestyle behaviors build resiliency
  • Develop skills to enrich the patient-provider relationship to affect patient outcomes
  • Develop skills in a variety of mind body practices that elicit the relaxation response
  • Evaluate the epidemiology of provider burnout and its consequences
  • Summarize updates in neuroimaging as it relates to mind body interventions and pain
  • Develop strategies to lower risk of healthcare provider burnout and increase healthcare provider well-being
  • Enhance expression of empathy to improve clinical performance and personal resiliency
  • Apply evidence-based mind body interventions in the treatment of medical conditions and disease management
  • 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 the 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
  • 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