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The Resiliency Center: A Healing Arts Collaborative in Ambler, PA
Women in Pain Awareness Month

Through the hard work and advocacy of Carol Levy, author of A Pained Life, the Pennsylvania Senate has designated September 2009 to be “Women in Pain Awareness Month.” This resolution “recognizes the need to raise awareness concerning gender disparity in pain assessment and treatment. Research indicates that differences in men and women exist in the experience of pain, with women generally experiencing more recurrent pain, more severe pain, and longer-lasting pain than men. Women have a higher prevalence of chronic pain syndromes and diseases, and a 2001 study in the Journal of Law, Medicine, and Ethics found that women’s pan reports are taken less seriously than men’s, and women receive less aggressive treatment than men for their pain.”

In recognition of Women In Pain Awareness Month, The Resiliency Center will be offering Nurturing the Body for Women in Pain on Saturday September 26, 2009 from 10am to 11:30am.
Join Jodi Schwartz-Levy, PhD, for this special workshop designed to raise awareness and increase sensitivity about women and their experiences of pain. Often times with chronic pain there is a fight against the body, which is also where a great deal of our healing resources reside. This workshop will guide participants on how to befriend the body by taking the time to listen to what the body is communicating—particularly through movement, breath work, and sensory awareness. Through such somatic exploration participants will gain greater awareness of how they can better nurture themselves and more readily tap into relaxation and greater resilience. This event is free but RSVP's are required due to limitations of space. Register by calling Jodi at 215-370-7878 or emailing

Jodi Schwartz-Levy, PhD is a somatic (body-oriented) psychologist at The Resiliency Center. Jodi specializes in empowering individuals to build stronger relationships with their bodies and to access internal resources. Jodi’s deeply holistic approach stems from 12 years as a holistic fitness instructor, body worker, birth doula and energy healer. Along with maintaining her private practice and offering embodiment trainings, Jodi also works as a therapist in Philadelphia’s only domestic violence shelter.

Reducing Stress through Biofeedback

The Resiliency Center is excited to welcome Francie Halderman, R.N., who provides Biofeedback and mindfulness-based stress reduction services and has over 25 years of experience spanning the entire health and illness continuum.  Her background includes critical care, integrative wellness and prevention education, and peak performance training.  Francie served as a National Director of Nursing for a 44,000 employee company, providing education programs on Quality Management and Performance Improvement. She has a solid scientific foundation that informs her holistic and nurturing practice, and this produces highly effective results when partnering with the client to set goals for better health and higher performance.  She was featured along with 11 other women in a book on women's spirituality called "Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Wisdom, the Feminine Face of Awakening." 

She leads workshops for clinician renewal with nurses and other professionals to promote resiliency and self-care, which help prevent burnout and improve quality of life and performance in the workplace.  Additionally, she offers non-dual meditation in the Advaita Vedanta tradition.

"It is immensely rewarding to work with clients and proactively help them reduce stress and achieve their goals for health and enhanced performance.  I draw upon 2 decades of study in mindfulness and sensory awareness modalities, and combined with the biofeedback technology, provide a unique stress reduction and peak performance plan tailored to the specific needs of each individual."

According to the American Institute for Stress, up to 90% of all health problems are related to stress.   Biofeedback is a pleasant, non-invasive process that helps prevent, manage, and reverse the effects of excess stress. Stress impacts many things including:  anxiety and depression, pain perception, quality of sleep, capacity to focus and learn new information, and most areas of physical health including immune function.  In the Biofeedback session, clients can see their heart rhythm variability pattern and coherence levels of the body in real time on a computer screen.  They learn emotional techniques to quickly change their reactions to stress, and this shift creates a favorable cascade of neural, hormonal, and biochemical events that reduce stress and benefit the entire body.    Physical, emotional, and cognitive function are enhanced which generates feeling of well-being, improves decision making, and increases vitality, energy, and overall health.

