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Free Workshop on Healing from the Past

From: Lisa T.
Sent on: Monday, September 20, 2010 2:04 PM
While working on forgiveness and healing with A Course in Miracles, many use other approaches simultaneously to help them speed up the process of forgiveness and release of the past. We have a "non-acim" related event coming up that is FREE to all of you who wish to join us. Read on below. There is a link to sign up if you scroll down a little. We will not likely post the event on our site because it is not strictly ACIM, but it is a very helpful workshop as Claudia is an expert in her field and well sought after speaker. She is coming as a favor to us. Join us and heal. Food and beverages included. Donations accepted, but not necessary.

Did you grow up with abuse or neglect or dysfunction in your childhood? Do you want to "let go of the past" but realize it takes healing?

We are having a FREE workshop with Claudia Black, PHD, author, lecturer, psychiatrist, expert on addiction and healing the shame, guilt, fear and depression at our Annual ACOA Awareness Day on October 3rd!

She will be sharing her story and doing a FREE WORKSHOP on "LETTING GO OF THE PAST" with us in the morning and in the afternoon, we will have five 10 minute mini topic shares on: Relationships, Inner Child, Spiritual Awakenings, Feelings, and Powerlessness and Unmanageability followed by a "question and answer" session in which members and newcomers could ask whatever questions they have for members on a panel to answer!

This event is FREE, although we will pass a basket for donations. There will be food, raffles, prizes and great recovery!

Click here for our meetup and please let us know if you will be coming or pass this on to someone you know who might be helped by this type of event. This is a 12 step program focused on healing from the past, but is open to anyone.

For more information on Claudia Black, see below:


I'm Claudia Black and I know first hand what it's like to grow up in a family affected by addiction. Alcoholism, drug addiction, compulsive disorders, depression, emotional abandonment, physical abandonment and family violence leave scars that can last a lifetime.

The journey to healing and recovery begins with breaking the silence, letting go of denial, and the willingness to go beyond yourself to find the answers.

In my books, CDs, and DVDs there is a foundation for understanding addiction, family systems, family roles and rules, and relationship dynamics and tools that will give you the opportunity to break the silence, let go of your denial, say 'No' to your shame, discover your self-worth and develop greater self-esteem.

I am probably best known for It Will Never Happen to Me in which I offer a foundation for understanding what occurred growing up in an addictive family. You will experience validation of your history, a framework for understanding what happened and why you are where you are today, and hope for the future.

Changing Course (which I consider to be the sequel to It Will Never Happen to Me) provides a framework for understanding the recovery and healing process from childhood family pain and it will help you to understand the beliefs and behaviors that have perpetuated your pain. I offer a path wherein you live with choices versus living a family script.

Today, more than ever, women are being challenged by the addictive nature of their partner's sexual behavior. My newest book Deceived teaches women how to protectively emerge from emotional isolation, shed secrets and shame, and discover the power to incite positive change in their relationship. You also have the opportunity to view a short video here wherein I speak about this book.

A Hole in the Sidewalk is a self-help relapse prevention workbook that can be utilized for a wide range of addictive disorders such as nicotine, alcohol, drugs, sex, work, spending, gambling, food and relationship addictions.

Repeat After Me is a step-by-step self-help workbook that provides a framework and a guide to take you through a process to recognize how your present life is influenced by your past. It is written so the reader has a hands-on tool to do personal work, but is also a fine tool for clinicians to use with clients.

It's Never Too Late to Have a Happy Childhood is a lovely inspirational book. It will validate your inner strength and wisdom.

Some incredible tools to help you in being the best parent you can be are My Dad Loves Me, for children ages 5 to 12, which gives them the opportunity to own and express their feelings and perceptions through drawing and writing, and Straight Talk which provides clear direction and gentle support for discussing addiction with your children of all ages.

There are various CDs in which I offer meditations and address the issues of emotional baggage, healing from abandonment, putting your past behind you, the trauma of being raised in an addictive family system and avoiding triggers that can lead you back into your addictive behavior.

For the professional working with addicted persons, individuals or families impacted by addiction I have created the Strategies Series. Each book offers hands on practical strategies that can be used with individual clients or within a group, didactic information to be used in sessions, reproducible handouts, exercises, and specific instructions for assignments that can be an integral part of the therapeutic process. There are also Toolboxes which combine a Strategies book with a corresponding DVD.

And The Stamp Game is a wonderful therapy tool to help people of all ages indentify, clarify, and discuss feelings.

You will find many DVDs meant to be used with clients and families to address issues such as anger, addiction and depression, relapse, relapse triggers and emotional baggage. There are other DVDs that address addiction in the family, the legacy of addiction, family roles, the recovery process, issues that affect recovery, relationships, shame, denial, and how to talk with children of any age about addiction and recovery. And DVDs that address abuse both physical and sexual. On each DVDs page you have the option to view a 5 to 6 minute preview.

You can learn how to access the power within you - own your truth and garner the courage to walk through the pain.

Within families impacted by addiction, depression, chronic anger, anger avoidance, denial, and shame are pervasive. Spouses, partners, children young and old, and certainly the addicted person all suffer.

Children, spouses, and partners in addictive family systems are at greater risk for physical and sexual abuse. Addiction in the family severely impairs parenting skills. Children are scared and confused and their childhood experiences are reflected in adult child and trauma issues. Codependence becomes a long standing lifestyle. Relapse is pervasive and destructive for everyone involved.

Healing and recovery is possible and you can be a part of that process.

Does the pain ever go away? - Yes

Recovery is an exciting process of establishing healthy boundaries, reframing belief systems, finding a greater trust in your self, reconciling the issues of forgiveness and embracing a spiritual process.

I am in awe of the miracles of recovery and I thank you for allowing me to be a part of your personal or professional journey."

Claudia Black Ph.D.

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