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Mind Body Medicine available to flood victims

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Cedar Rapids (KWWL) - Eastern Iowans affected by the flood, either directly or indirectly, will soon get some relief, thanks to Mind Body Medicine techniques.

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Nine individuals in Cedar Rapids have been trained by national experts to address post-disaster psychological trauma and its consequence. This training was made possible through a $30,000 grant to St. Luke's Health Care Foundation from the Rockwell Collins Flood Recovery Fund.

"We want the community to know that these facilitators are trained and ready to facilitate groups in the community," said Doralyn Benson, St. Luke's Social Services manager. "We know that many people who were flooded - or who have provided services for those impacted by the flood - are worn out and under great stress. This training will help them keep going for the long haul."

The Center for Mind Body Medicine (CMBM) is a 15-year old organization based in Washington, D.C. CMBM trains professionals to address post-disaster trauma by using research-based, self-care skills that help individuals deal with chronic stress or life-changing circumstances.

Experts say these techniques - which include meditation, biofeedback, guided imagery, breathing and exercise - can help address anxiety, depression, and hopelessness that often debilitate children and adults in disaster and post-disaster recovery situations. 

Benson said that anyone who has been affected by the flood or who has provided flood relief for others is welcome to take part in one of the local Mind Body Medicine groups.

Local individuals who have received training to lead those groups are: Doralyn Benson, St. Luke's Social Services; Elisabeth Robbins, St. Luke's Counseling Center; Sue Stannard, Iowa Substance Abuse Information Center (ISAIC); Pat Bayles, Mercy Medical Center Organizational Development; Helen Kudos, Mercy Medical  Center Counseling Center; Brooke Kriegel, Churches United; Kristie Cooper, Iowa State University Extension Service; Don Tyne, Veterans Affairs Office and Joyce Dungan, Community Volunteer. Judith Pedersen-Benn of ASAC, who's also a member of the Center for Mind Body Medicine faculty, is providing supervision for the facilitators.

For more information about Mind Body Medicine or to have a facilitator visit an organization, call 319/398-5133; 866/242-4111; or e-mail isaicmail@crlibrary.org    

Visit www.drugfreeinfo.org, for more information under "find help," then the community-based group "coalition."

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