Saturday, September 23rd at 2pm PST or 5pm EST  – FREE WEBINAR

Please join me for a free Webinar this Saturday, September 23rd at 2pm PST or 5pm EST or wherever you are in the world!

G. Jung brought to light the ancient map of Alchemy, an astonishing guide through the transformational process of becoming one’s true self.

Authentic Movement provides a pathway for accessing the somatic unconscious, illuminated through Alchemy.

This leads to what Jung called ‘individuation’–  the soul’s journey toward a more realized life; the process of becoming your authentic self.

In this webinar we will:

  • Explore the different stages and operations of the Alchemical process and how they relate to healing and development
  • View alchemical images that depict the transformative process
  • Deepen our understanding and familiarity with Authentic Movement in healing
  • Discuss alchemy as a model for progressively holding the energy of the opposites and finding a new synthesis
  • Discover how to integrate words, embodied experience, & symbolic expression within clinical practice

To register click here. A replay will be available for 48 hours for those who register.

https://www.authenticmovement-bodysoul.com/webinar

Sheila Rubin, LMFT, RDT/BCT and Bret Lyon, PhD, SEP, BCC are excited to announce the beginning of their first formal one-year training program, leading to Certification as a Healing Shame Practitioner!

There is a growing need for therapists and other practitioners who understand how to work with shame. This training provides vital skills that are not taught in most graduate schools or even post-graduate programs. Having these skills can help your clients to heal, since it is unhealed or toxic shame that is at the root of many lifelong issues.

The program consists of seven weekend workshops, taken over the course of a year, as well as five private consultations. The program can provide 91 CEUs to MFTs, LCSWs, LPCs and LEDs in California (CAMFT Approved Provider #134393). While it’s recommended that you begin with the Core workshop, the sequence can be started at any time.

Workshop Schedule in Berkeley, California

Healing Shame – The Core Workshop – October 7 & 8, 2017 or January 27 & 28, 2018
Using Imaginal Resources to Heal Shame – November 4 & 5, 2017
Melting the Shame Freeze: Using Somatic Techniques to Heal Shame – February 24 & 25, 2018
Sex and Shame – March 24 & 25, 2018
Healing Shame in Couples – April 21 & 22, 2018
Advanced 1: Giving Back the Shame – TBA in January or February 2018
Advanced 2: ShameShifting: Transforming Toxic Shame into Healthy Shame – TBA in May or June 2018

For details and information, please visit www.healingshame.com/certification.html or contact Sheila at Sheila@HealingShame.com / 415-820-3974

www.HealingShame.com

Sheila Rubin, LMFT, RDT/BCT and Bret Lyon, PhD, SEP, BCC will be part of 31 world-renowned teachers, including Marianne Williamson, Elizabeth Gilbert, Martha Beck, Adyashanti, Tara Brach, Anne Lamott, Caroline Myss, and many more, who will give you tools for personal transformation on the SoundsTrue online Self-Acceptance Summit – “How to Overcome Self-Judgment and Live a Life of Bravery, Compassion, and Authenticity” September 11-20.

You can register now for FREE to get the details sent to you:
http://affiliate.soundstrue.com/aff_c?offer_id=138&aff_id=2592&url_id=114

Polyvagal Theory: Basic Principles, Experiential Learning, and Clinical Applications
with Stephen Porges, Ph.D.

September 23 & 24, 2017
9AM – 4PM
Hotel Shattuck Plaza, Berkeley, CA

Stephen Porges, Ph.D., is a behavioral neuroscience researcher whose investigations of the evolution and expression of human autonomic psychophysiology has become a wellspring advancing the theories and practices of multiple disciplines and human service fields of practice.

In this exciting two-day conference, Dr. Porges will present a basic outline of his Polyvagal Theory, lead attendees in experiential learning, and dialogue with professionals presenting cases from diverse practice arenas. Since 1994, when Dr. Porges announced the basic concepts, Polyvagal Theory has been adopted and used productively in a wide array of psychological and somatic clinical practices. The theory is bringing alive the profound significance of our evolutionary neural organization in daily psychological and relational processes.

