Running list of class ideas

  • Locating Emotions in the Body
  • Living with Dual Diagnoses 
  • The Legacy of Trauma: Intro to Epigenetics 
  • The Gut-Brain Axis
  • Transformative Storytelling: Rewriting Your Personal Narrative
  • Spotting and Combating Black and White Thinking 
  • Creating a Sensory Kit for Grounding 
  • Coping with the Complex Trauma of Intersectional Oppression 
  • Navigating OHP 
  • Understanding the Fight/Flight/Freeze/Fawn Response
  • Establishing everyday rituals
  • Introduction to kratom for alcohol and opiate cessation , depression, anxiety, and chronic pain
  • Personal harm reduction strategies
  • Societal harm reduction interventions
  • The science of mindfulness
  • Mindfulness for trauma survivors
  • The embodied mind
  • Spotting and combating cognitive distortions
  • Nonviolent communication for intimate relationships
  • Combating stigma, med shaming, and other mental health and addiction myths
  • Introduction to trauma release exercises (TRE)
  •  Introduction to tapping (EFT)
  • Distress tolerance strategies from DBT
  • The Sinclair Method for alcohol reduction
  • Cost benefit analysis for problematic behaviors
  • Naming and giving voice to your emotions
  • The many benefits of CBD (not a sales pitch!)
  • The paralysis of analysis
  • Adult ADHD & ADD
  • Making a gratitude journal
  • Your chosen family tree: Building a network of support
  • Setting and enforcing boundaries in the real world
  • Tips for choosing a therapist
  • Breathing technique for stress, anxiety, and panic
  • Put down the phone: Combating technology addictions
  • Trump Traumas: Coping with political burnout
  • Creating a culture of enthusiastic consent, in the bedroom and out
  • Volunteering, service, and activism as self care
  • Trauma and the brain
  • How to be an ally to victims of domestic abuse
  • Processing grief
  • Bibliotherapy: Reading to Heal
  • (Trying to) overcome your perfectionism
  • Recognizing, understanding, and healing from narcissistic abuse
  • Flashback management
  • Relapse triggers and prevention plans
  • Unraveling self-defeating beliefs
  • Standing up for yourself: Assertiveness 101
  • Discovering your inherent resiliency
  • Crash course on human neurobiology
  • It is what it is: Living a life of radical acceptance
  • Seeing progress: Methods of habit tracking
  • Chair and bed yoga and stretching
  • Exercise and the depressed brain: solutions for the real world
  • Understanding stages of change
  • Nutrition for improved mental health
  • Herbal allies for depression, anxiety, and insomnia
  • Coping with and recovering from social anxiety
  • Coming out of isolation: Practical methods of reaching out
  • Taking a life stress inventory
  • When you can’t decide: How to write a declaration for mental health treatment
  • Goal mapping and planning
  • Maintaining motivation
  • Is self medication inherently harmful?
  • Making a safety plan for suicidal ideation
  • Life lessons from the Stoics
  • Questioning the cult of happiness
  • Letting go of toxic shame
  • Owning up: Atonement and making amends with intact boundaries and self respect
  • The complexities of complex PTSD and developmental trauma
  • Neurodiversity and the mad pride movement
  • What to expect in a mental health hospitalization
  • Living with Bipolar
  • Tips for having fun and socializing sober
  • Coping with burnout for Activists
  • Introduction to EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing): Is it right for me?
  • Lessons from Positive Psychology
  • Fostering your innate creativity
  • Quieting your inner critic
  • Patterns of codependency
  • Codependent or Interdependent? Examining similarities and differences
  • The Power of Vulnerability and the work of Brene Brown
  • Introduction to the autism spectrum
  • Everyday consequences of the war on drugs
  • Radical Self Care: A critique of the commodification of wellness
  • A trauma-informed critique of AA aka It’s okay to hold resentments against your abuser!
