Sleep: the Non-Negotiable Pillar of Wellbeing
Jan
12
9:00 AM09:00

Sleep: the Non-Negotiable Pillar of Wellbeing

Do you fall asleep easily?
Do you sleep through the night?
Do you wake feeling rested and refreshed?
Do you wake feeling rested and refreshed?
Is your energy more or less steady throughout the day?

Sleep is the central lifestyle measure for the brain, mood and overall health, yet many are unable to achieve normal, restorative patterns of sleep, even with the help of medications. Sleep is also one of the main requirements for recovering fully from depression, anxiety or other illnesses.

Topics include:

·       The science of sleep-what does it do for us?

·       Sleep physiology and why diet sets the stage for normal sleep patterns.

·       Daily rhythms and how choices you make throughout the day influence sleep at night.

·       Summary of medications used for sleep and effective natural alternatives

·       Strategies for calming the unsettled mind

Join Henry Emmons and Carolyn Denton for this half-day workshop on why sleep is so important, and how to improve your own sleep.

Where:
Partners in Resilience
1409 Willow Street, Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Facilitators:
Henry Emmons, Integrative Psychiatrist
Carolyn Denton, Licensed Nutritionist

Questions: carolyn@partnersinresilience.com

Cost: $80.00

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Pathways to Resilience: Restoring the Elements of a Joyful Life
Jan
22
to Mar 26

Pathways to Resilience: Restoring the Elements of a Joyful Life

Nine Pathways to Resilience: Restoring the Elements of a Joyful Life

The Nine Pathways through which we guide you toward renewed resilience are focused on engaging the Body (Nurturing, Balancing, Flowing), the Mind (Settling, Opening, Knowing) and the Heart (Connecting, Belonging, Deepening).

This ten-week program, based on The Chemistry of Joy Workbook, introduces you to the Pathways and integrates effective movement practices, nutrition, and supplements with the psychology and practice of mindfulness to help you restore your resilience and rediscover joy – even if you’ve been dealing with depression or anxiety for months or years.

This program is for you if:

·      You’re struggling with overwhelm – the feeling that you don’t have enough time, energy, or personal resources to meet life’s demands.

·      Depression or anxiety are part of your past or present experience.

·      You’re looking for new skills and perspectives that will empower you to improve your sense of physical, mental/emotional, and spiritual well-being, and increase your sense of personal choice and effectiveness.

·      You accept that life is complex and solutions require more than pills or other one-step interventions.

You’ll learn:

·      How to assess your resilience skills and build an individualized program to enhance your overall health and well-being.

·      How to identify and deal effectively with the challenges you face in creating a resilient life. You’ll receive support and encouragement from the group in making healthy changes.

·      How to balance brain chemistry through nutrition and supplements, according to the latest brain science.

·      How to practice meditation and mindful living to help calm your mind, deal skillfully with emotions, and open your heart to connection with self and others

Where:
Partners in Resilience
1409 Willow Street, Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Facilitator: Diane Brady-Leighton LICSW 
Additional Instructors: Henry Emmons, MD, Carolyn Denton, Licensed Nutritionist


Cost: 695.00

Questions: diane@dianebradyleighton.com

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Connections:  Strengthening the Bonds Within and Between Us.
Feb
9
9:00 AM09:00

Connections: Strengthening the Bonds Within and Between Us.

Connections: Strengthening the Bonds Within and Between Us

  • How connected do you feel with yourself?

  • How attached are you to others?

  • Do you know how to increase connecting with yourself and others?

Not only are deep, satisfying connections with oneself and with others are critical elements in establishing and maintaining mental health, they make life itself worth living. This half-day, experiential “playshop” explores what it means to be connected to oneself and others and guide participants through various activities that immediately increase such connections.

 When we connect with ourselves we know what we want and need, what we think and feel, and can advocate for ourselves and our loved ones. We are calmer and have adequate energy. When we connect with others we feel accepted and important. Our self-esteem rises and we are naturally propelled to give back to others.

