Preparing to Awaken
– 4 Sundays in September 2018
“I have to go to the woods, and I have to meet the wolf, or else my life will never begin.” Clarissa Pinkola Estes
Preparing to Awaken is a training course offering the pure delivery of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) within a feminine context. It interweaves traditional ACT philosophy, metaphor and experiential exercises with inquiry, deep listening, and women’s circle. This way of approaching ACT leverages the strength of feminine process to deepen your subjective understanding of the material — thereby preparing the way for awakening.
Topics to be covered in this course include:
- Waking up from the Myth of Control
- Opening to the Stuff We’ve Been Avoiding
- Gaining a Felt-Sense of Willingness
- Packing Our Picnic Baskets… and Heading Into the Woods
What next? The long-term vision is an inspired community of women supporting one another’s self-discovery and transformation through the ongoing, advanced-level Cultivating Wisdom Circle.
What if I miss a Sunday? This course is offered every six months (March and September). Please enroll for it only if you can attend all four Sundays. If you miss a Sunday (e.g., due to illness) then please listen to its partial-audio recording prior to the next session. (The material builds upon itself quickly.)
Who should attend? The teachings are subjective and experiential in nature. They are appropriate for health care professionals as well as the general public. Health care professionals will be able to incorporate the tools and practices offered in this program in ways beneficial to themselves as well as to their clients.
Continuing education? Psychologists, MFT’s, LCSW’s, and RN’s earn 20 APA-approved CE units. There is a $75 administrative fee. Note that partial CE credit cannot be given for partial attendance. (Click here for further details.)
Sundays in September 2018
10a – 4p (Sep 9, 16, 23, 30)
Pastime Farm, Sunol, CA
Address provided upon registration
20 APA CE units
9:45 am Arrivals & coffee service
10 am Workshop
12 pm Lunch*
1 pm Workshop
4 pm Departures
*coffee service & vegetarian lunch
Limited to 10 women
Total fee: $1120
Deposit: $560 upon enrollment*
Balance: $560 due Sep 3
*See course cancellation policy
Continuing Education for this Workshop
Continuing education (CE) credits for psychologists are provided by the Spiritual Competency Resource Center (SCRC) which is co-sponsoring this program. The SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to sponsor CE for psychologists. The SCRC maintains responsibility for this program and its content. SCRC is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN Provider CEP16887) for licensed nurses in California. The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT license renewal for programs offered by approved sponsors of CE by the APA. For questions about CE, visit www.spiritualcompetency.com or contact David Lukoff, PhD at CE@spiritualcompetency.com.
Learning Objectives – By the end of the workshop series, you will be able to:
- Define acceptance and commitment in your words
- Recreate two columns – listing what is (or is not) under one’s control
- Explain: “If you’re not willing to have it, then change it.”
- Explain: “If you’re not willing to have it, then you’ve got it.”
- Describe when “control is the solution”
- Describe when “control is the problem”
- Exemplify our inability to control emotions (e.g., fall in love)
- Exemplify our inability to control thoughts (e.g., jelly donuts)
- Answer, “If control is the problem, then why haven’t we let go of it?”
- Recreate a 5-column table listing: problem, solution, short-term effectiveness, long-term effectiveness, side effects. Give examples.
- Assess workability using the column above (see item 10).
- Describe two scales: control and willingness
- Explain: “If control is a problem, then willingness is a choice.”
- Explain what is meant by the phrase: “Programming works by addition not subtraction” (e.g., trash can with stuff in it)
- Describe programming randomness (e.g., what are the numbers?)
- Use the image of two computers to illustrate “Can I find a distinction between me and the mental machinery?”
- Explain what is meant by: “What do I choose to believe… what my mind says or what my experience shows me?”
- Describe the difference between clean (i.e. primary) and dirty (i.e. secondary) discomfort. Give examples.
- Answer: “why is shoveling considered dirty discomfort?”
- Explain: “dirty discomfort is high when willingness is low”
- Describe the essence of the chessboard metaphor.
- Describe the essence of the passengers on the bus
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