Participants will learn about the evolutionary emergence of a set of nerves in the brain that control the heart and face. This connection provided the structures for the Social Engagement System, which links our bodily feelings and thought processes with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gesture. Workshop participants will learn about the relationship between neural regulation of the Social Engagement system and emergent properties, including the development of many forms of mental and physical illness. Additionally, Dr. Porges will speak to developing clinical strategies to rehabilitate the Social Engagement System as an important part of any treatment.

Please join us in this exciting and informative professional education experience. Stephen is an engaging, open, and vital thinker grounded in daily living and with a wide range of experiences and interests beyond the laboratory.

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Ticket Information:

General Admission: $350
Early Bird: $310 Before June 23, 2017
Registered Intern: $245
Student of co-sponsoring institutions $175 – Current student ID required 30% of tickets available First-come, first-served
Onsite $365

Event ticketing: http://polyvagaltheory.brownpapertickets.com/

NOTE: No single day tickets will be offered

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About Our Presenter: Stephen W. Porges, Ph.D., is Distinguished University Scientist at Indiana University, where he directs the Trauma Research Initiative within the Kinsey Institute. He holds the position of Professor of Psychiatry at the University of North Carolina and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Maryland. He served as president of both the Society for Psychophysiological Research and the Federation of Associations in Behavioral & Brain Sciences and is a former recipient of a National Institute of Mental Health Research Scientist Development Award. He has published more than 250 peer reviewed scientific papers across several disciplines including anesthesiology, biomedical engineering, critical care medicine, ergonomics, exercise physiology, gerontology, neurology, neuroscience, obstetrics, pediatrics, psychiatry, psychology, psychometrics, space medicine, and substance abuse. In 1994 he proposed the Polyvagal Theory. The theory provides insights into the mechanisms mediating symptoms observed in several behavioral, psychiatric, and physical disorders including autism, anxiety, depression, ADD, PTSD, and schizophrenia. His research has led to the development of innovative interventions designed to stabilize behavioral and psychological states and to stimulate spontaneous social behavior that are being applied to autism and other clinical diagnoses.

For more information on Dr. Porges and his work, visit his website: www.stephenporges.com

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Continuing Education

Continuing education credit for this event is co-sponsored by Somatic Psychology Associates and The Institute for Continuing Education. The program offers 6.00 contact hours per day, with full attendance required. The CE processing fee is $25.00 per person and is payable to The Institute for Continuing Education with completed CE paperwork. CE applications will be available on site. CE verification will be mailed to workshop participants following the training. To receive continuing education credit, participants must complete CE paperwork, sign in/out daily, and complete an evaluation of the training. If you have questions regarding this training, continuing education, learning objectives, or grievance issues, contact The Institute at: e-mail: instconted@aol.com.

Social Work:
The Institute for Continuing Education, Provider 1007, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), www.aswb.org, through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 04-13-2015 – 04-13-2018. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits.

Counseling / Marriage-Family Therapy:
The California Board Behavioral Sciences accepts programs sponsored by approved providers of the American Psychological Association (APA), and the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB).

Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for this program and its content.

Skill Level: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced

Teaching Methodology: May include: didactic, audio-visuals, demonstrations, role play, experiential exercises, large and small group discussions.

ADA: If you have special needs, please contact: mludwiglcsw@gmail.com or 510-387-5845

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Conference Learning Objectives

Describe the primary features of the Polyvagal Theory.
Explain how the autonomic nervous system is related to social and defensive behaviors.
Describe the three autonomic circuits that support and disrupt social behavior.
Explain how the neural process “neuroception” evaluates risk in the environment and triggers adaptive neural circuits promoting either social interactions or defensive behaviors.
Describe the clinical conditions necessary to promote feelings of safety in the client.
Identify cues of physiological state in the client’s voice and facial expressions.
Explain why deficits in the Social Engagement System are core features of several psychiatric disorders.
Explain how trauma disrupts typical function of the autonomic nervous system.
Explain how maladaptive behaviors, including dissociation, may accompany several psychiatric disorders, and may reflect adaptive responses triggered by survival mechanisms.
Describe the mechanisms through which voice conveys physiological state and how listening to types of vocalizations and acoustic stimulation can aid in the regulation of biobehavioral states.
Describe a face-heart connection that defines a social engagement system that links our bodily feelings with facial expression, vocal intonation, and gesture.
Explain how trauma and chronic stresses can “retune” middle ear function and distort the ability to process human speech.

