Lisa Firestone|Joyce Catlett: Making Sense of Your Life at 1440 Multiversity

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Making Sense of Your Life

Making Sense of Your Life

Understand Your Past and Empower Your Future

January 25 - 27, 2019

Friday - Sunday, 2 nights

8 CE Credits Available

All-inclusive program package to include:

<ul> <li>Tuition</li> <li>Three Meals in Kitchen Table (daily)</li> <li>Shared or Private Accommodations</li> <li>Signature classes and wellness offerings</li> </ul> <p>Please Note: All packages are priced per person. Should you elect a shared accommodation and community hall bath, 1440 will randomly pair you with a gender-specific roommate. Only private rooms have the option of a private bath.  1440 Multiversity is a smoke-free campus.</p>

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Program Description

We all carry around deep wounds, behaviors, and beliefs about ourselves and others that come from our earliest attachments. The research shows: when we fail to make sense of our past, we find ourselves reliving and recreating it, essentially re-experiencing old hurts over and over again.

In this cathartic and illuminating workshop—which draws upon the latest in attachment research—psychology experts Lisa Firestone, PhD, and Joyce Catlett, MA, provide a caring, contained atmosphere to dig deep and resolve old traumas.

Through guided writing exercises and experiential activities, you will:

  • Provide a framework for resolving childhood traumas
  • Clarify how childhood attachment patterns may be affecting your life today
  • Explain how you can develop a secure attachment in adulthood
  • Draw upon cutting edge neurobiological research to explain how you can rewire your brain to become more present, secure and empowered in your life today.
  • Offer step-by-step guidelines for how to construct a coherent narrative
  • Provide you with tools for better understanding and integrating your clients emotions

Making sense of our past is the best predictor of our ability to shape our future. This workshop will leave you with tools for ongoing growth, so you can heal insecure attachments, flourish in all your relationships, and move forward aligned with your intention.

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  • Faculty Bio
    Lisa Firestone, PhD

    Clinical psychologist, relationship guide, suicide and violence expert

    A clinical psychologist, Dr. Lisa Firestone is a national and international voice on the topics of couple relations, parenting, suicide, and violence. She maintains a private practice in Santa Barbara, California and is a sought-after consultant on the management of high-risk clients. In her intensive voice therapy training seminars, Dr. Firestone teaches clients and practitioners how to reveal unexplored parts of their personality by putting words to subconscious, destructive thoughts.

    In collaboration with Dr. Robert Firestone, Dr. Firestone’s studies have resulted in the publication of several psychological assessments including Firestone Assessment of Self-Destructive Thoughts (FAST) and the Firestone Assessment of Violent Thoughts (FAVT). The director of research and education at The Glendon Association and senior editor for the mental health website, Dr. Firestone is an accomplished lecturer, representing The Glendon Association at national and international conferences.

    Dr. Firestone has authored and coauthored several books including Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships, Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion and, most recently, The Self Under Siege. She is also a popular blogger on Psychology Today and the Huffington Post, writing on topics such as love, interpersonal relationships, the inner critic, and parenting in the age of technology.

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    Joyce Catlett, MA

    Mental health advocate and film producer

    Joyce Catlett began her career in psychology as a children’s mental health advocate, working with autistic children. A founding member of The Glendon Association, she has been a national lecturer and workshop facilitator in the areas of couples’ relations and child abuse prevention. With Glendon, she has co-produced close to 40 video documentaries on a wide range of mental health topics.

    Joyce trains mental health professionals in voice therapy methodology, has been instrumental in the development and training of instructors in Compassionate Child Rearing: A Parenting Education Program, a program for educators and professionals working with parents in comprehensive prevention/mental health services.

    An author and lecturer, Joyce has collaborated on numerous books including: The Self Under Siege, Conquer Your Critical Inner Voice, Fear of Intimacy, Creating a Life of Meaning and Compassion, Sex and Love in Intimate Relationships, and The Ethics of Interpersonal Relationships.


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  • Why Attend
    • Learn the power of attachment theory: no other empirically-based theory tells us more about how we become who we are—and how we can grow and change. <br /> <br />

    • Stop experiencing the same hurts over and over again. No trauma is too big or too small to be resolved.

    • Come to know yourself and/or your clients on the deepest level. <br /> <br />

  • Things to Know/Schedule

    Program Schedule


    7:30 pm – 8:00 pm
    Intro to the workshop and individual groups for the weekend

    8:00 pm – 8:30 pm
    Introduction: The Importance of Making Sense of Your Life

    • Explain how people react, repeat, and recreate.
    • Research on how therapist attachment styles affect client outcomes
    • Research on earned secure attachment as a measure of successful psychotherapy

    8:30 pm – 8:45 pm
    Questions & discussion

    8:45 pm – 9:00 pm
    Loving Kindness Meditation


    9:00 am – 9:30 am
    Explanation of Attachment Theory

    • What is attachment? How and why do we attach?
    • The four models of attachment
    • The benefits of secure attachment
    • Brief introduction on how to develop Earned Secure Attachment

    9:30 am -9:45 am
    Understanding Your Attachment History

    • Questions for self-reflection
    • How to use exercises effectively for yourself and with your clients
    • How these questions enhance the process of psychotherapy

