Critical training to better protect, support, and heal vulnerable children

Caregiver Wellbeing

Patricia L. Gerbarg, MD, Richard P. Brown, MD & Somiari Demm

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Dr. Patricia Gerbarg


Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, New York Medical College.

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Dr. Gerbarg has lectured and taught about a wide range of topics in psychiatry, psychoanalysis, women’s issues, trauma, neurobiology, natural treatments (herbs, nutrients ), and the integration...

of mind-body practicesin psychotherapy for the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Meetings and many other conferences, academic centers, and community organizations.She serves on the APA Caucus on Complementary and Integrative Psychiatry and is a board member of the American Botanical Council.

Dr. Gerbarg practices Integrative Psychiatry, combining standard and complementary treatments. Her research focuses on mind-body practices for reducing the effects of stress and trauma, particularly in survivors of mass disasters, including the Southeast Asia Tsunami, 9/11 World Trade Center attacks, 2010 earthquake in Haiti, war in Sudan, Gulf Horizon Oil Spill, veterans, and stress-related medical illnesses.


Dr. Richard P. Brown


Dr. Richard P. Brown is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons...

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where he obtained his medical degree 1977. The recipient of numerous awards, he has authored over 100 scientific articles, books, and book chapters on pharmacological treatments, clinical studies, and complementary and integrative treatments in psychiatry.

Dr. Brown developed a comprehensive neurophysiological theory of the effects of breathing exercises on the mind and body, particularly its benefits in anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Dr. Brown gives over 100 lectures and courses every year. Since 1998, he has taught full-day courses on complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) as well as Mind-Body trainings for the American Psychiatric Association, other national and international conferences, veterans, and community service programs.


Somiari Demm, MA/M.Div, CYT, CTS


Somiari is a certified trauma specialist, a certified yoga teacher, and a certified breath body and mind teacher.

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Her areas of concentration include children and adolescents, trauma, mindfulness, and spirituality. She is a passionate scholar-practitioner in the field of clinical psychology who has divided her time between clinical practice, training, workshops, and consulting. As a mental health practitioner, she uses mindfulness cognitive behavioral therapy (MCBT) and other evidence-based practices to help adolescent and adult clients with a wide range of emotional, and behavioral issues.

Somiari has received extensive training in the treatment of addiction, mental illnesses, affect regulation, and trauma. In her consulting work, she has provided bullying, violence, and trauma training for elementary and residential schools. In addition to clinical practice, for 3 years she worked as a consultant counseling Chibok girls that escaped Boko Haram.Somiari has been interviewed by 60-Minutes, CNN, The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Reuters, BBC, and Aljareeza.

As a trauma thriver, her life experiences have fostered her love of, and dedication to the mental health field. Following the words of Gandhi, she believes that “purity of life is the highest and truest art.” Somiari also believes she is here to enable the world to live more amply, with greater vision, and with a finer spirit of hope and achievement. Through her work, she is enriching the world through love, healing, and peace


Caregiver Wellbeing

Effective care for children begins with self-care first. This module sheds light on the importance of self-care in the midst of challenging environments, and offers daily practices that can help caregivers stay energized, engaged, and balanced. When we take care of our wellbeing needs, we show up more present, focused, better able to meet the needs of the children we serve.


Self Care Then Child Care



Self Awareness is Key to Effective Service



Prevent Burnout With These Wellbeing Breaks



For the Parents: Be a Healing Presence for Your Child



For Survivors: Moving Forward From Tragedy to Healing



Healing Exercises for Caregivers

Safe, simple, adaptable, mind-body practices support individual and community-wide wellness, essential for healing, increased energy, focus, and stress relief. To lean more about the healing benefits of these exrcisess, visit: BREATH-BODY-MIND


Exercise to Raise Energy, Improve Mood, and Relieve Stress



Daily Breath Practice for Calm, Focus, and Resilience



Guided Meditation With Coherent Breathing



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