During their 60+ years of combined experience the husband and wife team of psychologists, Sher Kamman and Kirke Olson, began to feel something was missing in their life and work. It began with a nagging discontent with a narrow focus on what was wrong with people and then attempting to heal it. While they felt it certainly was helpful and sometimes rewarding to assist people to heal, it did not seem to be enough and the work could certainly be draining.
Almost twenty years ago these seeds of discontent led them to study with Marty Seligman, PhD as he began his journey with positive psychology, and Dan Siegel, MD who was beginning his work with interpersonal neurobiology. Kirke had a long-term off-and-on meditation practice and Sher a life long interest in spirituality, which made it an easy transition to study and practice mindfulness.
During the past years of study, Sher and Kirke have come to passionately believe that helping people find and amplify what is right with them is at least as important as helping people fix what is wrong.
For more than a century many professions (e.g., teachers, therapists, & helping professionals) have been doing a great job helping millions of people fix what is wrong by helping them overcome depression, anxiety, learning problems, illness, trauma, and much more. But, not being depressed is different from being happy; not feeling anxious is not the same as being relaxed. Healing, curing, problem solving, and alleviating symptoms all resolve negative states, but now we are beginning to understand that amplifying positive states is what fosters well-being and flourishing.
We are living in the middle of an explosion of research in neuroscience, positive psychology, and interpersonal relationships. This rapid expansion of knowledge is having and will continue to have a powerful effect on all of the helping professions. It is difficult for practicing professionals to find the time to learn and assimilate this information while they separate the wheat from the chaff. It is even more difficult to learn how and when to apply it. This eight-month training series both teaches the information and gently guides participants while they apply these evidence based practices.
This training will incorporate short lectures, discussion, and experiential learning, as well as opportunities for consultation. Informative handouts will be provided each class and on the first class you will receive a three-hole notebook so you can save the information for use later. Everything we do and discuss will be evidence based. For example, there will be homework, because neuroscience shows it helps learning.
**This course consists of 8 classes beginning October 12, 2018 and ending June 14, 2019. Each class is held on the 2nd Friday of every month (no class in March) and runs from 12:00pm – 2:00pm.