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Physical & emotional well-being support to protect, support, and heal displaced and conflict-affected Caregivers of children.
In 2017, more than 750,000 Rohingya have fled Myanmar into neighboring Bangladesh as a result of genocidal violence. 60% of them were children. They joined over 535 million children who live in conflict and crisis affected parts of the world.
In response, we designed the first-of-its-kind Training Platform, which brought the world’s leading child well-being experts to Refugee Camps of Bangladesh through the power of digital media and technology. Our training content was accessed by over 50,000 caregivers, humanitarians, educators, and social workers in 100+ countries.
Breath-Body-Mind Child Well-Being Exercise Videos
Evidence-based Breath-Body-Mind (BBM) programs were created through 20 years of trauma work by Richard P. Brown, MD, associate professor in clinical psychiatry at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Patricia Gerbarg, MD, assistant professor in clinical psychiatry at New York Medical College. Clinical trials, including for survivors of disasters, show rapid, significant improvements in symptoms of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. BBM techniques counteract the adverse effects of stress and trauma on the nervous systems of children.
Somiari Fubara (Demm) MA/M.Div, CYT, CTS is a certified trauma specialist, a certified yoga teacher, and a certified breath body and mind teacher. Her areas of concentration include children and adolescents, trauma, mindfulness, and spirituality. Somiari 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 Al Jazeera.
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.
Patricia L. Gerbarg, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor in Psychiatry, New York Medical College. 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 is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons 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 Fubara (Demm), mental health and trauma specialist, explains the importance of taking care of oneself before helping others. A traumatized child requires special help and attention, and the caregiver must be prepared mentally and emotionally to help.
This guidebook highlights the key lessons presented in the training videos, and provides discussion points for group settings.Download PDF
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