Calendar Archive 2017

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Mindfulness and compassion practices are among the most powerful agents of brain change known to modern science. A wise use of contemplative practices and tools can help practitioners let go of unwholesome coping strategies and cultivate wholesome ones, leading to more clarity, flexibility, and resilience — and less greed, delusion, and suffering.

In this program, you will learn practices that skillfully harness the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce the impacts of stress, trauma, and our all-too-human conditioning on how to cope with the inevitable disappointments and disasters of life. Through teachings and experiential exercises, you will gain skills in using self-directed neuroplasticity as a genuine support for wisdom and inner peace.

  • Shift Happens: Learning to Bounce Back from Disappointments, Difficulties, even Disasters
  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center, Woodacre, CA
  • June 9-11, 2017, 9:30am-4:30pm each day

Dealing effectively with the challenges and crises of life is the core of our resilience and well-being. Developing flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is the heart of any transformative process. Modern neuroscience illuminates how the brain encodes its strategies for coping and has shown mindfulness and compassion practices to be two of the most powerful agents of brain change, thus behavior change, known to science. A wise use of Buddhist contemplative practices and tools from modern relational psychology can help practitioners let go of unwholesome coping strategies and cultivate new, more wholesome ones. This leads to more clarity, response flexibility and resilience, and less greed, hatred, delusion and suffering.

In this 3-day non-residential retreat, participants will learn to reverse the impact of stress and trauma and come out of anxiety, depression, addiction, grief, loneliness, guilt and shame. Participants learn to deepen their self-compassion and empathy, connect to inner resources and relationships that are healthy and nourishing, and, through mindful awareness and reflection, discern options and make wise choices that lead to thriving and well-being.

  • Cultivating Inner Resilience: Embodied Practices to Help Cope with Disappointment, Difficulty, even Disaster

Every human being has to face failures and crises. Embodied practices such as mindfulness and yoga help us develop a reliable inner basis of calm and equanimity that is the essential ground of skillful coping, resilience, and well-being.

Participants will learn somatic-based tools to reverse the impact of stress, trauma, anxiety, depression, guilt and shame, and strengthen the clarity, self-compassion, and relational resourcing necessary to discern options and make the wise choices that lead to thriving and flourishing.

  • Shift Happens: Learning to Cope with Disappointment, Difficulty, Even Disaster
  • Arbor Seminare, Freiburg, Germany
  • May 8-14, 2017

Dealing effectively with the challenges and crises of life is the core of our resilience and well-being.  Developing flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is the heart of any transformative process, and essential to recovering from any trauma.

Modern neuroscience is discovering how the neuroplasticity of the human brain allows us to rewire our automatic patterns of response to the disruptive life events inevitable in the human condition, even responses to previously traumatizing events. Research is illuminating which tools and techniques from Western psychology and Eastern contemplative traditions can most safely, efficiently and effectively encode better coping strategies into our neural circuity and strengthen the functioning of the brain to support more resilience and well-being.

Mindfulness and compassion are two of the most powerful agents of brain change known to science. In this experiential workshop, participants will learn to use tools of mindful self-compassion and other tools from relational psychology to reverse the impact of stress and trauma, come out of anxiety, depression, addictions, grief, loneliness, guilt and shame. Participants learn to rewire the inner critic and embark on a path of post-traumatic growth.

Participants learn to deepen the self-compassion and empathy that connect them to their inner resources and strengthen relationships that are healthy and nourishing. Through mindful awareness and reflection, participants learn to discern options and make the wise choices that lead to a truly authentic sense of self, to meaningful work and purpose in life, into thriving and flourishing.

  • Shift Happens: Learning to Bounce Back from Disappointment, Difficulty, Even Disaster
  • Salzburg, Austria
  • May 5-6, 2017

Dealing effectively with the challenges and crises of life is the core of our resilience and well-being.  Developing flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is the heart of any transformative process.

Modern neuroscience illuminates how the brain encodes its strategies for coping in the first place and informs us how to rewire those patterns safely, efficiently, effectively when necessary.

This training offers participants empirically-validated tools – among the most powerful agents of brain change, thus behavior change, known to science – to reverse the impact of stress, burnout, and trauma, come out of anxiety, depression, addictions, grief, loneliness, guilt and shame, and rewire the inner critic. Participants learn to deepen their self-compassion and empathy, connect to inner resources and to the relationships that are healthy and nourishing, and through, mindful awareness and reflection, discern options and make wise choices that lead to thriving and well-being.

