From Codependency To Prodependency: Write Your Way to Emotional Sobriety

Classes are facilitated by Laurie Benson-certified in Journal Facilitation, 2022

Classes are taught using the virtual platform, Zoom.  A link will be sent each week.

From Codependency To Prodependency: Write Your Way To Emotional Sobriety
Classes are taught in 8 week series, each class revolving around a chapter in the book and journaling strategies. 

This is offered individually or in a group.
From Codependency To Prodepency: Classes are taught in 8 week series, each class will revolve around a chapter in the book and include facilitated journaling activities where you can receive your own 
indirect insight through journaling.  Indirect insight is like giving yourself your own advice-the knowing that you always had, but your journal helped you uncover it!

Virtual Powerpoint Presentations, with various writing techniques for journaling, are presented in a fun and interesting way, with chances for class participants to share, if they desire.  Participants are asked to purchase, Prodependence: Moving Beyond Codependency, by Robert Weiss, prior to the first class.

"I recognize and accept that this book will not be perfect or even a 
fully finished product.  And that is okay because my goal here is not
to dazzle but to spark interest, discussion, analysis, experimentation, and,
hopefully, in time, a modicum of much needed psychotherapeutic
process.  My sole aim is to push the addiction treatment field
(and perhaps psychotherapy as a whole) forward a step by
focusing less on individual brokenness, and more on inherent
human strengths and attachments.  If I accomplish nothing more 
than that, I will be happy with this work."
-Robert Weiss

Classes are informal and insightful.  The journaling techniques are therapeutic in that participants gain greater understanding about the mutually dependent relationships in their lives, have "aha" moments, and regain or begin to love the practice of putting their words on paper.  

Perfect for those who want to understand relationships with difficult people, even those 
that are no longer in our lives, but will always be part of our life.

Chapter 1: Addiction, Empathy, and Psychotherapy:  Jan 4, 2022  7:00-9:00 PM (MST)
"For full emotional communication, one person needs to allow his mind to be influenced by that of the other."
-Daniel Siegel, The Developing Mind

Chapter 2: The Times, They Were A-Changing: Jan 11, 2022  7:00-9:00 PM (MST)
"Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."
-George Bernard Shaw

Chapter 3:A Brief Examination of Codependence:  Jan 18, 2022  7:00-9:00 PM (MST)
"Codependence: A psychological condition or a relationship in which a person is controlled or manipulated by another who is affected with a pathological condition (such as an addiction to alcohol or heroin); broadly: dependence on the needs of or control by another."

Chapter 4:Our Need To Connect:  Feb 1, 2022  7:00-9:00 PM (MST)
"Splendid isolation is for planets, not people."
-Sue Johnson, Love Sense

Chapter 5: Understanding Prodependence:  Feb 8, 2022  7:00-9:00 PM (MST)
"Prodependence: Attachment relationships that are healthfully interdependent, where one person's strengths support the vulnerabilities of the other and vice versa, with this mutual support occurring automatically and without question."
-Robert Weiss

Chapter 6: Addiction Is An Intimacy Disorder: Feb 15, 2022  7:00-9:00 PM (MST)
"You aren't addicted to the substance, you are addicted to the alteration of mood that the substance brings."
-Susan Cheever, Note Found In A Bottle

Chapter 7: Applied Prodependence: Feb 22, 2022  
7:00-9:00 PM (MST)
"If a problem can't be solved within the frame it was conceived, the solution lies in reframing the problem."
-Brian McGreevy, Hemlock Grove

Chapter 8: Prodependent Relationships: March 1, 2022  7:00-9:00 PM (MST)
"One of the basic rules of the universe is that nothing is perfect.  Perfection simply doesn't exist.  Without imperfection, neither you or I would exist."
-Stephen Hawking


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