Upcoming Courses

24th Annual Summer Seminars: Mind/Body Medicine: Components, Research, Techniques and Applications with the Emphasis on the Relaxation Response

Herbert Benson, MD and Ann Webster, PhD

July 29, 2013 – August 2, 2013 | 350 Quaker Road, Old Silver Beach - Cape Cod, Falmouth, MA | Sea Crest Beach Hotel More Information

This course, which will be both didactic and experiential, will focus on understanding the foundation of mind/body medicine, the role of stress in illness, recent research advances, and techniques and applications of mind/body medicine. Learners will come to understand how the causes, development and outcomes of an illness are determined by the interaction of biochemistry and physiology with psychological, social and cultural factors. Recent data establishing that the relaxation response beneficially alters genomic changes will be covered.

This course is designed so that participants will be able to:
  • Describe the history, components and the economic benefits of mind/body medicine;
  • Employ stress physiology and mind/body interactions in health and illness;
  • Describe recent research in mind/body medicine;
  • Utilize several mind/body techniques and understand their applications.

Additional Information


Monday – Friday: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm

Beth Israel Deaconess Department of Psychiatry Foundation, Inc./Contact Hours: 15


The Harvard Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The Harvard Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 15 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Psychologists: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Counselors: The Continuing Education Program at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, a major teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School continuing education is an NBCC Approved Continuing Provider (ACEP) and may offer NBCC approved clock hours for events that meet NBCC requirements. The Week Long Summer Seminars for a maximum of 15 clock hours and the Weekend Summer Seminars for a maximum of 10 clock hours. The ACEP solely is responsible for all aspects of the program.

Social Workers: For information on the status of the application to the Massachusetts Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers, please call 617-754-1265 or email: sjruiz@bidmc.harvard.edu.

Nurses: This summer program meets the specifications of the Board of Registration in Nursing (244 CMR).

HERBERT BENSON, MD Mind/Body Medical Institute, Professor of Medicine, Harvard Medical School and the Director Emeritus of the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital. The recipient of numerous national and international awards, Dr. Benson has been a pioneer in mind/body studies. His work led to the definition of the relaxation response and how it counteracts the harmful effects of stress and serves as a bridge between mind and body as well as between medicine and spirituality. Dr. Benson is the author or co-author of more than 180 publications and eleven books including: The Relaxation Response; The Mind/ Body Effect; The Wellness Book; Timeless Healing; The Breakout Principle: Activate the Natural Trigger that Maximizes Creativity, Athletic Performance, Productivity and Personal Well-Being; Mind Over Menopause; Mind Your Heart; and The Harvard Medical School Guide to Lowering Your Blood Pressure.

ANN WEBSTER, PhD is an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Mind/Body Programs for Cancer and HIV/AIDS. She is a health psychologist, researcher and clinical/corporate trainer for the Benson-Henry Institute. Dr. Webster has received several awards, most notably from the AIDS Action Committee and the Northern Lights Alternatives, for her work with HIV and AIDS patients. Dr. Webster sits on the boards of The Medical Foundation, the Community Research Initiative and the Institute for Body, Mind and Spirituality at Lesley University.