For over 25 years THRIVEtoday president Chris Coursey has been using the Life Model to work with families, communities and individuals with severe trauma. Learning brain science, creating brain-based exercises and working with Dr. Jim Wilder has brought clarity to effectively serve and equip people who are on a journey of growth and recovery.
Chris is passionate about giving support to counselors and teaching people how relational skills can be applied to the important work of walking with people so they reach their God-given potential. Whether you are a licensed counselor, coach, pastor, or lay minister, there are exciting implications for how we can more effectively use relational brain skills to help people heal, mature and grow.
When we counsel people, their attention is being hijacked by their pain, which can be relentless and all-consuming. This can be a huge barrier to seeing people heal. However, we can use the relational skills to help clients build capacity to deal with pain and not be overcome by it.
During week 1 you will learn:
How to help people train their brains to maximize their joy levels without getting stuck in the ruts of unprocessed pain and negative emotions.
Keys for empowering and equipping clients to expand their emotional capacity and build resilience so they can suffer well when pain comes knocking at the door.
In Week 1, our focus is helping clients build capacity so they can face their pain without drowning in it. Once this new resiliency is in place, you will now be able to shift your focus and help clients recover and get back to joy when they experience pain and negative emotions.
During week 2 we will focus on:
How to lead clients through this process of recovering from the pain they experience.
Learning valuable tools to help people develop pathways back to joy from painful emotions.
How to help others gain confidence in their ability to face the hard things in life and find joy even in the midst of trials and suffering.
As counselors, we tend to either focus on thoughts and cognition OR feelings and emotion. But how can we get both to work together in joy and peace instead of being in opposition to each other?
During Week 3, you will:
Look at how the brain works from the perspective of both feelings and thoughts.
Discover how you can help thoughts and feelings to synergistically work together the way God designed.
Learn tips for how to get joy and peace to be the thermostat for the thoughts and feelings of both you and your clients.
This catch-up week will allow the group to review and ask more questions from Weeks 1-3 .
During Week 4 you will:
Dig deeper into discussion and application related to the material covered so far.
Learn additional content Chris was not able to share in the previous weeks.
Have an extended time for questions and troubleshooting.
Those of us in pain want to escape our body because this is where our pain shows up. How can we help people learn to live in their body in joy and peace without having to run from it? Learn how the body is the canvas for the brain and how to maximize this reality.
During Week 5 you will learn:
What the Immanuel Lifestyle is and how it helps people to stay anchored in peace and shalom.
How to teach clients to become more aware of their bodies and tune into the body as an indicator of their emotional health.
How to engage the body and the brain so they function the way God designed so people can be comfortable in their bodies and experience the Shalom of God
In this final week, Chris will lead you through final thoughts that bring together all you have learned. This week will include an extended time of Q & A, including practice and application.