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(NEW) Online Training – Relaxation, Embodiment and Presence

September 30 Login to Zoom 8:30am ; Training 8:45am-4:15pm (EDT) $169, 6 CEUs Presenter: Jill Penaloza, LCPAT, ATR-BC, CGP Zoom.us, MD + Google Map

This workshop invites participants to learn simple practices and tools for enhancing their capacity for grounded and compassionate presence. From this state of loving presence, all parts of themselves can experience the true depth and fullness of each moment and share this with others. Practices and tools will include simple and easy to use relaxation, meditation, and embodied practices, cognitive behavioral interventions, and creative expressive activities. All practices and tools can modified to meet individual and client needs. Concepts we’ll explore include identify, trauma and belonging; arousal and the ANS; movement, breath and qi for self-regulation and soothing; and interoception with tracking and grounding. This will be an experiential workshop so please wear comfortable clothes and dress in layers. Bring your journal and light blanket. If you prefer to sit on the floor for meditation you may also want to bring a mat and pillow or cushion.

The Ferentz Institute, Inc. is an approved sponsor of the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners for continuing education credits for licensed social workers in Maryland. CEU approval for all trainings is also granted to Psychologists, LCPC’s and MFT’s and approved by the Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists and the Board of Examiners for Psychologists in Maryland. Reciprocity has also been granted for clinicians in Washington, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, Indiana, Georgia, Massachusetts, and Texas. The Institute also maintains full responsibility for all programming.
In order to provide Category 1 CEUs for all of our trainings, the Maryland Board of Social Work Examiners requires online workshops to be live, interactive, and experienced in real time. Therefore, none of our trainings are recorded for later viewing.

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Learning Objectives

Participants will:

Be sensitized to shared and diverse identities and use this awareness to build connection.

Have an awareness of how identity, trauma and belonging impact wellbeing and embodiment.

Learn and practice techniques for calming the ANS and increasing presence in the here and now.

Learn and practice movements that stimulate positive emotions and open the heart.

Learn tools that increase interoceptive awareness and expand emotional tolerance.

Experience embodiment and be able to use this awareness to inform their work with clients.

Understand the importance of adjusting tools and techniques to meet client needs.


8:45 am – 9:10 am

  • Welcome, Introduction, Overview and Self-Care Guidelines

9:10 am – 9:35 am

  • Relaxation Practice: Deep Progressive Relaxation and Reflection

9:35 am – 10:30 am

Identity Wheel with Sharing and Reflection: Building connection – Cultivating Compassion 10:15 am – The Power of Loving Presence

10:30 am – 10:40 am     BREAK

10:40 am – 11:10 am

  • Seated Moving Meditation Practice with Sharing and Reflection: Opening the Heart

11:10 am – 12:00 pm

  • The Art of Embodied Presence: Coming to our Senses Activity with Sharing and Reflection

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm        LUNCH

1:00 pm – 1:20 pm

  • Gathering Qi: Standing Meditation Practice with Sharing and Reflection

1:20 pm – 1:20 pm

  • Tools for Embodiment: Window of Tolerance, Tracking and Flow

2:30 pm – 2:40 pm          BREAK

2:40 pm – 3:00 pm

  • Letting the Client Lead: A Trauma Sensitive Approach to Mindfulness and Meditation

3:00 pm – 3:25 pm

  • Seated Moving Meditation Practice: Unravelling the Heart

3:25 pm – 3:45 pm

  • Seated Non-Moving Meditation Practice: Sheng Zhen State

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm

  • Creative Journaling with Sharing and Reflection

4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

  • Wrap-up and Evaluations