Communitas: Mind-Body and Resilience Group Visit for Youth with Chronic Illness

Video used with permission from Communitas Health

Communitas is a group medical visit for youth living with chronic illness and their parents. The goal of Communitas is to improve the lives, health, and well-being of young people living with chronic illness and their families by providing integrative medicine education and experiences, mind-body and mindfulness instruction, peer support, and empowerment with self-care skills.

Specifically, we will be teaching and practicing various mind-body and stress management skills, including meditation, mindfulness practices, breathing techniques, biofeedback, guided imagery, movement, and reflective and creative practices — all within a supportive group setting. We will also explore ways in which illness and adversity can lead to cultivation of resilience and positive transformation if given the right tools and community.


  • 9-21 year-olds living with a chronic physical condition and
  • Parents/guardians group, which meets separately from youth group

Instructor: Brittany Blockman, MD, MA

2018 Dates: 

  • 9-13 year olds
    Tuesdays starting February 13 (9 sessions thru June 12)
    3:45 – 5:15 pm
  • 14-21 year olds
    • Wednesdays starting January 31 (8 sessions thru March 28)
      3:45 – 5:15 pm
    • Wednesdays starting April 25 (8 sessions thru June 27)
      3:45 – 5:15 pm
      Please enroll by April 10

Fee: Communitas is covered by most insurance, including Medi-Cal. Scholarship funds may be available for low-income patients whose insurance doesn’t cover the program. Please call 415-353-7716 for details.

Registration: Please call 415-353-7716 for more information or to register.


Questions? Please e-mail Brittany Blockman, MD

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