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 Classes with Edith Johnston PhD LPC

Western Colorado Community College  CEC Classes                
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July 31, 2018, Tuesday  9:00 am – 4:00 pm 

Ability – Taking the Dis out of Disability

Part I  Loss is Real!

When you experience a decrease in what you can do, this is a loss. There is a grief process and a change in roles. Become aware of your changes and those around you in your respective roles in the family and community. Understand the emotions you are experiencing (anger, frustration, hopelessness, acceptance, adaptation, determination). Know yourself, your beliefs and thoughts; the actions and reactions created. These are the times of challenges, growth, lessons, and JOY! Come explore for yourself and with others the process of grief and disability.

Part II Physical Management
You have been working with your physician to gain the greatest comfort and continue your daily routine. Learn a few more tools to use to manage the physical aspects of disability. Movement is important and breathing is the basics of all movement. Discuss and explore what method of movement is most advantageous for you (swimming, yoga, Tai Chi, bicycling, walking, etc.). Learnt eh importance of relaxation exercises, meditation, pacing yourself to increase the ability to move. Finally, let’s look at alternatives for symptom management; such as, acupressure, massage, heat, magnets and other alternatives.

Part III  The “How To” of Disability
Do you need to stop doing what you are accustomed to doing every day and on special occasions? NO! Look at and develop a process of setting realistic expectations. Answering the question, of how to versus whether you can or can’t – do what you want to do or have been doing. Let’s look at adaptations (in method and mechanical). What about support from others? What is available in the community? Also, let’s look at the question of work or continuing to generate an income. What resources are available for cash flow? Explore the “how to” of moving forward with living with a disability.

Part IV Personal Balance
Emotional tools to help deal with the stress of the ups and downs of daily living that have been added to with a disability. Explore how to grow through the experience of the disability. Look at tools; such as, journaling, flower essences, core transformation, acupressure, meditation, healing mandalas, counseling/coaching, biblio-therapy (reading), music, fun and joy. The focus is to have a personal balance for experiencing life and the disability part of you.

More info:  www.howtoinlife.com/ability

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September 18, 2018, Tuesday  1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

The Masks We Wear – Do they empower or enable? 

Masks are a power symbol.  Masks hied us from ourselves and others.  What masks do you wear?  What are the roles you play in your daily life?  Come identify your various masks (roles).  Determine what ones are important to you.  Create a mask with color and beauty to reflect the empowered and empathic person your are.  This is the center mask to support all your roles in life.  All of life is a stage, what role will you play?

Masks have been used in many cultures to bring forth the strength in an individual and to connect them with a power greater then themselves.  Masks have also been used to create characters in  live performance of stories.  Masks can represent the roles we have in our everyday life.  We choose which masks we will wear.  The masks can be empowering or something we hide behind.  Do we know what masks we want to wear?  Do we know how to embrace the various roles in our lives and bring forth the best in ourselves and others?

Join this fun creative exploration of your many faces.

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October 16, 2018, Tuesday  1:30 pm – 4:30 pm 

Healing with Acupressure, Introduction to Jin Shin

This introductory workshop provides the basic information between Eastern and Western medical approaches.  The program will allow one to understand the electromagnetic system within the body and how it balances the physical, emotional, and mental aspect of an individual.  The faculty will describe how the electromagnetic system provides a method of response to the body’s call to disease to balance and clear the energy flows.  A booklet is provided with instructions for what treatment is called for relative to specific symptoms.  Participants will learn the location of the 26 bilateral points and how to release blockage.

Jin Shin Acupressure is a very gentle touch oriental healing system.  It facilitates management of symptoms and enables health.  This class will cover:

Course Objectives:

  1. Identify three ways oriental medicine differs from Western Medicine
  2. Describe Jin Shin electromagnetic system within the body and how it balances physical, mental and emotional aspects.
  3. Identify location of the 26 bilateral points and their partners to release energy blockages.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of the self-help and caregivers books by administering treatment to self and others.

Content Outline:

  1. Philosophy of Jin Shin Acupressure
  2. Electromagnetic System
  3. 26 Bilateral Points – methods of release
  4. Use of Self Help / Caregivers Books –  Identifying and Applying treatment options
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