Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Finding Connection Through Vulnerability


Brene Brown
Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. Brené spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions:

How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?



Brene' Brown's Connections Curriculum draws on empirically based strategies to help your clients recognize shame as a universal experience and embrace authentic living as a foundation for shame resilience. Topics include


■defining shame
■practicing empathy
■exploring triggers and vulnerabilities
■practicing critical awareness
■reaching out to others
■creating, embracing, and inspiring change

Connections is a 12 session group which engages clients on a cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal level. Clients learn via group and personal exercises, handouts, and reading assignments from Brown's best-selling book I Thought It Was Just Me (but it isn't): Telling the Truth About Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power. (Hazelden)

Connections Flyer  Connections course 12 sessions, Total: $240, billable to most insurance

Tuesdays 5:30-7pm, Start Dates: May 3-Aug 2, 2011 (No June 7 or 14)
Offerred for Professionals only Aug 23-Nov 8, 2011.

Jane Rekas

LCSW, CHt

Jane Rekas is a Licsensed Clinical Social Worker at Turtle Dove Counseling and Hood River DBT, Certified Hypnotist at Hood River Hypnosis, Reiki Master at Rekas Reiki, Astrologer at Astrological Counsel, and Seasonal Color Analyst at Expressing Your Truth.

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