Events

Here are all the events coming up in the next few months:

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NEXT COURSE STARTS JULY 24TH 2024- A FEW STILL SPACES LEFT

One Wild and Precious Life Course 

A healing and recovery journey through creativity

(12 week Online course Based on The Artist’s Way with poetry/reflections)

The poet, Mary Oliver, asks the profound question, “Tell me what you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

To which Rumi has a very compelling answer: “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray”.

If you want to be drawn into a richer, more fulfilling life, join Ruth on this 12-Week Online course to answer the call of your own soul to living more fully your One Wild and Precious life!
Course Description:

This online course has been developed using Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way as the guiding textbook, which is a spiritual exploration aimed at freeing your emergent energy to live a fuller, richer life. The poetry of Mary Oliver, Rumi, David Whyte, John O’Donohue and many others will also be woven into the content to aid in our reflective journey into spiritual and creative recovery. The course will focus on lives being transformed by blocks being dissolved, healing our harsh inner critic and collectively joining a reflective process, initiated, and practiced through creativity within a non-judgmental, supportive environment.

Due to the ongoing stress of post-pandemic life with its cost-of-living crisis and the escalating mental health crisis, now more than ever carers need to be cared for. This course is an excellent way to replenish your soul if you are feeling burnt out, compassion fatigue or low energy due to exhaustion. Without vital self-care your self may not be able to care for others, so now is the time to give yourself grace and space for creative and spiritual recovery.

To register please email mailto:admin@ruthmcconnell.com

One Wild and Precious Life Retreat

August 23-25th 2025 – St Francis Retreat Centre, Auckland

The theme of this retreat is Rest Play Grow. Our sessions will be focused on the need for rest and play for us to be able to fully live our One Wild and Precious Life. This retreat is for anyone who is carrying a load of care for others, so needing to make sure that burnout does not happen, may be in need of a re-boot, may be in a time of transition and reassessment, so needing a supportive, ‘held’ space to process.

Here are the session titles:

  1. Rest in Right Relationships: Recovering a sense of Connection (through healing Attachment to others, to self and to God/spirituality).
  2. Play as activated rest: the neuroscience behind play and creativity. Introducing Neurographic art exercises and other creative outlets to restore our souls and reboot your nervous system.
  3. Circle of Trust: engaging in a Courage and Renewal exercise with a poem (Based on the work of Parker Palmer); a creative exercise to reflect on our lives and emerging areas of growth.
  4. Interconnectedness and Awe: the new science of awe and the healing benefits of nature.

To find out more visit my retreat page:https://ruthmcconnell.com/services/retreats/

or email mailto:admin@ruthmcconnell.com

The Power of Connection 3: Attachment-Informed approaches to working with depression

August 19th 2024  Online Via ZOOM – 9.00 am – 4.00 pm

Working with unipolar depression from an attachment and trauma informed perspective.

In this online seminar Dr Ruth Lawson-McConnell presents a reconceptualisation of Dollard and Millar’s (1945) Frustration-Aggression hypothesis for unipolar depression integrated with insights from Neufeld’s attachment-based developmental model, as well as recent trauma research, to help those working with both adults and children who struggle with depressive symptoms.

Neufeld’s attachment-based developmental model will be presented offering three intervention points for working with clients who struggle with depression. These interventions include mapping the source of frustration, registering futility, the process of adaption and the integration of mixed emotions in the prefrontal cortex for therapeutic work with clients with unipolar depression.

This training will cover:

This training examines how our clients may have unresolved attachment injuries, leading to high levels of attachment frustration. They may struggle with the process of adaption resulting in their frustration being expressed as aggression, whether that be internalised by bullying self-talk, self-injurious behaviour, self-blame, helplessness, or powerlessness, or externalised and directed at others attacking either verbally, physically, by emotional abuse and impotent rage.

In this context we will explore the role of tears futility leading to adaption, and the role of mixed emotions (which involves the integrative function of the pre-frontal cortex) and being at psychological rest for the neo-cortex and executive functioning to come ‘back on-line’ moving the client from a victim stance to an empowered one.

To book https://www.grow.co.nz/attachment-informed-approaches-to-depression/

Or you can purchase the course to view on demand here: https://ruthmcconnell.com/product/attachment-based-counselling-abc-level-2/(same course just a different title)

The Power of Connection 2

Attachment-Informed approaches to calming anxiety

Nov 4th 2024 ONLINE

You don’t need to look far to see a dramatic increase in anxiety over the past few years. As Gabor Mate has said: ‘safety is not the absence of threat but the presence of connection’. In this seminar we will examine the underlying dynamics behind anxiety, building on Gordon Neufeld’s Attachment-based developmental approach (presented in the first course Attachment Theory). Neufeld’s model of alarm will be presented, examining how anxiety impacts the body, the mind and relationships. The work of trauma theorists (Schore, Porges, Levine) as well as interpersonal neurobiologist, Seigel, will be integrated with the Neufeld material to provide a holistic approach to dealing with anxiety in our clients.

