This virtual course begins September 7th, 2021.
Living with chronic illness inflicts a series of traumas from the illness itself to the changes it inflicts on your lifestyle and your relationships. It is traumatic for both those who are ill and for those who care for them.
And because the trauma is ongoing, it can be hard to heal the psyche and to step forward into life again. These traumas can include the derailment or postponement of dreams and hopes and misunderstanding from healthcare providers, friends, and even family members.
This trauma can be healed even if you or your loved one is still on the journey of healing from or living with a chronic illness.
Healing the Trauma, our 6-week live, virtual course will show you how to heal from these traumas and integrate the emotions they cause. It will also help you build more resilience and strength so that you can continue to walk this path without constantly adding to your trauma.
Week 1: Overview. What Is a Koan? Traumatized Patient, Traumatized Caregiver
Week 2: Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion
Week 3: Boundaries and Beliefs
Week 4: Individual and Collective Shadows
Week 5: Reality and Responsibility
Week 6: The Golden Shadow
Each of our live, 6-week, stand-alone courses addresses a part of the illness experience and is designed both for people suffering from chronic illness and caregivers. You can begin with any of the courses, pick and choose, or do them all. Each course is six weeks and includes guided discussions and video calls (all calls are archived so you can listen to them later). The courses in the series are:
Healing the Trauma: Begins each September
The wounds of chronic illness are more than physical. Part of the path of illness is acknowledging and working with the emotional and psychological layers of trauma.
Healing Your Relationships: Begins each November
Chronic illness brings changes and challenges to every relationship – your partner, children, parents, employer, friends, and even yourself. Your relationships can fracture or deepen depending on how you integrate illness into them.
Using Illness as a Springboard to Personal Growth: Begins each January
Illness is a path to deep personal growth. Understanding how this growth occurs can offer a direct route to a better, more mature, and more sane experience of being human, even in the midst of tragedy.
Illness as an Accelerator of Spiritual Intelligence and Awakening. Begins each March.
Illness or caregiving can be part of your spiritual practice and path. Using the Integral map, we’ll use the very difficulties that illness magnifies as the place to bring our attention and our practice.
Integration: Begins each May
It’s time to take all that you’ve learned and apply it to your life, implementing your own integral life practice that includes all the dimensions of your own being as well as the collective experience. It is recommended that you be well versed in integral philosophy or have taken at least one of the other courses before taking this one.
Lynn is a college instructor, educational course designer, and a mediator with a BA, MA, JD, and PhD. An experienced classroom and online instructor, she has designed and taught courses in transpersonal psychology, writing, planning, chronic illness, and conflict management at DePaul University, where she also founded and directed the Chronic Illness Initiative, a program to help students with chronic illness obtain a degree.
A devoted student of Ken Wilber and integral philosophy, she has published integrally oriented essays and articles on conflict resolution and illness management and weaves integral ideas into her course design and teaching. She follows an integral life practice of physical, psychological, meditative, and cognitive development.
Lynn has volunteered in many capacities – with battered women, people in the recovery community, and people with chronic illness – and served on the board of the Solve ME/CFS Association of America for many years. Despite her study of many disciplines, Lynn regards her greatest learning as long-term caregiver for severely ill family members.
We donate 50% of revenues from this course to organizations that support people with chronic illness. If you would like to suggest a particular recognized chronic illness based charity, please contact Lynn at [email protected]
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