CONNECT! Whole Self Healing
October 03, 2018
Dance Studio, The Al & Malka Green Artists' Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital | 4:00 - 6:00PM
What’s this got to do with stress?
Because artists bring their whole selves to their work, artists’ health demands that we pay attention to the whole artist. That sprained wrist and that nagging pit of dread in the belly are likely connected, not to mention our shoulder pain and fear about making rent. When we prioritize stories (like “I’m an artist,” or, “I’m a good friend” or “if I ___, then I’d be successful”), we sometimes sacrifice what our whole self needs in real time and this leads to suffering.
This workshop focuses on the fact that our whole self is an interweaving of our body, mind and spirit. Drawing on concepts from contemporary neuroscience and Gabor Maté’s “stress-prone personality,” explore how healing becomes easier when we involve our whole self in healing and living.
In this workshop, you can expect to:
- Identify and revise unhelpful thinking patterns to create healthier practices for self-care
- Practice techniques such as visualization, acupressure and Focusing to reduce mental and physical strain
- Learn some basics of neuroscience and its implications for health
Who is facilitating?
Dr. Chase McMurren is a psychotherapist and the Medical Director at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre, a home-visiting physician for frail older adults who are homebound, a coroner for the Province of Ontario, and a faculty member in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Dr. McMurren believes that a person-centred, integrative approach to psychotherapy is central in helping artists identify and modify patterns that seem to get in the way of living and practicing well.
This workshop is part of the series “STRESSED! How to handle an artists’ life in 9 sessions”. All sessions take place on the 1st Wednesday of the month, 4-6pm, at The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre from September 2018 – May 2019. For more information, visit artistshealth.com/workshops/stressed
Artists’ Health Alliance gratefully acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, which last year invested $153 million to bring the arts to Canadians throughout the country.
Artists’ Health Alliance would also like to thank The Al & Malka Green Artists’ Health Centre for their support of this series. We are separate organizations who work towards a common vision that all artists can be healthy artists.
FacilitatorsDr. Chase McMurren, BA, BEd, MD, CCFP
Time4 - 6PM
LocationDance Studio, The Al & Malka Green Artists' Health Centre, Toronto Western Hospital | 4:00 - 6:00PM
In order to prioritize accessibility, our workshops are Pay-What-You-Can. Anyone is welcome to attend at no cost. Contributions help cover costs and subsidize attendance. Suggested contributions: $7, $15, $25 or $35 per person, per workshop.
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“For the past decade, the Humber College Theatre Performance program has benefitted greatly from the Artists’ Health Alliance and their phenomenal Education Outreach programs. We have had specialists from the Alliance come in to do subsidized workshops on Vocal Health, Nutrition, and Stress Management to name a few. Our students consistently rave about how informative and useful these workshops are. They are especially enthusiastic about the facilitators, who have a deep understanding of the performer’s craft and a profound knowledge of their particular areas of specialty. In my own experience, the facilitators are able to connect with students in ways that are engaging, entertaining and challenging. They are also very responsive in following up with students when they need more support.”