Thursday, October 25, 2007

Power Abused, Power Healed - Home Study Course Available

I am excited to announce . . .

a home study course offering 4 Continuing Education Credits, based on my book, Power Abused, Power Healed. The course is now available through Professional Development Resources, for psychologists, professional counselors, social workers, and marriage and family therapists.

Participants will utilize Power Abused, Power Healed, to help explore their own relationships with power and that of clients, and to learn about a variety of abuses of power that may occur in the therapeutic setting and in public life. Through the stories in this book, participants will start to recognize experiences in their own life encounters, both professional and personal, and those of their clients, and to define their own relationship with power. They will also begin to comprehend the impact on others and on themselves when power is misused and abused, especially in places where we believe we are safe.

Utilizing the medium of both educational and soul-touching stories, the text for this course explores a variety of potential abuses of power in therapeutic and healing arts contexts, and in public and private life, as well. With an emphasis on the concept that healing childhood wounds to the root heals the misuse of power on an individual and global scale, the text reveals the roots of the temptation to abuse our authority as professionals, the impact that abuse can have on our clients, and the healing that is possible. Chapters are divided into three sections: the first exposing the initial childhood trauma, the second exploring the consequences and healing of that trauma, and the third, entitled "Here And Now," which contains questions designed to inspire the reader to search within for the roots of his/her own relationship with power.

Target Audience: Health & Mental Health Professionals
Learning Level: Intermediate
Cost: $59.00CE
Hours: 4
To view and sign up for this course, please go to:

I hope you will take the opportunity for yourself and/or pass the word on to people in your life who would be interested. This is a chance to learn, grow, be inspired, and deepen yourself as you explore your relationship with power, others' relationship with power, and our world's relationship with power.

My best to you,
Judith Barr
Mysteries of Life

Friday, October 19, 2007

Fall Psychosynthesis Classes

From CT IWWG member Cynthia Pincus Russell:

Psychosynthesis is an empowering system in use all over the world. The CT Institute for Psychosynthesis will soon be starting classes on meditation, focusing, developing your will to further your mission & purpose, etc. Some of the classes involve clarifying our meaning & purpose through writing. We also have a monthly "Open Sunday." The first is Oct. 21st from 10:30 to 2:30 at Stratford Center, right off I-95. Please RSVP.

For reservations or info, contact Cynthia Pincus Russell, PhD at or 203-377-2421

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Workshop: How To Write a Historical Novel

From CT IWWG Member Jessical Bram:

How to Write a Historical Novel: A one-time only workshop with visiting author Barbara Quick, author of Vivaldi's Virgins (Harper Collins 2007).


Whether you're writing a novel that takes place in a far-distant century or the not-so-distant past of your own life, you need to know how to find and organize the myriad facts that will give your story texture and authenticity. This two-hour workshop will teach you an unintimidating approach to historical research: the best sources, the most painless ways to approach them, and how to organize your material for easy access.

This is a one-time-only opportunity to learn directly from Berkeley, CA author Barbara Quick, who will be on the east coast for a book tour to promote her recently released work of historical fiction Vivaldi's Virgins.

Students who have completed this workshop can opt to work on an ongoing individual basis with Barbara, by private arrangement.

Wed. November 7
7 to 9 p.m.

32 Webb Road, Westport

$45, or $35 for current Westport Writers Workshop enrollees.



Barbara Quick is the author of Vivaldi's Virgins (July 2007: HarperCollins), a literary novel set in the foundling home in 18th century Venice where Antonio Vivaldi was resident priest and music master. The novel is being translated into ten languages, and has been included on several "best of season" booklists. Currently at work under contract for HarperCollins on a young adult novel set in 14th century Bologna, Barbara is the author of five other books, including the novel Northern Edge, which won the Discover Award and has just been optioned for a film. Barbara lives in Berkeley, California, with her teenage son. (For more information on Vivaldi's Virgins visit

To reserve your spot mail a check for the full registration amount to:
Jessica Bram Communications
32 Webb Road
Westport, CT 06880

For questions or more information contact Jessica Bram at (203) 227-3250 or