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Boundaries and Breakthroughs:

June 1-2, 2018 – Boundaries & Breakthroughs in Provo, UT.

This seminar contains sessions exploring our beliefs and behaviors around the power of our thoughts, the purpose of boundaries, the experience of shame, and the feelings of being enough.

The speakers will provide information and strategies from their field to empower us to move more towards growth and healing.

Sessions will be held on the evening of Friday, June 1st and the morning and afternoon of Saturday, June 2nd.

Boundaries & Breakthroughs

Schedule, Agenda, and Presenter Bios

Friday, June 1:

6:30 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Registration

6:45 p.m. – 7: 00 p.m.  Welcome and Overview

7:00 p.m. – 7: 30 p.m. “Our Beliefs About Boundaries” by Shantell Thaxton

Our Beliefs About Boundaries:

This brief opening session will provide a look at the beliefs we have surrounding boundaries and help us examine if they are healthy or distorted. This session will set the stage for the full session on boundaries presented by Betty Williams.

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. “Healthy Relationship Boundaries” by Betty Williams

Healthy Relationship Boundaries:

Learning to identify boundary violations and implement healthy boundaries is crucial to all aspects of our health and well-being. Yet too often we have absorbed messages that leave us confused about our own feelings and at a loss to maintain our own safe boundaries.  Take part in a frank discussion that will help empower you to identify and create a safe and healthy way to interact with everyone around you.

Saturday, June 2:

8:30 a.m. – 8: 50 a.m. Registration

8:50 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Welcome

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. “Pursuing Progression” by Shantell Thaxton

Pursuing Progression:

This class will explore our beliefs about needing to be perfect and how those very often lead to feelings of never being enough and to behavior patterns of self-punishment. We will first explore how confirmation bias influences our experience by seeking to support the beliefs we hold, and second, how when we introduce new, healthier belief systems, it can create the uncomfortable space of cognitive dissonance. We will learn how to navigate these waters and create bridge thoughts and beliefs to help us make the shift to a pursuit of progression rather than perfection.

10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. Break

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. “Cultivating Shame Resiliency” by Wendy Jensen

Cultivating Shame Resiliency:

Participants will understand the differences between shame & guilt. They will learn how each impacts their self-talk, behaviors, and relationships.  They will learn key concepts about how to break down shame, steps on how to get out of their own shame, and how to step more fully into the lives they want to live.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch (on own)

12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. “Something Better” by Carrie Drake and Andrew Saunderson

Something Better:

The narratives we tell ourselves are powerful and meaningful. The thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that shape our life stories at times feel out of our control; however, we have the ability within us to create a different and better story. Emphasizing principles of cognitive reframing and resilience, the presenters will highlight how we can rewrite the details of our stories in order to author something better.

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Break

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. “Breakthrough From Thought To Action: An Actionable Strategy That Aligns Your Beliefs And Behaviors” by Dr. William Blake

Breakthrough From Thought To Action: An Actionable Strategy That Aligns Your Beliefs And Behaviors:

Once you become aware and obtain the knowledge of the power of your mind in relation to how your beliefs affect you, how do you translate this into change?  This class will present an actionable strategy that takes you from the mental to the physical. Now that you know why, you will be shown how to align your behaviors with your beliefs. Using evidence based methods, it takes advantage of your mind’s power to find efficient ways to seek pleasure and avoid pain. Rather than being stuck in patterns of destructive thinking, you will learn how to automate your growth in the way you desire and design.

3:30 p.m – 4:00 p.m. “The Power of Our Mind to Breakthrough” by Sensei Cory Fisher

The Power of Our Mind to Breakthrough:

Learn from a master about the power of our mind to breakthrough whatever is in front of us. Experience the power of harnessing our thoughts to break through a board and realize the limitless potential of your mind. (This is a hands-on final activity.)

