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Stress and the Relaxation Response: The Fundamentals of Mind Body Medicine (October 2024)

Event Date(s): Oct 7, 2024 - 01:00am to Nov 19, 2024 - 12:59amAvailable Credits: 14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 14.00 Nursing Contact Hours 14.00 Social Workers 14.00 Participation 14.00 Psychologists CE Credit Register For This Course

Course Details

Registration Deadline: October 21, 2024


This interactive course is led by health experts from the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine, including mind body medicine pioneer Dr. Herbert Benson.

The course provides an evidence-based overview of the basic principles of mind-body medicine. It provides the foundation you need to help your patients understand the science of how stress impacts health.

Research shows that stress is a contributing factor in many common conditions and diseases. Obesity, diabetes, hypertension, pain, mood disorders and more. This course gives you a deeper understanding of how mind-body therapies decrease stress and enhance well-being. It strengthens your knowledge and skills for recognizing early warning signs and weighing the relative risks of various conditions.

Ultimately, this course lets you help your patients alleviate stress and either prevent or relieve medical conditions. That makes this course ideal for clinicians across practice settings in mental health, primary care, 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 October 7, 2024 and all course work must be completed by November 18, 2024.


Registration Deadline: October 21. 2024

Physicians and Doctoral-level Professionals: $445.00
Other Professionals: $345.00

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 October 21, 2024.

Q&A Schedule

Week Start Date

Date of Q&A

Time of Q&A

      Faculty Name

Week 1: 10/7/2024

TBD4:00PM EDT  John W. Denninger, MD, PhD

Week 2: 10/14//2024 

TBD1:00PM EDT  John W. Denninger, MD, PhD

Week 3: 10/21/2024

TBD4:30PM EDT  John W. Denninger, MD, PhD

Week 4: 10/28/2024

TBD4:30PM EDT  John W. Denninger, MD, PhD

Course Summary

Available Credits:14.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ 14.00 Nursing Contact Hours 14.00 Social Workers 14.00 Participation 14.00 Psychologists CE Credit
Course Topic:Anxiety, Mind Body Medicine
Course Format:Online CBT Course
Target Audience:

This program is intended for:

  • Psychiatrists
  • Primary care physicians
  • Family practice physicians
  • Psychologists
  • Nursing professionals
  • Mental health counselors
  • Social workers
Event Starts: Oct 7, 2024 - 01:00am
Event Ends: Nov 19, 2024 - 12:59am
Cost: $445.00

Learning Objectives

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

  • Define allostasis and allostatic load.
  • Describe four perturbations within the stress system that lead to allostatic load.
  • Recognize that allostasis and allostatic load cause and/or contribute to the pathogenesis of many common diseases and symptomatology.
  • Identify concepts of allostasis and allostatic load in clinical practice to improve patient assessment and treatment.
  • Identify the key components of human resiliency and how to enhance them.
  • Identify three landmark studies of the relaxation response.
  • Define neuroplasticity and its significance to health and wellbeing.
  • Describe four neural mechanisms associated with the meditation techniques that elicit the relaxation response.
  • List four potential epigenetic mechanisms whereby elicitation of the relaxation response regulates gene expression.
  • Illustrate the potential influence of the RR on the individual, healthcare, and society.

We have a dedicated staff member who is available by phone 5 days per week between 8 am and 5 pm by calling 866-644-7792 or email at mghcme@mgh.harvard.edu. All inquiries will be dealt with in a timely  (within one business day) and professional manner. Requests for credits or refunds will be reviewed by the Director of the Division of Professional and Public Education, Massachusetts General Hospital. Please refer to our cancellation policy for additional information.”