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Stress Management and Resiliency Training: The Relaxation Response Resiliency Program (8 week series)

Course Description

Are you stressed? Feeling burnout with work, life? Too little time for self and family?!

This 8-week program will help you develop self-care tools to manage your stress, reduce medical symptoms, boost your energy, and enhance your quality of life.
You will learn:

  • How to recognize your personal response to stress
  • Meditative techniques to help elicit the Relaxation Response
  • How to change thought patterns and emotional outlook
  • Techniques to improve eating, sleeping, and physical activity
Developed by the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital, the SMART program is a research-proven group program that can help you regain a sense of control. Learn and feel supported with EB science to improve your body’s response to stress and gain tools to help your clients become more resilient to social and structural determinants of health as we fight for change.

The fee for the course includes a required manual, which will be mailed to you prior to the first session. The cost for the course is $575 for members and $775 for non-members.

1/16/24   Session 1: Stress Management and Resiliency Science and Training
1/23/24   Session 2: The Relaxation Response
1/30/24   Session 3: Stress Awareness
2/6/24     Session 4: Mending Mind and Body
2/20/24   Session 5: Creating an Adaptive Perspective
2/27/24   Session 6: Promoting Positivity
3/5/24   Session 7: Healing States of Mind
3/12/24     Session 8: Humor and Staying Resilient

Heather Clarke, DNP, CNM, APRN, LM, FACNM

Speaker Bio

Heather Clarke, DNP, CNM, APRN, LM, FACNM, is a graduate of the Columbia University Nurse-midwifery MSN program in 1979 and earned her DNP at Frontier University (2013-2014). Heather’s career in nurse-midwifery began in 1980, working in the NHSC, providing full-scope perinatal care primarily to low-income rural BIPOC women in SC. She has continued to provide care to low-income BIPOC families in collaborative practices from their homes to level 11 and 111 care facilities. She has served as faculty in several nurse-midwifery education programs, including Columbia University, SUNY Downstate, Frontier Nursing University, and, most recently, the University of Pennsylvania. Her expertise in developing and coordinating community-based midwifery-led practice models earned her recognition as a perinatal consultant in NY and NJ intermittently from 1991-present. Early in her career, Heather’s interest in integrative and complementary medicine began with her training and certification in Yoga and Meditation and progressed to certification in acupressure at the Ohashi Institute (1984.) She joined its founder and director, Wataru Ohashi in 1985 and 1986 to deliver pre-conference workshops in acupressure at the ACNM annual meeting. She became certified in sound acupressure therapy at Kairos Institute(1993). She was ABD as a doctoral student of integrative medicine at Capital University in 2003 when health challenges caused her to withdraw.

Fascinated with Dr. Lupien and McEwen's early neuroscience findings on allostatic stress and its implications for adverse perinatal outcomes, Heather was drawn to Dr. Henry Benson’s work on the resiliency response. In 2011, she enrolled in the SMART program at the Benson Henry Institute, curious to learn how she could use the program to help BIPOC pregnant clients decrease their ANS stress response to improve overall racially disparate perinatal outcomes. She later integrated aspects of the SMART program in her DNP capstone, 2014, to demonstrate its impact on mitigating stress with at-risk BIPOC preconception and pregnant clients. Personal health challenges forced her to integrate the program's life-saving stress reduction techniques into her daily habits. Returning to complete the SMART certification program in 2022, Heather intends to offer her version of trauma resolution and resiliency training for at-risk BIPOC women to help mitigate their allostatic stress levels and avoid serious perinatal complications while at the same time advocating for the elimination of social and structural conditions that lead to dispersant perinatal outcomes.

CEs Offered: 12 CE