To learn more or schedule a session, contact Francie at 610.357.3431 or

Introduction to Meditation Class Begins Soon!
Join us for a heart-centered, gentle class that includes deep relaxation, breath awareness, mindfulness techniques, and guided imagery. You will learn how to set up your own sacred space and guidelines to develop a daily practice as well as techniques to calm the mind and emotions and create balance in daily life. You will also learn the beautiful 2500 year old Loving Kindness Meditation to assist in creating a more loving relationship with self and others. Meditation is an invaluable tool for spiritual development and healing. 

The classes bring together techniques from both Eastern and Western traditions and include breath awareness, silence, chanting, walking meditation, and guided imagery.  In depth experiences in stress release and the quieting of the mind and emotions are provided as well as spiritual guidance and assistance in structuring daily practice.

Course instructor Carol Pomplun is a minister with Universal Brotherhood and a pioneer in the Holistic Health Movement. She has 30 years’ experience in meditation, holistic healing, and education. About her work, Carol writes, “The core concern and intention for all my work is the healing and empowerment of the individual on the highest level possible.”  Betty Falon, M.S.M, Clinical Nurse Specialist and a previous course participant shared, “Meditation with Carol is a powerful healing experience. I felt so grounded. It has brought new perceptions to my consciousness and has increased my creativity.” Join us for this transformative experience.

Classes are held on Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., beginning on September 24th and running for 6 weeks. Tuition is $120 for the 6-session series – and is due to The Resiliency Center by September 14th. Register for class at or call The Resiliency Center at 215-542-5004.  

FREE Group Meditation - Led by Dean Solon

Join us every Tuesday morning at 8:30 am and Thursday evening at 7:30 pm to practice cultivating and sharing clarity & compassion. The unfolding awareness and mindfulness of meditation may be summed up with this simple expression: A knowing of things as they are. RSVP early as space is limited- by going online to our page on Meetup at

Teens Address Their Wellness Needs – by Tracey Smith-Diggs
Three high school students and two college freshman students took on the challenge of addressing their wellness and leadership skill needs. Teen Esteem Wellness Leadership workshops were held at the Resiliency Center, facilitated by Tracey Smith-Diggs. The five workshops objectives included areas such as; to increase self-esteem, self care and resiliency, to improve conflict transformation skills, to improve communications kills and the ability to make positive choices and to improve character and developmental assets. Students were able to identify for themselves wellness activities they do to help relieve stress as well as researched the different modalities offered at the Resiliency center.

Here is what some of the students had to say about their experience:
“I need peace to maintain a healthy lifestyle.”
“I would like to work on my optimism.”
“I like running, herbs, time to myself, healthy eating and peace of mind.”
“My experience at the Resiliency center was interesting. When I first went to the center, my first thought was wow it is so quiet here. It took me awhile to get adjusted to the environment and I ended up liking it! The calming atmosphere allowed me to think clearly and feel at ease. Eventually whenever I left the center I would feel a sense of relaxation and it would carry me through the rest of the day.”

The culminating activity for completing the sessions included the students participating in a wellness community event where they demonstrated Tai Chi’ movements. Students were able to relate their experiences at the Resiliency Center to people they met at the event. Join us for the next Teen Leadership Program – beginning this Fall.

TEEN ESTEEM workshops will be from 3:30pm – 5:00pm on Tuesdays
October 6, 2009 – I have to Do Me!
October 13, 2009 – Lead On
October 20, 2009 – Your Communication Has Flava
October 27, 2009 – That’s The Spirit
November 10, 2009 – Heart, Hands, Legs and Feet

To register, students from grades 9th – 12th can contact Tracey Smith-Diggs, M.Ed. at 267-973-6327. Learn more about Tracey at  Brochures are available at the Resiliency Center.

Saturday, 9/12, 1:00 p.m.

This workshop will be offered as an introduction to Wellness & self-care.  The primary objective of the workshop is to increase ones awareness for self-care and wellness in all facets of your life. The ultimate goal is to become better sisters, daughters, mothers, friends, and community members. The workshop will be experiential, using creative exercises that stimulate the senses with the use of color, food and aromas. Participants will be introduced to the many modalities of healing that are low risk and non-intrusive. The workshop activities will promote an atmosphere where women can explore their own issues of wellness, self-care, and lifestyle management.

