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Power with Heart News - August 2016
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August 2016

Dear <<First Name>>!

Here fall is in the air and in the southern hemisphere, the turn is toward summer.  We are looking forward to the next RUPI Board of Directors meeting on the 11th of September and are working on next year's goals.
 
What's in this issue? The theme is self-care. Self-care is included in a CE online course using the Right Use of Power book. At www.rightuseofpower.org look under E-Courses and select "The More Dimension:  Refining Your Personal Impact and Becoming Ethically Proactive."

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In this issue you will find:

E-Courses

We are very happy to invite you to take the NEW continuing education courses.
We were officially approved by the National Board for Certified Counselors to offer CE credits on February 18th, 2016!  This is the completion of a long process.
 
These new courses are based on the 10th Anniversary Edition of the Right Use of Power: The Heart of Ethics.  They are now completely on-line.  You can down-load all the material from the book or you can read the assigned pages in your own paper copy of the book.  The assessment questions are also on-line and your certificate can be printed out as well!  

There are six 3 CE hour courses: Overview Course (1 CE hour)--Power with Heart; Dimension 1--Be Informed and Present, the Guided use of power; Dimension 2--Be compassionate and Aware, the Conscious use of power; Dimension 3--Be Connected and Accountable, the Responsible use of power; Dimension 4--Be Skillful and Proactive, the wise use of power; Course 5:  The More Dimension-- Refining your Personal Impact and Becoming Ethically Proactive. There is enough new material that you can take the courses again!  Try it out!.

Find out more about the E-courses here.

Workshops & Trainings

Boulder, Colorado

Right Use of Power Workshop & Teacher Training
April 28 - May 1, 2017

Presented by Cedar Barstow, Magi Cooper, Amanda Aguilera
More information coming soon!


Boulder, Colorado

Right Use of Power Workshop & Teacher Training
July 22-25, 2017

Presented by Cedar Barstow & Magi Cooper
Registration coming soon!

Featured RUP Teacher:
Dr. Joan Calvert

Joan teaches a popular class at Central Connecticut State College in Connecticut. She sent along a letter from Judy Kulakofsky, one of her students.  

I am an MFT student taking an ethics course with Dr. Joan Calvert.  I mentioned to Dr. Calvert last week how much I was enjoying your book—and how much I am learning about myself by reading it.  I am a “mature” student, coming back to school after having raised and launched a family.  I have also, other than a short time when my boys were little, always worked for pay.  I am finding that doing the work of self-discovery to become a therapist has caused me to see layers of myself that I was unaware of before.  Your book, in particular has, in a simple, easy to understand and use format, given me excellent tools for self-reflection.  I have
done some work learning about energy and intuition, and your book provides me with a method to “feel” in my system what I think is right or not so right about using my personal power.  I find your concept of the power spiral a great means to work with in sorting out how to deal with ethical issues.

Quote of the Month

"We do not need magic to transform the world. We carry all the power we need inside ourselves already. We have power to imagine better."
— J.K. Rowling
(Submitted by Magi Cooper)

Book of the Month

Active Peace: A Mindful Path to a Nonviolent World
by G. Scott Brown

Active Peace is a wise, uplifting, and heart opening guide to healing our relationship to self, others, nature, and the world. Scott Brown has long asked the big question of, "Why do we do so much violence to ourselves, others, and the Earth?" In Active Peace, he identifies the belief in separateness as the root cause and skillfully weaves together the essentials needed to move beyond separateness into the lived experience of deep interrelatedness. Active Peace is not armchair philosophizing: it is a definitive guide to personal and social transformation, including uplifting Restorative Practices, personal stories, pictures, and a comprehensive index to assist the reader in deepening their studies in becoming an active, mindful peacemaker. Rich in practices that cultivate clarity, courage, happiness, and resilience, Active Peace is a guide to the great work of our time--the creation of a nonviolent world. 

The book is currently sold out at Amazon but can be purchased directly from the publisher at this time.

