Being with Pain: Lesson Two Learning Guide Group Track

Being with Pain Series

Professional Group Track Learning Guide

Lesson Two: Wounded Healers

Directions:

-The first step is ACT ONE. This interactive form section will give you an opportunity to delve deeply into the concepts behind our lesson and reflect on how they connect to your life and your role as caregiver. A critical element for the success of an ACT Learning Group is to provide some time and space for personal reflection and journaling.

-After completing this step, ACT TWO is a period of group discussion and reflection. All participants must be given a safe space to express themselves during this time. This portion of the interactive form is filled out with insights gained from your community exploration.

-Next, your group will move on to ACT THREE, the Best Practicesreal-world habits, ways of thinking, or behaving that can increase personal well-being. Goals to incorporate best practice suggestions can be made on the group or individual level and support systems can be developed during this time.

ACT Step One: Individual Reflection

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ACT Step Two: Group Discussion

1. “Wounded Healer Premise #1: The more I can stay with my pain, the more it encourages someone to stay with their pain.”–Soul & Science Lesson

2. “Wounded Healer Premise #2: Each of us carries within an innate potential for healing… by staying with our experience of suffering the innate potential for healing opens.”–Soul & Science Lesson

3. “Viktor Frankl, a psychiatrist who managed to survive the Nazi concentration camps, teaches us that, just like destiny or death, suffering is a fundamental human experience. For Frankl, if life has meaning, suffering must necessarily have meaning too. The way in which a person accepts his destiny and suffering provides his life with a profound sense of meaning.”  -(“The wounded healer: can this idea be of use to family physicians?”)

4. “The wounded healer represents not only pain and suffering, but also the possibility of resilience, post-traumatic growth, and the ability to use the knowledge acquired through one’s own suffering in the service of clients’ recovery” – (“The Dilemma of the Wounded Healer”)

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By submitting this form you are agreeing to contribute to our national research project. All information will be used anonymously.

ACT Step Three: Best Practices – (Choose at Least One)

1. “The more healers can understand their own wounds and journey of recovery, the better position they are in to guide others through such a process, while recognizing that each person’s journey is unique.” – (“The Dilemma of the Wounded Healer”)

Take ten minutes and journal about your wounds and journey of recovery. Examine how these “wounds” have affected you and your ability to grow. Do you see post-traumatic stress or post-traumatic growth? How have you been resilient? What are ways you still need to heal?

2. “Be a witness – in becoming aware of what you are doing – exactly what you are doing – in any given moment, bear witness to it. Observe it, name it and stand away from it — all at once.”- (“5 Steps for Being Present“)

For one day make an effort to regularly stop for a moment and be fully present. “Be a witness” and become aware of what you are doing and feeling. Name those actions and emotions and then release any stress of tension you may be feeling with an out-breath.

3. “Wounded Healer model of Self Care: Self-awareness, Self-compassion, Self-forgiveness, Cultivating mindfulness” – Soul & Science Lesson

Which of these domains come most easily to you? Which is most difficult? This week, make a goal to improve in one of these areas.

Closing Thought

“Healing has been defined as a relational process involving movement towards an experience of integrity and wholeness . . . It is not dependent on the presence of, or the capacity for, physical well-being. Indeed, it is possible to die healed.” – Balfour Mount

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