Useful for parents, teachers, counselors, psychotherapists, life coaches, medical professionals, organizational trainers, team managers, business leaders.

  • Bouncing Back: Rewiring the Brain for Resilience and Well-Being
  • Park Center, Fort Wayne, IN
  • April 21, 2017

Dealing effectively with challenges and crises in life is the core of resilience and well-being. Helping clients develop flexible and adaptive strategies for coping with everyday disappointments and extraordinary disasters is the heart of the therapeutic process. Helping clients harness the brain’s own mechanisms of change to rewire coping strategies that are defensive, dysfunctional, and blocking of growth, and to encode new more flexible patterns of response, is the focus of this training.

Modern neuroscience is teaching us how to use the brain’s innate neuroplasticity to rewire coping behaviors, even when they are seemingly “stuck” and intractable. Clinicians will learn through didactics, experiential exercises, and group discussions, which tools and techniques of brain change best help clients use their own self-directed neuroplasticity reverse the impact of stress and trauma, regulate surges of emotions to come out of anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, guilt and shame, deepen the self-compassion and empathy that connect them to their inner resources, overcome resistance and strengthen the resonant relationships that foster the perseverance that develops resilience, and shift their perspectives through mindful awareness and reflection to discern options and make wise choices.

Participants will learn to apply these tools and techniques, which underlie the therapeutic modalities they are already familiar with – Internal Family Systems, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, AEDP. DBT, EFT – to help clients strengthen the 6 C’s of Coping: Calm, Compassion, Clarity, Connections, Competence and Courage and recover the natural resilience that supports well-being and flourishing. Clinicians will also learn to apply these tools to their own brain care as self-care to avoid compassion fatigue and burnout.

  • Positive Minds: Promoting Optimism, Resilience, Grit and Gratitude
  • Learning and the Brain, Arlington, VA
  • April 8, 2017

In order for students to thrive and succeed in today’s high-stress, changing and chaotic world, they will need skills well beyond good test scores. Brain, behavioral and positive psychology research has shown that the most important skills for school/college success and achievement, life satisfaction, good health and wellbeing are resilience and positive emotions: optimism, gratitude, empathy, kindness and happiness. Discover why positive emotions are important for school success, wellbeing and behavior, ways to build student resilience against rising anxiety, adversity, bullying and depression, and strategies for promoting positive minds, students and schools

Learn how to rewire your brain to reduce stress, regain equilibrium, and restore resilience and perspective. Psychotherapist Linda Graham applies neuroscience to the process of personal healing and growth, and teaches you techniques to avoid burnout, come to clarity in decision making, heal toxic shame and retire your inner critic, recover creativity and flow in your life, and revive a sense of competency and connection with others. Through discussion and practice, you learn how to

  • Create the shift that counterbalances the brain’s negativity bias and installs wholesome habits into implicit memory
  • Strengthen the executive functioning of the prefrontal cortex to build resilience and coherence
  • Use self-directed neuroplasticity to rewire old response patterns and restore your psychological equilibrium
  • Harness mental play space to allow insights and aha moments to break through.

The more we apply the discoveries of modern neuroscience to our clinical work, the more skilled we can become at tailoring interventions to match clients’ specific difficulties and guide them through the changes in brain functioning that best catalyze their growth. Whether a client is stuck in repetitive defensive patterns, struggling to stabilize a coherent sense of self, or progressing slowly toward new resilient behavior, teaching clients specific tools for rewiring the brain can lead to their thriving and flourishing beyond the consulting room. In this workshop, you’ll discover how to:

  • Teach clients tools of self-directed neuroplasticity to reverse the impact of stress and trauma on brain functioning and on their capacities to cope
  • Cultivate positive emotions to shift brain functioning from contracted survival responses to larger perspectives and openness to change
  • Use practices of mindfulness and self-compassion to recover the capacities of the pre-frontal cortex for response flexibility and resilience
  • Strengthen capacities of empathy and deepen skills of relational intelligence to foster healthy resonant relationships.

