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Finding Rest in the Midst of Stress: Mind-Body Approaches to Managing Stress

In this workshop, a variety of ways to calm the nervous system and bring balance between doing and being in life will be learned. We will have the opportunity to practice various strategies, identify and refine the ones that work best for us, and leave with a game plan for finding rest on different levels. Rather than allowing stress to accumulate, we will first learn to recognize when are becoming off-balance and to immediately apply simple and specific strategies involving breath, sound, and movement that can have effects in one to two minutes. We will also learn other strategies for stress reduction such as sensory imagination, acupressure points for relaxation, and tai ji- and qi gong-based movement. The techniques taught in this workshop are also helpful for managing stress responses to traumatic events.

"I have learned much from Carolyn Braddock’s workshops, and there is an exercise I always remember to do when I am in need to manage stress: Breathe . . . take 3 steps back. As I breathe, my arms are directed out towards the universe. Rather than holding both the breathing and the stress, I let it go. It feels as if I am taking 3 gentle dancing steps back, and without the need to control anything, I can let go. My whole self feels lighter and taken care. . ." – Ginny Tal, LCSW, Venice Family Clinic

". . . these [tools] are easy to apply to everyday life."  – past participant

instructor bio:

Carolyn Braddock, MA is a nationally and internationally known consultant, educator, trainer, and group facilitator who specializes in innovative mind/body approaches to managing stress. Many of these methods are based on The Braddock Body Process —a body-centered approach based in Tai Ji and Qi Gong movement and philosophy, whereby individuals learn to identify and respond to signals of stress in their distinctive patterns of breath, movement, and sound. She received intensive training in family therapy at the Colorado Institute for Marriage and Family Therapy and studied extensively with renowned pioneer psychiatrist Carl Whitaker in the field of family therapy. She founded the Institute on Child Abuse and Neglect in l981 through the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver and The Professional Psychology Department at the University of Northern Colorado. In addition to working with individuals, couples, families, groups, and businesses in areas such as addictions and post-traumatic stress disorder, Carolyn serves as a mentor to graduate students, supervisor for psychotherapists, consultant/trainer at the Chi Chi Rodriquez Youth Foundation (an organization for at risk youth in Florida), guest lecturer at California State University Northridge and at the University of Denver, and is a featured presenter for organizations, conferences, and national/international symposia. She is the author of Body Voices: Using the Power of Breath, Sound, and Movement to Heal and Create New Boundaries.

Saturday, October 10, 2015

time: 10:00 am to 3:30 pm
Note that there will be a one-hour lunch break. Lunch options: enjoy a meal at the Farmer's Market on site, picnic in the park, or walk to a nearby cafe (click for restaurants near First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica).

fee:  $45.00


Continuing Education credits for LCSWs, MFTs, and RNs can be requested during the registration process for an additional $20. Scroll down for details.

First Presbyterian Church of Santa Monica, Renaissance Room
1220 2nd St., Santa Monica 90401

directions & parking:
For directions, click here.

Parking: Park in Lot 2 across the street from the church, which is free for the first 90 minutes and $1.00 for the next hour, and $1.50 for every half hour after that. Click here for parking structure locations and details. Please allow time to negotiate the Saturday Santa Monica farmer's market traffic.

To find the venue: Enter through the front courtyard area and turn right, where you will see the Renaissance Room, before entering the building.

special instructions for participants:
Dress comfortably in pants and with comfortable shoes for walking. Bring a sweater for additional warmth. And bring a lunch if you don't want to purchase lunch during the noon hour. Bringing plenty of water is also important.

continuing education (CEU) information:

Provider name = Arts and Healing Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Provider number = 4468

Continuing Education credits for LCSWs, MFTs, and RNs can be requested during the registration process for an additional $20. This course meets the qualifications for 4.5 hours of continuing education credit for MFTs and/or LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.

Continuing Education Units for RNs are provided by Helen Kiger, Provider No. CEP10957. This class is approved for 4.5 contact hours of continuing education credit for RNs as required by the CA Board of Registered Nursing. If you are interested in CEUs for RNs, then advance notice is required, as we are unfortunately not able to accommodate RN CEU requests on the day of the program. For RN CEU requests, simply let us know via email at, with the subject header, "RN CEU Request," so we can ensure we have the appropriate paperwork prepared for you on the day of the program.

learning objectives for ceus:
1. Participants will learn how to recognize stress before it accumulates.

2. Participants will learn simple techniques involving breath, sound, and tai ji/qi gong-based movement to unwind stress immediately.

3. Participants will learn how to use acupressure techniques for stress relief.

4. Participants will learn how sensory imagination can be used to reduce stress.

5. Participants will be able to state two strategies for stress reduction that would be helpful
in the practice of nursing.

for more information: Please submit questions via email to or contact us at (310) 452-1439.



Refund Policy: In order to keep our programs affordable yet self-sustaining, we regret that we are unable to offer refunds on enrollment fees. We hope that you will find comfort in knowing that your fees are going to a worthy cause.

Reservation Policy: Reservations can be made for free events, unless noted otherwise in the program description. Individuals who have made reservations and who have arrived on time will be admitted first. After that time, everyone will have an equal opportunity for admission.

Wait List Policy: Based on past experience, we expect that a certain number of registrants will not be able to attend events. If registration for an event is full, joining the wait list will give you a higher priority for admittance at the door. If additional space for an event becomes available, individuals on the wait list will be notified via email and given the opportunity to enroll in the event before the additional spaces are advertised to the general public.

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