Over a century ago, Sigmund Freud postulated that the primary motivation of the individual was the pursuit of pleasure: sucking, reaching, gazing, and eventual curiosity about the world. Seeking pleasure can certainly enrich our lives, but also can lead to trouble. Compulsive habits, including addictions, become a way of coping in our increasingly complex, information overloaded lives. With the advent of technology and social media, we now develop (often inadvertently) virtual identities and relationships that have little connection to experience in real life. The loneliness that can be inherent in virtual friendships adds a new layer of complexity to our motivation and habits. Too often we forget the fundamental pleasure of in-person relationships in favor of virtual narratives about ourselves that we create and even believe, sometimes leading to shame that "my life is not as great as I present on the Net."
Drawing from the principles of positive psychology, participants and clinicians will learn how to flourish in our increasingly electronic universe, awaken the skills in our bodies to express the capacity for contact and connectedness, and discover avenues for grounding in the present moment. This is an experiential workshop for individuals, couples, and health professionals. Exercises are designed to cultivate skillfulness in helping ourselves and others have satisfying, effective, and real social interactions. Participants will be taught the tools to sustain their own and their client’s vitality, particularly under stress, as well as to utilize a full spectrum of emotions to access opportunities for healthy pleasure in real life and on social networks.
CE credit for psychologists;
CE credit for MFTs and LCSWs;