Southwestern College

Transformation and Healing Conference

The Annual Transformation and Healing Conference, presented by the New Earth Institute of SWC, offers low cost CECs to counselors, art therapists and social workers as well as the community at large.  Under the guidance of Vice President, Katherine Ninos, Southwestern College has offered its annual Transformation and Healing Conference since 1981. Every year, amazing and transformational teachers, healers and elders have graced this event (see below) offering training and experience with cutting edge therapies and ancient rituals. As part of our institutional commitment to service in our community, the Transformation and Healing Conference provides a forum for regionally and nationally known practitioners to share their work, and for our community to benefit from such a convocation of wisdom carriers. 

The 36th Annual Transformation and Healing Conference will be held July 19 – 23, 2017
 Keynote Presenter on July 23, 9am–5:30pm
The Hungry Ghost: A Biospsychosocial Perspective on Addiction, 
from Heroin to Workaholism

Based on his book In The Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction

Contrary to what is often claimed, the source of addictions is not to be found in genes, but in the early childhood environment where the neurobiology of the brain’s reward pathways develops and the where the emotional patterns that lead to addiction are wired into the unconscious. Stress, both then and later in life, creates the predisposition for addictions, whether to drugs, alcohol, nicotine, or to behavioral addictions such as shopping or sex.

Some topics that will be addressed: 

• What happens chemically and physiologically in the brains of people with substance dependency or behavior addiction?
• The development of the addicted mind: how early childhood experiences shape the brain;
• The social basis of addiction in economic, cultural and political dislocation and  disempowerment;
• Developing a therapeutic relationship in which healing is possible

More information about the 2017 conference coming soon!


View past conference brochures here:   

2016 – At the Crossroads of Human Potential

2015 – Diversity, Healing and Consciousness

2014 – Consciousness and Compulsivity

2013 – Creative Approaches to the Healing Arts

2012 – Through the Looking Glass: Perspectives on Systems, Trauma and Resilience

2011 – Interpersonal Neurobiology: Integrating Body, Mind and Spirit

2010 – Nurturing Our Children, Healing Our Future

2009 – Consciousness in the Age of Aquarius

For T&H memories click here

Here is one student’s (Natascha Holmes) experience of this rich and inspiring event, click here.

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