A Certificate of attendance will be available to all attendees.

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Co-sponsoring Institutions & Programs

California Institute of Integral Studies, Somatic Psychology ProgramJohn F. Kennedy University, Somatic Psychology Program
Pacifica Graduate Institute, Somatic Studies in Depth Psychology
Northern California Somatic Experiencing Professional Association
The Wright Institute, Integrated Health Psychology Training Program

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Directions, Transportation & Accommodations

The Hotel Shattuck Plaza is conveniently located in downtown Berkeley, CA. The Crystal Ballroom Conference Center has its own entrance on Allston Way, just down the street (west) from the main hotel entrance. Registration will take place at that door.

Public Transportation: The Downtown Berkeley BART station is in front of the hotel.

Parking is available at the City of Berkeley Allston St. Parking Garage across from the hotel. Current rates are $14 weekdays and $5 weekends all-day.

Our mailing address is:

Somatic Psychology Events

c/o Somatic Psychology Associates 614 Grand Avenue
Suite 200
Oakland, Ca 94610

How do you know if someone is right for you, or vice versa. Maybe he or she is a distancer, too needy, suppressing sarcasm, hostility, and anger, is not very sexual, or thinks about sex all the time.The workshop I am facilitating in Independence, near Cleveland, Saturday and Sunday, September 16 and 17 will teach you how to read bodies in order to understand if that person will be a help or a hindrance in your life. If you don’t live in Cleveland, fly or drive in and we will help you find a place to stay. If you have friends in Ohio tell them about this great opportunity to learn how to do Core Energetics body readings to improve their lives.

Please read about the workshop on my website under workshops, drkarynewilner.com or www.corevibrations.com.

If you or your friends want to come and affordability is a problem talk to me so I can see if we can make some scholarships available.

Much warmth,

Karyne (karynew @ aol.com)

A Workshop for Therapists and Other Helping Professionals
With Sheila Rubin LMFT, RDT/BCT & Bret Lyon PhD, SEP, BCC

Saturday, October 7, 10am-6pm & Sunday, October 8, 10:30am-5:30pm

In Berkeley, just off the I-80

$350 full price / $325 with full payment by August 25
Special price for interns
13 CEUs for MFTs and LCSWs
CAMFT Approved CE Provider #134393

This workshop provides essential, basic knowledge of how to work with shame. You will learn what shame is and how it is created, and how to help your clients recognize shame, work through it and move on. We will discuss how to become more sensitive to the shaming often implicit in the therapy situation and how to counter shame in therapy. You will learn to help clients separate feelings of shame from other emotions. And you’ll learn how to take clients back to early shaming situations and reverse the outcome, helping clients move their energy powerfully outward rather than turn it against themselves.

TO REGISTER, please send full payment or a $100 deposit to:

Bret Lyon
830 Bancroft Way, Suite 102, Berkeley, CA 94710

Please include your email and phone number.
We accept PayPal. For details, email Bret at Bret@HealingShame.com.
Space is limited.
For details about our complete training program in Healing Shame, visit our website. Register and pay for the full program for greatly discounted workshop registration.

For more information, call Sheila at 415-820-3974 or email Sheila@HealingShame.com.

You can also check out our articles and free Healing Shame webinars available on the Resources page of our website.

www.HealingShame.com

Healing Shame Workshops is approved by the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists to sponsor continuing education for therapists and other helping professionals. Healing Shame Workshops maintains responsibility for this program/course and its content.

Dr. Karyne Wilner’s:   CORE ENERGETICS

WHAT DOES THE BODY REVEAL

COME JOIN US IN CLEVELAND!
The body is an authentic expression of your physical, emotional, and mental state. Your present personality, current stressors, as well as past trauma is reflected in your body. As a body reader and energy psychologist with classes around the world I will teach you how to tap into the body’s great knowing so you can flesh out your ability to attune to another.

At some point we have crossed paths. And, since the body is ever-changing and ever in need of new considerations the role of this work that I have been teaching for many years is definitely suited for you today, too!

