Retreat Program —  It Takes a Village

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  • January 31, 2020 - February 2, 2020
    9:30 am - 5:30 pm

January 31 – February 2, 2020 

Friday, Saturday and Sunday

$1200.00 per person

9:30am-5:30 pm

Held:   Frisco, Texas (Details to come)

Facilitators are:

Melissa Caldwell Engle
Clinical Director, Co-founder, MS, LPC, ATR

Rachel H. Graham
President, Co-founder, MBA

John Edmonson
Director of Wellness,  Life Coach, MS LPC-S

Mental Illness and addiction touch everyone.  Whether it is a family member or friend, it is safe to say that we all know someone in our life who struggles with one or both of these issues.  Supporting a loved one who struggles with chronic mental illness and/or addictions can be a painful and confusing experience.  Family and friends often find themselves overwhelmed and desperate with their best efforts as they race against time to save their loved one’s life.  They often develop their own secondary symptoms of PTSD including intrusive and overwhelming thoughts and feelings of terror, anxiety, and helplessness.  Over time these symptoms take a toll emotionally, physically, and spiritually on this support system.  An additional strain often develops as families become divided, supporting different opinions on the best way to help.

This 3 day intensive is designed to provide support and education to the caregivers through psychoeducational, experiential, and process/support groups.  It provides a safe space to work through the vicarious trauma experienced in this role and teaches self-care techniques.  It allows the caregiver to receive care while at the same time learn new and better ways to manage daily stress, improve communication, set healthy limits and better understand the underlying psychology inherent in both roles.

Some of the topics included are the following:

  • The Integrated Recovery Model; understanding mental health, addictions, and the correlation between the two.
  • Setting healthy limits; understanding the difference between Encouraging and Enabling.
  • The Drama Triangle and how to stay out of it.
  • The Spectrum of Emotions; Recognizing Healthy and Unhealthy Emotions.
  • The power of shame; How to love someone who does not love him/herself.
  • Mindfulness techniques for self–care in times of crisis.
  • Crucial conversations; how to break the cycle of denial.
  • Personality assessments- understand yourself better, your strengths and weaknesses and how to communicate more effectively with different personality types.
  • Mindful experiential activities to improve emotional self-regulation, communication, connection, and compassion between family members.
  • Genograms; identifying multigenerational family patterns.