Learn to live more fully with illness by discovering, healing, and integrating the many wounds that the experience of illness creates.
This virtual course begins September 7th, 2021.
Living with chronic illness inflicts a series of traumas from the illness itself to the changes it inflicts on your lifestyle and your relationships. It is traumatic for both those who are ill and for those who care for them.
And because the trauma is ongoing, it can be hard to heal the psyche and to step forward into life again. These traumas can include the derailment or postponement of dreams and hopes and misunderstanding from healthcare providers, friends, and even family members.
This trauma can be healed even if you or your loved one is still on the journey of healing from or living with a chronic illness.
Healing the Trauma, our 6-week live, virtual course will show you how to heal from these traumas and integrate the emotions they cause. It will also help you build more resilience and strength so that you can continue to walk this path without constantly adding to your trauma.
This Course Will Help You to:
- Validate the social, emotional, and psychological pain that comes with being sick or caring for someone who is
- Come to accept, forgive, and truly care for yourself
- Learn to set boundaries and create a safe environment
- Explore the shadow of illness in our society and learn how to work with and integrate it
- Turn your trauma into opportunities for growth and awakening
This Course Is for:
- Patients who feel hurt by misunderstandings and dismissive treatment
- Caregivers who want to find ways to help their loved ones heal their pain while also healing their own
- Those seeking greater self-acceptance and self-compassion
- People who want to cultivate resilience and strength
- Providers who want to understand their patients and clients better
What you'll receive
— 6 modules packed with helpful ideas, questions, and practices.
— Multiple materials ranging from pdfs. to videos
— Links and referrals to helpful resources
— 6 live Zoom calls which feature both teaching and discussion, recorded and archived on the site
— A supportive group of participants to share with and learn from
Week 1: Overview. What Is a Koan? Traumatized Patient, Traumatized Caregiver
Week 2: Self-Acceptance and Self-Compassion
Week 3: Boundaries and Beliefs
Week 4: Individual and Collective Shadows
Week 5: Reality and Responsibility
Week 6: The Golden Shadow
Healing the Trauma is part 2 of our 6-part Koan of Illness series.
Each of our live, 6-week, stand-alone courses addresses a part of the illness experience and is designed both for people suffering from chronic illness and caregivers. You can begin with any of the courses, pick and choose, or do them all. Each course is six weeks and includes guided discussions and video calls (all calls are archived so you can listen to them later). The courses in the series are:More info about the KOI Courses
The Koan Of Illness series
The Koan of Illness 1: Empowering Yourself
Does the complexity of chronic illness management overwhelm you? Do you struggle to navigate the paperwork, the emotions, the lifestyle changes that illness brings?
Everyone who deals with illness, whether patient, caregiver, provider, or administrator, deals with a complex mixture of personal, technical, institutional, and spiritual issues.
The Koan of Illness Part 2: Healing the Trauma
When you learn that illness is a part of your life and likely to be for some time, it is often a traumatic event. You may begin with denial and move through other stages such as anger or grief. You find that illness touches every aspect of your life – from your physical existence to your spirituality. Often it creates havoc with your relationships , your self-esteem, and your beliefs...
The Koan of Illness Part 3: Healing Your Relationships
Chronic illness brings changes and challenges to every relationship – your partner, children, parents, employer, friends, and even yourself. Your relationships can fracture or deepen depending on how you integrate illness into them.
The Koan of Illness Part 4: Illness as a Springboard for Personal Growth
Chronic illness can seem like a prison sentence, isolating you from life and taking away opportunities you might have had. However, illness is as valid a life path as any other, and, often, people with illness are able to use that difficulty to deepen their personal growth. In this course, we use the integral map to look at the process of individual growth...
The Koan of Illness Part 5: Chronic Illness and Spirituality
How does one find spirit in the midst of pain and loss? How can illness offer opportunities for spiritual growth? In this course, we use the integral map to look at the spiritual aspects of illness and explore how illness offers a path to awakening and an opportunity to develop spiritual intelligence.
The Koan of Illness Part 6: Integration: A New Vision for Healing
How can I create a personal plan for growth in the midst of the complexity that is illness and personal development?
How can I relate to the systems in which I have to operate?
What are my Koans?
Dr. Lynn Royster Fuentes
Lynn is a college instructor, educational course designer, and a mediator with a BA, MA, JD, and PhD. An experienced classroom and online instructor, she has designed and taught courses in transpersonal psychology, writing, planning, chronic illness, and conflict management at DePaul University, where she also founded and directed the Chronic Illness Initiative, a program to help students with chronic illness obtain a degree.
A devoted student of Ken Wilber and integral philosophy, she has published integrally oriented essays and articles on conflict resolution and illness management and weaves integral ideas into her course design and teaching. She follows an integral life practice of physical, psychological, meditative, and cognitive development.
Lynn has volunteered in many capacities – with battered women, people in the recovery community, and people with chronic illness – and served on the board of the Solve ME/CFS Association of America for many years. Despite her study of many disciplines, Lynn regards her greatest learning as long-term caregiver for severely ill family members.