Connecting mind, body, and people for better health and resilience.
MotherWit Integrative Medicine is partnering with the NPO Communitas Health to bring you a mind-body and resilience program for families living with chronic health conditions.
In this program, we will teach various mind-body skills for stress management, relaxation, self-care, and wellness in the face of illness and adversity.
The group will also be a place for group sharing, support, and creating community.
Dr. Blockman’s research has shown that these groups can lead to significant improvements in mental and physical wellbeing, stress, and resilience in teens with chronic illness.
Learn mind-body stills to improve quality of life, increase resilience, and decrease stress
Connect with others for support and problem solving
Who this is for
8-12 year olds with a chronic health condition*
13-18 year olds with a chronic health condition
19-26 year olds with a chronic health condition
Parents of children, teens, and young adults living with chronic illness
*Parents will be required groups with their children.
How it works
8-session series (90 minutes each, 8 weeks in a row, by video) teaching mind-body stress reduction skills + group support for youth living with chronic illness and their interested parents. For most age groups, parents will meet in a separate group from their kids.
Techniques taught include:
Breathing and relaxation techniques
Using journaling and drawing to express emotions
Supportive tips sheets sent by email after each session
We will enroll 5-10 participants per group.
Dr. Blockman and Dr. Smyth (PhD, Mind-Body Medicine) have been co-leading mind-body groups for youth and caregivers living with chronic illness for over 5 years.
Youth groups are led by Dr. Blockman. Most parent groups are led by Dr. Smyth.
If you or your child is interested in participating in one of these groups, please email us.
This services is available for families in any state.
What families say
“This program helped me dig myself out of the fog hanging over me and my family. I am now looking for a healthier way of living life.”
“The skills that I have learned though this program have given me more control over my pain and how it impacts my life. I have gained confidence in my ability to follow my dreams, including starting my freshman year at college, and live the most positive life I can while also dealing with a chronic illness."
“This program is amazing! It help me be able to relax through difficult events such as all the doctor visits and treatments. Just a great place to feel normal and welcomed.”
“I would recommend this program to any family struggling with a child with a chronic illness. The sense of community that one feels after finishing the program had a huge positive impact for me and my child. The skills learned during the program are very helpful with the daily stress that a family has to face as they cope with their child’s illness.”