Interrupting the Vicious Cycle of Toxic Stories and Traumatic Activation

This is an On-Demand Webinar and talks about Interrupting the Vicious Cycle of Toxic Stories and Traumatic Activation. Access information, resources, and CEU information will be sent to you shortly after registration and registrants will be given unlimited access to the recording for a full year

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An aspect of trauma or addiction is the identification with toxic stories. How do we guide our clients to see that the over-identification of their thoughts and emotions can keep them trapped in a cycle that compounds their distressing mental states? How do we guide our clients to see that thoughts are not necessarily facts and that it’s often their stories that hinder their recovery and personal growth?

Valerie Mason-John is the co-founder of Eight Step Recovery, a mindfulness-based approach to working with addiction and obsessive thinking that is used as an alternative to traditional 12-step recovery programs throughout the world. She is also the co-founder of the accredited course MindfulnessBased Addiction Recovery (MBAR).

In this 3-hour interactive webinar, Valerie will break down the vicious cycle, and enable and empower you to have a compassionate dialogue with your clients.

The live broadcast was on February 9, 2021.

By the end of this webinar, participants will be better able to —

  1. Discuss the relationship between feelings, emotions and stories
  2. Demonstrate the vicious cycle model to help facilitate client recovery
  3. Apply at least 3 strategies to help clients interrupt their cycles of distress

Valerie Mason John

Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John, MA (hon. doctorate), is one of the leading African Canadian voices in the field of Mindfulness approaches for addiction and trauma. She is an ordained Buddhist, who has developed an accredited Mindfulness program for addiction, and co-founded Eight Step Recovery meetings that are hosted on several continents. She is the author of nine books, including her recent I Am Still Your Negro, An Homage to James Baldwin, which is a social justice poetic response to the inequities in society.

Valerie (Vimalasara) Mason-John’s website

Time Topic Covered
1:15 – 2:15 pm Mindfulness approach to feelings

FIDO (Facts, Interpretation, Decisions, Outcomes)

2:15 – 3:15 pm The Vicious Cycle
3:15 – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 – 4:30 pm Compassionate Dialogue

This training offers 3 hours of direct contact (not counting breaks or lunch). It is the participant’s responsibility to check with their individual state boards/regulatory body to verify CE requirements for their license to practice.

For Live Broadcast Attendees

Webinar attendance by participants is automatically tracked, documented and archived for future reference. Upon confirming you have attended 100% of the webinar and upon completion of a course evaluation, you will be issued a certificate of participation (see below).

For Attendees of On Demand/Recorded Version

If you cannot verify 100% attendance of the Live Broadcast or if you are watching the On Demand/recorded version of this webinar, you will need to complete a Post-Webinar Quiz with a pass of at least 80% in order to verify your attendance.

For US and International Participants

For American and International participants, this webinar may be eligible for Continuing Education credits. This webinar has not been pre-approved for US and International CE credits.

However, upon completion of the webinar and verification of your webinar attendance, you will be provided with the  following supporting documents  that you can submit to your licensing/regulating authority for consideration of approval for CE credit:

  • Certificate of participation (emailed to you upon verification of webinar attendance)
  • Workshop description, learning objectives, agenda, content references and disclosure agreement
  • Speaker’s CV

Instructions on how to obtain your Certificate of Participation will be emailed either upon completion of the Live Broadcast or after participants pass the Post-Webinar Quiz following the On Demand recorded version of the webinar.

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For Canadian Participants

Upon fulfillment of the above requirements, Canadian Participants will be issued a Certificate of Participation which features:

  • Name of Participant
  • Title of Training
  • Name of Presenter plus their credentials
  • Number of hours of training
  • Date of training
  • Confirmation that you have passed a quiz with at least 80% grade to verify your attendance

Please check carefully with your regulating body/organization that this certificate is sufficient proof for you to claim CEUs.

For general information about Continuing Education for Canadians participants, please click here.  

This training is aimed at all mental health professionals including:

  • social workers
  • counsellors
  • psychologists
  • psychiatrists
  • medical professionals supporting mental health patients
  • psychotherapists
  • mental health counsellors
  • marriage and family therapists and counsellors
  • occupational therapists
  • vocational rehabilitation therapists
  • addiction counsellors
  • religious counsellors
  • therapists
  • case managers
  • art therapists
  • licensed professional counsellors
  • all other professionals who would like to develop, update or expand their skills and knowledge in mental health practices
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