Befriending Our Defenses

Date: July 12th, 2019 - 8:45 am - Registration/Sign In

Location: Sierra 2 Center - Room 10 - 9:00 - 10:30 Lecture and Action Methods

2791 24th St. Sacramento, CA 95818 - 10:30 - 10:45 Break

Time: 9:00 am – 12:15 pm - 10:45 - 11:30 Action methods dyad and group work

- 11:30 – 12:15 Group Discussion and Q & A

The Befriending Our Defenses workshop is experiential and action-focused. The workshop utilizes components of Psychodrama/Sociodrama, Mindfulness, Compassion, and communication strategies that teach participants to recognize their defenses and how those defenses impact their communication and relationships. Participants will then learn to utilize the gifts that exist within those defenses to be effectively responsive, rather than ineffectively reactive. This workshop will give participants examples of how to utilize these methods in their own clinical practice with individuals, couples, or groups. The Befriending Our Defenses method will teach participants how to increase their clients’ awareness and intentional communication by building intra and inter personal connection and skills. These strategies also help to inform clinicians of their own defensive structures and use mindfulness strategies to manage counter-transference with clients.

Learning Objectives of the Befriending Our Defenses workshop include:

· Participants will be able to identify four major defenses and their effective communication counterparts (gifts).

· Participants will learn how to apply the Befriending Our Defenses model and technique with individual, couples and group clients.

· Participants will learn action-oriented techniques that create a safe and cohesive environment for working with clients exploring their own defenses.

Presented by: Gia Herndon, M.S., LMFT # 40799, CAMFT CEPA CE Provider #79542

Gia has been a practicing therapist for over 18 years, with experience working in agency, higher education and private practice settings. She was a tenured counseling faculty member at CSU, Bakersfield and an adjunct instructor in the Master’s in Education/Counseling program. She currently has a private practice in Sacramento. She works and teaches from a combination of Psychodynamic, Depth Psychology, Somatic, Psychodrama/Sociodrama, and Mindfulness perspectives, integrating art, sand tray, spirituality and nature whenever possible!

Gia Herndon is approved by the California association of marriage and family therapists to sponsor continuing education for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs and LEPs. Gia Herndon, LMFT maintains responsibility for the program and all its content.

This course benefits:

mental health professionals and educators. Course meets the qualifications for 3 hours of continuing education credit for LMFTs, LCSWs, LPCCs, and/or LEPs. by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences.



$65.00 Student Rate

Refund Policy: Cancellations 7 days prior to event may receive full refund. No shows, failure to attend, and cancellations 7 days or fewer prior to event are non-refundable. A $25 fee in addition to registration fee will be charged for insufficient funds, denied credit cards, or charge-backs. By registering for this event, you agree to the terms of the Refund Policy.


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Course Completion certificates will be awarded at the end of the course in exchange for a completed evaluation form.