Facilitated by clinical social worker Jenny Wilson and psychologist and author Tom Glaser, MS, this session examines why connecting with yourself and with others is so important and provides participants experiences to improve their ability to do so.

 Topics include:

  • What are deep connections with self and others?

  • What does neuroscience tell us about how we are wired to connect?

  • How do we recognize and respond to “bids” for connection?

  • What habits establish and maintain, and which challenge, deeper connections?  

 Activities Include:

  • Guided meditation

  • Easy, mindful, joyful movement

  • Journal writing

  • Small and large-group conversation

Where:

Partners in Resilience
1409 Willow Street, Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Facilitators:

Clinical social worker and educator Jenny Wilson, MSW, LICSW http://www.jennywilsontherapy.com

Psychologist and Full Heart Living author Tom Glaser, MS, LP

http://www.tomglaserlp.com

Questions: Email jennywilson1@yahoo.com or   tom@tomglaserLP.com

 Cost: $80.00

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Self Compassion: A Mindfulness Practice
Mar
9
9:00 AM09:00

Self Compassion: A Mindfulness Practice

  • What is Self Compassion, and how does it differ from self care?

  • What are the barriers that keep us from being kind to ourselves and how does early life experience and “faulty neuroception” impact our ability to manage self criticism?

  • What does it mean to become our own best friend and ally?

We go to great lengths to manage the powerful emotions of self criticism and shame and often end up feeling more disconnected from ourselves and others in the process. The good news is that we are hard wired to be compassionate toward others, so how can we use this skill to tend to ourselves?

Psychotherapist Jenny Wilson will introduce the healing power of Self Compassion, a mindfulness practice that can strengthen resiliency and protect us from self criticism. She will draw upon the latest neurobiological research to help us explore the origins of self criticism and other protective emotions, and introduce mind, body and heart strategies to help us cool the fire of self judgement in our daily interactions with others.

Topics include:
• The Myths of Self Compassion
• What is your Self Compassion IQ?
• “Faulty Neuroception" and the Triune Brain
• How to develop a Self Compassion Practice

Activities include:
• Guided meditation and self reflection
• Small and large group sharing (optional) • Mindful Movement

Where:

Partners in Resilience
1409 Willow Street, Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Facilitators:

Jenny Wilson, MSW, LICSW is a clinical social worker who specializes in traumatic grief and loss. For more information about her work, please visit jennywilsontherapy.com

Questions: jennywilson1@yahoo.com

Cost: $80.00

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Play and Creativity: Opening the Door on Joy
Apr
13
9:00 AM09:00

Play and Creativity: Opening the Door on Joy

Play and Creativity:  Opening the Door to Joy

 Play and creativity enhance wellbeing and reduce stress.  Yet many of us have trouble setting aside time or remembering how natural it is to play.   This class will lay groundwork for joy by inviting play and creativity back into your life.

  • Learn about the latest research on the benefits of play and creativit

  • Re-connect with your own experiences of playfulness

  • Participate in hands on activities to invite mindful pleasure

  • Decide on ways to regularly open the door to joy in your life

  • Connect with others who want to explore inviting this joy filled pillar of well- being into their lives

 Join Diane Brady-Leighton, psychotherapist, poet and former therapeutic recreation specialist for an exploration of play and creativity. This will be an interactive, participatory class.  Dress in comfortable clothing that allows for movement.  Class is limited to 16 participants so register early.

Where:

Partners in Resilience
1409 Willow Street, Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Facilitator:

Diane Brady-Leighton, MSW, LICSW

Questions: diane@dianebradyleighton.com

Cost: $80.00

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On Purpose:  Living Our Authentic Self
May
11
9:00 AM09:00

On Purpose: Living Our Authentic Self

  • What gives life purpose and meaning?

  • How do we access meaning in our lives?

  • What does it mean to be fully alive and living out our purpose and passion?

