Working with Life Threatening Illness in Psychotherapy: Using...

Working with Life Threatening Illness in Psychotherapy: Using...

Working with Life-Threatening Illness in Psychotherapy: Using Spiritual and Psychological Tools

Presented By: Dale Borglum, PhD | Saturday, December 3, 2016 | 9 am – 1 pm

Location: CIP, 1330 Lincoln Avenue, Suite 201, San Rafael, CA 94901

Cost: $75 early registration fee up to 10 days prior to seminar, $85 after. 

CIP Member Discounts: $50 early registration, $60 after 

CEs: 4 CEs for LMFTs & LCSWs and 4 CEs for Psychologists

Dale Borglum Bio:

Dale Borglum, PhD, founded and directed the Hanuman Foundation Dying Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the first residential facility in the United States to support conscious dying. He has been the Executive Director of the Living/Dying Project in Santa Fe and, since 1986, in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is the co-author with Ram Dass, Daniel Goleman and Dwarka Bonner of Journey of Awakening: A Meditator’s Guidebook. Dale gives workshops on the topics of meditation, healing, spiritual support for those with life-threatening illness, and on caregiving as spiritual practice. He has a doctorate degree from Stanford.

Course Description:

The prospect of death and catastrophic illness evokes feelings of uncertainty, depression, and anxiety, among others, in both the patient and the caregiver. This class will present both ideological points of view and practical tools for psychotherapists to understand and work with those facing a serious illness.

Therapeutic interventions targeting symptoms of grief and loss, anxiety, depression and anger will be addressed as well as evaluating the interventions as they apply to the patient and the patient’s family.

This presentation will explore possibilities for realizing wholeness at the edge of life where illness, grief, and loss arise. Both psychological and spiritual tools will be used in the investigation of these profound and challenging issues. We will offer participants the opportunity to explore the deeper questions surrounding death, healing, and the sacred, so that each of us can better embody an enlivened sense of being in the world in each moment rather than a sense of isolation and denial.

Source Material: 

Approaching the encounter with a life-threatening illness is both an opportunity for psychological integration and for spiritual transformation. A client with a terminal prognosis has great motivation to essentialize and heal their lives, yet emotional conditioning often blocks selfless surrender into the dying process. Using techniques and concepts from early childhood development, Buddhist psychology and Western somatic medicine, we will explore together the profound healing opportunity that dying offers both the client and the therapist.

Levine, Stephen, (1989). “Healing into Life and Death.” Anchor Press, Doubleday.

Levine, Peter, (1997). “Waking the Tiger: Healing Trauma.” Berkeley, North Atlantic Books.

Rinpoche, Sogyal, (1996), “The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying.” San Francisco, Harper Collins. 

Learning Objectives:  

Upon completion of this workshop participants should be able to:

1. Describe the defining characteristics of compassion.

2. Distinguish between compassion and pity.

3. Assess the somatic foundation for being able to let go of identification with separateness.

4. Analyze the transmutation of separateness of grief into the connectedness of compassion.

5. Explain and rate several contemplative practices that will help a client transmute fear of dying into acceptance.

6. Analyze one’s own fear of death as it is resonated by the client’s situation.

7. Utilize a client’s prognosis of a life-threatening illness as an opportunity to become more present and alive.

Course Schedule/Outline:  

8:30 am – 9:00 am Registration

9:00 am - 10:00 am Overview of the healing paradigm-motivation, invocation, awareness, grounding, centering, compassion, empowerment, wholeness. 

10:00 am - 11:00 am Becoming present in one’s body as the foundation for opening the heart of compassion. Conscious grief work. 

11:00 am - 11:15 am Break

11:15 am - 12:00 pm Contemplative practices to transmute fear of death, to cultivate the heart of compassion, to accept loss of control. 

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm What is it that dies and what is it that does not die? 

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