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Beyond the Brain: Soul Exhaustion & Soul Care


About This Event

Throughout the history of humanity and within every known culture has been the concept of the soul—and yet over the last century or so, its value has lost much ground. For many people the idea of the soul, the essence of “who” they are resonates deeply and yet has been significantly diminished by the medical model of mental health and addiction.
This presentation will bring the concept of the soul back to the forefront of discussion in how we conceptualize ourselves and others as well as the concept of soul exhaustion. Soul exhaustion takes a deeper exploration of life circumstances such as poverty, adverse childhood experiences, racism, trauma, loss and burnout and the holistic impact it has on “who” we are. When looking through the lens of soul exhaustion, we also must shift our thoughts on solutions to address the soul, spirit or essence of “who” we are. Soul care, which has emphasis on non-clinical resources, goes deeper into understanding the ways in which we care for the “who.” This presentation also explores how the concept of Soul Exhaustion and Soul Care can work in harmony with the medical model of mental health, substance use disorders and suicide prevention.
Presented by Sarah Gaer, who has a master’s in clinical mental health counseling and 24 years experience in the field of mental health care. Her early career was started working with children in residential programs, therapeutic schools, and therapeutic outreach. She also worked in a therapeutic community substance use treatment facility both as a counselor and an intake coordinator. Sarah focused her graduate degree work on military veterans and trauma. She was an outpatient clinician, crisis clinician and member of the trauma response team in Springfield Massachusetts for five years, then spent nine years as a Suicide Prevention Specialist focused on men in the middle years and first responders with Riverside Trauma Center.
Free and open to the public—and free pizza! Doors open at 5:30pm, program begins at 6pm. RSVP requested: https://www.gcc.mass.edu/events/beyond-the-brain-soul-exhaustion-soul-care/

Event Details

Date & Time: February 29 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Event Venue

Venue Name: Greenfield Community College
Phone: 413-775-1000
One College Drive
Greenfield, MA 01301 United States