The body is a powerhouse. It reveals information about:

● a person’s wounds
● prior history
● present day struggles
● higher-self qualities, potential and capabilities

I am offering a course in body reading this coming September. It is the one of the few I will be doing this year as I am busy with my 2-year professional program starting up again this coming fall of 2017! 
Body readings can help your goals to:
●      Enhance and grow business relationships
  •  Nurture therapeutic relationships
  • Increase the pleasure of social relationships.
In this interactive workshop, you will learn:
* The basics of how to conduct a body reading
* Interpreting what the body is revealing
* How to approach a body reading with sensitivity
* How to receive a person in their wholeness
* How to sensitively communicate or use this information
When:
Saturday, September 1610:00am to 6:00pm and Sunday, September 179:30am to 5:00pm
Workshop Fee: Early Bird $249 before August 1 or Standard Fee $299 after August 1 ** Workshop fee applied to registration fee for anyone who applies and is admitted to the Cleveland Core Energetics Training Program.
Location: Cleveland Center for Conscious Living, 6611 Rockside Rd, Suite 210, Independence, OH
For Questions – contact David at 216-544-9472 or david@energeticawakenings.com
Here is the Event Brite Registration Information
You can also register on David’s site at http://energeticawakenings.com/events/what-does-the-body-reveal/ .  The Eventbrite page is embedded into
his site.
On either page people just click tickets to buy your tickets for the event.
If you have problems with registration contact karyne at 401-316-7041 or karynew@aol.com

Title: Embodied Research Methods
Editor: Jennifer Frank Tantia, PhD
Routledge Press

Embodied phenomena have been explored in research in many fields of study such as psychology, expressive therapies, social sciences, anthropology, medicine, and education but to date there has not yet existed a collection of work that describes the specific ways in which embodied data collection and analysis can contribute to traditional styles of inquiry. Embodiment is an essential element of human experience, yet often missing in research data. This book will serve as an edited textbook that emphasizes embodied data in research methods. We are seeking chapter contributions that describe innovative research methods in both qualitative and quantitative approaches to embodied experience in research.

Please send the following short proposal to Jennifer Tantia – jftantia@gmail.com* by September 15, 2017:

Proposed chapter title:

Name, country and contact details: Submission content: (500 words; APA format):
• Introduction
• Theoretical background and description of methodology
• Description of method: data collection (interviews, observations, etc…) and data analysis (identifying patterns and establishing a relationship between data and unknowns)
• Summary that includes the relative usefulness of your proposed embodied method pertains to the extant literature in your particular field.
• Key Words (3-5)
• Key References (6-10)
• Brief biography of 75 words outlining professional qualifications, previous publishing experience, etc.
• A sample of material (draft acceptable) or previously published material to evidence writing competence.

*Please use: “Embodied Research Methods Proposal” in the subject line of your email.

DOWNLOAD PDF – CALL FOR PROPOSALS.Embodied Research Methods.7.4.17

Submitted by:
Frances Sommer Anderson, PhD, SEP
140 East 40th Street—Suite 12A
New York, New York 10016
“All the Rage (Saved by Sarno)” has been held over after a successful screening that began June 23. It was the highest grossing per screen indie film to open this weekend with a box office of 9700. It will run for at least 2 weeks.
There are 5 showings daily at 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 pm at Cinema Village.
 
For all who are interested in integrative treatment of somatic pain and other stress-related conditions, we recommend the documentary, “All the Rage (Saved by Sarno),” created and directed by Michael Galinsky in collaboration with Suki Hawley and David Bellinson. Galinsky is also known for his documentary “Battle for Brooklyn” in 2011, among others. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Galinsky) In All the Rage, he tracks his history of back pain and his recovery, with the help of John E. Sarno, MD. The documentary, a work in progress for more than 10 years, features a wide range of integrative medicine practitioners as well as mental health professionals and appearances by celebrities who have publicly acknowledged Dr. Sarno’s help in healing pain.
The filmmakers have invited me to answer questions after the 5pm showing on Saturday July 1.
The theater is located at 22 East 12th Street.
You can pre-order tickets now by going to the Cinema Village website. 
https://www.cinemavillage.com/Now-Playing/all-the-rage.html

You can also pre-order tickets now by calling the theater at 212-924-3364 (box office) – or stop by the theater to purchase tickets.

