Anchoring in the Storm: Using Community and Connection to Reflect, Connect and Rebuild
February 17-20, 2022
San Diego, California
When the waves of COVID hit last year, we all braced for safety. Whether it has been loss of in person connection, literal loss of loved ones and friends, fear for our own well being, loss of income, having to build new routines, offering shelter to your family and clients, re-evaluating what is most important, or questioning relationships and life, the seas of COVID have been mighty.
Using the metaphor of anchoring in the storm, we invite you into the safe harbor of community to heal, repair, and rebuild connections to others as well as to your Self. During our time together, we will guide you using creative arts, movement, journaling, group activities and group discussion to reflect, rediscover and rebuild the parts of you that got lost and/or damaged in the storm. You will leave with a greater awareness of what you have been through, where you are now, and what you need moving forward.
You will also leave knowing that you are not a boat alone in the sea, but a part of a mighty fleet that has your back. We specifically chose the harbor as our setting to anchor in this symbolism right when you step in the doors.
Come heal with us,
Instructor, LCSW, RPT-S
Instructor, LPC, RPT-S
Instructor, LCSW-C, RPT-S
Why Should YOU Come TO SAN DIEGO?
CREATE THE SPACE TO EXPLORE THE PAST, THE PRESENT AND THE FUTURE
Over the past eighteen months, we have longed for connection. We have longed for community. We have longed for the time and space to process all the challenges and lessons that we have been through during this time. During this weekend, we create the space to explore the past, the present and the future - both privately and in collaboration with others. And in doing so, we create a logbook of the things that we have learned that will guide us through the next set of waves. It is going to be an experience for the memory books. You are not going to want to miss this weekend!
All The Important Details
During the pandemic, you often heard the Damian Barr quote "We are not all in the same boat. We are in the same storm." During this four day event, we will use the metaphor of the boat in the storm to help you process the challenges and fears from COVID as well as the resources you have used to overcome the challenges that have occurred in the past eighteen months.
You can expect these four days to consist of a guided journey using our favorite therapeutic tools: expressive arts, somatic/embodied experiences, journaling, regulation, movement and connection with others.
We begin on Thursday by doing what we have longed to do for so many months: gathering together and experiencing the joy of seeing each other’s entire bodies. During this part of the program, we will begin to learn about what the "storm" was like for ourselves and our fellow participants. How have we navigated the rough waters and what did we use to help get us through? What have we needed to feel restored? We start by taking an empathetic inventory of how we each arrive here while also being grateful for the opportunity to be together, FINALLY.
On Friday, our experiential exercises will continue with guided reflection on the past eighteen months. We will take an intentional look at the past. What challenges and obstacles did you face? What have you learned? What really happened during that time? Today, we hold the time and the space to go back and REFLECT.
On Saturday, our experiential exercises focus on the ways that you were able to CONNECT - first with your self and also with others, virtually and in person. We will also explore the ways that you overcame the obstacles that were put in front of you. We will look at the things that you have created, invented or cultivated to get you through the past year or more.
And finally, on Sunday, our experiential exercises will bring into focus who you are NOW. We will look forward with optimism to the future. We will think about what still needs to be rebuilt and ways to continue to REBUILD as needed. We will use our shared experience during this event to think about returning home with confidence in our ability to continue on, knowing that the storm isn't quite over. You will head home with a renewed ability to connect with your inner strengths, lean on our community for support and with a renewed sense of purpose and energy.
*Participants will be asked to bring a small list of materials (for example: a journal, some basic art supplies like colored pencils and markers, etc). A list will be provided as the event gets closer.
Clair, Lisa and Jen will co-lead the entire program.
Arrival Reception 7:00pm-8:30pm: As you arrive in San Diego by car, airplane (or perhaps boat?), you will make your way to Shelter Island and check into the hotel. After settling in, the program starts with introductory activities as we begin to form relationships with other participants.
9:00am -9:30 am: Light Breakfast (Included in Registration)
9:30am-12:00pm Program Begins: The Storm - Experiential Activities & Discussion
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch on Premises (Included in Registration)
1:30pm-4:00pm Program Continues: The Storm - Experiential Activities & Discussion
9:00am -9:30 am: Light Breakfast (Included in Registration)
9:30am-12:00pm Program Continues: The Helpers and Resiliency - Experiential Activities & Discussion
12:00pm-1:30pm Lunch/Free Time (On Your Own)
1:30pm-4:00pm Program Continues: The Helpers and Resiliency - Experiential Activities & Discussion
6:30pm-7:00pm Travel Time
7:00pm-10:00pm San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise (Included in Registration)
10:00am-12:00pm Program Continues: Set Sail: Experiential Activities & Discussion
Bon Voyage Back Home
- Play therapists, expressive arts therapists, art therapists
- Psychotherapists and Mental health professionals
- School counselors
- Social Workers
* Participants are encouraged to bring adult friends or family members to participate in this event alongside you.
