It was 1989. I was a naïve, yet eager, recent MSW graduate searching for meaning and fulfillment in my profession. If therapy was just about talk and allowing adolescents to smoke cigarettes in session to keep them coming to therapy, I wasn’t interested.
I had moved myself to Pennsylvania for a six-month internship at the Caron Foundation’s 5 1/2-day residential program for ACOA’s and dysfunctional families. (It is now called Breakthrough.) I was thrilled to be embarking on learning and actually doing experiential therapy. Being a frustrated amateur actress, singer and comedian, it was right up my alley.
I came upon this woman. Her name was Karen. She was also here for an internship and residency—a former journalist reinventing herself. Her bright smile, infectious laugh and great wisdom attracted me immediately. We became fast friends and colleagues. I came to trust her implicitly both in-and-out of facilitating group together.
Fast forward to 2014, ASGPP national conference. Sitting with Karen, I thought, “We both traveled our own path since Caron. She, to train with Zerka Moreno, the co-developer of psychodrama, receiving her Trainer, Educator, Practitioner status; and I, moving to Tucson, and now, after 25 years, studying for my psychodrama certification exam.” It was so special to see her and spend a bit of time reconnecting. I was in awe of all Karen had accomplished, including publishing professional materials and being a systemic constellation practitioner.
This form of work intrigued me. I have always been passionate about knowing more about my clients’ and my own ancestral histories. In particular, how traumatic stress and strength-based resources are transmitted through the generations.
Her smile and laugh brought out the same joy and trust as it had way back when. Karen is now my main clinical consultant and teacher of systemic constellation work. Her wisdom and playfulness abound.
So, it is with great enthusiasm I introduce you to Karen Carnabuuci, MSS, LCSW, TEP and invite you to join us for ANCESTOR STORIES: COMBINING PSYCHODRAMA AND SYSTEMIC CONSTELLATION WORK FOR PROFESSIONALS Here in Tucson Saturday, September 17, and Sunday, September 18, 2016. Saturday is for clients and professionals and Sunday is solely for professionals. Feel free to refer clients and register for one or more days. Early bird deadline is Monday, August 22, 2016 so go to www.realtruelife.com and register now! Early bird price: $125 for one day and $225 for both days. For more information, please go to Karen’s website: www.realtruelife.com; call me at 520-404-8466 or email me at email@example.com.
Karen CKaren is a psychotherapist, coach, consultant, author and educator who employs traditional, contemporary and alternative models to work with people to solve problems, make decisions, expand creativity and find inner peace. She has had lifelong interest in alternative health and mind-body psychotherapies and has practiced and taught experiential learning and healing methods in a variety of settings locally, regionally and nationally since 1989.
August 8-14, 2016: Second Annual Global Peace Exchange Sociometric Warm-ups and Sociodrama Facilitated by Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, CP & Cynthia Johnson, LMSW Örebro, Sweden (www.peacebuilders.eu).
Sunday, August 21, 2016: Pre-conference Workshop Southwest School for Behavioral Studies Cultural Competence/Diversity and Ethics in Action
Monday, August 22, 2016 Smartphones in Sessions: Transform Intrusion to Engagement Presented by Marlo Archer, PhD, TEP & Adena Bank Lees, LCSW, LISAC, BCETS, CP (Go to www.azsws.org).
Saturday, September, 17 and Sunday, September 18, 2016 Ancestor Stories: Combining Psychodrama and Systemic Constellation Work for Professionals Presented by: Karen Carnabuuci, MSS, LCSW, TEP, Caritas Healing Center, Tucson, AZ For more information please visit www.realtruelife.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Adena at 520-404-8466).
“Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” ~ David Ogden Stiers “In every conceivable manner, the family is link to our past, bridge to our future.” ~ Alex Haley