Self Compassion Workshop

Please join me Saturday, February 8th, 2020 from 8:30am-12:00pm for some self care for healers. This workshop is ideal for those working in helping professions such as social work, counseling, addictions, nursing, emergency response, teachers, and first responders. Light refreshment will be provided tea, and fruit. Space is limited.

This workshop will provide information on Dr. Kristin Neff's work on Self-Compassion and her self-compassion workbook. Participants will explore their values and beliefs around the material and create a self-care plan using Traditional Chinese Medicine's 5 elements. Workshop will allow for processing of beliefs and discussion to support compassion fatigue and burnout for those who work in helping professions were they are exposed to trauma, and high high risk for vicarious trauma.  Workshop will be designed to be very nurturing and supportive of self- care. 

Workshop will include a 60 minutes gentle yoga flow practice and Meta Meditation.  Practice will include essential oils. 

When registering please note workshop title in the description. Your investment for this workshop is $30.00. Space is limited. Please reserve your spot by purchasing your ticket, see link below.  Tickets are non-refundable if cancelled within 48 hours. 

Workshop Themes

  • Nutrition and Self Care
  • Addiction and holistic Healing
  • Balancing the Yang Energy on the longest day of the year 
  • Creative Movement for Healing 
  • Yin and Yang Yoga
  • Equinox Yoga

Neurobiology of Trauma and Yoga- Yoga interventions to support trauma

Attachment Based Animal Assisted Interventions
This workshop will provide education around animal assisted interventions (AAIs) and how to provide these interventions in the context of psychotherapy, ethically and professionally, using attachment focused modalities, as well as suggestions for use with other modalities. Learning Objectives: 1) Identify at least two new ethical principles that will be used when doing animal assisted interventions (AAIs); 2) Explain the difference between animal assisted interventions, activities, and therapy; 3) Identify at least one intervention to implement in psychotherapy practice; 4) Increase knowledge about the history and research around AAIs.

Thriving through Compassion Fatigue and Burnout

The Dark Side of Love- How to Prevent & Heal from Financial Abuse  

•Identify what money manipulation and financial abuse looks like in a relationship.
•Understand how it can affect a relationship.
•How to heal if you've experienced this type of emotional abuse.
•How to set boundaries and safeguard yourself from this type of relational abuse in the future.
•Come away with a sense of hope, power and control over your situation.

Trauma Informed Care Introduction for Organizations

Canine Assisted Interventions in Psychotherapy Workshop

Canine Assisted Interventions in Psychotherapy Workshop

This workshop is geared towards mental health graduate students and professionals who want to integrate animals into their professional practice. This workshop is for humans only. Asha, Darlene’s pet partner will be present to help demonstrate interventions. This workshop will be focus on canine behavior and interventions and may be translated to other species. This workshop does not provide certification of competency - you are not tested as part of the program. Workshop will focus on providing intervention ideas.

This workshop will provide 6 hours of education around animal assisted interventions and how to provide these interventions in the context of psychotherapy ethically and professionally. Workshop will be from 8:30am-3:30pm, 

Outline for the Workshop

8:30 - What is Animal Assisted Therapy? A brief overview and history of this field.

9:30 Ethics for animals and clinicians and suggested policies, best practices, and Tellington Touch

10:30 Rapport Building and Treatment Planning Interventions, documentation of sessions

12:00 - 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – Group Interventions- calming signals

1:30 – Interventions for Addictions

2:00- Interventions for DBT and CBT

2:30- Termination and Grief and Loss Interventions


  1. To have a basic understanding of Animal Assisted Interventions (AAI)
  2. To learn about animal ethics and the ethics of doing animal assisted work.
  3. To have an ethical basis for offering AAI and AAT.
  4. Learning about canine specific behavior and calming signals.
  5. To learn how to partner with a canine to offer interventions in the following areas: rapport building, treatment planning, group interventions, addictions, DBT, CBT, Termination, and Grief and Loss.


  1. Increase knowledge about the history and research around AAIs.
  2. Participants will report an increase in ethical principles when doing AAIs.
  3. Participants will take away ideas to implement ethics into their animal assisted practices.
  4. Participants will know the difference between animal assisted interventions, activities and therapy.
  5. Participants will report knowledge of the difference between therapy dogs, service dogs and emotional support dogs/animals.
  6. Participants will leave with at least 1 intervention to implement in their psychotherapy practice in the following areas: Building Rapport, Treatment Planning, Addictions, CBT, DBT, Termination and Grief Interventions.

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