- CE Credit: For Psychotherapists and Healing Arts Professionals (NBCC) : 1.25 Hours (1.25 Continuing Education credits)
Participants in this course will read and answer questions about the true roots of violence in our lives and in our world – the roots that lie within. Through the text in this course, by psychotherapist and author Judith Barr, participants will learn about how violence in its many forms is normalized and rationalized by our society and by us individually; how the attempts to stop the violence in the outer world will never create sustainable solutions; how our own fear of our painful feelings – as well as our fear of others’ feelings – contributes to the escalating violence in our world; and how exploring our feelings about violent events can help us explore and heal the violent current in each of us…helping to heal violence in our world.
Therapists who participate in this course will learn about concepts such as escape hatches and their role in perpetuating the violence in our world. In addition, taking this course will help therapists learn how helping their clients recognize the roots of violence, dissolve their defenses and build the capacity to truly feel their own pain, past and present, will help to create lasting change in not only their clients’ lives, but also in our communities and our world.
- Define “escape hatch” and identify ways in which escape hatches feed violence.
- Explain what you can learn about yourself from reading about violence in our world and feeling and witnessing your reactions.
- List examples of how our childhood experiences could lead to violent events in our lives and in our world.
- Identify ways in which a parent may help a child build the capacity to feel painful feelings without acting out.
- List the consequences of our fear of painful feelings and how our lack of capacity to feel our feelings may lead to violent action.
- Name ways in which our modern communication systems enable us to normalize violence.
- Identify ways in which our individual wounding may affect our outer world…individually and communally.