This interactive course is led by health experts from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine.

These expert faculty help you understand how stress both causes and worsens health conditions. They examine the physiological impacts of stress and the influence stress has on disease and medical symptoms.

They also help you refine your knowledge and skill in using interventions that offset the harmful influence of stress. Many of these interventions are lifestyle changes that you can use to build long-term resiliency in your patients. The course includes content on the importance of sleep, proper nutrition, relaxation techniques, adequate social support, exercises that reduce stress, and much more. You learn how to guide your patients towards these behavior changes that promote health. This is ideal for clinicians in all practice settings across mental health, primary care, nursing, social work, psychology and more.

The course includes an array of resources, videos and other materials to guide you through your learning experience. All content and assignments can be completed whenever your schedule allows. Weekly call-in times allow faculty to hear and respond to your questions directly, and an interactive discussion board lets you post your own questions and interact with peers from across the United States and around the world. Plus, the course is accessible via desktop, laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Course materials are available beginning on June 1, 2020, and all online course work must be completed by July 13, 2020.

Learning Objectives

By the end of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Build skill in a variety of cognitive strategies that facilitate coping.
  • Recognize the inextricable nature of beliefs, emotions, and thoughts.
  • Identify patterns of distorted beliefs that perpetuate stress and inhibit coping.
  • Reappraise stressful events through adaptive perspectives.
  • Demonstrate strategies that enhance expression of positive emotions, humor and laughter.
  • Describe the resilience-enhancing benefits of social connectedness and creative expression.
  • Review the resilience-enhancing features of restorative sleep, balanced nutrition and exercise.
  • Summarize strategies that guide successful lifestyle change.


Participants must complete each week sequentially and while completing all components of each week to receive credit, including:

  • Activity Overview
  • Video Lecture
  • Reading and Resources (required and optional)
  • Q&A with Faculty
  • Discussion Board
  • Case Assessment

Session 1

Building Stress Awareness-Peg Baim, MS, NP & Greg L. Fricchione, MD

Session Goals:

  • Define two exercises that can help identify one's stress triggers and personal stress responses.
  • Describe two exercises that raise awareness of stress-based negative thinking.
  • Explain how the biodot can be used to monitor stress response to various situations.

Session 2

Cognitive Reappraisal and Adaptive Beliefs- Peg Baim, MS, NP

Session Goals:

  • Recognize the inextricable amalgam among our beliefs, emotions, and thoughts.
  • Identify patterns of distorted thoughts that inhibit coping.
  • Reappraise stress-activating beliefs with adaptive beliefs.
  • Cultivate positive beliefs and behaviors.

Session 3

Explanatory Style, Root Fears, and Humor-Peg Baim, MS, NP

Session Goals:

  • Define optimistic and pessimistic explanations of stress.
  • Demonstrate two exercises that show how thoughts and beliefs can influence whether we experience a stress response or an adaptive response to a situation.
  • Describe how stress-based responses can reflect deep-seated fears.
  • Show how humor and laughter can modify stress and enhance coping.

Session 4

Social Connectedness and Creative Expression -Leslee Kagan, MS, FNP-BC

Session Goals:

  • Apply a simple mind body technique that counters stress reactivity with effective coping.
  • Differentiatebetween 5 types of social support - how do they contribute to resiliency?
  • List indices of social capital.
  • Explain social contagion theory and its influence on behavior changes.
  • Explain how creative expression through poetry is an effective approach to building resiliency.

Session 5

Restorative Sleep, Exercise and Balanced Nutrition -Darshan Mehta, MD, MPH

Session Goals:

  • Recognize the resilience-enhancing benefit of sleep and how stress results in shorter durations of sleep.
  • Describe methods to assess sleep habits and effective strategies for improving sleep.
  • Summarize the importance of physical activity and nutrition in long-term resiliency and strategies to improve health.


  • Clinical Director, Center for Training
    Director, Relaxation Response Resiliency Program
    Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Director
    Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Director of Women’s Health
    Co-Director, Stress Management and Resiliency Training (SMART) program
    Benson-Henry Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Medical Director
    Director of Medical Education
    Staff Physician
    Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Physicians
  • Nurses and nurse practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Social workers and counselors
  • Physical and occupational therapists
  • Wellness coaches


Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $395.00
Other Professionals: $295.00

Cancellation Policy

Refunds will be issued for cancellation requests made during the first week of the course, but an administrative fee of $25.00 will be deducted from your refund. Cancellation requests made during the second week will receive a credit toward a future offering of the same course. No refunds or credits will be granted after June 13, 2020.

Q&A with Faculty

Week Start Date

Date of Q&A

Time of Q&A

Faculty Name

Week 1: 06/01/2020



John W. Denninger, MD., Ph.D.

Week 2: 06/08/2020



John W. Denninger, MD., Ph.D.

Week 3: 06/15/2020



John W. Denninger, MD., Ph.D.

Week 4: 06/22/2020



John W. Denninger, MD., Ph.D.

Week 5: 06/29/2020



John W. Denninger, MD., Ph.D.

Additional Online Courses

We offer several online courses on mind body medicine that complement the course you are currently viewing.

