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Mindful Parenting

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Date:Tuesday, October 23
Presenter: Seoka Salstrom
Price: $45

The media inundates parents with do's and don’ts, Top 10s, time savers, and lifehack parenting tips.  Many parents report feeling overwhelmed with too much information. Although science offers a solid foundation for best practices, I encourage parents to shift the focus inward and identify their own values to guide their parenting choices. "Mindful parenting" refers to the practice of acceptance of yourself and your child as well as awareness of your values and of the internal processes (e.g., needs, judgements) that interfere with present-moment, value-based choices. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions and share relevant stories to enhance learning and generate take-home ideas.

Seoka Salstrom, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist who recently started the Hanover Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies in Hanover, NH. She specializes in mindfulness and acceptance-based CBTs for the treatment of anxiety and mood disorders across the lifespan. Prior to moving to Vermont, Dr. Salstrom co-founded the Chicago CBT Center and maintained an adjunct faculty position at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Dr. Salstrom has worked closely with parents for 15+ years and has previously facilitated mindful parenting workshops with parents and professionals.

For questions or to register, contact Erin at officemanager@hanovercbt.com or 603.755.6535. 

Introduction to Teaching Trauma Sensitive Yoga

Date: Saturday, October 27
Time: 2-5pm
Presenter: Holle Black
Cost: $30 before October 20th, $35 after October 20th

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This 3 hour workshop is for health care professionals, yoga teachers, or anyone interested in expanding their knowledge of trauma sensitive yoga. Trauma sensitive yoga aims to help people regain comfort in their bodies,  improve self-regulation and decrease the symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Symptoms of trauma may include:

  • Anger and persistent feelings of sadness and despair,

  • Nightmares, severe anxiety, flashbacks, and obsessive or uncontrollable thoughts,

  • Physical symptoms, such as nausea and headaches, and/or

  • Feelings of isolation and hopelessness

Trauma  sensitive yoga and mindfulness training have proven effective in providing  tools for gaining self-confidence, focusing  attention, and controlling  emotions and conduct, while engaging in positive physical and mental activity. The workshop will address how trauma affects the mind and body; how to use trauma sensitive yoga to help heal the mind/body disconnect after trauma; and how trauma sensitive yoga differs from standard studio yoga.  

Holle is a C-IAYT, and  E-RYT 500 certified Yoga Therapist who studied under the guidance of master teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll, and Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT. In addition, Holle is a certified prenatal yoga teacher, certified kids yoga teacher, and has completed an additional 300 hour training with David Emerson at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts. Holle designed and directs the Trauma Sensitive Yoga, 20 hour training module for the 500hr therapeutic Center for Integrative Yoga Studies advanced teacher training. Holle is the founder and director of Centering Youth, a yoga service project in Atlanta, that brings yoga and mindfulness to incarcerated youth, incarcerated pregnant women, homeless LGBTQ youth, Refugee youth and women, and women who have been sexually exploited.

For questions or to register, email Holle at holleblack@comcast.net



November Lunch and Learn: WISE in our Community

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Date: Friday, November 2
Time: 12-1pm
Presenter: Stacey Glazer
Cost: Free and open to all

Meet Stacey Glazer, the program operations coordinator at WISE, and learn more about WISE. We will discuss the history of the organization, and the many ways that WISE supports people and communities affected by domestic violence, sexual violence, and stalking. Included in the discussion will be ways in which the community can get involved to help WISE end gender based violence in the Upper Valley.

For more information or to RSVP, email Stacey at Stacey@wiseuv.org

Death Cafe

Date: Wednesday, November 14
Time: 5:30-7pm
Cost: Free and open to the public (donations to Open Door's Scholarship Fund welcome)
Facilitator: Cynthia Stadler, Bayada Hospice nurse

Open Door and  and Bayada Hospice Nurse, Cynthia Stadler host an open conversation about end of life topics. Refreshments provided.

