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April 2019

9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Crimson Gate Meditation Community, East Bay

While meditation is often recommended for people with stress and trauma, unintended psychological impacts are common. In this class, we will learn how a history of trauma can impact the experience of meditation, and how to skillfully identify and work with this trauma residue. We will review the neurobiology of trauma and how it affects brain functions. We will examine the most common impacts of trauma on meditation, including agitation, fearfulness, dissociation, and spiritual bypassing. Methods of intervention and inquiry will be discussed, including participants own clinical material.

May 2019

9:00 am - 1:00 pm
Psychoanalytic Institute of Northern California (PINC), San Francisco

When our clients’ interests intersect with our own, it can imbue the dyad with a sense of mutuality. However, when we have the feeling that we can’t get it, it raises concerns about how we can relate to our client. Can we as therapists leave behind our higher viewpoint and embrace “low culture” as a vehicle for connection?

In this course, we will explore ways to approach these cultural divides, using case examples and ideas drawn from queer studies and contemporary relational psychoanalysis, as well as manga, basketball, hip-hop, and other “low culture” places.