View our online mind body medicine course offerings


Release Date:June 1, 2020
Expiration Date:July 13, 2020






AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of McLean Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital. McLean Hospital is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

McLean Hospital designates this enduring material for a maximum of 11.00AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Psychologists CE Credit

The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Psychiatry maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

This offering meets the criteria for 11.00 continuing education credits for psychologists.


Nursing Contact Hours

Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 13, sections 13, 14, 14A, 15 and 15D and Chapter 112, sections 74 through 81C authorize the Board of Registration in Nursing to regulate nursing practice and education.

This program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing at (244 CMR 5.00) for 11.00 contact hours of nursing continuing education credit.Advance practice nurses, please note: Educational activities which meet the requirements of the ACCME (such as this activity) count towards 50% of the nursing requirement for ANCC accreditation.


Social Work CE Credit Hours

The Collaborative of NASW, Boston College, and Simmons College Schools of Social Work authorizes social work continuing education credits for courses, workshops, and educational programs that meet the criteria outlined in 258 CMR of the Massachusetts Board of Registration of Social Workers.

This program has been approved forD71742Social Work Continuing Education hours forrelicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston Collegeand Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D71742.



Other Professions

Other Providers can claim a Participation Certificate upon successful completion of this course.

Participation Certificates will specify the title, location, type of activity, date of activity, and number ofAMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMassociated with the activity. Providers should check with their regulatory agencies to determine ways in whichAMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTMmay or may not fulfill continuing education requirements. Providers should also consider saving copies of brochures, agenda, and other supporting documents.


Peg Baim, MS, NP, course director
David H. Rubin, MD,reviewer
Jane Pimental, MPH
Susan E. Sprich, PhD

Disclosure Information

In accord with the disclosure policy of McLean Hospital as well as guidelines set forth by the Accreditation Council on Continuing Medical Education, all people in control of educational content, including speakers, course directors, planners, and reviewers, have been asked to disclose all relevant financial relationships with commercial interests of both themselves and their spouses/partners over the past 12 months, as defined below:

Commercial Interest

The ACCME defines a "commercial interest" as any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. The ACCME does not consider providers of clinical service directly to patients to be commercial interests. For more information, visit

Financial relationships

Financial relationships are those relationships in which the individual benefits by receiving a salary, royalty, intellectual property rights, consulting fee, honoraria, ownership interest (e.g., stocks, stock options or other ownership interest, excluding diversified mutual funds), or other financial benefit. Financial benefits are usually associated with roles such as employment, management position, independent contractor (including contracted research), consulting, speaking and teaching, membership on advisory committees or review panels, board membership, and other activities from which remuneration is received, or expected. ACCME considers relationships of the person involved in the CME activity to include financial relationships of a spouse or partner.

Relevant financial relationships

ACCME focuses on financial relationships with commercial interests in the 12-month period preceding the time that the individual is being asked to assume a role controlling content of the CME activity. ACCME has not set a minimal dollar amount for relationships to be significant. Inherent in any amount is the incentive to maintain or increase the value of the relationship. The ACCME defines "'relevant' financial relationships" as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months that create a conflict of interest.

Conflict of Interest

Circumstances create a conflict of interest when an individual has an opportunity to affect CME content about products or services of a commercial interest with which he/she has a financial relationship.

The following planners, speakers, and content reviewers, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, have reported financial relationships with an entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services (relevant to the content of this activity) consumed by, or used on, patients:

Susan E. Sprich, PhD
Royalties:Oxford University Press (for co-authoring treatment manual and client workbook), Springer (for editing book)

Gregory L. Fricchione, MD
Speaker Fee:Meridian Healthcare of NJ, Baskent University of Ankara, Turkey, Oregon Health Sciences University, Harvard CME Cape Cod Summer Series, Doctors Renaissance Hospital CME Conference, Tallahassee United Way Conference, Loma Linda Medical Center CME Conference, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil Visiting Professorship
Honorarium/Royalties:University of Copenhagen, Denmark, Johns Hopkins University Press, Patent Pending PCT/US2012/049539 filed August 3, 2012 entitled Quantitative Genomics of the Relaxation Response

All other individuals including course directors, planners, reviewers, faculty, staff, etc., who are in a position to control the content of this educational activity have, on behalf of themselves and their spouse or partner, reported no financial relationships related to the content of this activity.

Hardware/Software Specifications

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Optimal System Configuration

Flash Player: Adobe Flash Player 10.1+
Browser: Firefox 3+, Internet Explorer 8.0+, Safari 4.0+, or Google Chrome 7.0+
Operating System: Windows XP+ or Mac OS X 10.4+
Internet Connection: 1 Mbps or higher

Minimum Requirements

Windows PC: 500-MHz Pentium II; Windows XP or higher; 128 MB RAM; Video Card at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card at least 16-bit; Macromedia Flash Player 10 or higher, audio playback with speakers for programs with video content; Firefox 1.1+, Internet Explorer 7.0+, Safari 1.0+, Google Chrome, or Opera
Macintosh: Mac OS X 10.3 or higher with latest updates installed; 1.83MHz Intel Core Duo or faster; RAM: 128MB or more; Video Card: at least 64MB of video memory; Sound Card: at least 16-bit

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