An evening with Karla McLaren, M.Ed.
Friday, June 22nd, 3pm to 7pm
$40 ($20 for students) CEs availableLearn more or register here
Your deep emotions can be your greatest allies in healing deep wounds.
In many psychological and medical traditions, emotions – especially deep and intense emotions – are seen as interfering with cognition, behavior, and the healing process itself. This problem-focused view of emotions has meant that emotional skills beyond down-regulation, avoidance, or redirection are rare.
Recent neurological research has challenged this view and has instead found emotions (including the so-called “negative” emotions) to be vital to basic cognition, self-awareness, meaning-making, decision-making, behavior, thought, and action.
In this evening workshop, McLaren presents emotions as aspects of genius, each one arising for specific and vital reasons, and each one carrying messages crucial to well-being. Most importantly, she explores the nourishing genius of deep emotions such as panic, shame, anxiety, rage, and depression in the healing of trauma.
McLaren presents a model to help people apply this emotional genius to self-awareness, healing, and reintegration.
Participants will be able to:
- Identify, categorize, and articulate between and among the different emotions and construct a mental model of how they interrelate.
- Develop practical ways to access the wisdom of intense emotions, mixed emotions, and emotions that have been repressed.
- Explain any precautions, contraindications, or modifications needed when working with intense emotional states such as panic, shame, depression, hatred, or suicidal ideation..
This workshop is a special joint event of the Columbia River Eating Disorder Network and IAEDP Willamette Valley chapter. 3 Continuing Education Units are provided for this event.
Presenter Karla McLaren
Karla McLaren, M.Ed. is an award-winning author, social science researcher, and an emotion and empathy pioneer. Her lifelong work focuses on her grand unified theory of emotions, which revalues even the most “negative” emotions and opens startling new pathways into self-awareness, effective communication, and psychological healing. Her applied work, Dynamic Emotional Integration® is a groundbreaking approach to emotions and empathy that reveals the genius and the healing power within the emotional realm.
Karla is the author of The Art of Empathy: A Complete Guide to Life’s Most Essential Skill (2013), The Language of Emotions: What Your Feelings are Trying to Tell You(2010), and the multi-media online course Emotional Flow: Becoming Fluent in the Language of Emotions (2012). Her illustrated children’s book Emotions! The Smart Kid’s Field Guide to the Wonderful World of Feelings will be published later this year (Laughing Tree Press, 2018).
Karla is also the coauthor (with Janja Lalich, Ph.D.) of Escaping Utopia: Growing Up in a Cult, Getting Out, and Starting Over (Routledge, 2017).
Karla has taught at such venues as the University of San Francisco, Esalen, Naropa University, Kripalu Center, and the Association for Humanistic Psychology. Additionally, as a prison arts educator with the William James Foundation, she has utilized singing, drumming, and drama to help men in maximum security prisons explore and heal long-held emotional traumas.