Year of Conversations is a free monthly forum held Friday afternoons, from 4-6 PM, emphasizing experiential, non-verbal ways of knowing and learning. We gather in a spirit of sanctuary, community, and renewal to explore pathways to helping others heal and thrive. Presentations focus on the work of helping professionals but all are welcome. CEUs are available free of charge for Austin IN Connection Members, and $20 for non-Members.
Please note that our 2017 Year of Conversations events will be held at Twin Oaks Library in South Austin.
Friday September 8, 2017
There Are No Rules Because You Make Them Up
Advancing the use of Imagination for Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Health with James Ochoa, LPC
Join us for an afternoon exploring the nature of imagination as we weave our way through the science of the mind. Through dynamic discussion and experiential exercises, you will begin to discover a new respect for what I call the “Raw Horsepower of the Mind” accessed through the point of imagination.
Learning to evolve your use of imagination by pushing the boundaries of its “there are no rules” perspective, you will begin to develop a fun, creative way to use this “tool of the mind.” Your mental energy will naturally lead to new insights into the most difficult issues in your life.
James Ochoa, LPC, author of Focused Forward: Navigating the Storms of Adult ADHD, is founder and director of The Life Empowerment Center in Austin, TX. James offers action-focused counseling and executive coaching to help his clients discover ways to empower themselves in all areas of their lives. His passion is treating the emotional distress of ADHD so clients can begin to build internal worlds in their imagination to manage their attention challenges. Visit www.jamesochoa.com to sign up for his monthly email newsletter and to learn more about The Life Empowerment Center.
INCUBATING… Hold the dates for some great YofC events coming this fall!
October 20, 2017: Jennifer Knight
Using Ritual and Dream Work in Therapy
November 17, 2017: Isabell Xiomara Correa
Previous Year of Conversations Events
Friday June 9, 2017
What Horses Can Teach Us About Creating Secure Human Relationships
with Kate Naylor, LMFT, and Kathleen Choe, LPC-Sclick to see details of this event
Kate Naylor is an LMFT practicing in the Austin area. Her work focuses on trauma healing for both individuals and families and takes place almost exclusively outdoors and with horses. Kate is a certified Natural Lifemanship clinician, horse professional, and trainer; when she is not in session she is teaching and supporting other professionals across the country in learning Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy.
Kathleen Choe is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Supervisor practicing in Austin, Texas. She is a certified clinician and trainer in Natural Lifemanship’s Trauma-Focused Equine Assisted Psychotherapy. Kathleen has been in practice for 20 years, specializing in trauma, eating disorders, and the treatment modality EMDR.
Friday February 3, 2017
Thriving Through Relationships
Lessons from the practical application of INPB
a live podcast with Patty Olwell, LCSW; Sue Marriott, LCSW, CGP; and Ann Kelley, PhDclick to see details of this event
The development of the the new Austin-based podcast, Therapist Uncensored, uses the flat interweb to mindfully share information and resources to those who might otherwise not have access (the show is now heard across the US and in 76 countries), and is an extension of IPNB in play.
In this YofC session, during one portion we will turn the mics around for those of you who would like to speak so that we share the wide range of rich AINC experience in the room world-wide, another IPNB concept.
Please don’t be shy, you will not be recorded without your consent, and the topic itself will be fresh and interesting.
So let’s grow our community connections and spread the word about secure relating as far and wide as possible. We hope you join us, it’ll be fun!
Patty Olwell, LCSW, is a psychotherapist and former President of Austin IN Connection who in her spare time is trying to perfect her salsa and bachata.
Ann Kelley, PhD, co-creator of Therapist Uncensored, is a psychologist specializing in couples counseling and avid trail runner.
Sue Marriott LCSW, CGP, is a group psychotherapist, mother of 3 teens, co-founder and former President of Austin IN Connection.
Therapist Uncensored co-hosts Patty, Ann, and Sue, can be found on iTunes, Stitcher, Android or your favorite podcast platform and www.therapistuncensored.com
Friday March 3, 2017
Bringing TED into Therapy: The Power of TED Talks to Heal Trauma
with Laura Baffard Leslie, LCSWclick to see details of this event
Laura Bafford Leslie, LCSW, created a Trauma-Informed Group Therapy program at Austin Lakes Outpatient Services 3½ years ago and conducts similarly focused individual and group therapy in her South Austin private practice. As a longstanding enthusiast of ted.com, she integrates TED Talks into her dual focus of treatment- a choreography that flows between meaning making about an unfair past and exploring a strengths-based present and future.
Friday April 7, 2017
New Energy Medicine in Psychotherapy
with Steven Vazquez, PhDclick to see details of this event
Steven Vazquez, Ph.D., LPC-S, LMFT has been in private practice for over 37 years, authored three books, published numerous peer-reviewed articles, spoken at over fifty conferences and has been a subject for scientific studies on healers. www.ettcenter.com
Friday May 5, 2017
Inanna – Queen of Heaven and Earth: An Ancient Story for Modern Times with Lanell Coultas
Come immerse yourself in Inanna’s Descent, an epic poem about a Warrior Queen, Priestess of Seven Temples, and mother of two sons, who chooses to undertake a soulful, dangerous Journey so that she can gain the greatest power of all, to know her truest Self. Anyone experiencing great transitions or crossing thresholds of life, including becoming new parents, can relate to this powerful story!
Lanell Coultas is a childbirth and early parenting mentor, having worked with families for more than 20 years, guiding them over the threshold with great care and love. Also a mother of two sons, ages 9 and almost 2, Lanell gets daily mindfulness practice and the art of letting go.