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      Blue Holidays: Finding Strength and Connection for Ourselves and Others in Lancaster

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      December 6, 2019

      Friday   9:00 AM

      313 West Liberty Street
      Lancaster, Pennsylvania 17603

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      Blue Holidays: Finding Strength and Connection for Ourselves and Others

      For many people, the holiday season does not look like a picture-perfect Hallmark card. Far from it – stories abound with relationship stress, hurt and angry feelings within families, loneliness, the shattered aftermath of divorce and the sorrow of death. The fact is that many people are missing at the holiday table – and often in our hearts. As professionals who are also humans, we may have our own struggles which can feel exacerbated as we listen to and work with our clients, students and others who are also struggling. In this interactive training workshop, instructed by Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP, we draw on the “Blue Christmas” movement popularized by the clergy – which, by the way, is apart from the Elvis Presley song! – we explore how to respond to our stressed clients while also attending to the realities of our own busy lives and personal needs. We will use a variety of experiential methods, including psychodrama, Family Constellations and mindfulness during this workshop. Family Constellations, developed by German psychotherapist Bert Hellinger about 30 years ago, is a powerful healing approach that gently reveals the unconscious and sources of recurring patterns that keep us alone and disconnected. It is a collaborative activity, with participants welcome to participate at several levels: to simply observe, to assist as a “representative” or to present a concern to explore as a group. Throughout the experience, we will ask – how can we feel more connected to the ones we have lost or the ones who are estranged?  You will learn: The basic principles of the “Blue Christmas” movement and how it can be adapted to other holidays and religions. How to hold space for sadness, loss and trauma while keeping grounded and balanced as a professional helper. Ways to support people and families in feeling more connected and content during the holiday season. How to look at the family system from the perspective of Family Constellations and its “Orders of Love.” How to refresh yourself during a time of busyness. Who will benefit This training is designed for mental health professionals and professional helpers, including social workers, marriage and family therapists, licensed counselors, addictions counselors, physicians, nurses, creative arts therapists, massage therapists and bodyworkers, alternative health practitioners, life coaches, educators, clergy, clinical supervisors, administrators, youth leaders, group leaders, graduate students and others interested in experiential psychotherapy and experiential learning. Tuition Tuition is $85 for the all-day training if registered by Dec. 1, $105 after. It includes the program, six CE credits and psychodrama hours, handouts and healthy snacks. As always, there will be options to address personal work and bring case studies forward for feedback and action supervision. How to register   There are two ways to register: Register online with your credit card here.  Send check to Karen Carnabucci at 313 W. Liberty St. Suite 251, Lancaster, PA 17603. CE and psychodrama credits Karen Carnabucci, LCSW, TEP, and Companions In Healing are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists and Professional Counselors to offer continuing education for social workers, marriage and family therapists and professional counselors according to Pennsylvania Board Approval #SWPR-004002. These training hours also may be counted towards the Certified Psychodramatist credential as approved by the American Board of Examiners In Psychodrama, Sociometry and Group Psychotherapy. Training hours may be counted towards certification approved by the International Society of Experiential Professionals. You may be able to submit this certificate for credits in another helping discipline or in another state. Please contact your respective state board for information. Lunch Please bring your own lunch or expect to go out for a 45-minute lunch break. No refrigeration will be available. What to bring Your lunch unless you are planning to purchase your lunch from a nearby eatery. Your notebook and pen, if you wish to take notes Water bottle Coffee, if you must have it! Any special foods or snacks that you may need Business cards, brochures or other materials for the sharing table. Your curiosity and questions.

      Categories: Health & Wellness | Holiday

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