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Soul Tending: Healing the Wounded Healer

  • 12/14/2019
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • Children's Services Council, 2300 High Ridge Road, Boynton Beach, FL 33426
Louise Sutherland-Hoyt LMHC, CCMHC, NCC, MAC

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Join us on December 14th for a very personal workshop experience with Louise Sutherland-Hoyt.

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Wounded Healers

Only the wounded physician heals and it is only through surviving the personal pain and turmoil of challenging sufferings that one can acquire great wisdom and healing skills.  Carl Jung.

As healers the first step in tending to soul-injury both in ourselves and with our clients is to acknowledge our own woundedness, trace its origins, and to be present with it.  We can assess the depth of our Soul-Injury by answering the 10 questions of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale which we use as a tool in assessing Complex Trauma.

The results of an informal survey of 100 licensed mental health providers conducted in October, 2018 indicate that 60% of respondents grew up living with one or both parents who had a mental health diagnosis.  A thwarted sense of belonging was reported by 57%, while 41% reported as subjects of physical abuse.

During our workshop on December 14, 2018, we will briefly examine how by avoiding contact with our own woundedness, at some level we are actually  sustaining our own stigmas and biases about mental illness and suicide.

Learning Objectives:

Identify and assess the risks of suicide among mental health professionals.

Identify specific factors that place practitioners at risk using the "Adverse Childhood Experiences Scale"

Examine Thomas Joiner’s Interpersonal Theory of Suicide and apply it personally.

Apply  7 key principles for tending to ourselves, our clients, families, and our community through the lens of "Soul Tending".

Our Presenter: Louise Sutherland-Hoyt LMHC, CCMHC, NCC, MAC

Fire-walker Louise Sutherland-Hoyt is an expert in trauma and knows how to guide clients through their firefights both past and present. Through her Warrior Wellness and Post-Traumatic Discovery practice she has been helping her clients to discover, engage their mind, soul, and body, and deploy their most powerful inner resource, the internal warrior.  Louise has created Soul Tending workshops for combat Veterans and first responders, who, by virtue of their past and/or present exposure to violence, are among the highest risk to complete suicide.   Nationally recognized for her advocacy for mental health care for veterans and the elderly, Louise has lobbied on their behalf in the Nevada and Florida State Legislatures and on Capitol Hill.  Louise is a veteran of the United States Army, the Vietnam Era, having served as an Air Traffic Controller.  She earned her Masters Degree at Cambridge College and has accumulated many high achievements.  Louise is Past President of the Florida Mental Health Counselors Association.

"Each of us has an inner warrior. When we require courage and strength to walk through our everyday firefights we must be able to rely upon the leadership of a well- disciplined internal warrior to light our pathways into wellness. Fire-walker Louise Sutherland-Hoyt will walk you through your battlefields and show you how to discover, engage, and deploy your most powerful inner resource, your own internal warrior."

Louise Sutherland-Hoyt

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