This is an 8-hour, self-guided study applying key insights drawn from the practice and philosophy of holding space to the pain and struggle of separation and/or divorce.
Whether you work fas a mental health practitioner supporting individuals through divorce, are a child of divorce, are trying to make sense of your own divorce, or whether you are struggling to support those you love who are hurting from this pain ~ you are welcome.
The recording of this course begins on Friday, March 12 2021.
“Divorce is a painful, life-altering event like a death
but without any of the support or rituals.”
Do you feel helpless watching loved ones struggle and suffer as they let go of a once treasured relationship?
Do feel overwhelmed by the disconnection, hurt, betrayal, and/or sorrow that have taken the place of what once was a loving committed relationship?
Did your parents divorce haunt your childhood and does this pain still impact you now?
What does it mean to hold space for divorce?
In three 2-hour pre-recorded modules, Institute founder and director Amy Wright Glenn applies key insights drawn from her studies of grief, loss, and death ~ to the topic of separation/divorce. Amy wrote her second book while going through a divorce and she draws upon personal insight gained as well as research-based studies on the subject of the endings of committed relationships.
Module topics include:
Drawing upon the work of Alan Wolfelt, founder of the Center for Loss and Life Transition, Amy applies the companioning model of bereavement care to the hurt, pain, confusion, relief, and powerful life change that divorce entails. Individuals going through a separation/divorce often feel a wide range of contrasting emotions ~ and companioning provides a powerful space for integration of deep change and personal reconciliation of one’s past, present, and future.
Strengthening support networks
In this module, participants are asked to consider how we can strengthen support networks around divorced or divorcing individuals, and their children. Which circles of support can be solid guides through the tumultuous change of divorce? What research based best practices exist with regard to supporting the lives of children post-divorce. This modules also explores the complexity of adult children whose parents divorce in later age. How can we strengthen support networks for all involved in the death, and rebirth, that divorce brings?
The healing power of ritual
To conclude the course, participants will explore how rituals can serve as powerful points of healing for divorcing families, couples, and individuals. Whether the divorce ritual itself involves a public ritual of letting go of vows, while affirming a commitment to stay connected positively for the sake of the children, or it entails a private letting go ceremony of an individual’s own design ~ rituals mark significance, time, and shifts in our lives with intentionality. Drawing upon the power of ritual with mindfulness, and in the spirit of companioning, embodies powerful medicine in a culture where 40-50% of marriages end in divorce yet we lack significant ways of marking this difficult life change.
This 8-hour study includes six hours of webinar/teaching time and two hours of reading/reflection time.
Participants are encouraged to benefit from a 50-minute, one-on-one Holding Space Consultation
to process and reflect upon their experience in this course.
“The wound is the place where the light enters you.” ~ Rumi
The recording of this training begins on Friday, March 12 2021.