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The Myth of Self-Regulation

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Join us for a 2 day online event with Dr. Bonnie Badenoch! Friday, 3/26 from 5-8pm and Saturday, 3/27 from 10am-1pm

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“We have created the self-other distinction in our explicit discourse, along with many other constructs that divide us. Our neurobiology, in contrast, puts us within each other.”

- Marco Iacoboni

The Myth of Self-Regulation with Bonnie Badenoch, Ph.D., LMFT

Friday, March 26 from 5-8pm and Saturday, March 27 from 10am-1pm

Gaining a felt sense of how much we are part of each other is so challenging in this culture that prizes self-regulation, self -reliance, and self-care. Our left-hemisphere dominant society means that we experience ourselves as alone no matter how many people are around us. This lens drives us to take control to make sure we can guarantee our own survival.

Relational neuroscience tells us this isolation is a painful violation of our core neurobiological expectation that we will be with one another. This experience of frightening disconnection touches so many aspects of our daily experience: from the persistence of white supremacy and systemic racism to our individualistic response to the pandemic to the polarized political world to the escalating prevalence of anxiety, depression, addiction, and violence.

On the joyful side of things, it doesn’t need to be this way.

Over the course of two days, our work will be to connect as deeply as we can with the felt sense of our interwovenness with each other as well as humbly notice when we slip away from each other into left-hemisphere dominance. To create a stable foundation of knowledge in our left hemisphere, we will spend time with the work of Marco Iacoboni, Iain McGilchrist, Stephen Porges, Joseph Henrich, and James Coan and Lane Beckes. We will weave in reflective practice and nondominant hand drawing as we seek to help our two hemispheres find the beautiful balance that helps us become a safe and healing presence in the counseling room and in our daily walk in the world.

We are excited and look forward to sharing this sacred space and time with you. A note to all ticket holders from the 2020 event. You should have received an email about your existing ticket, if you did not, please reach out to us at events@austininconnection.org.

Bonnie Badenoch, PhD, LMFT, therapist, mentor, teacher, and author, has spent the last 15 years integrating the discoveries of relational neuroscience into the art of therapy. In 2008, she co-founded the nonprofit agency Nurturing the Heart with the Brain in Mind to offer this work to the community of therapists, healthcare providers, and others interested in becoming therapeutic presences in the world. For 25 years, she has supported trauma survivors and those with significant attachment wounds to reshape their neural landscapes for a life of meaning, resilience, and warm relationships. These days, Bonnie takes joy in offering immersion trainings for therapists and others. These year-long groups cultivate the capacity for presence through the development of deep listening and the embodiment of the principles of interpersonal neurobiology. Her conviction that wisdom about the relational brain can support healing experiences for people at every age led to the publication of Being a Brain-Wise Therapist: A Practical Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology in 2008 and The Brain-Savvy Therapist’s Workbook in 2011. Bonnie’s latest writing is The Heart of Trauma: Healing the Embodied Brain in the Context of Relationships (2017). These books seek to build a bridge between science and practice with clarity, compassion, and heart.

6 Continuing Education Credits available

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The event will be virtual by zoom. We will email the zoom link to registrants before the event.

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