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Some Great Workshops Coming Up!

08 May

Hello again.

For those of you therapists, counselors and health providers who live in the D.C. Metro area, listen up:  on Friday, May 13th, George Mason University and the Northern Virginia Wounded Warrior project are co-sponsoring a day-long CEU workshop on Promising Practices for Healing Psychological Trauma of Service Members, Veterans, Family & Community.
 
The goal of this workshop is to beef up capacity in the civilian professional workforce to respond effectively to the needs and concerns of traumatized service members, veterans and their families.
 
Over 50% of the time, when an edgy war-fighter with combat stress finally (and reluctantly) gets talked into seeing a therapist, he or she will bail after one session (or less - many bolt out the door half-way through that first visit). 

Partly this is because it’s in the nature of PTS to be jumpy; partly it’s because our professionals aren’t up to speed on what techniques actually work for PTS; and partly it’s because civilian therapists don’t know enough about military culture and language to actually engage their clients and reassure them that they know what they’re talking about.

This day-long workshop, the brain child of Dr. Cathleen Lewandowski, Chair of GMU’s Social Work Department and Dr. Jim Thur, Regional Director of Northern Virginia’s Wounded Warrior  Project, is designed to remediate these gaps, featuring cogent talks by experts from all over the country in combat stress, Traumatic Brain Injury, Graded Exposure Therapy, Virtual Reality, Guided Imagery, and so forth, from the National Naval Medical Center, National Intrepid Center of Excellence, the US Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Regiment, the Defense Centers of Excellence and much more.  I’ll be coming in to close the program with a talk about the supreme practicality, scalability, portability and effectiveness of using guided imagery with our returning warriors.

It’s all day, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Mason Inn.  You can check out the flyer here and you can register here.

And while I’ve got your attention, there’s another important workshop happening in the D.C. area - the Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s perennially popular Food as Medicine training, happening from June 9-12 at the Hyatt Regency in Bethesda. At a time when many workshops struggle to get registrations, this program is always sold out with a waiting list.  Check it out here.

Somebody recently pointed out that our guided imagery to Help with Fertility got the nicest review at About.com.  We weren’t expecting it - this audio program was released years ago, so usually that means an official review is not in the cards.  But there it was, just as reported, here. Thank you, Ms. Gurevich!

Dr. Ruth Buczynski of NICABM reports that even though her very successful, free-of-charge New Brain Science Series is over in real time, you can still get the recordings and transcripts of each session by purchasing a special subscription.  From all accounts, it’s been a truly exciting, super-informative series, led by some of the primo experts and innovators in the field.  Watch this video of Ruth describing the speakers and topics in this dazzling series.

OK, that’s it for now.  Take care and be well!

All best,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award