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Presenter(s): India Susanne Holden

Date: August 20, 2019

Time: 5:43 am - 12:00 am

Room: 612

Conference: Gender Odyssey Seattle

Program: Community

Wise Peer: How to Stay Present, Empowered and Energized All Weekend Long

When we listen to difficult histories, it can be deeply triggering and exhausting. We may feel the need to shut down, correct, run from, or attack the speaker, or divert attention to ourselves. We may become “sunk” (being upset or “checked-out” for hours or days afterward). Wise Peer teaches participants how to listen so that it is healing (to both the speaker and the listener), preventing the triggering that can traumatize the listener when others share. To accomplish this, Wise Peer teaches participants a grounding tool (to energetically steady the self), a mantra (to occupy the wandering or alarmed mind) and the Three Pillars of Relational Listening inspired by Carl Rogers’ “three core conditions,” a way of listening he pioneered in 40 years of field work that produces profound validation.