 

 

Do you want to be able to practice emotional aikido with anything life throws at you? Wouldn’t it be great to navigate even your most potent emotional triggers with more ease? SHIFT can help! With SHIFT you can: Discover how to stop overwhelm in its tracks before it hijacks your day. Be empowered to go after what you want instead of feeling stuck. Experience internal freedom as you make peace with inner critics and becoming more self-accepting. All that and more: SHIFT is video-based training you can do anytime and anywhere you want.

Get started with SHIFT here: https://focusingresources.com/shift

The International Body Psychotherapy Journal is pleased to announce the publication of volume 16, number one, Spring 2017, available online and in print now. The issue is dedicated to hope, and the Journal’s Editorial team hopes the papers might inspire and ignite curiosity and hope in the readers. Papers include: a discussion about when the war ends—dialogues between reality and fantasy, healing and psychotherapy; ways to end therapy; embodied conflict resolution (combining body psychotherapy, Gestalt equine psychotherapy and Aikido); and the development of the LIFE Questionnaire, a body responsiveness questionnaire validated on a European sample looking at the mediation between body awareness and affect, and connection with mindfulness, body, and physical activity. There is a paper discussing the development of the Levang Inventory of Family Experience designed to operationalize and validate Pesso-Boyden System. And, you can also read about the two body psychotherapy conferences held in 2016 sponsored by the USABP in Providence, Rhode Island and the EABP in Athens, Greece.

You can access the Journal free online at www.IBPJ.org and print issues are available to our subscribers.

Eugene T. Gendlin, the American philosopher and psychologist who developed the mind-body connection practice called “Focusing,” died on May 1 at the age of 90 in Spring Valley, New York. His death was announced by the International Focusing Institute (www.focusing.org), which was founded in 1985 by Dr. Gendlin to promote the practice of Focusing and the philosophy behind it, which he called the “Philosophy of the Implicit.” Focusing is an experiential, body-oriented method for generating insights and emotional healing. Gendlin’s philosophy falls under the branch of philosophy called phenomenology. Significant influences on his philosophical work included Edmund Husserl, Jean-Paul Sartre and Maurice Merleau-Ponty. A nearly exhaustive library of his work is maintained by the Institute in the Gendlin Online Library.

Eugene T. Gendlin Press Release and Obituary

National Conference June 30-July 2, 2017.
Misericordia University, Dallas, Pa. CEUs available.

This groundbreaking event is the first major conference in the U.S. focusing on the topic of yoga and mental health care. It is designed for mental health and rehabilitative health professionals as well as yoga teachers and therapists. Topics include using therapeutic yogic interventions to reduce or heal dissociation; subtle breathing pattern dysregulations; autonomic nervous system dysregulation; anxiety; substance use disorders. CEUs available.

Pre-Conference Workshops; Keynote speech by Amy Weintraub, author of Yoga and Depression; In-depth Saturday Workshops; Sunday panel discussion.

Conference early-bird price go $150 before May 1.

Register at:
www.misericordia.edu/yoga

Chester, CT – Live Video Stream – SE Case Consultation and Demonstration – October 30, 2017 – Therapeutic Presence, Therapeutic Rhythm: An SE™ Principles Workshop.

This Case Consult Day is a part of the three-day Therapeutic Presence, Therapeutic Rhythm: An SE Principles workshop with Dr. Peter A. Levine. If you are interested in the full workshop, please visit the Event Summary Page: Therapeutic Presence, Therapeutic Rhythm: An SE™ Principles Workshop

This registration is to stream the Group Case Consult. If you would like to attend this Group Case Consult Live you will need to register for the Full 3 day event.

We are now offering as an OPTIONAL ITEM, the ability to stream the 1st day of the training for an additional $200.00. Please see the Agenda Page for more details.

FIND OUT MORE CLICK HERE

May 4 & 5, 2016
Hyatt Regency Mission Bay
San Diego

 

Somatic Experiencing helps people find new, empowered body experiences to contradict the patterns established by trauma. Together, we will explore clinical insights from Body-oriented psychotherapy, and recent findings in the neurosciences, on how the brain and body deals with emotional information, providing a foundation for effective therapeutic action.