We’re used to exploring how addictions can lead to broken relationships with family and friends, but what about ways in which our digital addictions can negatively affect those very same relationships? Think about it: on average, American adults check their cell phones every 6.5 minutes. American teenagers spend almost half their waking time on a digital device. People brag about having thousands of friends on social media, but research indicates a steep decline in “real life” friendships. In this workshop, you’ll explore:

  • Different ways to assess digital dependence and educate clients about the impact of excessive screen time on the brain, physical health and maintaining skills of relating to others.
  • Specific protocols of digital detoxes and electronic fasts that can reduce brain fog, mood swings, withdrawal/isolation and promote better sleep, clearer focus, deeper relationality, more creativity and better resilience in the clients’ lives
  • Skills to reawaken clients to “real life” relationships – tolerating “messy” emotions, becoming comfortable again with both solitude and intimacy, practicing engaged, empathic relating, and integrating the use of digital devices within the context of their life lived in the real world

By tapping into the innate neuroplasticity of the brain to reduce stress, regain equilibrium, and restore perspective and resilience, we can avoid compassion fatigue and burnout, and recover the creativity and flow of our work. In this experiential workshop, you’ll learn empirically-validated techniques to calm the nervous system, come to clarity in decision-making, heal toxic shame, retire the inner critic, revive a sense of competency and connection with others, and cultivate the courage to take growth-enhancing risks in your life. You’ll discover:

  • Doable micro-practices involving exercise, sleep, nutrition, learning, play, and social interactions that foster brain health and prevent/reduce cognitive decline
  • Ways to access gratitude, kindness, and joy to counterbalance the brain’s negativity bias and build resources for resilient coping
  • Techniques to turn regrettable moments into teachable moments that transform mistakes and losses into opportunities for enhancing learning and resilience

Clients seek our help in coping with the difficulties, even disasters, in their lives. Sometimes clients’ coping strategies are defensive, maladaptive, seemingly “stuck” and intractable, blocking their learning and derailing their resilience.

New research in post-traumatic growth is teaching us how to help clients fully recover from the traumas and tragedies turn their lives upside down and shatter their faith in life being worth living.

In this experiential workshop, you’ll learn techniques to help clients:

  • Recover from trauma
  • Heal toxic shame and retire the inner critic
  • Reduce stress and regain equilibrium,
  • Recover from anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, guilt
  • Cultivate positive emotions and prime the brain for learning and growth
  • Come to more clarity and discernment in decision making
  • Strengthen executive functioning and foster resilience
  • Recover a sense of competency and courage to take growth-enhancing risks in life

You will help clients strengthen the functioning of the brain to not only get through hard times but to thrive in their midst.

Clients seek our help in coping with the difficulties, even disasters, in their lives. Sometimes clients’ coping strategies are defensive, maladaptive, seemingly “stuck” and intractable, blocking their learning and derailing their resilience.

New research in post-traumatic growth is teaching us how to help clients fully recover from the traumas and tragedies turn their lives upside down and shatter their faith in life being worth living.

In this experiential workshop, you’ll learn techniques to help clients:

  • Recover from trauma
  • Heal toxic shame and retire the inner critic
  • Reduce stress and regain equilibrium,
  • Recover from anxiety, depression, grief, loneliness, guilt
  • Cultivate positive emotions and prime the brain for learning and growth
  • Come to more clarity and discernment in decision making
  • Strengthen executive functioning and foster resilience
  • Recover a sense of competency and courage to take growth-enhancing risks in life

You will help clients strengthen the functioning of the brain to not only get through hard times but to thrive in their midst!

“Trauma is a fact of life.  It doesn’t have to be a life sentence.” — Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing trauma therapy

People do learn and grow from meeting the challenges and adversities of the human condition when they have enough support, resources and skills to do so.

This daylong explores discoveries of neuroscientists, mental health counselors, and spiritual teachers in the emerging field of resilience and post-traumatic growth, that teach us how people can learn to cope with the trials and troubles, even tragedies, of their lives, and find a deeper sense of meaning, purpose, and fulfillment through their process of recovery.

Participants will learn to apply practices of mindfulness, self-compassion and resonant relationships to five factors that predict genuine post-traumatic growth: acceptance of reality (and the consequences of what happened); resourcing with family, friends, friends, and community; recognizing the positive in the midst of the difficult, writing the coherent narrative of the event within the larger life story, and appreciating the new life that emerges because of the difficulty, not just in spite of it.