AINC’s longest-running program, Year of Conversations presents topics related to the brain, the mind, and the body along with their application to mental health and well-being. These workshops emphasize 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. A list of our previous speakers can be found here.
Friday, September 14th, 2018
The Neuroscience of Creativity with Jill Adams, LPC
For years in popular culture, the terms left-brained and right-brained have come to refer to personality types, with an assumption that some people use the right side of their brain more, while some use the left side more. Brain research has debunked this myth of brain hemisphere dominance so why does it still persist? Join us for a conversation on the neuroscience of creativity with hands on art activities to spark conversation and connection.
Jill Adams is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in south Austin. Her work as a therapist is informed by 20 years of experience as an art educator. Jill integrates the therapeutic power of the creative process into interventions grounded in attachment theory and interpersonal neurobiology. Jill particularly enjoys working with adolescents, creative professionals, and is a SIMS Foundation provider for musicians and their families.. www.jilladamscounseling.com
Friday, October 19th, 2018
Undoing the Aloneness of Climate Change with Amanda Norcross, LPC
Too many of us feel overwhelmed by and alone with the growing reality of climate change. It stirs deep feelings in us, especially fear, which means that it can also trigger our biggest emotional defenses and leave us feeling paralyzed or wanting to look away. How do we soften this emotional bind? By coming into supportive, authentic connection with others. There, we can discover an increased sense of clarity, well-being, resilience, and community. Come join us for heartfelt exploration of how you and others are experiencing this unprecedented challenge for humanity, which is calling all of us to a new level of consciousness.
Amanda Norcross is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in north Austin, and she has over a decade of professional and personal experience in working with emotions and core experiences in ways that lead to an expanding, deepening, and solidifying of self. She studies climate change as a psychological issue, and she seeks to foster dialogue that creates space for both the visible and hidden emotions that underlie it. She often turns to nature for inspiration and healing, and she has, to her surprise, found relief and courage by also turning toward climate change. www.amandanorcross.com
Friday, November 16th, 2018
Embodying Connection and Holding Environments with Barbara Jo Stetzelberge, LCSW, BC-DMT
How do we bring the research on attachment theory and neuro-plasticity into accessible embodied experiences? In this workshop we will actively explore this question by engaging with gravity, each other, and Barbara Jo’s Kinnector prop. Curious? The workshop promises to be playful, grounding, and refueling.
January 12, 2018
February 9, 2018
April 13, 2018
May 11, 2018
June 8, 2018
September 14, 2018
October 19, 2018
November 16, 2018
Twin Oaks Library
100 S. Fifth St.
Austin, TX 78704