Workshops For the Community

Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE®) Experiential Workshop  


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Presented by Jennifer L. Rolnick, Psy.D., Certified TRE® Provider

As mammals, we have a unique, naturally occurring shaking/tremor response that occurs in the body to release the excess charge after significant stress or a traumatic event. Created by Dr. David Berceli, TRE® safely activates a natural reflex mechanism of shaking or vibrating that releases muscular tension, calming down the nervous system. TRE® is a series of exercises that assist the body in releasing deep muscular patterns of stress, tension and trauma.  When this muscular shaking/vibrating mechanism is activated in a safe and controlled environment, the body is encouraged to return back to a state of balance.

In this workshop, you will be taught the TRE® exercises and brought through a tremor session. It is experiential and is intended for those who are new to TRE® or who need a refresher, so that you can practice TRE® on your own. This modality is for anyone who serves others, is seeking a natural and effective tool for reducing the impact of everyday stress on their mind and body, and wishes to increase their ability to facilitate healing. No prior level of physical fitness or special ability is required.

Register Here: $40 per person

Location: Bluebird Wellness, 3817 N Pulaski St, Chicago, IL 60640

Workshops For Mental Health Professionals

The Clinical Applications and Healing Potential of Dream Work  

April 13th, 2018: 10am – 4pm (lunch break 12:30 – 1:30pm)
5 CEUs (LMFT, LCPC, LCSW, and Licensed Clinical Psychologists)

Presented by Ryan Maher, MA, LCPC, CYT

Dreams: How are they relevant in our modern age? Can they help in our work with clients? Ever feel lost when a client shares a dream they are curious about? This workshop will examine different ways dreams have influenced human experience, how integrating dreams in clinical practice can deepen and energize the therapeutic experience, and what recent research in neuroscience indicates for the future of dream work. You will leave with fresh ideas and specific ways to work with your client’s dreams and what their dreams can offer in relation to diagnostic insight, treatment plan, and prognosis.

Learning Objectives:

  • Become familiar with ways dreams have influenced a variety of human experiences
  • Have a greater knowledge of the psychological functions of dreaming
  • Know three dream theories/approaches: Jung, Bosnak, Gendlin
  • Develop competency in three approaches to dream work: Image Making/dialogue, Embodied Imagination, and Felt Sense
  • Learn how to approach dream work in the treatment of trauma
  • Know how recent research in neuroscience intersects with the therapeutic potential of dream work


Ryan’s dream workshop included both in depth information along with experiential tools to apply empowering methodologies to working with clients and their dreams. I thoroughly enjoyed this workshop and would recommend to all therapists.-Christina S., LCSW

Ryan’s style is comfortable and open, which creates a perfect atmosphere for learning about dreams. Dream theories can be complex and intellectual, but Ryan’s teaching is quite digestible as well as fascinating. I have already incorporated what I learned with my own clients, who have found it to be extremely helpful in their growth. -Brett, F., PsyD.

Ryan’s dream workshop was excellent, both experientially and intellectually. I’ve so enjoyed bringing dreamwork into my sessions with clients and believe in its unique therapeutic value. -Liz A., LCSW

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COST: $150 (Early Registration by April 2nd: $100. Students: $75)

Location: 25 East Washington, 15th Floor Conference Room.

Trauma, Stress, and Addiction: A Mindful Approach 

May 3rd, 2018: 9:30am-12pm, Free breakfast and lecture included
2 Free CEUs (LMFT, LCPC, LCSW, and Licensed Clinical Psychologists)

Hosted by Watch Hill Therapy, Presented by Ryan Soave, MA, CTT (Program Director at Next Chapter)

Ryan Soave, MA, CTT holds a Master’s degree in Mental Health Counseling. He is a Certified Trauma Therapist, Advanced Student of Somatic Experiencing, yoga teacher, and meditation instructor. Ryan has extensive experience working with complex post-traumatic stress disorder and unresolved trauma.

Ryan is an expert in the practices and teachings of mindfulness, and has had the opportunity to lead meditations for the United States House of Representatives.

Location: BeOffice Urban Workspaces, 444 North Michigan Avenue, Suite 1200 – 12th Floor, Chicago, IL.

Registration: Jenna Pastore,    815.641.1045

Working with Traumatized Populations in Couple and Individual Therapy: Collaborating as a Treatment Team and Addressing the Complex Issues That Arise

September 21 2018: 9am– 12pm 
3 CEUs (LMFT, LCPC, LCSW, and Licensed Clinical Psychologists)

Presented by: Laura Gossin, MS, LMFT and Tovah Means, MS, LMFT

Working with traumatized individuals and couples can be a demanding, challenging task for individual and couple’s therapists. Working as a part of a treatment team can be vital to our need for support, be a buffer against vicarious trauma, and can often be the key to successful treatment. In this workshop you will learn about the systems of support that our client’s need to navigate in facing their own complications in relationships due to the impact of early childhood trauma and neglect, how to collaborate and use consultation to break through stuck and challenging issues, and some of the common issues that we face as therapist’s working with traumatized populations.
Laura and Tovah have been collaborating on cases together for many years and are also engaged in various other systems of support in treating complex trauma cases.


Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about the key systems of support traumatized populations need to navigate and use to address the impact from their early childhood experiences.
  • Understand the importance of working collaboratively across systems for the successful treatment of trauma
  • Identify key challenges that will arise within the treatment system and how to use them to advance treatment.

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COST: $125 (Early Registration by July 27th: $100)

Location: TBD