- Addiction and Overall Wellness
- Anne Quinn, specializing in holistic recovery and generational addiction.
- Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse program
- WOMEN IN MOTION: MOVING THROUGH ADDICTION, TRAUMA AND HEARTBREAK
- USING THE NATURAL WORLD TO HELP HEAL AND TRANSFORM
- SPIRITUALITY AND EMOTIONAL RECOVERY
Anne Elizabeth Quinn, MS, CASAC: Many live with toxic levels of stress on a daily basis.
“Most working Americans hit the ground moving in the morning and don’t stop until they drop, exhausted, only to get up the next day to do it all over again.
We have now managed to ‘put a little weekend in our weeks’ by spending most of the weekend doing chores, running errands and preparing for the next work week.
For many, the family vacation has turned into yet another stressor.
We have become a nation of Human Doings.” –Anne Quinn
Anne Elizabeth Quinn, MS, CASAC, is a noted therapist who has worked in the health care field for many years.
Anne’s focus is on the relationship between stress and illness, as well as the epidemic of “busyness” which often keeps us from pursuing our passions and the things we want and love to do.
Anne’s on “Managing our Stress in Extremely Stressful Times,” help participants to learn the skills and tools which will enable them to walk more peacefully and gracefully through their day.
Anne is on the faculty of 4 State Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Councils.
Often we hit the ground moving in the morning and we don’t stop until we collapse in a chair in the evening only to wake up and do it all over again.
Quinn will provide techniques and tools to help us move more easily and peacefully through our day, regardless of what is going on around us.
We will look closely at the relationship between stress and illness and how learning to manage our energy can actually assist us in preventing chronic illness in the future.
Anne Quinn is “all the rave”, specializing in holistic recovery and generational addiction.
Best known for her work in burnout prevention and staff wellness, she works with hospitals, universities and respected by corporate leaders.
1. “MANAGING OUR STRESS IN EXTREMELY STRESSFUL TIMES” – Many Americans live with toxic levels of stress on a daily basis. Often we hit the ground moving in the morning and we don’t stop until we collapse in a chair in the evening only to wake up and do it all over again. This workshop will provide techniques and tools to help us move more easily and peacefully through our day, regardless of what is going on around us. We will look closely at the relationship between stress and illness and how learning to manage our energy can actually assist us in preventing chronic illness in the future.
2. *”WOMEN IN MOTION: MOVING THROUGH ADDICTION, TRAUMA AND HEARTBREAK” – This course will examine the issues particular to women in recovery from addiction and in particular the ways in which women often become arrested in trauma and heartbreak.
Participants will gain insight into the ways in which women self-sabotage, resulting in cycles of binge eating, unhealthy relationships, spending sprees, unexpressed anger and self-sacrificing behaviors.
Participants will look closely at the tools and the behaviors that can assist recovering women in using their power constructively rather than destructively. This program is suggested for clinicians working with women and for those in recovery interested in personal empowerment.
3. *”NATURE BASED COUNSELING FOR ADDICTION PROFESSIONALS: USING THE NATURAL WORLD TO HELP HEAL AND TRANSFORM” Nature based counseling offers us the opportunity to utilize the beauty and the miraculous in the natural world to access our feelings and to help us to heal our wounds and to come to terms with our losses. By spending time in the solitude and majesty of nature, we can deepen our awareness of the Higher Power and begin to acknowledge the miraculous in ourselves.
Participants will explore the ways in which the natural world is a constant source of support and strength to us in our daily lives. We will examine Native American ways of working with nature to gain insight, wisdom and answers to life’s problems.
We will learn about totem animals and the medicine and messages certain animals carry complete with a guided imagery that assists participants in discovering their own totem animals. Often by stepping outside the constant noise and commotion of everyday life and walking into the quiet of the eternal, we can renew our understanding of those things that truly matter to us, the things that endure. Through group activities and process, participants will learn new skills which can access clients non-verbally, using aspects of nature as metaphors for our own lives.
This workshop will culminate with an afternoon “vision quest” where participants will learn the ways in which we can take our life’s questions out into the natural world to find answers. Nature based counseling further assists the inner development and supports spiritual awakening.
Nature based counseling is a delight for people of all ages and abilities.
4. *”QUIET COUNSELING SKILLS: ACCESSING CLIENTS NON-VERBALLY” – One of the primary causes of counselor burnout is that counselors often work harder than their clients, doing the clients work as well as their own. Especially in early recovery, clients simply cannot integrate all the information that’s being given them, and many go numb to their own treatment experience. Often we can be more effective (and less exhausted) when we shift the responsibility back onto the client, through more reflective ways of working, such as mindfulness meditation arid breath-work, acupuncture, guided imagery, art and music therapy, utilizing nature as healer and practicing a ministry of presence through listening.