  • Learning about your learning style
  • Getting things done: Setting realistic goals and breaking tasks down
  • Supporting your partner, friend, or family member in recovery, while honoring your own needs
  • Taking and ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) Inventory
  • Addiction as an attachment disorder
  • Listening to your heart: Understanding emotions as manifestations of needs
  • What peer support can and can’t do: When to seek professional help
  • How to spot projection in yourself and others
  • Reprogramming our inherent negative bias
  • You can’t please everyone: Giving fewer fucks about what others think of you
  • How to spot and counter gaslighting
  • Who decides what “sober” is? Medicinal marijuana, therapeutic ketamine, mindful use of kratom and other psychotropic drugs
  • Getting past your past” vs. “Integrating your past”
  • Suffering as a spectrum: The traumas of everyday life
  • Cutting ties: Letting go of toxic relationships
  • Germinating a beginner’s mindset
  • On Autopilot: Breaking free of the Default Mode Network
  • Understanding your lizard brain
  • Crash course on childhood development
  • De-fusing with your thoughts and emotions
  • The map is not the territory: Separating your self from your diagnoses and shedding unhelpful labels
  • Hope for the best, Prepare for the worst: Coping ahead of hard times
  • Understanding the vagus nerve
  • Propagating loving-kindness
  • Reciprocity and getting your needs met in relationships
  • Styles of anger expression
  • Creating your own meditation practice
  • The allures and pitfalls of dating in early recovery
  • Creating a culture of consent in the recovery community: How to avoid 13th stepping and unbalanced power dynamics
  • How to make friends as an adult
  • What Myers-Briggs tests can and can’t tell you about yourself
  • Quick and dirty tips for resisting urges
  • Dealing with dismissiveness and people who just don’t understand mental health and addiction
  • Practicing Practice: Establishing a new routine
  • How to say “NO” to anything
  • Creating a Hierarchy of Values (HOV)
  • CES and neurostimulators for mood and sleep: Research and testimonials
  • Navigating the terrain and exploring the unique joys of non-monogamy in a safe and loving context
  • Apocalypse someday maybe: Halting catastrophization
  • Nature immersion for mental wellness
  • Love languages 101
  • Understanding your attachment style
  • Who will help the helpers?
  • Radical self care for compassionate people
  • Planning your coming-out (as queer, as mad, mentally ill, aspy, whatever)
  • Coping with the challenges of invisible disabilities
  • Confronting ableism in work and life
  • Coping with nightmares
  • Honoring and listening to your anger in a healthy way
  • Recovering from toxic gender roles
  • Getting the help you deserve: Being your own advocate in recovery
  • Planning ahead for a hospitalization: Medical releases, phone trees, and making plans for pets, bills, and loved ones
  • Exercise for mental health: Practical resources
  • Financial recovery crash course
  • Everyday practices for cultivating gratitude
  • Peaceful Co-habitation: Living with roommates and parents
  • Managing expectations for a more satisfying life
  • Adjusting to life as an immigrant: Practical resources, coping with xenophobia, and retaining your cultural identity
  • Coping with phobias
  • Observing the self: Recognizing patterns of mania, depression, and anxiety
  • Escaping abuse: How to make a safety plan and get a restraining order
  • The Upward Spiral: How building a sense of agency can snowball confidence
  • Applying for disability
  • Living a life of radical honesty
  • Practical local resources round-table
  • Medical cannabis and a crash course on terpenes
  • Unlearning unhealthy and obsolete coping mechanisms- Processing and methods
  • The therapy of creativity
  • Everyday practices for better brain health
  • The Politics of Experience: Lessons from R.D. Laing
  • The Pathology of normalcy: Understanding the work of Erich Fromm
  • The history of mental health treatment
  • Media resources Roundtable (podcasts, TED talks, youtube channels, message boards, etc.)
