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

The course enhances how you use mind-body medicine and relaxation response techniques in your clinical practice. This includes evidence-based skills in meditation, yoga, and tai chi.

Throughout the course, faculty review and guide you on how to use these core meditation methods to elicit the relaxation response and help patients decrease stress and enhance well-being. They provide an overview of mind-body techniques and strategies that support a successful meditation practice. Course content also covers evidence-based approaches for mindfulness, imagery, contemplation, empathy and more.

Clinicians across all practice settings can use mind-body medicine techniques to help patients reduce stress and lower the long-term prevalence of diseases. This includes obesity, diabetes, hypertension, mood disorders and more. These skills also enhance your own resiliency and protect against burnout. That makes this course ideal for your practice in 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 August 6, 2018 and all course work must be completed by September 17, 2018.

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define and differentiate five core meditation methods used to elicit the relaxation response.
  • Develop evidenced-based skill in a variety of meditation methods.
  • Translate skill into clinical practice to more effective treatment of symptomatology exacerbated by allostatis and allostatic loads.


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

Overview of Mind Body Techniques -Gregory L. Fricchione, MD and Peg Baim, MS, NP

Session Goals:

  • Define the two essential criteria for elicitation of the the relaxation response.
  • Describe the process, common challenges, and strategies that support a successful meditation practice.

Session 2

Imagery-PegBaim, MS, NP

Session Goals:

  • Define the unique features and benefits of imagery which distinguish it among BHI's core meditation methods.
  • Develop skill in three applications of imagery: safe place imagery, idealized self, and insight.
  • Review evidence-based applications of imagery for clinical use.

Session 3

Mindfulness-Peg Baim, MS, NP

Session Goals:

  • Define the unique features and benefits of mindfulness which distinguishes it among BHI's core meditation methods.
  • Develop skill in mindfulness and value the ease by which it can be integrated into daily life.
  • Review evidenced-based applications of mindfulness for clinical use.

Session 4

Yoga and Tai Chi -Stanwood Chang and Laura Malloy, LICSW

Session Goals:

  • Define the unique features and benefits of yoga and Tai Chi, which distinguish them among BHI's core meditation methods.
  • Develop skill in both yoga and Tai Chi.
  • Review evidenced-based applications of yoga and Tai Chi for clinical use.

Session 5

Contemplation and Empathy -Peg Baim, MS, NP

Session Goals:

  • Define the unique features and benefits of contemplation and empathy-focused approaches which distinguishes them among BHI's core meditation methods.
  • Develop skill in contemplation and empathy-focused meditation methods.
  • Review evidenced-based applications of contemplation and empathy for clinical use.
  • Illustrate the functional expression of empathy as a means to enhance resiliency, protect provider burnout and increase patient compliance.


  • Clinical Director, Center for Training
    Director, Relaxation Response Resiliency Program
    Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Tai Chi Instructor, Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Director
    Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Director of Yoga Programs
    Co-Director, Education Initiative
    Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine
    Massachusetts General Hospital

Target Audience

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Psychologists
  • General and Family Practice Physicians
  • Physician Assistants
  • Nurses
  • Social Workers
  • Residents
  • Fellows


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 August 20, 2018.

Q&A with Faculty

Call-in times will be posted prior to the start of the course.

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: August 6, 2018
Expiration Date: September 17, 2018






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 13.00AMA 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 13.00 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 13.00 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 for 13.00 Social Work Continuing Education hours for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D70541.



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

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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
Royalties (book and editor authorship): Johns Hopkins University Press, Belvoir Press, University of Chicago Press/Ivy Press
Honoraria (lecturer): Institute for Living, Sheppard Pratt, Harvard CME, Boston University Medical Center

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.

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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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