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How Your Childhood Affects You Now

This two-hour class will help you identify the healthy and unhealthy patterns of behavior you learned as a child and how they affect you now. You’ll also learn how families operate in order to manage anxiety and how we take this coding with us into adulthood.

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Big Self School

Live Class

$ 97.00 USD

October 8, 2020

12:00-2:00pm EST

2-hour Live Class
Live, Expert-led Instruction
Workbook
Access to Online Community

Class Overview

“You have inherited a lifetime of tribulation. Everybody has inherited it. Take it over, make the most of it and when you have decided you know the right way, do the best you can with it.” —Murray Bowen

This is a class to help you understand - and break free from - the counter-productive behavioral patterns you learned in childhood. 

When we are face-to-face with present day anxieties and struggles, it can seem far-reaching and inopportune to consider our childhoods. But this is precisely the place we must look in order to understand the conditioning of our families of origin that contribute to our present-day troubles. Patterns we learned from our families in childhood will affect us no matter what. But the more aware we are of these patterns and the more tools we have at our disposal to modify our responses to them, the healthier we will be. 

Ultimately, we all know that there are certain thoughts, feelings and behaviors that we all have that we can trace back to our family of origin. Some of these experiences manifest themselves in pleasant ways, such as how we celebrate certain holidays, how we communicate with each other, or that feeling you get when you see your parents together. Some experiences can manifest themselves in unpleasant ways, such as how we celebrate certain holidays, how we communicate with each other, or that feeling you get when you see your parents together.

See what just happened there? 

Depending on your experiences in your family of origin, perhaps one of those sentences fits better for you than the other. And sometimes those past experiences inhibit your ability to enjoy your present family or work life in some way. This class will help you uncover some of these patterns that may be manifesting in your life today.

When we can honestly look into our experience as a child, then we can more clearly understand our adult experiences. This class will guide you to understand your younger self so you can shape who you want to be now.

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Clarity around why you behave the way you do.

Self-compassion that stems from understanding your family better.

Learn how family interactions shape us as children.

Create a plan to rebalance these patterns.

Review both positive and toxic styles of interaction.

Insights & Clarity

Insights and clarity into yourself from the stories you unearth.

Calm

An easy, accessible way to increase your calm and energy levels.

Focus

Ideas for improving your focus and concentration.

Self-confidence

An increase in self-confidence.

Empathy

More empathy for other people.

Your Teacher

Dr. Elizabeth O'Brien

Elizabeth O’Brien, Ph.D., LPC-MHSP is a UC Foundation Professor at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Dr. O’Brien is also Co-Director of the School of Professional Studies in the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies. She is a past-president for the Association of Spiritual, Ethical, and Religious Values in Counseling, a division of the American Counseling Association and currently serves as a member of the American Counseling Association’s Governing Council. Elizabeth has presented both internationally and nationally on issues related to wellness and beginning counselors, marriage and couples counseling, and spirituality and supervision. She co-edited the text book entitled “Supervision and Agency Management for Counselors” which was published in 2015 and has published in national peer-reviewed journals. Dr. O’Brien maintains a small private practice in the Chattanooga area.

Your Teacher

Dr. Chad Prevost

Chad has advanced degrees in creative writing, literature, and theology. Being married to a psychotherapist has been another education. A workshop leader and entrepreneur, he has started and participated in writing and literary arts communities in New York, Austin, Atlanta, and Chattanooga. He also has experience writing as a journalist for startups in tech and logistics. He is the author of several books of poetry, as well as interactive-fiction for youth. Over the years, he has innovated writing processes to foster reflection and insight, narrative strength, and authentic voice.

This is a class to help you understand - and break free from - the counter-productive behavioral patterns you learned in childhood. 

When we are face-to-face with present day anxieties and struggles, it can seem far-reaching and inopportune to consider our childhoods. But this is precisely the place we must look in order to understand the conditioning of our families of origin that contribute to our present-day troubles. Patterns we learned from our families in childhood will affect us no matter what. But the more aware we are of these patterns and the more tools we have at our disposal to modify our responses to them, the healthier we will be. 

Ultimately, we all know that there are certain thoughts, feelings and behaviors that we all have that we can trace back to our family of origin. Some of these experiences manifest themselves in pleasant ways, such as how we celebrate certain holidays, how we communicate with each other, or that feeling you get when you see your parents together. Some experiences can manifest themselves in unpleasant ways, such as how we celebrate certain holidays, how we communicate with each other, or that feeling you get when you see your parents together.

See what just happened there? 

Depending on your experiences in your family of origin, perhaps one of those sentences fits better for you than the other. And sometimes those past experiences inhibit your ability to enjoy your present family or work life in some way. This class will help you uncover some of these patterns that may be manifesting in your life today.

When we can honestly look into our experience as a child, then we can more clearly understand our adult experiences. This class will guide you to understand your younger self so you can shape who you want to be now.

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