  • Breaking free from sugar addictions
  • Living with seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
  • Understanding and healing from adrenal fatigue
  • Rebuilding trust appropriately
  • Progressive muscle relaxation for anxiety and insomnia
  • The physiology of trauma
  • Spotting red flags and manipulative tactics in dating
  • The power of words: The psychological impact of racist, sexist, homophobic, xenophobic, and other divisive language
  • What to expect from detox/withdrawal and when to seek help\
  • Healing from toxic relationships
  • Forgiveness as self-care
  • Facing the opiate crisis
  • Dopamine and the biology of addictions
  • Surviving PAWS (Post acute withdrawal syndrome)
  • Nutrition for active drinkers
  • Understanding trauma bonding
  • The challenges and joys of being a highly empathetic person
  • The physical manifestations of depression and anxiety
  • Strategies for defying suicidal ideation
  • Self pity versus self compassion
  • Throwing a wrench in your own self sabotage
  • Integrating the rational and the emotional: Cultivating Wise Mind (DBT)
  • Pros and cons of ECT (electro-convulsive therapy) and TMS (Transcranial magnetic stimulation)
  • Caring for your childhood self/inner child
  • Finding a service animal for your unique needs
  • Living well with learning disabilities
  • Identifying enabling behavior in yourself and others
  • Coping with chronic pain and ambiguous diagnoses
  • Willfulness vs. Willingness
  • Fighting complacency and maintaining motivation
  • Introduction to the cognitive model: Thoughts, feelings, behaviors
  • Living with social anxiety
  • Distress tolerance strategies from DBT (Dialectical Behavior Therapy)
  • Active listening: How-to and demonstration
  • Strategies for overcoming procrastination
  • Understanding cycles of abuse
  • Practicing and insisting on enthusiastic consent (A trauma-informed perspective)
  • Creating a list of activities for distraction, laughter, mindfulness, and fun
  • Affirmations for everyone (including the self-loathing): Making believable statements
  • Debunking the myth of “rock bottom”
  • Secular spirituality
  • Alternate rebellion from DBT
  • The ABCs of ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
  • Introduction to Jungian analysis
  • Holistic approaches to mental wellness
  • Guided imagery practices for stress and anxiety
  • Creating a container for difficult emotions
  • What kind of bodywork is right for me?
  • Spotting and overcoming barriers to recovery
  • Peaceful cohabitation with roommates and parents
  • Chain analysis for problematic behaviors
  • Healthy Self-soothing 101
  • Which treatment modality is right for me?
  • On being a human animal
  • Hormones and human behavior
  • Stressed out: the effects of cortisol
  • Woo or true: spotting pseudoscience
  • Staying within your window of tolerance
  • Self-acupressure for emotional wellbeing
  • Breaking the silence: Demystifying the suicidal impulse
  • Recognizing and halting emotional flashbacks
  • Neuroscience and free will: Real world implications
  • Understanding and harnessing heart rate variability (HRV)
  • Creating a sense of safety in uncertainty and life
  • Balancing your left and right brain thinking
  • The science of willpower and impulsivity
  • Body positivity 101
  • The problem with good intentions
  • Moving towards vs. moving away from
  • What you need to know about trauma bonding
  • Crisis as opportunity
  • Embarking on self-crit with self-compassion: finding comfort in discomfort
  • Getting the most out of individual therapy
  • Dialectics and holding space for multiple truths
  • Deprogramming from internalized oppression (racism, homophobia, misogyny, ableism, etc)
  • Growing up too soon: healing from parentification
  • Spoon theory 101 : Conserving your personal energy
  • Sitting with uncertainty and change
  • Challenging toxic positivity and the cult of happiness
  • The science of willpower and impulsivity
  • How to apologize
  • DBT skills crash course
  • DBT workbook group
  • Guided movement meditation
  • Practical skills and role-playing for relating/building more secure relationships when you’ve experienced trauma/c-PTSD
  • Improve confidence and overcome imposter syndrome
  • Everyday evidence-based wellness practices
  • The art of de-escalation
  • Delirium tremens and other dangers of alcohol and benzodiazepine withdrawal
  • Perspectives on cognitive liberty
  • Introduction to mad studies
  • How to train your own service animal for medical alert
  • Emotional support animals: Storytelling and practicalities
  • Healing from religious abuse
  • Safer and saner self-medication with cannabis
  • Mirror neurons and empathy
  • Intro to mindful eating
  • Recovery from “Workaholism”
  • Recognizing and recovering from financial abuse
  • Your pain is real: Understanding psychosomatic illness
  • Introduction to Ecopsychology
  • Navigating the politics of identity
  • Testifying against a perpetrator
  • Living well with executive dysfunction
  • The pitfalls of jealousy: Recognizing toxic monogamy
  • Trauma treatment modalities: Which is right for me?
  • Un-learning helplessness
  • Binaries that bind us: Towards continuum thinking
  • Against dualism: Intro to embodies cognition
  • The commodification of wellness: reclaiming community- and self- care
  • Confronting ableism
  • Intro to disability justice and the social model of disability
  • Getting the most out of individual therapy
  • Deprogramming from internalised oppression (homophobia, ableism, misogyny, racism, etc)
  • Growing up too soon: Understanding and healing from parentification
  • Overcoming covert incest
  • Embarking on self-crit with self-compassion
  • Peer support 101, 201, 301 etc.

 

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