In addition, the workshop is designed to assist in healing with the use of creative tools to encourage self-resiliency. Practical skills and strategies presented are to encourage practice daily.

To increase awareness of ones need for wellness, self care and healing.
To increase self-esteem, and resiliency
To increase a sense of empowerment and of well being
To provide an atmosphere to “practice” healthy life skills.
To increase knowledge of positive behavior and personal responsibility.

Contact Tracey Smith-Diggs, M.Ed., to register at 267-973-6327. Learn more about Tracey at

Drumming Circle
Last Friday of the month at 7:30 pm

In our monthly drumming circle, we create and build rhythms together in a fun and welcoming community. All levels of drummers are welcome, teens and adults, beginners to advanced. Bring your drums and other percussion instruments. You may also feel inspired to dance and sing. We will have some extra percussion instruments for those who wish to come but don’t already have an instrument. Andre Fulton, who has been a drummer over 10 years, leads the circle and shares African, Brazilian, and Latin rhythms. RSVP early as space is limited – by going online to our page on Meetup at

If you are a social worker, marriage and family therapist, or professional counselor and have a program you would love to present, please contact or call 215-542-5004. We are particularly interested in those trainings that highlight creative approaches, practitioner self-awareness and self-care, energy psychology, and topics of trauma and resiliency. Going forward, we hope to expand our trainings to include continuing education programming for educators, nurses, and massage therapists as well.

If so, we have some wonderful classes for you!

Professional Development Training Series
The Resiliency Center launches its Professional Development Training Series this October. Professionals from a variety of disciplines can come together in community, learn, and share experiences. Join us this October as we launch the first programs in the series.

Here is a preview of our Fall calendar:
10/16/09: Integrative Strategies to Promote Practitioner Wellness & Prevent Burnout

11/6/09: Child Centered Play Therapy: Simple Strategies

11/20/09: Understanding Whiteness Through Activities & Dialogue

12/4/09: An Integrative Approach to Working with Trauma Survivors

1/15/10: An Experiential Introduction to Art Therapy

1/22/10: Somatic Psychology for the Healing of Trauma

Programs include breakfast and lunch, and all programs are eligible for 6 CEUs. Learn more and register for a class on the Resiliency Center’s website at or by calling 215-542-5004.

1st Friday FREE Film Series: Rabbit-Proof Fence
Friday, 9/4 at 7:30 pm

Following an Australian government edict in 1931, black aboriginal children and children of mixed marriages were gathered up and taken to settlements to be institutionally assimilated. In Rabbit-Proof Fence, award-wining author Doris Pilkington traces the story of her mother, Molly, one of three young girls uprooted from their community in Southwestern Australia and taken to the Moore River Native Settlement. There, Molly and her relatives Gracie and Daisy were forbidden to speak their native language, forced to abandon their heritage, and taught to be culturally white. After regular stays in solitary confinement, the three girls planned and executed a daring escape from the grim camp.
More information at /Resilient Spirit.

HSPs and 'The Hermit's Dilemma'
Saturday, 9/5, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

As highly sensitive people we have a natural propensity for time alone. It restores us. We love it. But how much time is ideal for us to be alone? How much time is ideal for us to be social? In addition, how do other's perceive this and how might we assist others to understand that we are perfectly fine when we are alone?

To get your ideas flowing for this discussion I recommend reading in Elaine Aron's books or on this fantastic blog: Join the group for a picnic afterwards at Fort Washington State Park. If you haven’t already joined this group, check us out online at AreaHighly SensitivePersons/

Building Healthier Connections with your Children
Saturday, 9/26, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

Kathleen Krol is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Registered Play Therapist who works at the Resiliency Center with children, young adolescents and families. This month, Kathleen will be presenting a workshop in collaboration with her colleague Jeff Katowitz called “More Ways to Building Healthier Connections with Your Children.”

