One Irreplaceable You in the Quest for Connection - August 24-25, 2018


One Irreplaceable You in the Quest for Connection - August 24-25, 2018


Date: August 24-25, 2018
Times: Friday, 1:00pm-6:00pm
Saturday, 9:00am-6:00pm

Tuition: $269.50
Early Bird: $245.00 (before 8/10/2018)
(Use promo code: dna)

Continuing Education (CE): 12.25 contact hours

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Philip R. Belzunce, PhD, ND, LMFT, CPC, BCC, BCPP
Lalei E. Gutierrez, PhD, LMFT, CPC, BCC, BCPP
Shareefah Sabur, MA, CDP
Elizabeth Welch, MA, CDP

Appreciating how our cultural and historical background influences our worldview, frames our struggles and our access to relationships, resources and opportunities, many of us have started an ancestral exploration. Becoming more familiar with our roots through, 23andMe, and the like, can satisfy a longing to know more about our origins.  Who are our ancestors? To whom do we belong? What clues can we find to “our people,” their geographical locations and migrations throughout history? 

The cells of our bodies have 23 pairs of chromosomes made of DNA from all of our ancestors, by analyzing the DNA, we can identify the groups of forebears from whom we arise and the regions in which they lived.  We also share DNA with people around the world today and may choose to connect with them through a DNA database.  How many of us have received our DNA results and felt affirmed, or maybe surprised?  

Perhaps even more significantly, this quest is an exploration into our own ethnic and cultural ground. It also takes us to the root of our biological and cultural connections with “our people.” This knowledge may also increase our appreciation of our relatedness to others, around the world.

Utilizing the Ground Sequence Model, Dynamic Embodied Presence, and the Dialogical Process, this workshop supports you, in relationship with others, to claim and embrace your heritage.  We explore our own unique diversities and gain an appreciation for the unique diversities of others.  We experience our individuality, our connectedness, and the value of our interdependence. 

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion, you will be able to:

  • Explore your cultural identities using Cultural Ground Sequence Level™ model;
  • Recognize the impact of in your cultural heritage on your worldview;
  • Examine the layers of your cultural ground;
  • Distinguish between “Horizontal” and “Vertical” identity in the Cultural Ground Sequence Level™ model.
  • Practice using embodied presence to enhance self-awareness and to facilitate contact with others;
  • Assess their Empathy Quotient (EQ) for responding to others; 
  • Describe a process for building common ground to support interdependence; and
  • Relate the value of having the capacity to support interdependence in today’s world.