Change your practice ~ Change your world!

ONLINE Life Practice Program
for Helping Professionals 2020-2021

Create more ease in your life and your life's work
Sheila K Collins,PhD, Lissa E, and Christine Gautreaux, MSW

ONLINE

SATURDAYS
December 5, 2020
January 23, February 27, March 27
April 24, and May 22, 2021
11:30 am - 2:30 pm & 7:00 - 9:30 pm EST
We will be adding on agreed upon times for Focus Sessions

As a helping professional could you use:

Practical tools to assist clients in accessing their own creative resources?

Trauma-informed techniques that enable clients, students, and ourselves to lessen anxiety, strengthen self-confidence, and learn to trust the wisdom of our bodies?

Body wisdom practices that encourage deeper, non-verbal connections?

A more playful approach to addressing tough issues in your workplace setting?

Art-based activities to elicit fun and healing laughter while the work is getting done?

More encouragement and support as you carry out the demanding assignments of your helping profession?

Somatic skills to help navigate the work of racial equity & transformation?

Community accountability for self-care while you practice community care?


The InterPlay Life Practice Program for Helping Professionals is an active, creative way to change your life, your work, and your world.

$300 off the tuition for the Life Practice Program if you enroll in this virtual program!

Immerse yourself in the system of InterPlay—ideas and practices that can move you, and your clients, from where you are to where you would like to be.

Find freedom through movement, story, sound, and stillness, and discover creative ways to change what you want to change in your life. Learn somatic skills to use for yourself and your clients.

The Elements of the Life Practice Program

This program begins with The Secrets of InterPlay where you will be immersed in the InterPlay philosophy and practice.(If you cannot attend this retreat, you may attend another Secrets of InterPlay)

Meet one Saturday a month online from December 2020-April 2021 with a group of interplaying caring professionals for a series of gatherings with your Life Practice Program group for play, presentation, discernment, and interaction, where you will have a chance to explore new creative possibilities in a supportive community.

Receive three focus sessions during which you receive personal support from the program leaders to learn how to access your body wisdom, learn a new tool/skill, and apply it to whatever situation you desire.

Be nurtured by an accessible, connective, trauma-informed virtual setting which is restorative vs. draining.

Participate in a Body-Spirit Celebration during the final weekend, to play with the InterPlay forms and tools and share them with each other in a celebratory and honoring way.

Receive a Core Element Self Study and Elective Reading and writing assignments which will help you apply InterPlay insights to your own life and work.

SATURDAYS 11:30 am-2:30 pm and 7:00-9:30 pm EST
December 5, 2020
January 23, 2021
February 27, 2021
March 27, 2021
April 24, 2021
May 22, 2021

You may use this supportive, affirming community to help you shape your life in ways that are best for you and your work. You will get individual attention from the program leaders, and help to identify your personal and professional desires and intentions.

Although some previous experience with InterPlay is encouraged, there are no prerequisites for taking part in the InterPlay Life Practice Program.

Financial Assistance
Diversity is a great gift in the InterPlay experience. Based on our commitment to Racial Equity and Transformation (read our statement here) and our understanding of other structural and personal inequalities that exist; Body Wisdom is committed to making our programs financially accessible.

Financial considerations need not be a barrier to your participation. Financial support and flexible payment plans are available. Please feel free to speak to one of the leaders of this program or to one of the InterPlay staff in the Body Wisdom office (510/465-2797 or info@interplay.org).

Continuing Education Credit
Up to 40 CE credits for various healthcare and allied healthcare professions are available for those practicing throughout the U.S. and for educators only practicing in Illinois. CE pre-registration is required before the start of your event.
Email Jane Siarny at interplaychicago@sbcglobal.net to APPLY for CEUs.
There is a charge of $25-$40 per program. CEUs are offered through Continuing Education Institute of Illinois or R. Cassidy Seminars.

Repeating the Program
Anyone who has previously completed the Life Practice Program is eligible for the $1,000 repeaters rate.

Free Sample: Join your three facilitators for a free class and question and answer session on Saturday, November 7th from 11:30-12:30 EDT- email christinegautreauxmsw@gmail.com for the zoom link.

Cost: Special $300 discount: $1,950 (includes tuition for Secrets of InterPlay) / $1,000 for repeaters

Registration/Information: Please contact the Body Wisdom office at 510/465-2797 or info@interplay.org (preferred)

Venue

Online Secrets/Life Practice Programs

ONLINE
Leaders
Sheila K Collins,PhD
Sheila K. Collins is the director of InterPlay Pittsburgh and the Wing & A Prayer Pittsburgh Players, an InterPlay-based performance troupe that assists human service agencies in accomplishing their noble purposes. A former professional dancer, Sheila describes herself as a "dancing social worker," since she has taught social work and co-founded and directed a behavioral health care clinic in Texas.

Sheila is the author of Stillpoint: A Playbook for Caregivers To Find Ease, Time to Breathe, and Reclaim Joy and Warrior Mother: Fierce Love, Unbearable Loss and the Rituals That Heal. She's been known to travel the country enlisting InterPlayers to help her "Perform her Books," demonstrating how InterPlay tools help us get through life's ordinary and extraordinary, "tough stuff." Since Covid sent her to her room, she's teaching, presenting, and performing using InterPlay on-line, surprising herself by how much she's enjoying it.

Lissa E
Lissa (they, them) began practicing meditation and mindful movement guided by the teachings of Buddhism in 2008 and identifies practice as a deep form of love and care. Lissa studies in the Soto Zen and Theravada Buddhism traditions, is in mentorship for community dharma leadership, and is particularly interested in the intersections of dharma, social justice, and embodied radical care. Lissa is certified to teach mindfulness meditation, yoga, qigong, and interplay (improvisational modalities). Lissa has deep commitment for the practice of writing, which Lissa has found solace in for much of their life.

Lissa has over twelve years of experience in nursing and mental health and is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner and mental health integrative medicine provider who believes in offering services from a holistic and decolonized perspective. Lissa is presently in a training for certified functional medicine coaching, which focuses on addressing the root causes of dis-ease. Lissa has completed a number of trauma trainings including a year-long somatic trauma therapy training in Indigenous Focusing-Oriented Therapy (IFOT) that is particularly skillful in caring for complex, intergenerational, and race- and oppression-based trauma.

Lissa shares practices that are inclusive, compassionate, culturally responsive, social justice-oriented, and trauma-sensitive for the wellness and liberation of all beings. Lissa is particularly moved to work with populations less likely to have exposure or access to contemplative practices.
Christine Gautreaux, MSW
Christine (she/her) is dedicated to the pursuit of play, joy, art & social justice. Christine’s superpowers include connecting people, helping folks manifest their dreams, standing up against injustice and using art to make a difference in the world.

She currently uses performance art, movement, poetry, storytelling and Interplay to address issues of oppression with women who are incarcerated, people living with severe and persistent mental illness and homelessness. She also works with activists and artists to maintain balance and self-care during these intense times we find ourselves living.

Pivoting with the times Christine has been called an expert on Zoom and utilizes this online platform to facilitate connection and ease in an online, interactive learning environment.

Christine Gautreaux holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Social Work. She has professional experience with successful grant writing, community organizing and social media marketing. Christine is a life coach for caregivers who are burnt out and ready to take back their own life and make it delightful again. She is the co-author of Stillpoint: A Caregivers Playbook to find ease and to take a deep breath and reclaim joy.

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