ACCOUNTABILITY IN RELATIONSHIPS
John breaks down the importance and role of accountability in relationships for attendees. He explains how love, of any form, starts with unconditional acceptance. Participants will learn how to examine and account for their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors without judgement. John highlights how group sessions can be an asset in helping clients see those dynamics within themselves often with greater ease than one-on-one counseling.
John focuses on the reasons behind the continuing cycles of substance abuse, self-harm, and violence, despite client conviction and motive to change. John Donovan takes the mystery out of behaviors commonly associated with substance abuse disorders and violence. Education involves identifying and addressing trauma and uncovering untruths in the stories people believe about themselves that lead to self-defeating life patterns.
FINDING YOUR AUTHENTIC SELF
In these workshops John teaches how to help individuals with substance abuse disorders break down internalized falsehoods and replace these thoughts with a new truth — a truth that empowers clients to live lives characterized by freedom and authenticity. Imagine hearing the words, “You are not broken, and therefore you cannot be fixed.” Powerful, freeing, and ultimately life changing when combined with the philosophy that the key to consistent happiness is the willingness to refrain from judgment of ourselves and everyone else. The reality is that we always get what we want, so the question is whether we want something even better.
The Intentional Living workshops and training offers information about the internal workings of the decision-making process. Participants learn how that process is distorted by misinformation given to us about who we are, i.e. not enough, wrong, bad, stupid, etc., at early ages. This misinformation is internalized and embodied, and the hurt and trauma of childhood is transmitted to the people around us including those we say that we love. By changing the way we look at ourselves, we can finally make real and lasting changes. It begins with finding the root of the cause, rather than obsessing on the affects of the cause.
John offers facilitator training that involves a five-day intensive workshop to learn principles of Intentional Living.
John Donovan shares evidence that supports the link between trauma, addiction, and violence, as well as his experience, encounters and outcomes working with with inmates and addiction clients. He will incorporate experiential learning with exercises he’s created, such as “Love Equals.” Participants will learn how to help individuals with substance abuse disorders break down internalized falsehoods and replace these thoughts with a new truth; a truth that empowers clients to live lives characterized by freedom and authenticity. This workshop is highly interactive.