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Time for Another Resource Round-Up!

12 Jun

Hello again, all.  Here are a few terrific resources and programs I want you to know about:
There’s a new issue out of the Imagery International Journal just out that’s always worth reading – lots of practice ideas, resource reviews, research updates, featured practitioners etc – and it’s carefully edited and beautiful to look at.

I see that Avow Hospice in Naples Florida offers a workshop for caregivers of congestive heart failure patients called How to Ease Your Worries and Physical Stress with Music, Self-Massage, Guided Imagery and Other Techniques.  It’s presented by a massage therapist, Karla Mramor, LMT-BC and a social worker, Louise Kenny, LCSW. More and more programs like this show up each week on my Google search, I’m happy to say – this sounds like a great program for all kinds of caregiver stress.

An awesome social worker named Jerry Vest, aka Vajara, runs an extraordinary organization serving injured warriors and their families in southern New Mexico called Southern NM Integrative Health Services Alliance. He’s totally familiar with the modalities that work for combat stress and offers a variety of effective, holistic methods, plus some of the good, old fashioned stuff, along with advocacy and referral. His site is definitely worth checking out.

Project HEAL is another new program definitely worth knowing about, offered by East Coast Assistance Dogs (ECAD). It places certified service dogs with veterans who have psychiatric and/or physical disabilities as a result of war-related injuries and experiences.  A nonprofit founded by Lu and Dale Picard, it’s placed more than 120 certified service dogs to troubled teens and psychiatric patients over the past 13 years. For more info visit the website, or read this article .

Jim Porter of fame has a new blog and radio interview show – Jim is also the creator of some excellent audio and video stress reducing resources in our catalog. Not long ago we did a fun interview on guided imagery, and Jim writes it up here.

And don’t forget, this is the last year NICABM will be hosting its legendary Hilton Head Conference, so, those of you who’ve been meaning to get there, this, sadly, is your last chance. And that’s true for presenters too, so many will be showing up in droves to enjoy one last time of reveling in the stimulating content, lively colleaguiality and dedicated community of knowledgeable, inspiring participants.  I’m giving you plenty of advance warning:  don’t miss it if you can help it.
OK, that’s enough for now.  If I list too many, the average busy person is less likely to read any of it, I know!

Take care and be well,

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