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Relaxation and Diaphragmatic Breathing

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The Settlement Home for Children

1607 Colony Creek Dr

Austin, TX 78758

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Based on Robert Sapolsky’s, neuroendocrinologist, research and book Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers.

This presentation will teach you how the brain and body responds to anticipatory stress and how you can calm a hypervigilant “fight-or-flight” response. You will learn about retraining the brain to be less hypervigilant and more relaxed. You will practice diaphragmatic breathing and learn creative ways (such as blowing bubbles and chewing gum to blow bubbles) to teach children how to calm their “fight-or-flight” response through deep breathing.

Sandra studied psychology and early childhood education as an undergraduate at the University of Central Texas which became affiliated with Tarleton State University. She continued her studies as a graduate student at Tarleton State University, which merged with Texas A&M University, studying psychology from a research-based perspective for the goal of entering into clinical practice. After graduating with a Master of Science in Counseling Psychology from Texas A&M University-Central Texas she earned a Master of Arts in Religion degree from the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest studying spirituality and ethics. Her research into romantic relationships culminated into a thesis paper titled Human Love: Enriching the Concept of Intimacy.

Sandra has been honored to teach survivors of trauma both mindfulness and biofeedback techniques to deal with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder symptoms, soldier reintegration after deployment, and Trust Based Relational Intervention to family members of foster and foster-to-adopt children. She has enjoyed being a guest lecturer for undergraduate and graduate psychology courses at Texas A&M University-Central Texas and Seminary of the Southwest. You can find her offering continuing education courses on professional boundaries and burnout prevention or workshops on stress reduction through diaphragmatic breathing in the Austin area.

Peer discussion groups following the education meeting.

1 hour CEU available to LPC, LMFT, and Social Workers (Free to members; $10 for non members). Certifcates of attendance available to prospective adoptive parents.

Adoption Knowledge Affiliates (AKA) is a gathering of people who understand that the feelings associated with adoption can come up again and again for any member of the adoption triad, in both open and closed adoptions. Whether you are a birth parent reflecting on the placement of your child, an adopted person grappling with the decision to search for your birth mother, or an adoptive parent contemplating how to answer questions for your child’s family tree school project, you are not alone.

Do you simply want to learn more about adoption? Would you like to serve as a resource to others in their adoption journey by sharing your own experiences and success stories? Regardless of where you are in the process, Adoption Knowledge Affiliates is here to support you.

Find out more about AKA at www.adoptionknowledge.org or via email aka@adoptionknowledge.org.

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