With Linda Chamberlain, PhD MPH
February 10 and 16
All webinars start at 3:45
Registration Fee: No cost for educators, no credit available
The cornerstone of trauma-informed work is having the tools we need to sustain ourselves. Dr. Chamberlain says that iRest, which stands for Integrative Restoration, is one of the most important mind-body practices in her toolkit to calm anxiety, manage stress, work with emotions and thrive through challenging times.
Dr. Chamberlain first learned about iRest through her work with a special branch of the U.S. armed forces. At the time, she was employed as a government scientist while pursuing a fellowship overseas and working as a consultant for a family violence prevention non-profit. Chronic stress, working in a field where exposure to the suffering of others is routine and not addressing her personal history began to take a toll on her health and well-being. iRest helped her to recover her health and continue doing the work she loves. When COVID-19 began, she designated iRest as her community service project.
The iRest protocol consists of 10 tools to derail stress response, strengthen emotional regulation and build cognitive resilience. iRest instruction and practice can easily be delivered online. iRest is used globally in a wide range of settings including clinics, schools and community organizations.
Join us for a 2-part webinar series to learn and practice this technique so that you (and your students) can better manage chronic stress.
Target Audience: K-12 Educators
Scientist, author, professor, dog musher, and founder of the Alaska Family Violence Prevention Project, Dr. Linda Chamberlain has worked in the field of childhood and adult trauma for over two decades. Known for her abilities to translate science into practical strategies with diverse audiences, she is an internationally recognized keynote speaker who conveys a message of hope and empowerment. Her current focus is on a healing-centered framework with a strong emphasis on brain-mind-body practices to address how stress is stored in our bodies and our natural instinct to heal. Dr. Chamberlain taught at the University of Alaska and earned public health degrees from Yale School of Medicine and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Part 1: iRest, which stands for Integrative Restoration, has become one of the most important mind-body practices in my toolkit to calm anxiety, manage stress, work with emotions and thrive through challenging times. I first learned about iRest through my work with a special branch of the U.S. armed forces. The cornerstone of trauma-informed work is having the tools we need to sustain ourselves. iRest instruction and practice can easily be delivered online. Developed and extensively evaluated with the military, iRest combines meditation with deep relaxation techniques. The iRest protocol consists of 10 tools to derail stress response, strengthen emotional regulation and build cognitive resilience. iRest is used globally in a wide range of settings including clinics, schools and community organizations. In this experiential webinar, brief practices will be interwoven into an overview of the mechanisms and research on how iRest meditation works. A MP3 file of a brief meditation will be provided to experience a key principle of iRest practice—little and often.
Part 2: In this session, we will delve deeper into how the 10 tools of iRest meditation work to evoke relaxation response and reset the autonomic nervous system. iRest uses clinically-proven techniques to release tension, increase awareness of the breath and build internal body awareness (interoception). We will explore how emotions begin as sensations in the body and how connecting with the felt-sense of an emotion helps us to respond versus react in the moment. The best way to understand iRest is to experience it. We will do a meditation practice that includes several of the iRest tools and then discuss how these tools can be accessed, used and adapted by educators.