Are You Sitting on the Chair or Is the Chair Sitting on You?
by Cedar Barstow, M.Ed., C.H.T.

On dozens of airplane trips, I have half-heard the flight attendant giving the safety demonstration say, “Put your oxygen mask on yourself first before putting it on your child.” On my last flight, I actually pondered these words and how they relate to the helping professions. Those of us who are therapists or otherwise in a service role must of course literally make sure we are “breathing” or we will be of no help to the people in our care.

Helping professionals tend to focus their energies and attention toward the service and care of others, often to the detriment of our own well-being. We may be so committed to service and healing, we forget that when we are “burned out,” the people to whom we are providing treatment won’t be getting the level of professional care we are capable of offering.

Read the rest of the article here.

Give if you Know What's Good For You

By Elizabeth W. Dunn and Ashley Whillans in The New York TImes

Vancouver, British Columbia — IN the classic children’s story “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!,” when the Grinch discovered the true spirit of the holiday, his “small heart grew three sizes that day.” Dr. Seuss may have been on to something — because it now appears that acts of generosity may bestow physical benefits on the donor.

To be sure, there is plenty to hate about the holidays, when we endure the incessantly cheerful sounds of “Jingle Bells” spilling out of every shop and fight our way through overcrowded airports. But the holiday season can also inspire heartwarming generosity unmatched by other times of year. Charitable giving spikes between October and December, which has become known as the giving season in the nonprofit world.

Our laboratory’s past research has shown that spending money on others enhances one’s own happiness, and that the benefits of such “prosocial spending” hold up around the world, from the United States and Canada to Uganda and India. But could the benefits of giving to others extend beyond happiness, to health?

Read the rest of the article here.

News Fast

by Bruce Weinstein, The Ethics Guy

My wife and I recently spent a week in Malta and Gozo, two spectacular islands in between Sicily and Tunisia. I decided to follow what Dr. Andrew Weil calls a news fast: some time off from the steady stream of horrific stories about our world that newspapers, broadcast and cable news programs, and Internet sites regularly present.
 
“I’m not advocating that you become uninformed about the state of the world,” Dr. Weil states. “But in addition to the recommendations I make about how to nourish your body, I think it is important to become aware of what we put into our consciousness as well.” He suggests that “images and reports of violence, death and disaster can promote undesirable changes in mood and aggravate anxiety, sadness and depression, which in turn can have deleterious effects on physical health.”
 
I’m here to report that my one-week news fast worked wonders on my mental health. It was lovely not to hear a single thing about the U.S. presidential election for days on end. In fact, the only time the issue came up was when a shopkeeper in San Lawrenz, Gozo, asked us what we thought about Donald Trump. We didn’t even have time to answer before he launched into a passionate monologue about his fears regarding a Trump presidency. I was both engaged by his deep-seated feelings about the matter and suddenly anxious in a way I hadn’t been for almost a week.
 
You don’t have to fly to a small island in the Mediterranean to engage in a restorative respite from the news. You don’t even have to spend a week away from your news source of choice. Jeremy C. Park, president of the Lipscomb Pitts Breakfast Club, a forum that brings together members of the Mid-South business community for philanthropic purposes, regularly does news fasts, even if it’s just a day or two at a time. “They give me a chance to recharge my battery, to focus on enjoying life and time with my family and friends, and to get out and serve in my community,” he told me.
 
I’ve had the pleasure of presenting at one of Jeremy’s business meetings and becoming friends with him, and I’ve seen first-hand how he is able to keep up with local news without becoming overwhelmed by the sense of despair that this news can promote. The programming mantra, “If it bleeds, it leads,” may result in high ratings, but it can also result in high anxiety (with apologies to Mel Brooks) that doesn’t always correspond to having useful knowledge. Yes, your local telecast helps you know more about what’s going on in your city, but at what personal cost to you? And how important is that information in the first place? 

Find more from The Ethics Guy here.
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