Presenter Bios:

Betty Williams (Healthy Relationship Boundaries–Session 1)

Betty has spent years following her desire to understand and implement healthy relationship boundaries in her own life.  As an advocate for healthy boundaries, she worked as a volunteer for the Center for Women and Children in Crisis where she tailored a group discussion guide for victims of domestic abuse.  She is pleased and honored to share this discussion with you.

Shantell Thaxton (Pursuing Progression–Session 2)

Shantell Thaxton is a national presenter and trainer and holds a masters in Reading Science with dyslexia certification. Her career started as a high school English teacher at a lock down facility, but after discovering her son was dyslexic in 2004, she changed her path to focus on effective reading instruction for struggling readers and those with dyslexia. Her personal life journey brought about experiences that led her to actively seek emotional/mental healing and reclaim her power. As a result, she founded Pursuing Perspective, which led to the Warrior Project and the Victim to Victor event and book. She is deeply passionate about helping us all to find healing and pursue the journey of progression.

Wendy Jensen (Cultivating Shame Resiliency–Session 2)

Wendy Jensen is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, with a masters degree in social work from Brigham Young University in 2000.  Upon graduation, she accepted a full-time position with LDS Family Services where she worked for 5 years, with an emphasis in adoption and mental health therapy.   In 2005 she began working at the Center for Change, which is an eating disorder clinic in Orem, UT. While there she specialized in the treatment of individuals with eating disorders, working on all levels of care: inpatient, residential, day patient, and outpatient services.  In the spring of 2012 she launched her own private practice with an emphasis on women’s issues, eating disorders, body image issues, and anxiety, and perfectionism. In 2015 she became a Certified Daring Way Facilitator, which is the work of Brene Brown. She feels passionate about the promotion of positive body image among men, women, & children.   Currently, she is serving on the board for the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals in the Utah chapter. Additionally, she is a consultant for colleagues & agencies in the mental health community regarding eating disorder treatment and positive body image promotion.

Carrie Drake (Something Better–Session 3)

Carrie Drake has a BA in ICS-Communications, an MA in TESOL, and a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology. She is currently the Training Coordinator and Wellness Specialist at Reading Horizons and founder of Learn Happy. With over 13 years of experience, Carrie is an accomplished educator and presenter who is passionate about positive psychology, personal narrative reframing, and resilience.

Andrew Saunderson (Something Better–Session 3)

Andrew Saunderson is a Registered Social Worker who currently works as a Medical Social Worker in Oncology in Vancouver, British Columbia. He has both a Bachelors and Masters degree of Social Work and has focused much of his 10 years of practice in areas of grief and loss, trauma, wellbeing and meaningful living, narrative therapy, and hope.

Dr. William Blake (Breakthrough From Thought To Action: An Actionable Strategy That Aligns Your Beliefs And Behaviors–Session 3)

Dr. William Blake is a retired physician and former CEO of a national medical practice management company. He founded the Meducos Health Institute with the purpose of helping as many as he can to achieve health in all aspects of their lives through behavior change. He is the creator of the Making Healthy Habits A Habit course that guides people through this health transformation process.

Sensei Cory Fisher (The Power of Our Mind to Breakthrough–Session 3)

Cory Fisher is the owner and director of Cory’s Karate and currently holds a 5th Degree Black Belt in Tan Ren Do Karate, Karate Shin-Toshi, and Tae Kwon Do Moo Duk Kwan. She has been involved in martial arts since attending college and opened her school in 2003 with desire to share the power of martial arts and with the purpose of developing the person as a whole.

Scholarship Donation Information:

While we make every effort to make attendance at Pursuing Perspective events as inexpensive as possible, we realize that some still are unable to attend for financial reasons. You can donate a scholarship by purchasing the registration for someone else. This makes scholarship will make it possible for someone to attend all 3 sessions of the Boundaries & Breakthroughs Seminar Friday evening, Saturday morning, and Saturday afternoon June 1-2, 2018 at the Courtyard Marriott in Provo, UT.

Donate a scholarship for someone else here.

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