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I Don't Know What To Do: Compassion and Contemplation in a time of Crisis
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Recorded webinar.


We currently live in a time of multiple, simultaneous crises, leaving many with sensations of chaos and helplessness. The traditions of contemplation and compassion have skills to offer, increasing supported by 21st century neurobiology, helping us to find space for both rest and recovery, and for learning and decision-making as we choose how to take action. This half-day experience will accessibly introduce the biological basics of how compassion and contemplation support the health of the body and mind while acknowledging the realities with which we live. Easy activities explicitly linked to some of the dilemmas we currently face will offer real-time experience with contemplative practice. Time will be taken to explore some of the misconceptions of compassion and meditative practices, as well as some of the cautions and considerations necessary for persons both temperamentally and situationally experiencing uncertainty and anxiety. 

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Elaine Hammond, LMSW

Elaine Hammond, MSW, has been employed in the field of social work for over thirty-five years, working with a wide variety of client systems. She is dedicated to praxis models that integrate the best in evidence-based practice, authentic relationship and creativity in support of the body, mind and spirit of client systems and practitioners, alike. She has had the opportunity to study with teachers as varied as Herbert Benson, Bessel van der Kolk, Carolyn Myss, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Thich Nhat Hanh in academic, retreat and online settings. In the past ten years Elaine has helped to develop courses in Trauma & Human Rights, Social Context & Human Biology, and Spirituality at the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, and in Mindfulness and Professional Development at the School of Law. In addition to teaching, she trains and consults and presents in trauma theory, biology of trauma, self-care and mindfulness-based interventions. Elaine has a small private practice where she works with very young children and their families as well as with adults whose traumatizing event occurred in early childhood. She mentors practitioners of many disciplines who are looking to integrate mindfulness in their practices, as well as working with practitioners experiencing their own life challenges.  


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