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The Annual Transformation and Healing Conference, presented by the New Earth Institute of SWC, offers low cost CECs to counselors, art therapists and social workers as well as the community at large. Under the guidance of Vice President, Katherine Ninos, Southwestern College has offered its annual Transformation and Healing Conference since 1981. Every August, amazing and transformational teachers, healers and elders have graced this event (see below) offering training and experience with cutting edge therapies and ancient rituals. (Fun photos from past conferences). Here is one student’s (Natascha Holmes) experience of this rich and inspiring event, click here.
Transformation & Healing Conference, Aug. 20 – 24, 2014: “Consciousness and Compulsivity”
The New Earth Institute of Southwestern College will be offering the 34th Annual Transformation & Healing Conference from August 20-24, 2014, and it promises to be a blockbuster. The Title is Consciousness & Compulsivity, and topics to be covered include Human Sexuality, as well as Substance and Process Abuse and Addiction. The keynote speaker will be internationally acclaimed author, counselor,educator and elder, John Bradshaw, and the Sunday closing presentation will be by the enigmatic healer and teacher Lee Cartwright, of Santa Fe.
Jason Holley, Ginna Clark, Brian Miller, Gary Grimm, Carol Parker, Brian Serna, Juan Blea, Robert Waterman, Carrie Ishee, Robert Weisz, Kate Cook, and others will be presenting on a range of clinically relevant topics.
The conference is also meant to kick off the New Earth Institute’s new certificate program in “Human Sexuality”, directed by Ginna Clark, as well as support Southwestern College’s new LADAC track for alcohol and drug abuse counseling.
We are committed to looking at the entire spectrum of human sexuality, not simply topics that get covered in “psychopathology” texts. Our certificate will certainly cover a lot of clinical issues, but will also explore fantasy and dreams and much more.
And we understand substance and process issues as ranging along a continuum, and not as dichotomous or binary phenomena (“You are an addict, or you are not”). It is a much more complicated conversation, and requires us to walk in uncertainty. How much internet use is too much? When does gambling become a
problem? Are our actions coming from a place of conscious awareness, or have they become compulsions?
It is too easy to turn the Other into a cartoon version of a user or addict, and much more complex to wade through the layers of issues to be considered in addressing substance and process use and abuse…
Stay tuned for more information soon…
View past conference brochures here:
2008 - Medicine for Our Times
As part of our institutional commitment to service in our community, the Transformation and Healing Conference provides a forum for regionally and nationally known practitioners to share their work, and for our community to benefit from such a convocation of wisdom carriers.