Intimacy and Anger: Paths to Healing

Saturday, June 14, 2014 | 9 am – 4 pm
with Zesho Susan O’Connell and David Bullard, PhD

Held at the SF Zen Center Conference Center, 308 Page Street, San Francisco, CA

Tickets & Registration

Disappointments, arguments and fights, feeling misunderstood and distant from one another, getting or giving the “silent treatment”—we often find these dynamics woven into interactions with the family, friends and partners we love and care for.

This workshop will provide roadmaps for having healing conversations after the breakdowns created by disappointment or anger in intimacy. We will examine roadblocks to the healing that deep listening provides, and explore four mantras suggested by Thich Nhat Hanh and other specific ways to help us break through the impasses often experienced in emotionally close relationships. In addition to discussion, we will utilize group and dyadic exercises and brief personal writing to help us become more present and to increase resilience after reactivity and defensiveness, all while deepening our wisdom and compassion.

Together we will study how to better engage and embody relevant Zen practices, paired with practical teachings learned from many years of helping couples have deeper conversations and healing.

Singles as well as couples, therapists and non-ists are most welcome. (CEUs are available—see below.*)

Class Fees: $100; $90 current SFZC members; $80 limited income.

*Add $15 administration fee for CEUs.

*Note about CEUs: Six CE units will be awarded for those requesting it. The San Francisco Zen Center and the Spiritual Competency Resource Center team together offer CE credit to MFTs, LCSWs, psychologists and nurses. SFZC offers CE credit to MFTs and LCSWs as required by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (provider #PCE1851). SCRC is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education activities for psychologists. SCRC maintains responsibility for these programs and their content. SCRC also offers CE credit to nurses (California Board of Registered Nursing Provider #CEP11909). For complete information, visit their website or contact David Lukoff, PhD, at 707.763.3576.

Pre-registration is required. Call our toll free number (888.743.9362) or our local number (415.475.9362).