A Death Café is a group-directed discussion of death with no agenda or objectives. Recognizing that society does not make it easy to talk about death, we aim to create a respectful, open, confidential space to explore thoughts, beliefs, and feelings about death, dying, and related subjects. Join us for refreshments and lively conversation as we explore death and ultimately how to make the most of our (finite) lives. This is not a bereavement support group or a grief counseling group. Everyone is welcome.

For questions or to RSVP, email Cynthia at cjmstadler@gmail.com 

Future Cafes:

January 9, 2019
March 13, 2019
May 8, 2019
September 11, 2019
November 13, 2019

November Round Table: Empowering Birth

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Date: Wednesday, November 28
Time: 6-8pm
Cost: Free and open to all with light refreshments served
Please RSVP to Katie Williams at evamaegrow@gmail.com

A conversation about shared decision making, place of birth, and family empowerment across the continuum of the perinatal experience. Across the nation, more attention is being given to how providers deliver respectful maternity care, engage patients as autonomous and active participants in shared decision making, and promote patient satisfaction while maintaining a safe birth space. Because Alice Peck Day recently closed its Birthing Center, the question of place and birth empowerment has come to the forefront in the Upper Valley.

This Round Table will be a unique opportunity to hear a conversation between hospital-based midwives from Dartmouth-Hitchcock and Alice Peck Day, homebirth midwives, doulas, obstetricians, and pediatricians. These providers will be at Open Door Integrative Wellness to share perspectives on how they work together to empower women and families throughout the perinatal experience.

Audience members will learn what considerations impact maternity, birth, postpartum and newborn care from the providers perspective. They will also learn more specifically what informed consent and shared decision making are, and how to navigate these conversations with care providers.

William Nelson of The Dartmouth Institute will be the moderator. He is a health care ethicist with a scholarly and teaching focus on organizational ethics.

William Nelson, PhD, MDiv, Associate Professor, The Dartmouth Institute

Panelist Speakers

Julie Braga, MD , Obstetrician, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Tricia Groff, MD, Pediatrician, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center

Kelly Brogan, MSN-APRN, Alice Peck Day Hospital and Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Jessica Densmore, MSN-APRN, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Jennifer Pia Needleman, CPM, Homebirth Midwife  

Katie WIlliams, RN-BSN, CLC, Community based Birth and Postpartum Doula

For questions or to RSVP, email Katie Williams at evamaegrow@gmail.com


December Lunch and Learn: Introduction to CranialSacral Therapy and Acupressure

Date: Friday, December 7
Time: 12-1pm
Presenter: Angelique Priscilla, PT
Cost: Free and open to all

December’s Lunch and Learn will look at how bodywork that nurtures, heals, and soothes. Angelique Priscilla will share about Dr. Upledger’s CranioSacral Therapy, and Aminah Raheem’s Soul Lightening Acupressure. Come learn some basics about these two forms of whole being manual therapy. Leave with a self help technique for centering and calming.

Angelique Priscilla PT has been providing integrative manual therapy in the Upper Valley for 35+ years, the last 17 of which have been in her home practice in Wilder. She is a 1980 UVM graduate with a BS in Physical Therapy.


January Lunch and Learn: HEART TO HEART: Fostering Wellness through Expressive Writing Workshops

Date: Friday, January 4
Time: 12-1pm
Presenter: Joni B. Cole
Cost: Free and open to all

Expressive writing, also known as reflective or introspective writing, invites individuals to respond to a “prompt” as a means of exploring their thoughts and feelings, and tapping into the unconscious. What manifests on the page may take the form of word associations, a memory, a stream-of-conscious journey, a story... There is no wrong way to respond. While an expressive writing workshop is not therapy or a clinical group, the emotional and physical benefits to participants are well documented—especially when this form of free writing is done in a safe, appreciative group.

Join author and writing instructor Joni B. Cole as she discusses the value of expressive writing to you and to your organization. She’ll also facilitate a brief hands-on demonstration, so bring something to write on/with.

For more info about Joni, visit www.jonibcole.com

For questions, or to RSVP, email Joni at jonibethcole@gmail.com