Clear Vision Workshop

Clear Vision is a six hour CEU presentation for therapists using certified journal writing processes that lead to personal inventory and client applications. The workshop is currently designed to address burnout and compassion fatigue, but goes far beyond self care. Essentially the therapist learns to re-conceptualize what it means to be in service to others. The workshop is experiential and fun. A PowerPoint presentation is available to agencies or individuals who wish to preview the content for a presentation in their own areas. Please contact Linda The workshop has been pre-approved by the State of Michigan Social Work Association for CEU's.

Clear Vision is designed to rejuvenate and empower therapists, enabling them to better serve clients (and themselves!) New research shows that people who experience trauma or vicarious trauma begin to shut down peripheral vision and are no longer able to see the big picture. This book uses narrative therapy, depth psychology, techniques of spiritual practice, and the seminal work of journal therapy pioneers Dr. Ira Progoff and Kathleen Adams to help restore "clear vision" through writing exercises. The purpose of Clear Vision is to review your whole life in motion and restore a sense of purpose and continuity in the way you engage in relationship to others. It helps one revisit fate and destiny.

The author plays devils' advocate with stiff diagnostic labels and the tendency to put the therapist in a hierarchy over clients. Such practices contribute to burnout/compassion fatigue. Linda points out a seldom acknowledged fact that while therapists are healing clients, the client is also healing the therapist (by unrecognized, unconscious mechanisms!) Clear Vision goes beyond the conditions of compassion fatigue, in that it introduces a therapy approach which can be generalized to many client populations as well as to therapists.

The Journey

One day you finally knew what you had to do,
and began, though the voices around you
kept shouting their bad advice —
though the whole house began to tremble
and you felt the old tug at your ankles.
"Mend my life!" each voice cried.
But you didn't stop.
You knew what you had to do,
though the wind pried with its stiff fingers
at the very foundations,
though their melancholy was terrible.
It was already late
enough, and a wild night,
and the road full of fallen branches and stones.
But little by little, as you left their voices behind,
the stars began to burn through the sheets of
clouds,
and there was a new voice which you slowly
recognized as your own, that kept you company
as you strode deeper and deeper into the world,
determined to do the only thing you could do —
determined to save
the only life you could save.

— Mary Oliver

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