Women and Anger: Pathway to Empowerment - October 25-27, 2019 (Women’s Work and Empowerment Series)


Women and Anger: Pathway to Empowerment - October 25-27, 2019 (Women’s Work and Empowerment Series)


Date: October 25-27, 2019
Time: Friday, 7:00pm-9:00pm;
Saturday, 9:00am-5:00pm (break between 12:30pm-2:00pm);
Sunday, 10:00am-1:00pm

Tuition: $252.00
Early Bird: $219.00 (before 9/13/2019) - use promo code: anger

Continuing Education (CE): 10.75 contact hours

Location: Gestalt Institute of Cleveland

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Gail Feinstein, LCSW

Women’s anger has long been dismissed and repressed. We learn to regard it as unfeminine, unattractive and even scary, shocking and destructive. We are taught to fear, ignore and hide it; to see anger as selfish and an imposition on others. Our society is infinitely creative in ways to pathologize women’s anger. We are then compelled to trivialize and retroflect it, generating persistent patterns of violence against ourselves. We inhibit our fully embodied expression and lose our voices, crush our bold spirits, potentially leading to dis-ease and illness.

Through group-generated experiments, dialogue and embodied practices, we will explore our feelings toward and our relationship with anger as well as the introjected cultural biased messages. We bring a more sensitive listening that leads to a more intimate relating as we get to know the obstacles and resistances that disempower us. Anger can be one of the most hopeful and inspiring emotions. It can lead to transformation, manifesting our passion, activism and keeping us invested in the world. It is a healthy, visceral response to trespass, violation and moral disorder. Within the nature of anger lives the capacity to connect us to its wisdom. Let us revolutionize how we think, feel and relate to anger.

We will reclaim and redefine the attributes of anger and its healthy expression, transforming gender norms and expectations. As we create a sacred partnership with our anger, we tap into it as a power that is sourced from a deep relatedness. Then anger becomes a resource as we allow our authenticity and sovereignty to flourish, enriching our lives and work.

Finally, having experienced the power of these principles and methods for transforming anger, we will consider how to apply them in our work with clients.

Learning Objectives
Participants completing this workshop will be able to:

  • Discuss our feelings and thoughts about anger;

  • Explore how unexpressed anger lives in our bodies;

  • Examine the cultural messages that we’ve internalized affect our behavior;

  • Use embodied practices to give voice to and release anger;

  • Apply Gestalt principles to become more intimate with our anger; and

  • Formulate a plan for using the processes and practices learned to transform anger to empowerment in our work with clients.