Course participants will examine ways in which we can assist clients in evoking their own inner wisdom, while at the same time strengthening our own.
5. * “SPIRITUALITY AND EMOTIONAL RECOVERY” – Stopping drinking and using other drugs, gambling compulsively, or getting a grip on one’s addiction to food or spending, is often one of the hardest things a person will ever do. However, stopping the addictive process is only the beginning if one is to enjoy true freedom, joy and comfort with oneself on a daily basis.
This workshop will focus on what preceded the addiction, the patterns which were formed in childhood that often get replayed in adulthood without our realizing it, and how we often re-traumatize ourselves in an attempt to resolve childhood pain and wounded ness.
Only by conscious awareness can we not only MOVE out of our parent’s house, but actually LEAVE, by not recreating our parent’s living room in our own home today This workshop will help the participants to recognize when they are regressed and how they can grow themselves up instead of becoming immobilized in the moment.
6. * “GUIDED IMAGERY” – Guided imagery is a powerful, yet gentle technique which utilizes all the senses in a relaxed, focused state. This interactive workshop will instruct participants in the use of guided imagery as a tool to reduce anxiety, decrease physical pain, enhance intuition , creativity and motivation.
Guided imagery can be used to help clients learn how to relax, to gain clarity into past and present issues and to reduce the tendency toward self-destructive behaviors.
7. *”IT’S THE ADDICTION, NOT THE SUBSTANCE (HOW WE SELF-SABOTAGE CHEMICALLY FREE)” –
How does the addiction speak to us years after the chemicals have been put down?
Did the voice exist years before the first chemical was used, and if so, what was its origin?
What of addictions such as work and gambling where there is NO SUBSTANCE?
This course will examine what lurks beneath the disease of addiction so that it does not come out sideways in the form of fear, anxiety, depression, isolation, etc.
Recovery is not only recovering from chemical addiction but from our need to self-destruct and to hurt and harm ourselves in a myriad of ways.
8. * “UNDERSTANDING TRAUMA: THE HOOK-UP BETWEEN UNTREATED TRAUMA AND ADDICTION” –
This course will address untreated childhood and adult trauma as a primary cause of addiction and relapse and how such a pain-filled inner world seeks relief either with substances, food or behaviors such as sexual acting out, gambling, frenetic activity or compulsive overwork. We will further explore the nature of trauma, how it locks into the cellular structure of the body and how healing can be achieved by learning how emotional intelligence and resilience can be our best defense against getting lost in a place with no words, no exit, no return.
9. * “JOURNAL WRITING: STIRRING THE WATERS” –
Journal writing is a powerful tool for finding one’s true voice, for finding the words which were swallowed, hidden, forgotten or lost. ‘Journaling’ is a vehicle for discovering what we want, what we love, what we need and what direction to take. Questions we didn’t even know to ask are answered, connections are made, mysteries are solved, long held emotions are purged. In this journal writing workshop, we will explore the ways we can write ourselves back to life.
“Let your soul do the singin.” Ma Rainey
10. * THE POWER OF NOW: LIVING LIFE IN THE PRESENT” –
What would you like to achieve in your life?
This is about inner states–not about the outer conditions of our lives. The foundation of spiritual life is clarity of intention.
Do I really want to be free here and now?
Once the intention is clear, the mind becomes focused. When the mind is focused, there is one-pointedness. When there is one-pointedness, the heart will guide you. This interactive workshop will focus on energy management. By freeing up our energy, releasing what “could have been, should have been,” lost opportunities, broken promises, and unhealthy choices, we can better use our energy to work for us now, with what we are doing now, with what we want to create for ourselves, with making our dreams into our reality.
11. * “WHY PEOPLE DON”T HEAL AND HOW THEY CAN” – So often, counselors, family members and friends of addicted people are bewildered and baffled by their return to substances in the face of sure and known disaster.
Why do people return to a way of life, after having been exposed to recovery, that is guaranteed to destroy them?
In this interactive workshop, we will examine the ways in which people are bombarded with too much too soon, the natural rhythms of physical and emotional healing, the healing balm of TIME, and the need to break down the recovery process into ‘doable’ moments, reasonable goals with a focus on the moment, the eternal NOW.
12. * “LET GO AND LIVE!” – The concept of “Letting go,” of surrender and release, is a component of every major spiritual and religious tradition all over the world. In this interactive workshop, we will examine the need to let go of the past, of people or things that no longer serve us (yet often hurt us) in order to make room for the new, to make room for our good. We will focus on steps 3-11 in the 12 step recovery program, which encourages awareness followed by release, in order to rid ourselves of guilt, shame, remorse, anger and grief.