This workshop is part of the free monthly workshop series at the Resiliency Center. The workshop provides the opportunity for parents to assess their existing relationship with their children and teens. Through dialogue and interactive role-plays, parents will observe and explore the difference between effective and ineffective listening skills. Parents will gain greater awareness of how children and teens might perceive a situation and some strategies for effective communication skills to improve parent/child interactions.

To learn more or register for the class, please call Kathleen at 215-289-3101 or email at Learn more about the counseling practices of Kathleen and Jeff by visiting our website at

Beginning QiGong
Tuesdays at 6:30 pm – Classes from 9/8 - 10/6

Classes will introduce students to Qi and the discipline of Qi Gong movements. Classes will be approximately 45-60 minutes and meet on consecutive Tuesdays. Participants will learn sitting and standing postures to help decrease stress, aid sleep and digestion, and relieve pain. Please bring a cushion to sit on. Class size not to exceed 9 students. Cost is $10 – and FREE to military veterans. Call Patricia Sweeney at 215-500-6871 to register.

QiGong – Daytime classes with Karen Steinbrecher
Thursdays at 2:00 p.m.

QiGong is a 4000 year old Chinese practice using slow movements to enhance one's Qi-energy. Lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, increases flexibility. Promotes a healthy flow of Qi throughout the body - resulting in a feeling of harmony. Join Karen Steinbrecher in a mindful and peaceful practice of this ancient, healing art.

Learn more at & call 215-542-5004 or email Karen at to register. Karen will be adding a second QiGong class on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month at 12:00 p.m. – beginning in October. 

Staying Resilient in your Job Search
Begins 9/14 - & Meets every Monday, 10 – 11:30 am

Join us for a meaningful dialogue about staying resilient in your job search. We will explore tools for empowering yourself during this transition and focus on both support and practical strategies and resources. 

This weekly group provides ongoing support to those who are unemployed, those seeking to change their careers for greater work-life balance, and those who seek to create meaningful and financially rewarding self-employment opportunities. Contact Resiliency Center Director Elizabeth Venart at 215-542-5004 to find out more – and sign up at resilientworklife/

Shadow Salon Event
Wed., 10/21, 7:15 – 9:15 pm

In the spirit of the days when poets, musicians, and intellects shared their artistry and insights in the salon rooms of homes, join together with other curious and courageous individuals for a night you will never forget. We’d be honored to have you as a guest at our Shadow Salon which promises to shift your perspective, open up new possibilities, and inspire you to let go, move on, and step into your greatest dream.

Join us for this premiere screening of The Shadow Effect movie, a transformational film featuring Deepak Chopra, Debbie Ford, Marianne Williamson, and other inspired teachers. Step out of the darkness of your smallest thought into the brilliance of your greatest dream. Discussion following the film led by Paula Gregorowicz. RSVP by contacting her at or 215-450-2549.

How to Be Comfortable in your own Skin, Anytime, Anywhere
2nd Monday of Every Month at 7:30 pm

Ever wonder how some people get to do, be, or have whatever it is they want? How some people seem at peace with themselves & the world and succeed on their own terms as they live life by their own design?

Join life and business coach Paula Gregorowicz for a 90-minute workshop which will help introduce you to the crystal clear clarity, unshakeable confidence, and unstoppable courage that comes from being comfortable in your own skin. This journey of exploration will combine presentation, experiential exercises, discussion, & skill-building so that you will walk away with new awareness and how-to's you can apply right away to your own life or business. Contact Paula at or call 215-450-2549. Learn more at

Clinical Supervision Groups - Led by Elizabeth Venart, LPC

Clinical supervision groups provide counselors with an opportunity to learn new information, gain additional perspectives, reflect on the interplay between self and client, and receive group support. Participants present cases for clinical review, assist one another in exploring challenging clinical questions, and gain greater self-awareness. Research on vicarious trauma, professional hazards, and counselor wellness has consistently found clinical supervision and peer consultation to be powerful antidotes to the stresses of the work.

Groups are held weekly on Wednesdays from 4:00 – 6:00 pm and Thursdays from 8:30 am – 10:30 am. To learn more and inquire about joining a group, please call Elizabeth at 215-542-5004 or email her at More information can also be found at

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