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The mental health treatment field has made great strides in recognizing the role that trauma plays in presenting problems and disorders by providing trauma-informed care. However, considering the widespread impact that trauma has on survivors, simply realizing this impact, recognizing the symptoms of trauma, and responding to them is not enough to heal the damage done. The disorders that can manifest from surviving a trauma (PTSD, major depressive disorder, substance use disorders, and eating disorders), the risky behaviors that trauma triggers (self-injurious behaviors, promiscuity, isolation, etc.), and the life-changing decisions that result from it (suicide), speaks for the need for the vital move from trauma-informed care to trauma-focused care that the mental health field must make in order to ethically and effectively treat trauma.
Trauma-focused care assumes that unhealed trauma plays a major role in presenting issues, denotes greater action in the delivery of treatment services, and promotes proactive treatment planning to heal the legacy of trauma. The MET(T)A (Mindfulness and EMDR Treatment Template for Agencies) Protocol provides the trauma-focused solution that survivors of trauma need to find long-lasting recovery. The MET(T)A Protocol is a new and innovative way to envision and implement agency mental health treatment that is grounded in the over 30 years of research, theory, and practice of EMDR therapy, as well as the 2600 years of research theory and practice of the Buddhist psychology of Mindfulness. It honors the current belief that there is a deep need for trauma resolution to be a key focus of treatment to strengthen relapse prevention and create sustainable long-term recovery.
This webinar will make the case for the move from trauma-informed care to trauma-focused care by applying EMDR therapy as a complete psychotherapy instead of as a technique or approach, with mindfulness as a stabilizing anchor for treatment effects and Buddhist psychology as a philosophical system to treat mental health disorders.
Stephen Dansiger, PsyD, LMFT is a rocker who got sober in the late 80s and then became a sought after clinician, writer and meditation teacher. He became a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Basic Training and Advanced Topics Courses as Senior Faculty with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness. Dr. Dansiger has developed and successfully launched the MET(T)A Protocol, a new design for addictions and mental health agency treatment using Buddhist Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy as the theoretical orientation and primary clinical practice. It is now in use in multiple agencies throughout the country. He has been practicing Buddhist mindfulness for over 30 years (including a one year residency at a Zen monastery), and teaches dharma classes regularly in Los Angeles and other centers internationally. He is the author of Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers and avidly blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness. He is also the co-author (with Dr. Jamie Marich) of EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care (Springer Publishing). His latest book is Mindfulness for Anger Management: Transformative Skills for Overcoming Anger and Managing Powerful Emotions.
C4 offers a series of ongoing webinars where you will learn best practices and hone your skills in the behavioral health field. We are hosting our webinars free of charge. Currently, there are no continuing education credits available.
Additional Upcoming C4 Webinars
December 4, 1:00 PM EST - Trauma, Shame and Addiction – How did we get here…and how do we change? with Donald Sansom, DO - Learn more and register
January 15, 1:00 PM EST - The Wounded Healer: Helping the Helper with Sarah Buino, LCSW, CADC, CDWF - Learn more and register
February 12, 1:00 PM EST - 8 Ways to Wellbeing for Recovering People withSonnee Weedn, PhD, CSAT - Learn more and register
“My mission in life is not to merely survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, and some humor, and some style.” ~~Maya Angelou
“She believed she could, so she did.” ~~unknown
“You may believe that you are responsible for what you do, but not for what you think. The truth is that you are responsible for what you think because it is only at this level that you can exercise choice. What you do comes from what you think.” ~~Marianne Williamson _______________________________________________________________
#5 I am what I think.
I am a capable, competent, caring, compassionate woman. ______________________________________________________________
Statement #5 is an important cornerstone of the WFS New Life Program. Jean Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., our founder, discovered the thought/action connection through her own journey of recovery. This knowledge allowed her to learn how to adapt and live a full, sober life. Jean then shared this insight with the world by creating Women for Sobriety.
There is a Chinese proverb that states “be careful what direction your toes are pointed in as you will likely get there" and this is also true for our thoughts. Whatever we think about most often, directs our attention and life. Learning to adapt and manage thoughts is empowering and life changing.
Here are six ways by Melanie Greenberg, Ph.D. to be the boss of your brain:
1. Listen and Acknowledge: Minds, like people, can relax and let go when they feel heard and understood. Practice gratitude and thank your mind for its contribution.
2. Make Peace with Your Mind: You don’t necessarily have to like the thoughts or agree with them; you just can let them be there in the background while you go out and get things done.
3. Realize Your Thoughts are Just Thoughts: Our thoughts are passing mental events, influenced by moods, states of hunger, health, hormones etc. They are like mental habits, which can be healthy or unhealthy, and need time to change. Just like a couch potato can’t run a marathon right away, we cannot magically turn off spinning thoughts without repeated practice. Be gentle with yourself.
4. Observe Your Own Mind: Mindfulness includes gently bringing your mind back to focus as well as noticing when your mind wanders. Like a good CEO, you begin to know when your mind is checked out or spinning its wheels, guiding it back to center or balance.
5. Retrain Your Mind to Rewire Your Brain: Autopilot is not good for emotional functioning or well-being. Over long periods of time, patterns become etched in our minds, cementing rapid response. The good news is that we can rewire our brains from previous fear-based shortcuts into healthy and balanced decision making.
6. Practice Self-Compassion: By practicing self-compassion, we can learn new ways of supporting ourselves in our suffering. Rather than criticizing ourselves, we can deliberately seek out inner and outer experiences that bring us joy or comfort; the beauty of nature, creative self-expression or memories of happy times with loved ones.
Being your own CEO, how do you manage your thoughts?
Hi 4C Women,
As I read over the 6 ways to be the boss of my brain, each one is so invaluable and I honestly love the analogy of being the CEO of my thoughts. I believe #5 stood out to me as there was a time when I would be on autopilot, a time when my self-esteem was practically non-existent. My automatic response to many situations and relationships was that if anything went wrong, it was all my fault because I was stupid, inadequate, too needy, overly sensitive and lots of other esteem crushing words/thoughts. What I realized is that I was trying to prove these thoughts to be true before the other person did when, in fact, that was probably the last thing they were thinking. I became good at projecting my thoughts as belonging to others. Alcohol helped cover up those feelings but as we all know, a cover up eventually becomes clearly seen. A cover up is a camouflage that will never heal the pain of feeling unlovable or unworthy. It is a temporary fix for a deep hurt. And for me, my identify was wrapped up in the past. Statement #5 became the building block for me to create my new, truthful identity of who I was in the present. No more inner critic from the past trying to convince me I was wasting my time learning to love myself. I gave my inner critic a name and when he starts to make me question my worth, I turn to my shoulder where he is sitting with a smirk on his face, and depending on what he is trying to falsely whisper in my ear, I tell him to be quiet (truthfully, shut up) or flick him off my shoulder. I have worked darn hard on learning to love myself and no deceiver is going to take that away or have power over me.
I encourage you to practice the 6 ways to become the boss of your thoughts. Love, nurture, praise, be compassionate with yourself as you would a loved one. This will guide you to be who you think and know you are – a 4C woman!