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The Resiliency Center: A Healing Arts Collaborative in Ambler, PA
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Professional Development Series
Our professional development programs are unique in several ways. We keep class sizes small, focus on creative and innovative approaches to the work, and provide plenty of opportunities for experiential learning and interactive dialogue.

Workshops are $175 when you register early or bring a friend, and breakfast and lunch are always included.  Additional discounts are available for students and new professionals on a limited basis. Call with questions or to request a brochure at 215-542-5004 – or register online today. We look forward to having you join us!
> Download our Spring Professional Developoment Brochure

An Integrative Approach to Working with Trauma Survivors
Friday, 5/7, 9 am – 4 pm
In this interactive and experiential workshop, participants will learn ways to integrate traditional talk therapy and creative therapy approaches with mindfulness, massage therapy, and aromatherapy to facilitate deep and lasting transformation for trauma survivors. Instructors will focus on ways mental health professionals and massage therapists (as well as other alternative healing practitioners) can communicate and collaborate effectively to maximize positive treatment outcomes. This program is approved for 6 CEUs for both massage therapists and licensed social workers, marriage and family therapists, and professional counselors.
> Learn more and register online

Somatic Practices for the Treatment of Eating Disorders
Friday, 5/14, 9 am – 4 pm
The term somatic refers to the subjective bodily experience, as felt from within. Somatic dissociation is when the body is objectified and internal bodily cues are ignored—the foundation of an eating disorder. Participants will learn how to foster somatic association with their clients, particularly through sensory awareness. Culturally, we are encouraged to have an objectified bodily consciousness, perpetuating an eating disordered mentality; yet, embodiment practices can intervene to help this population have a more subjective and nurturing relationship with their bodies. 6 CEUs available for MFTs, LPCs, LCSWs.
> Learn more and register online

An Experiential Introduction to Art Therapy
Friday, 5/14, 9 am – 4 pm
Art therapy is a valuable therapeutic approach that facilitates profound healing and transformation. Including art techniques in your work can enhance the efficacy of traditional talk therapy by giving clients an opportunity to connect and explore nonverbally. In this workshop, you will experience firsthand several therapeutic art techniques and learn ways to skillfully process exercises in a group format. You will also learn how to navigate any initial resistance you may encounter when introducing this modality into your practice. 6 CEUs available for MFTs, LPCs, LCSWs.
> Learn more and register online

Using Music & Creative Arts to Work through Emotional Blocks
Friday, 5/21, 9 am – 4 pm
Music can reach beyond words to access feelings and experiences when clients cannot find the words to describe what is happening. Arts techniques help clients access resources and build safety when they have difficulty releasing or moving beyond anxiety or trauma. This program includes case consultation and discussion about how to assess which clients are best suited for creative arts intervention and to customize an intervention for use in your current practice. You will experience several activities firsthand, including use of songs, drawing mandalas, and guided imagery. 6 CEUs available for MFTs, LPCs, LCSWs.
> Learn more and register online

Mark your Calendar!
Dr. Jodi Schwartz-Levy will be presenting her Professional Development training program entitled Somatic Tools for Anxiety Reduction on June 11th. We look forward to seeing you!
Each month we will introduce a different practitioner and/or specialty – so that you can learn more about the resources available in our community. If you are interested in being featured in our monthly newsletter, please send a short profile, along with your interests, areas of specialization, and contact information, to Elizabeth Venart, Resiliency Center Director, at and

Trauma Touch Therapy(TM)
Trauma Touch Therapy(TM), developed at The Colorado School of Healing Arts in Lakewood, CO, is an integrative therapy that facilitates healing by accompanying clients to move slowly toward being more and more present. A client-directed therapy, Trauma Touch TherapyTM utilizes breathing and gentle touch to help clients become more comfortable in their bodies. Clients commit to eleven, ninety minute sessions. A detailed intake occurs during the first session and all subsequent sessions are client-directed bodywork. Clients practice determining and keeping boundaries, self-care, and good breathing techniques.

Trauma Touch Therapy(TM) is ideal for people who are affected by having experienced trauma in their lives and are at a place in their recovery where they are ready for bodywork. These clients must currently be involved in some type of psychotherapy. For more information, please contact Jennifer Herfurth Ristine at 484-213-8239 or To learn more about Trauma Touch Therapy(TM), read this article and visit our website.


Professional Networking Breakfasts
Wednesday, 5/5 at 9:00 am

Join us every 1st Wednesday of the month for our free networking breakfasts. They provide a relaxed and enjoyable opportunity to connect with healthcare and healing arts practitioners from a variety of professional backgrounds, to share your expertise and passion for the work, and to make meaningful contacts in growing your practice. Join our Meetup group to RSVP or call Elizabeth Venart, Resiliency Center Director, at 215-542-5004.

Tuesdays, 3:30 – 5:00 pm, 5/4 – 6/1

Tracey Smith-Diggs, a Recreation Therapist, facilitates this fun, interactive, and empowering series for teens in 9th through 12th grades. The objectives include increasing self-esteem, self- care, and resiliency, improving conflict transformation and communication skills, and learning to make positive choices. These workshops provide an opportunity for teens to work together, express themselves, and learn more about a variety of wellness tools they can use to support their health and happiness. Share this information with clients, family, and friends. To register students from grades 9th – 12th, contact Tracey Smith-Diggs, M.Ed. – 215-605-3221. Brochures are available at the Resiliency Center. Fee is $10.00 per session.

Question to the Community
What topics or programs would you like to see for our future training programs? Is there an approach you want to learn more about? A population that stumps or frustrates you? We strive to offer the most meaningful training experiences, so your input is very important to us. Please send any and all ideas to Elizabeth Venart, Director of The Resiliency Center, at and or 215-542-5004. We look forward to hearing from you!
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