 Living a life of meaning and purpose is not only essential to mental health, it can shape the trajectory of our lives. But what is a life of meaning and purpose? How do we access it? This half-day “playshop” explores what it means to live authentically and on purpose, on a daily basis, through the body, mind, and heart.

Join integrative spiritual consultant Catherine Duncan and psychologist and author Tom Glaser, MS in exploring how living on purpose is essential to a life well lived.

Topics include:

  • What is meaning and purpose?

  • How do mindfulness of body, mind, and heart support and encourage discovering and living in alignment with our life purpose

  • What habits establish and maintain a life with deeper meaning and purpose?  

Activities Include:

  • Guided meditation

  • Values clarification exercise

  • Basic, mindful body movement

  • Journal writing

  • Small and large-group conversation

  • Draft a working purpose statement

Where:

Partners in Resilience
1409 Willow Street, Suite 210
Minneapolis, MN 55403

Facilitators:

Rev. Catherine Duncan, MA, BCC http://www.learningtolive.org

Psychologist and Full Heart Living author Tom Glaser, MS, LP http://www.tomglaserlp.com

Questions: revcduncan@gmail.com or tom@tomglaserLP.com

Cost: $80.00

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Balancing Mood with Food: A Workshop for Therapists
Oct
30
5:30 PM17:30

Balancing Mood with Food: A Workshop for Therapists

Balancing Mood with Food: A Workshop for Therapists

This is a half-day primer for you (and ultimately for your clients) about healthy eating for a healthy mind and body. Food feeds the body and influences the mind. It sends messages to the brain and body about how it is going to behave.

Communications are constantly being transmitted about energy, mood, emotions, concentration and wellbeing. 

You’ll learn:

  • The “recipe” for creating positive neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine in your brain.

  • How to escape cravings.

  • How stress can sabotage even the best-laid eating plan.

  • About the physiology/science that connects the mind and the body.

  • How to identify whole foods and single nutrients that support a well-functioning body and a clear mind.

  • Strategies to blunt the effects of stress as it relates to eating.

  • How to develop an implementation plan for yourself and your clients.

Facilitator:  Carolyn Denton MA, LN.

Carolyn practices nutritional therapy privately with Partners in Resilience and teaches Functional Nutrition at the University of Minnesota. She is a co-author, with Henry Emmons, MD, of The Chemistry of Joy Workbook.

 
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Taking in the Good: Creating New Pathways to Joy
Oct
1
5:30 PM17:30

Taking in the Good: Creating New Pathways to Joy

In a very real sense, we are what we experience. Our sense of ourselves, our ideas and expectations, our very lives are all created as we experience daily life. Unfortunately, we humans seem to be wired for tuning in to the negative. We’re often hyper-focused on what’s wrong, not what’s right, with our lives.  

This “negativity bias” makes our minds “like Velcro for the negative and Teflon for the positive,” as someone has said. In this half-day experiential workshop we will explore and practice techniques for “taking in the good” from Rick Hanson, author of Hardwiring Happiness: the New Brain Science of Contentment, Calm and Confidence (Harmony Books)By training our attention to focus on and soak up what’s pleasant, affirming, and positive in our daily lives, we can build reservoirs of positive experience that profoundly affect our moods, resilience, and capacity for joy. 

You’ll learn:

·      How to understand your brain’s “negativity bias” and how to counter it by creating neural networks that support resilience and well-being.

·      How to build your inner resources by using a simple three-step process for having, enriching, and absorbing positive experiences.

·      How to use these resources to build your sense of security, positive mood, strength, self-worth, and contentment…literally “hardwiring happiness” into the brain

Facilitator: Susan Bourgerie, MA, LP.  
Susan specializes in applying Buddhist psychology and mindfulness practices to her work as a psychotherapist. She is co-founder of Loring Psychotherapy & Mindfulness Center, and a founding member of Partners in Resilience. Susan has twenty-plus years of experience in meditation and psychotherapy and a deep appreciation for the power of attention to create joy in daily living.

 
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