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    Mission  - to provide a safe meeting space where family members and friends affected by addiction can come together and be met with compassion and understanding, share experiences and listen, and to support one another.  Every meeting will include a 30 minute presentation, 30 minute sharing and 30 minute networking and resourcing.  People can come for the presentation and leave or if they choose or can stay and listen after. 

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    Meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month from 7 to 8:30 at the West Long Branch Community Center 
     

    April 18, 2017

    7:00 - 8:30pm


    West Long Branch Community Center

    116 Locust Ave., West Long Branch  NJ  07764


    This month we have Larry Thompson, LCSW 

    from Integrated Care Concepts in Eatontown

    We hope you can join us for this very dynamic and useful presentation!


    “Resolve to Love”-

    The Mindfulness Toolbox ™ for Those Who Love-

     Ones that Don’t Know How to Love Themselves

     When the person we love is hurting or desperately trying not to hurt, we the ones who love them hurt as well.  The Dutch have an old saying, “In becoming a parent you have to reconcile that now your heart forever lives outside your body”.   How does one maintain the resolve to love when the heart is taken to such dark and destructive places?

    The observation of Interbeing in Zen Psychology and the concept of Complementarity in Structural Family Therapy speak to the same truth - there is no true separation from the lover and the beloved.  There are healthy boundaries identified and an awareness of the parent’s powerlessness over behaviors and beliefs of the addict, but there is no denying the painful, terrifying and often exhausting connection.

     

    This presentation will offer support and guidance on compassion for self for those who are compelled by their own offering of guidance and compassion.  The 3 Core Aspects of Resolve from iRest Meditation and a review of the Mindfulness Toolbox ™ identifying informal, formal, and intensive mindfulness practices will be explored and experienced.  These two clinically evidenced based practices can assist parents in finding a way back to themselves with awakened awareness and refreshed resolve towards a love with balance.  Participants will leave with an understanding and an invitation to create and maintain their own Mindfulness Toolbox and will be encourage to refresh their Resolve daily.

     

    Larry Thompson, LCSW is the founder and a partner at Integrated Care Concepts in Eatontown, NJ.  He was trained at New York University’s School of Social Work where he earned a Master’s Degree. His theoretical orientation is in the use of Self & Zen psychology and Psychodynamic-Object Relations theories of Psychology. He has worked in Monmouth and Ocean Counties for 17 years; was formerly the Director of Children’s Mobile Response in Ocean and Monmouth Counties, Director of Monmouth County ICMS, a previous Team Leader for Monmouth County PACT Team, and a founding member of Monmouth County Early Intervention Support Services.  Larry holds post graduate certificates in Child/Adolescent Mental Health and Parent Education from Rutgers University. Larry incorporates his training in Dialectic Behavioral Therapy and Cognitive Analytic Therapy with nature and holistic approaches in work with adolescents, individuals and families.  Larry’s passion for integrating a total wellness approach continues to carry over into his professional and personal life. He has recently completed a post-graduate certificate through Drexel in Complementary and Integrative Therapies, so as to offer his clients additional options for their wellness recovery.

    For more info go to:  http://integratedcareconcepts.com