Human Services Network of Colorado

Relaxation and Introspection Techniques

  • 05/04/2017
  • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Betty Ford Center, 14001 E Iliff Ave #120, Aurora, CO 80014
  • 7

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We all know that too much stress is a bad thing and most of us would like to manage it better, but when we step into the chaos of our daily lives, the quiet voice of serenity in our heads gets a lot harder to listen to. Brain research shows how stress impacts a wide range of cognitive functions. Our clients have additional challenges that make it difficult for them to implement the changes we are helping them to develop. In addition, working with people in need can lead to secondary trauma and burnout. 

This workshop offers strategies and tools for your survival kit that you can put into practice so they don’t require much thought or effort when they are really needed. You can also share these techniques with your clients to help them develop more resilience to the stress and trauma in their lives.

Concepts in this workshop are based on research and methods from authors such as Jon Kabat-Zinn (Full Catastrophe Living) Martin Seligman (Flourish), Rick Hanson (Hardwiring Happiness), Daniel Siegel (Mindsight) and Herbert Benson (The Relaxation Response) as well as methods developed over years of personal and professional practice.

Specific topics include:

  • Awareness: Internal and External
  • Breathing Check-ins and Other Fundamentals
  • Triggering the Relaxation Response
  • What Neuroscience has to say about Stress and Relaxation
  • Enhancing and Extending Positive Experiences
  • Environmental Prep: Feng Shui if it Feels Good
  • Explore Your Senses
  • Honor What Hurts
  • Declutter Your Destressing
  • Establishing New Routines
  • Sharing the Wealth: Who Brings You Joy?

Participants will learn and practice breathing techniques, imagery, movement, body scans, focusing techniques and methods for designing a calming environment for themselves and their clients.

Participants will leave with personalized techniques they can practice in their daily lives and incorporate into their professional practice.

Presenter Joanne McLain is a counselor, coach, curriculum designer and writer. She has over thirty years of experience working with people to help them gain skills to create the life they want to live. She is a Director at Financial Health Institute. Her experience includes six years with a county Department of Human Services, where she was the Deputy Director and managed Family Programs including services for families involved in Child Welfare, Adult Protection, and all benefits programs. She has been a mental health and substance abuse counselor in a variety of settings, including community mental health centers, private practice, nursing homes, a volunteer fire department, emergency rooms and inpatient units. Joanne has a Master’s Degree in Psychology, is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Addictions Counselor. She also earned a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Innovation from the University of Colorado-Denver.


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