These are frequently requested talks for our changing and stressful times. Here are two different descriptions:
a. It’s Not the End of the World: Developing Resilience in Times of Change
Joan has a book of this title
Resilience is more than the ability to bounce back from adversity. It is a transformative process that reveals our inherent nobility, a rite of passage from pieces to peace. Resilient people face reality head-on, take action, find deeper meaning in life, laugh often, and are masters of improvisation. The good news is that resilience isn’t a genetic gift for the lucky few. Modern psychology and neuroscience have clearly identified the attitudes and practices that support resilience. Both adults and children can learn these skills and help bring one another and our planet through the challenging times we live in.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the lecture participants will be able to:
- Define resilience as a transformative process
- Explain liminality as the time between no longer and not yet.
- List 7 skills that foster the development of resilience in liminal time
- Teach 5 techniques that increase activity in the left prefrontal cortex, supporting emotional balance.
b. The Art and Science of Resilience: The Role of Mindful Compassion, Empathy, and Interpersonal Neurobiology
Resilience is an embodied state of mindful, compassionate attention to the needs of self and others. It creates an interpersonal field of open mind and heart, in which information and intuition flow organically, cultivating excellence. Empathy, the forerunner to compassion, can be either positive (caring); or negative (merging). The former activates the reward circuits of the brain. The latter activates pain circuits, setting the stage for compassion fatigue. In this workshop, participants will learn skills, both for themselves and clients, that promote positive empathy, mindfulness, and the installation of positive experience, leading to increased resilience and happiness.
Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of the workshop participants will be able to:
- Describe the effects of compassion training on the brain and nervous system
- Compare and contrast caring empathy from empathic distress
- Use an imagery exercise to decrease empathic distress
- Teach 3 skills related to self-directed neuroplasticity
- Teach 3 skills that increase self-compassion