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SBCPA Salon Series: "Healing Into Wholeness: Liberation From the Stories that Bring Suffering to Our Lives", Presented by: Gail Brenner, Ph.D.

  • 06 Nov 2015
  • 5:15 PM - 7:00 PM
  • The Home of Gail Brenner


This Salon is full...please email me at if you want to be put on a waiting list.


When we believe the stories in our minds that tell us we’re broken and inadequate, we suffer. Caught in their grip, we feel separate from the ease and vibrancy of the present moment. This presentation will delve into the nature of stories and our attachment to them. Together, we’ll discover how to help our clients unravel these self-identities and their associated emotions. Using wisdom-based skills to bring clarity to our experience, we’ll learn to reclaim the peace and fulfillment that are our natural state.


At the completion of this continuing education program, participants will be able to:

1.     Apply the power of pure conscious awareness in the therapeutic encounter;

2.     Assess the suffering inherent in living by the stories we tell ourselves;

3.     Explain the two components of emotional experience;

4.     Utilize five tools to help clients unravel painful emotional experiences and find peace in the moment;

5.     Use skills to help clients work with the physical aspect of experience to find relief from suffering.

Timed Outline:

5:15-5:30 pm: Greet, sign in and socialize

5:30-5:35 pm: Introduction of speaker and opening remarks

5:35–6:45 pm: Presentation focusing on the above objectives

6:45-7:00 pm: Q&A and Evaluations

Directions to Gail's home will be emailed with Registration.

1.5 CE's available for California-licensed Psychologists

The California Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists.  CPA maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.

Important Notice: Those who attend the workshop and complete the CPA evaluation form will receive 1.5 continuing education credits. Please note that APA CE rules require that we only give credit to those who attend the entire workshop. Those arriving more than 15 minutes after the start time or leaving before the workshop is completed will not receive CE credits.


SBCPA Continuing Education Chair

Ron Pilato, PsyD 

Attendees will be able to:

  • 1.   Identify ways to be active participants in their patients’ primary health care teams, being attuned to key preventive health strategies and learning ways to legally and ethically communicate with other healthcare professionals with this goal in mind.  
  • 2.   Become familiar with the biopsychosocial model of medical illness and develop a working understanding of the impact illness/injury can have on the individual and family.
  • 3.   Demonstrate specific ways in which inner strengths, resilience, and acceptance can be fostered in patients facing life-altering physical diagnoses through evidence-based psychotherapy.
  • 4.   Consider personal countertransference issues with respect to end of life issues and explore how these can be recognized and used in individual and family therapy.

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