An Introductory Body-Psychotherapy Workshop for professionals and people interested in opening their capacity for joy in their life.

Saturday & Sunday June 24-25, 2017 Seattle, Washington

OR
Saturday & Sunday July 15-16, 2017 Salt Lake City, Utah

Provides 13 1/2 CEU hours through NASW

Traditional psychotherapy works toward congruence in a person’s thinking, emotions, actions, and life choices. Body-oriented therapy understands that the body is also profoundly affected by our life experiences. Identifying and releasing attitudes and old images held in our physical structure adds an important component to therapy. This promotes lasting change, allowing for free flow of life energy from within us so we can more fully realize our life, our joy.

This experiential workshop will give participants the opportunity to experience the basic premises of Body-Psychotherapy that originated with Wilhelm Reich and now integrates Core Energetics and contemporary approaches including somatic approaches, current neurobiology and trauma therapy. The workshop combines lectures with movement and experiential opportunities. I also bring my understanding of many other approaches to employ creativity and spirituality to enhance the journey.

More Information on Aylee’s Website:  CLICK HERE

Walking the Talk: Self-Care as the Heart of Psychotherapy

a collaborative and (r)evolutionary workshop for therapists, counselors, social workers, chaplains, professional listeners….

with:
Carrie Gray MFT, Angela Porter IMF, & Matthew Tousignant MA,
and special guest Jon Schreiber

Saturday, April 29 · 1:00-4:00 pm
at The Breema Center 6076 Claremont Ave Oakland Ca. 94618

What if you could practice self-care while sitting in a room with clients? What if you had tools to nurture your own vitality as a therapist that could simultaneously support your client? Breema’s body-centered, holistic approach to being present is practiced in the midst of daily life. This workshop will offer an experiential introduction to self-care principles and tools that nurture aliveness, non-judgment, harmony and well-being.

When:
Saturday, April 29 1:00-4:00 pm

Where:
The Breema Center, 6076 Claremont Ave, Oakland

Cost:
$65 ($50 if you register with a friend)
$35 students/interns
**Register by 4/15 for an additional $10 discount**

If registering with a friend, enter promo code BRINGAFRIEND for reduced rate.

Workshop includes receiving a Breema session (before or after the workshop).

3 hours CE available. ($10 processing fee)
The Breema Center is approved to offer continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, and LPCCs by the CAMFT (#128568)

REGISTER HERE:
https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg;jsessionid=85B4D57A52E5E8824FC80EE131DD3AA0?oeidk=a07edx85ekbdc8a2e9f&oseq=&c=&ch=

We will focus on the body as the basis for connection and presence in psychotherapy. Breema, a dynamic, nurturing, interoceptive practice, will be used to experience coherence between body and mind as a catalyst for movement towards healing and transformation in the therapeutic relationship. Body-mind connection supports the therapist to be present. Presence invites both the client and therapist to contact and move from that within themselves which is inherently whole. Issues of compassion fatigue, counter-transference, vicarious trauma, stress, and burnout are mitigated, while a tangible atmosphere of empathy, acceptance, non-judgment, and aliveness is nurtured. Particular emphasis will be placed on the experience of the practitioner, as we learn individual and partner self-care exercises. We will also explore universal principles underlying Breema—-No Judgment, Body Comfortable, Mutual Support, No Force—-and discover how they can foster a vital, openhearted relationship to life.

About Breema
Breema Bodywork®, Self-Breema Exercises®, and The Nine Principles of Harmony are natural expressions of the unifying principle of Existence. They offer a practical means of becoming present, a commonsense approach to physical, mental, and emotional health, and a new way of learning that leads to increased understanding of ourselves and a deepening sense of fulfillment, meaning, and purpose.

No prior experience necessary, please come in comfortable clothing prepared to move around on a padded floor.

