Day: April 26, 2018
It seems we’re always in a dance between the uneventful day, the comfortable and supposedly safe choices and the inner longing for change, newness and all the discomfort that can bring. Each day is an opportunity to make that choice. We thrive when we have a good balance of both. Consistency and the ability to just hang in, to persevere, is important, but when it becomes our only mode, we get antsy. The pull to shake things up arises. Creating balance between these two states is the ticket to a satisfying life.
Pleasure is associated with the pull to shake things up. I have spoken before about the how pleasure often involves some form of risk taking. In fact, the more I work with pleasure I see that making pleasure a significant focus for your life is a radical act. This week’s blog post speaks to this. Along with a poem from my pleasure collection. Words to inspire you to pleasure.
If you work supporting others to develop and change, whither in organizations, or in private practice, I’d like to show you how to use a pleasure lens to both ground and inspire your client’s. Pleasure is a medicine that can bring healing and resiliency. Join me Saturday, May 26th for an Unlock Pleasure professional development day.
Spring blessings, Madeline
Unlock Pleasure – Why We Need Pleasure to Heal and Find Wholeness – For Professionals
Saturday May 26th, 2018.
From 9:30 to 4:30 p.m.
This day workshop is an introduction to the teaching of Unlock Pleasure for professionals. The presentation will focus on a treatment approach and skill development. In this workshop you will learn:
- How to use pleasure to support clients to an increased orientation to positivity and why this matters
- Understand the relevance of using positive resources through a somatic approach
- How pleasure can be used in application to the treatment of trauma
- Learning how a focus on pleasure can build neuropaths ways for emotional well-being, increased relational capacity and creativity
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Join me next winter for an 8-day retreat to meet and experience the ancient healing traditions of the indigenous medicine women of Oaxaca Province, Mexico. We’ll spend time in the mountains and then travel on to the coast in this 8-day excursion, in beautiful, diverse, Oaxaca Mexico. A consciousness altering experience, where you step outside your familiar ways, to be immersed in the elements of the land, the people, to travel back to a time to where everything is sacred. Details to follow in May.
The World Within: Hummingbirds and the Inner Journey
Saturday, May 5 from 12 to 4 p.m.
Presented by Laurene Winkler, H.B. Mus.B.Ed, SEP, OACCPP, this workshop will be an exploration of external and internal landscapes of human experience, inviting awareness of non-conscious messages in the body that are expressed through feelings, thoughts, motivations, choices – an integrative approach for a deeper and enriched experience of being alive. Lunch included. Payment in advance is required to reserve a spot: $55. For more information and to register, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Invitation for stories
Will you share your stories about pleasure with me? You can send your stories directly to me. Or email and we can chat about any questions or concerns you may have about anonymity or the hows of writing a short offering. Don’t worry about it being polished – I can edit and send it back to you for final approval. Just get that pen to paper!
Skills Training in Affect and Interpersonal Regulation (STAIR)
Learn how to provide STAIR to your patients. STAIR a promising intervention with evidence suggesting that it helps reduce PTSD symptoms, and problems in emotion regulation and social and relationship functioning.
Using STAIR will allow you to teach your patients skills in:
- emotion regulation
- interpersonal functioning
This online STAIR training consists of 8 modules covering several core treatment components. STAIR can be provided as a standalone therapy or as a complement to trauma-focused therapies.
Goals and Objectives
- To become informed about the impact of trauma on emotion regulation and social (interpersonal) functioning
- To be able to identify at least one strategy that increases emotional awareness
- To be able to identify at least three strategies that improve emotion regulation in PTSD patients
- To be able to formulate interpersonal schemas related to problematic social and interpersonal functioning
- To be able to develop and test alternative interpersonal schemas with client
- To learn at least two strategies for effective assertiveness behaviors
- To learn at least one strategy for improving flexibility in interpersonal expectations and behaviors