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Creating a Wellness Altar: A Workshop of Restorying, Wellbeing & Healing

July 19th (TUESDAY) 12pm – 2pm CDT (CENTRAL TIME)

This will be an online Zoom workshop. Participants will receive their link 30mins before the workshop begins.

In this workshop, we will focus on constructing your own wellness altar focused on your continuing wellbeing by tapping into past and present family and cultural strengths through the process of restorying with small group discussions. This can be both a process of personal growth and health and also learning how to implement this as a therapeutic intervention. Thus, this is applicable for community members and mental health professionals/educators. Although the origin of this activity is rooted in the religious/spiritual tradition of home altars common in many Chicana/o/x homes, this will also be presented as creating a meditative space or space of intention to focus on wellness and tap into personal, familial and cultural strengths.

A main aspect of the workshop will be restorying, in small groups, past personal and family stories to bring forth positive personal characteristics or strengths. We will call on the storying & re-storying of strengths along with identification of current concerns to create the intention for participants’ altars (or intentional space of wellness). In discussion together we explore how this process can facilitate healing wounds, solving current difficulties, and adding to our own practice of mental and/or spiritual wellbeing. We will borrow from a Chicana/o/x affirmative approach and ideas from Narrative Therapy and is part of our ongoing effort to “Brown Counseling.” #BrownItUp

CEUs for Licensed clinicians in TX. ALSO 3 APA approved CEs for those in other states available for purchase. Please check your State Board for CEU requirements.

REGISTRATION and APA CEs are separate purchases.

CE Purchase here. Event Registration below.

How to Prepare:

Select and have with you or have in mind several objects that you feel are representative of your positive personal characteristics. These could be objects that already have personal meaning to you or they may be objects that you select as you think about this prompt. You will still be able to participate in the workshop even if you have not selected these items by the time of the workshop. You could use the workshop to help you think about what you may want to select.

Variations include, but not limited to: a picture of the object, your own personal drawing of the object, or simply writing the name of the object down. Please note that the final objective is to place this object at your home altar or space of intention.

Please do the same for several concerns you are experiencing currently. These could be daily struggles, challenges, issues or stressors or long term life challenges or struggles.

Standard Registration: $25

Student Registration: $15

CEUs for TX Licensed Clinicians: $40

You may REGISTER below OR via Venmo: @MXZam or

APA Approved CE Purchase Below ($40)

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