Workshop facilitators:

Carrie Gray, LMFT, MA, is a somatically-oriented psychotherapist in private practice in North Oakland. With degrees from the Wright Institute, California Institute for Integral Studies, and Wesleyan University, Carrie has approached the study of psychology, consciousness and the body from a variety of angles. Since 1999, Carrie has studied and practiced Breema’s body-based approach to “the art of being present” and is a former staff Instructor at the Breema Center. www.carriegraypsychotherapy.com

Angela Porter, IMF, CATC, CMT, is an addiction treatment specialist, and Marriage and Family Therapist intern. Trained in Gestalt, Body-centered, and Somatic therapy at Esalen Institute, body-mind connection is primary in her work. Formerly a program director at the New Bridge Foundation’s residential substance abuse treatment program in Berkeley CA, Angela incorporated the principles and practice of Breema into the treatment curriculum. Currently she is a group facilitator at Bayside Marin and maintains a private practice where Breema is foundational to her work with clients as well as in her consultation practice with colleagues. A certified Breema Instructor since 1998, Angela travels internationally teaching Breema to therapists and other healing professionals.

Matthew Tousignant, MA, CMT, is a graduate of Harvard University and the California Institute of Integral Studies. For the last 17 years he has studied Breema with its founder, Dr. Jon Schreiber, in Oakland, California and is a certified Breema Practitioner and Instructor. Based out of Lambertville, New Jersey, the body-centered therapeutic work he practices combines the universal wisdom of Breema with a practical knowledge of psychology to connect others to their unique potential as human beings. www.the5thelement.org

In this book, Deirdre introduces a unique exploration of attachment-based approaches, integrating yogic psychology to bring relief and ease in treating trauma.

From the Introduction:

“Every child should have had the gift of safety from birth onwards. In that state of grace, a child flourishes, steps beyond their comfort zone, makes mistakes, reaches for reassurance, learns and grows from mistakes without shame.

Returning to a safe haven after stretching out into the world, the child finds out from others that they’ll be okay despite anything untoward that happened.

In this cocoon of care, a child naturally develops psychological safety (Bowlby, 1988; Holmes, 2001) with a native impulse to explore themselves and the world.”

February 23rd @ 7:00 PM EST

Putting “The Mindful Witness” into Action – Keeping Clients in “The Window of Tolerance “

Two current frameworks in both trauma treatment and general stress reduction are “The Window of Tolerance ” (Dan Seigel) which describes the delicate balance of the brain-body response and the effects of overwhelming stress, and “Mindfulness” which has been shown to mitigate the effects of stress with regular practice . Helping clients understand the concepts that are included in “The Window of Tolerance ” helps them better understand that what they are feeling is a “normal” response to overwhelming stress. Teaching mindfulness in more traditional ways ( often with eyes closed) is challenging because traumatized clients may not be able to focus inwardly without being triggered .

However , teaching “The Mindful Witness Role” in action teaches experientially the development of that part of the self that is able to observe without judgment and with compassion one’s thoughts, feelings, and “act hungers” which empowers the client s ability to remain in “The Window of Tolerance” .

  • Explore “The Window of Tolerance” and the trauma responses which can occur that move the client “out of the window”
  • Describe “Mindfulness” and its ability to dampen the stress response
  • Explore how breath, body awareness, and attention promote grounding
  • Learn to teach the “Mindful Witness Role” in action – both in individual and group settings

 

HANDOUTS FOR THE WEBINAR _ DOWNLOAD HERE

Linda Ciotola is a Certified TEP: trainer-educator-practitioner of psychodrama, group psychotherapy, and sociometry; and an accredited Certified Trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model ™ of psychodrama used specifically for working with trauma survivors. She is Co-Leader and Developer of the Therapeutic Spiral Bodyworkshop specifically designed for healing body-based trauma issues and a Certified Health Education Specialist (Ret.) with 45 years experience in education, group facilitation, and lifestyle counseling. Linda holds ACE (American Council on Exercise) certifications as a Personal Trainer, Fitness and Yoga Instructor, Health Coach and MINDBODY Specialist. She was honored in 2008 with the Zerka Moreno Award for outstanding contributions to the field of Psychodrama. She is co-author with Karen Carnabucci of Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and Other Action Methods – Beyond the Silence and the Fury. She presents widely at regional, national and international conferences.

Visit her website at www.healing-bridges.com.

 

 

 

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