Learning outcomes of the course:

  1. Appraise the phenomenon of escalating anxiety in society from an attachment perspective.
  2. Understand the importance of physical and psychological rest for human flourishing.
  3. Assess how anxiety affects:
    a.     Our body: biological aspects, physiology, and chemistry of anxiety,
    b.     our mind: psychological (neuroscience and mental processes)
    c.      our feelings: emotional effects of alarm problems.
  4. Be able to work with clients to calm their anxiety and lead them to psychological rest.

To register click here: 

https://www.grow.co.nz/attachment-informed-approaches-to-calming-anxiety/

if you want to purchase this course to view on-demand option:

https://ruthmcconnell.com/product/free-part-1-of-abc-3-attachment-based-counselling-working-with-anxiety/

Here is what a recent participant of the course said: “I really enjoyed the calm and kind nature in which Ruth presented – she is an excellent speaker and very knowledgeable. She inspires me to become a better practitioner and I am so impressed at how much she brings. I would love to go to another of her workshops, I love the way she is so calm in her thought process and the way she speaks!

The Power of Connection 1: applying attachment theory to clinical practice.

I will be presenting this via zoom on March 17th 2025.

 

Increasingly research from the neurosciences, primatology studies as well as psychological theories, highlights the need for human connection for us to flourish as human beings. Afterall, we are all creatures of attachment and when we are securely attached, we feel safe to explore the world and know where to run back to when things get too overwhelming for us. Classical Attachment theory, espoused by Bowlby in the 1950s and developed since then by many great researchers (Cassidy and Shaver (2008), Obegi and Berant (2009), Wallin (2007), Johnson (2019) reinforce the fact that human flourishing happens best when secure attachment (or at least good-enough attachment) is present. However, very few clinical researchers present the theory from an intuitive, non-pathologized, problem-saturated perspective. In this, the first of a series of online courses, Dr Ruth Lawson-McConnell outlines how healthy attachment develops and what are the optimal conditions for human thriving.

This seminar is for counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists, anyone working in mental health who wants to understand the relational foundations of mental health and wellbeing and the healing power of working with attachments.  

To register click here

https://www.grow.co.nz/applying-attachment-theory-to-clinical-practice/

or you do it in your own time and pace by purchasing the on-demand course here: ABC 1 – Attachment Based Counselling – Introduction course – Ruth McConnell  (same course just a different title).

One wild & precious life retreat 2024

Sydney, Australia, Sept 20-22nd 2024

A weekend of connection, interwoven with spiritual and creative renewal. Rich Relationships, Rich Reflection and Rich Resources for Rest and Play.

The poet, Mary Oliver, asks the profound question, “Tell me what you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?” To which Rumi has a very compelling answer: “Let yourself be silently drawn by the strange pull of what you really love. It will not lead you astray”.

If you want to be drawn into a richer, more fulfilling life, join Ruth on this refreshing retreat, synthesising poetry, principles from The Artist Way book, as well as time for recreation and time to create/play.

The theme of this retreat is Rest Play Grow. Our sessions will be focused on the need for rest and play for resilience.

  1. Rest in Right Relationships: Recovering a sense of Connection (through 3 levels of attachment: to others, to self and to God/spirituality).
  2. Play as activated rest: the neuroscience behind play and creativity. Introducing neurographic exercises and other creative outlets to restore our souls and reboot your nervous system.
  3. Circle of Trust: engaging in a Courage and Renewal exercise with a poem (Based on the work of Parker Palmer); a creative exercise to reflect on our lives and emerging areas of growth.
  4. Interconnectedness and Awe: the new science of awe and the healing benefits of nature.

During the retreat there will be plenty of ‘free time’ and chances for Rest and Play as well as high quality input during the sessions. There will be space to go on your own Artist Date (bring your own artistic material – a limited supply will also be available).

Location: St Joseph’s Spirituality centre, 8 Humphrey’s Road, Kincumber South, NZW 2251

St Joseph’s Spirituality and Education Centre is located at Kincumber South about 25 minutes’ drive from Gosford, and an easy drive from Newcastle and Sydney areas. Directions – St Joseph’s Spirituality & Education Centre, Kincumber South (stjosephskincumber.org.au)

Prices

Option 1: Fully Residential: $800.00 (incl GST) (early bird before July 15th, 2024) Includes single room, shared bathroom and all meals plus evening session on Friday.

Option 2: Fully Residential $840.00 (incl GST) (Full price after July 15th 2024) Includes single room, shared bathroom facilities and all meals, plus evening session on Friday.               

Additional $30 for special diet – please state at time of booking.

Registrations close: Aug. 5th, 2024.

To register email admin@ruthmcconnell.com  to request a registration form.