Writing for Stress Relief and Wellness
Saturdays, February 13 and 17th, 10-11:15am
Hope Floats is thrilled to host author Aine Greaney for this 2-part virtual workshop!
This workshop will inspire you to get and keep writing for your everyday wellness, recovery and self-empowerment.
Emotional or expressive writing is not about being a “good” or “clever” writer. Instead, it’s about using writing as part of your self-care toolbox. Since the early 1980’s, over 300 clinical studies have shown the psychological and physical benefits of emotional or expressive writing.
The sessions will include brief, opening meditations, teaching and discussion, fun writing prompts, in session writing exercises and optional sharing. Between sessions, participants will be given guidelines for starting their practice.
Perfect for beginners, reluctant writers and anyone who wants to explore writing and journaling as a route to self-reflection and `connection or as a way to plan for next life steps.
Offered via zoom
About the facilitator: Aine Greaney has presented or led workshops at regional and national conferences, including the Examined Life Conference at the Carver School of Medicine (University of Iowa), the North Shore Cancer Resource, the Ferry Beach Retreat and Conference Center, the Youth at Risk Conference, the Cape Cod Writers Conference and the Writers Digest National Conference in New York City. In addition to writing, she has worked in healthcare communications for 20-plus years. She’s the author of Writer with a Day Job: Inspiration and Exercises to Help You Craft a Writing Life alongside Your Career (Random House) and her essays have appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, The New York Times, Creative Nonfiction, the Journal of Expressive Writing, World of Psychology, Salon, Huffington Post, KevinMD, Edutopia, WBUR/NPR, and other publications. She holds a Master’s in English and a Bachelor’s in Teaching. Learn more at www.ainegreaney.com
Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center Presents
Fundamentals of Grief: Helping Individuals Navigate Their Grief Journey
A 6 CE workshop for social service professionals, educators, and members of the community
Saturday, 9-4 (next date tentatively scheduled for February 13)
For course overview and registration click here: https://www.hopefloatswellness.org/training/
Virtual Information Session
Saturday, February 20, 10-11am
Are you a counselor, funeral director, school psychologist, or other professional who is curious how Hope Floats may be of benefit to those you work with? Join us for this free information session where we will focus on sharing information about the grief support services offered at Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center. Specific attention will be paid to discussing how we have modified our services to continue to support members of our community during the coronavirus pandemic. Registration is required, please call us at (781) 585-4221 to register!
Saturday, May 1, 1-4
Hope Floats is proud to say we have several authors among our counselors and facilitators! Join us for our first “Author Day”- each will be giving a short reading or talk about their book, copies of which will be available for purchase, and will be happy to autograph them for you. Makes a wonderful gift for someone else, or keepsake for yourself.
Schedule as follows:
1:00 Maureen Walsh (pen name Frances Charles) – Tuck Meets a Dragon Fly
Maureen Walsh, RN, CT received her BS in Nursing from the University of Rhode Island in 1976. She has worked in both in-patient and outpatient settings providing care across the lifespan. She worked as a school nurse and health educator for 14 years and has lectured throughout the area on teenage health issues. In 2006 Maureen received her Certification in Thanatology and founded Grief Weavers, a practice for individual, couples and groups designed to facilitate the grief process by providing an environment in which bereaved persons can acknowledge, understand, and integrate grief and loss into their lives. Maureen is the author of The Grief Weavers, a Tale of Hope and Lessons of Life and Loss, a bereavement program for children. Maureen also offers educational programs tailored to meet the needs of schools, hospitals and communities seeking to increase their awareness and understanding of grief.
1:30 Erin Hourahan - “I’m an Earth Angel”
Join the kids at the Healing Grace School as they come together to learn, grow and have fun with the help of their loved ones who have crossed over.
Help your Earth Angel learn the power of healing after the loss of a loved one through this simple and imaginative story. I'm An Earth Angel helps children recognize that the strength of love never dies. Whether it is the loss of a person or pet, children can feel the comfort and strength in knowing that their loved one is always with them.
Erin graduated from Boston University School of Social Work in 2005 and has been in private practice at Hope Floats for many years. In the middle of the night while caring for her baby girl, a sense of urgency came over Erin to write this down! Upon waking the next morning, she thought it was a dream-but no, it became the magical story you now hold in your hands. Erin works as a psychotherapist in private practice and loves all things creative, caring & curious. She is a proud Mama to her lovely daughter Cora, as well as to her twins Caden and Colby, who passed away in 2015 after battling a rare condition called Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome.
2:00 Alice Kearney – “Bounce Box”
The Bounce Box is part of the Parent’s Tackle Box series aimed to provide tools, tricks and strategies for calming your children.
In the Bounce Box, you’ll find a step-by-step system that is designed to help your child learn to bounce back from stressful situations.Tthe thought process behind the system is to Educate, Collaborate, Initiate and Change.
Alice Kearney has over 25 years of experience as a licensed mental health counselor and registered art therapist. Upon receiving her Masters, Alice spent 10 years at SSMH, working in various mental health programs and assisting in their Quincy early intervention program. In 2001, Alice began working for Brockton Area Multi-services treating children, families and adults. In 2007, Alice opened her own private practice. In 2013 she began leading Mike’s Club children’s groups at Hope Floats Healing & Wellness Center. Today, Alice is thrilled to move her positive, creative and strength-based counseling services to Hope Floats and be apart of the Hope Floats team full time.
2:30 Gary Sturgis – “Surviving Grief”
After the death of his spouse, Gary Sturgis thought there was no possibility of ever feeling joyful or happy again. His life had changed, and he was in a very dark place. But over time he progressed through his grief journey and eventually began to experience light and happy moments. He was healing, and today he is a survivor. You can be a survivor also.
Gary throws you a "life preserver" if you are drowning in your grief. Throughout his book, Gary uses his own path to healing as a reference together with lessons learned as a health care professional and volunteer grief counselor helping others. He shares personal stories and special memories to explain the tools he used to mend and move forward. He offers you helpful advice and reassuring guidance so you can progress through your grief journey too.
Gary Sturgis survived the greatest loss of his life and now works as a Bereavement Facilitator guiding and supporting others in their struggle with grief. Facilitating both Support Groups and Workshops, he finds it a gift to be able to help others navigate their way through the maze of grief in a very personal and meaningful way.