This course is for personal as well as professional enhancement.
13. * “MONEY RECOVERY, HOW REGAINING OUR FINANCIAL HEALTH REDUCES STRESS, ANXIETY, AND DEPRESSION” – One of the number one causes of depression, anxiety, panic and sleep disorders in America is that millions of working Americans are living paycheck to paycheck, with more money going out than they have coming in. In addition, 68% of Americans have at least $9,000.00 in accumulated credit card debt and are dancing as fast as they can to keep the whole house of cards from collapsing.
This experientially based stress management program will deal with the importance of becoming “debt free” and will examine new ways of managing money so that you will actually have more of what you need and truly want while spending less. We will also look closely at the reality of the one income household in what has now become a two income economy.
14 * “CHANGE YOUR THINKING, CHANGE YOUR LIFE!” –
In recovery, many people are living the story of personal awakening and transformation.
A key component to transforming one’s life is to change our thinking from fear based, negative, worried ponderous thinking to sober, clean, hopeful, expansive love based thought.
We now know scientifically that thoughts are things and that by changing our thinking (the story we tell ourselves each day) we can see the outer conditions of our lives change in correspondence. As within, so without. In this interactive workshop, we will examine techniques which redirect thought..phase out old worn out belief systems, and help us to break out of long held negative emotional reactions.
We learn how to pay attention to what we tell ourselves about ourselves and our world and that we can, in fact, create a new story.
15. * “WORKING WITH FIVE SPIRITUAL THEMES IN RECOVERY” – This interactive course will examine five spiritual themes in the process of recovery:
1) the psychology and practice of forgiveness;
2) the psychology of self-acceptance and learning how to surrender;
3) the connection between your spiritual style and your spiritual practice;
4) the development of your understanding of the Sacred, God, the Divine; and
5) the process and practice of “making hope happen” each day in recovery. The material provided can be used for personal growth and to help clients explore the connection between psychological and spiritual growth in the process of recovery.
16. SHAKE YOURSELF LOOSE! (From panic to power, fear to freedom) Our character defects, our habituated ways of thinking and behaving, can be like emotion barnacles that we can never seem to shake off. Since we cannot change what we do not acknowledge, we will learn how these frozen thought forms cause us to behave in the same ways over and over again while expecting different results.
This workshop will focus on the importance of exposing and acknowledging our unconscious beliefs thereby diminishing them and eventually releasing them. We will come to understand that the only dragons we need to slay are the ones that live within us.
1. “CREATING A LIFE YOU LOVE TO LIVE” –
Very few people lying on their death beds are saying,
“Boy I wish I’d worked more overtime, or
“Gee, I regret not getting the garage cleaned”, or
“Here I am dying and my paperwork’s not caught up!”
Many people are so busy frantically doing everything they think they SHOULD do, that they rarely get around to doing what they truly WANT to do.
This experientially based seminar is aimed at maximizing the time we have left in our lives by not postponing joy.
We will examine the things in our lives which are working well for us and enhancing our lives as well as the things which who no longer serve us.
Each participant will have the opportunity to inventory their life in a way which will invite them to make themselves number (1) one in their own lives and to discover ways in which to include more joy, comfort, relaxation and creativity in our everyday lives.
2. “TAKE TIME FOR YOUR LIFE: THE ART OF EXTREME SELF-CARE” –
This program will address the ways in which we can focus and redirect our life energy into ways that better serve us and enhance our lives, as well as identifying the “energy drains” in our lives that often cause us to feel anxious and exhausted. Since we only have a limited amount of energy available to us each day, it is helpful as well as revitalizing to learn how to better use and focus the energy we have, allowing us to live our lives more authentically and with a deeper sense of fulfillment.
This program will build off an earlier program, “CREATING A LIFE YOU LOVE TO LIVE”, but prior attendance is not necessary and will not impact the participant in fully experiencing this second follow up in this series
– On the morning of September 11, 2001, the world was changed forever. Yet, our own personal lives have had to go on. Families need to be fed, bills need to be paid, children return to school, and on and on it goes.
The question seems to remain, how can I give my best to the world and to those I love in the midst of such uncertainty?
How do I hold on to myself….in the workplace and in my personal life, when everything around me appears to be spinning out of control?
This interactive training will offer the participants tools to better manage our most precious commodity..TIME..and to focus on the people and things which matter most.
We will also examine the things in our lives that no longer serve us and explore ways in which to begin eliminating some of them when appropriate.
We will be instructed in Hatha breath work, mindfulness meditation and guided imagery; which all are skills that help us to focus and keep us present in the NOW.