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Clinical Dharma: Care for the Helpers and Healers

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Join Promises and Creative Mindfulness Therapist and Buddhist Psychology Educator, Dr. Stephen Dansiger!

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Whether you are a healthcare professional, a parent, a teacher, or a friend - we are all caregivers for each other in some form or another. When being a caregiver, it can be hard to process emotions in the midst of a difficult situation we are facing. Last year, so many of us were asked to step up and become caregivers more than ever before, with a compounded stress of a looming pandemic.  

Creative Mindfulness Therapist and Buddhist Psychology Educator, Dr. Stephen Dansiger, will guide us on how to process our mental, emotional and spiritual health - through rooting ourselves in Clinical Dharma mindfulness. He will give us some key takeaways on how to choose resilience and resourcing over ignoring our internal thoughts and emotions. We are excited to share his clinical expertise and perspective that will help us all process and understand ourselves better in the light of being caregivers!

Topics that will be covered:

• We are all caregivers for each other during this pandemic and soon to be post-pandemic world

• Professional Caregivers need to be mindful of their own mental, emotional and spiritual health

• Buddhist psychology provides a framework for obtaining and maintaining balance and the ability to process in the midst of difficulty

• Resilience and Resourcing are no longer optional

• Mindfulness rooted in wise and ethical practices will be discussed and briefly practiced

The Characteristics of Mindfulness:

  • Intention to cultivate awareness (and return to it again and again)
  • Attention to what is occurring in the present moment (being in touch with our thoughts, feelings and sensations in the present moment)
  • Attitude that is non-judgmental, curious, and kind
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    About Promises Behavioral Health

    We exist to provide hope, transformation and connection for life!

    Promises Behavioral Health is a leader in mental health, drug/alcohol/sex addiction, eating disorders, and trauma treatment.

    With it’s headquarters in Brentwood TN, Promises Behavioral Health is a family of centers nationwide ready to help you achieve recovery. By providing unique options in healing environments, Promises Behavioral Health addiction and mental health treatment changes the way we approach recovery. Whether you’re looking for treatment for yourself or for a loved one, our team is ready to help every step of the way. #ipromise

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    About Dr. Stephen Dansiger

    Dr. Steve is the author of several books including Clinical Dharma: A Path for Healers and Helpers (2016), EMDR Therapy and Mindfulness for Trauma-Focused Care (coauthored with Jamie Marich, 2017), Mindfulness for Anger Management (2018) and coauthored Trauma and the 12 Steps: A Trauma Responsive Workbook, as well as Trauma and the 12 Steps: Daily Meditations & Reflections - both companion pieces to the updated Trauma and the 12 Steps by Dr. Jamie Marich.

    Dr. Steve played CBGB and Max’s Kansas City in the late 70s; drank, played in a toy rock band and then got sober in the 80s; became an international social justice/diversity educator and rocker again in the 90s; and is now a sought after consultant, trainer, clinician, writer and meditation teacher. Dr. Steve has attempted to cure Marc Maron on WTF, become a master EMDR therapist and provider of EMDR Training as Senior Faculty with the Institute for Creative Mindfulness, and has become a pioneer in the Buddhist recovery field. He developed the MET(T)A Protocol, a design for mental health agency treatment using Buddhist Mindfulness and EMDR Therapy, currently being utilized in trauma and addiction treatment centers across the country. He blogs and podcasts on topics related to mental health, recovery, and mindfulness. Besides maintaining a private practice in Los Angeles, he travels internationally speaking and teaching on Buddhist mindfulness, EMDR therapy, the MET(T)A Protocol, trauma, corporate wellness, Buddhist approaches to treating mental health issues, and clinician/caregiver self-care. 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.

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