    9:45 am – 10:00 am
    Partners do Questions for self-reflection exercise

    10:00 am – 10:15 am
    Break up into partners and discuss

    10:15 am – 10:30 am
    Big group discussion and questions

    10:30 am – 11:00 am
    Attachment and the Brain

    • Explanation of how different attachment models affect the brain
    • Explanation of how writing a coherent narrative leads to integration
    • Findings from interpersonal neurobiology

    11:00 am – 11:15 am

    11:15 am – 11:30 am
    Resolving Unresolved Trauma

    • Make your narrative coherent/help your clients make their narratives coherent
    • Identify incoherence in writing
    • Write about each of the big and little “T” traumas to achieve resolution and psychological insight, and how these exercises can be used to enhance the effectiveness

    11:30 am – 12:00 pm
    RAIN Meditation

    Lunch Break
    Partners do Trauma Exercise over the lunch break

    3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
    Pair up and discuss trauma exercise

    3:15 pm to 3:30 pm
    Big group discussion and questions

    3:30 pm to 3:45 pm

    Know Your Triggers

    • Exercise to help develop healthy coping strategies for dealing with difficult emotions
    • Achieve Emotional Regulation
    • Choose Your Words exercise
    • Look for triggers in everyday life (relationships, parenting, work); when something triggers, write a coherent narrative to help make sense of WHY this is triggering. This will help diffuse these situations when they occur in the future
    • This practice of writing about triggers should be on-going, so that there is a continuing development of coherence and integration of the brain

    3:45 pm – 4:00 pm
    Identify trigger words exercise

    4:00 pm – 4:15 pm

    Break up into pairs and discuss

    4:15 pm – 4:30 pm
    Big group discussion and questions

    4:45 pm – 5:00 pm
    Mountain meditation


    9:00 am – 9:15 am
    Earned Secure Attachment in Therapy

    9:15am – 9:30 am
    Earned Secure Attachments Strategies for Success

    • Activities and exercises that will promote integration and security in your brain based on your specific attachment model and how to apply these to clients to achieve positive psychotherapy outcomes.
    • How to develop Earned Security through relationships

    9:30 am – 10:00 am

    • Psychological Differentiation

    10:00 am – 10:15 am
    Exercises for differentiation and how to effectively use them with clients

    • Steps in Differentiation/The therapy process

    10:15 am – 10:30 am
    Pair up to do one of the exercises

    10:30 am – 10:45 am


    10:45 am – 11:00 am

    Questions and Discussion

    11:00 am – 11:30 am
    How to take these strategies home and continue to develop inner security

    11:30 am – 12:00 pm Gratitude circle


    None required.

    Experience Level

    None required.

    Special Interest to

    Mental health professionals interested in bringing new tools to their practice

    Continuing Education

    This course has been approved for 8 CE hours for qualified participants. To learn how and where to apply, clickHERE.


    New Payment and Cancellation Policy


    A deposit of 50% of your total stay package (tuition plus accommodations and applicable taxes) is due at time of reservation and can be made with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

    The remaining 50% of your total stay package (tuition plus accommodations and applicable taxes) is due upon arrival and can be made with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, or Discover.

    Cancellations and Refunds

    The following policies apply to all standard programs. Some programs may have special cancellation policies; see individual workshop descriptions.


    If You Cancel

    • If you cancel 30 or more days prior to your arrival date, your 50% deposit will be refunded.
    • If you cancel between 21 days and 29 days prior to your arrival date, your 50% deposit will be held on account for one year from the date of issue for a future visit.
    • No credit or refund is available if you cancel fewer than 21 days prior to your arrival day, if you do not show up, or if you leave a program or event early.
    • No credit or refund will be available if you attend a program and are dissatisfied with its presentation or content.


    If 1440 Multiversity Cancels

    On rare occasions, due to unforeseen circumstances, 1440 Multiversity may need to cancel a program. We will notify registrants of cancellation a minimum of 7 days in advance of the program start date and will offer a full refund for housing and tuition or the option to rebook in an available course or our R&R program offered at the same time period of the original reservation. If you are purchasing airfare to visit 1440, we recommend investigating travel insurance with appropriate coverage for ultimate flexibility, since 1440 will not reimburse for travel expenses.

  • About 1440 Multiversity

    Beautifully nestled in the California redwoods near Santa Cruz, our 75-acre campus is within easy reach of San Francisco and Silicon Valley.

    1440 Multiversity is a place to spend time engaging some of life's most meaningful personal questions and to enjoy, restore, and reenergize yourself as you do it.

    You'll find new energy through immersion learning—setting aside daily urgencies and dedicating uninterrupted time to focus on important, but often elusive, priorities. Our unique collaboration with world-class faculty coupled with an original, inspirational curriculum and magnificent grounds make this a place like no other. Add in fresh, redwood-scented air, delicious and healthy food, deep reflection, fun exercise, and good sleep and you've pretty much captured what you'll experience here.

  • Accommodations

    At 1440 Multiversity, you’ll find a wide range of accommodations to meet your preferences and budget. All of our rooms have been thoughtfully designed to provide comfort, promote reflection, and foster connection with others.

    Accommodation rates include more than just the bed you sleep in.

    Per-person per-night rates include:

    • nourishing locally sourced, seasonal meals
    • daily meditation and yoga classes
    • non-ticketed evening events
    • use of all facilities, including the Fitness Center, steam rooms, and infinity-edge hot tub.

    Guests also enjoy access to woodland trails, cafés, and shops.


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