Location and Reservations
Make your hotel reservations at conference hotel: Humphreys Half Moon Inn on Shelter Island using our special event rates.
Hotel and Transportation Information
Check-in and Check-out
- Check in: 4:00 PM
- Check out: 11:00 AM
- On-site parking, fee: Overnight $18 USD per day and $10 per day for daytime only parking.
San Diego International Airport - SAN
- Hotel direction: 3 miles (a 10 minute drive)
- This hotel does not provide shuttle service.
Included in Humphreys Passport for $15 per day plus taxes and includes discounts on dining, entertainment and activities. See hotel website for more details.
Hotel, airfare, and any rental car reservations are not included in conference registration and are the responsibility of the participant. If you need help making reservations, please contact Jen Taylor at email@example.com
Fees and Registration Information
Registration Fees Include Just About Everything You Need:
EARLY BIRD: $725 (until 11/30/2021)
Registration: $850 ( after 12/1/2021)
Registration fee includes
- Four days of guided instruction and experiential exercises led by Clair Mellenthin, Lisa Dion and Jen Taylor
- Thursday: Opening Evening Reception with Light Refreshments
- Friday: Breakfast and Lunch
- Saturday: Breakfast AND Dinner Cruise Ticket to San Diego Harbor Cruise (dinner included)
- Sunday: Breakfast
Hotel, airfare, transportation, child care or any other travel expenses are not included in the cost of registration.
Bonus Activity Included in Registration
The following excursion is including in your registration fee and is an integral part of the weekend experience.
Saturday, February 19th, 2022
We will leave the Harbor at Humphrey's Hotel and travel to downtown San Diego to board the San Diego Harbor Dinner Cruise. Notice how it feels to leave the land and experience the movement of the water.
Your safety at this event is our number one concern, especially given that this event is designed to foster close connections! As such, we are taking a very conservative stance regarding COVID precautions. All participants will be required to show proof of a negative COVID test within 72 hours of arrival to the program, regardless of vaccination status. In addition, masks will be required during all program activities.
Refunds and Cancellations
- Full refund (less $100 admin fee) before 11/30/2021
- 50% Refund until 12/31/2021
- No refunds after 1/31/2022.
COVID related cancellations: Due to the uncertain nature of the pandemic, the program organizers will follow all local, state, and national guidance regarding in-person events. If the event is cancelled due to hotel closures or other governmental regulations, participants will receive a full refund of program fees. The hotel venue has agreed to refund any lodging booked for this program in the event of a COVID related closure. Participants are responsible for ensuring that any other travel related costs are refundable or to fully understand the policies related to cancelling/rescheduling airfare, rental cars, etc.
Participants who need to cancel last-minute due to a positive COVID test we will receive a refund of registration fees minus $100 administrative fee.
Continuing Education Credits
There are no continuing education credits (NASW, NBCC, APT) for social workers, professional counselors, play therapists, etc for this event because we want this to be an immersive event for you.
This means that you are invited to bring a friend or family member to participate in the entire event!
Instructor: Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S
Clair Mellenthin, LCSW, RPT-S, holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of Southern California. Throughout her career, she has specialized in providing play therapy to children, teens, and their families. She is currently the Director of Child & Adolescents at Wasatch Family Therapy. Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings on Attachment Centered Play Therapy and Trauma nationally and internationally.
Ms. Mellenthin is a sought after supervisor, training graduate students and interns in play therapy, and an adjunct faculty member at the University of Southern California MSW program. She is the Past-President of the Utah Association For Play Therapy and remains an active member on the Board of Directors. She is the author of Play Therapy: Engaging & Powerful Techniques for the Treatment of Childhood Disorders; My Many Colors of Me Workbook, and has authored several chapters. In addition to being an experienced play therapist and professor, Ms. Mellenthin frequently presents professional play therapy and family therapy trainings and appears on local and national TV and radio as an expert on children and family issues.
Instructor: Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S
Lisa Dion, LPC, RPT-S, is an international teacher, creator of Synergetic Play Therapy, founder and President of the Synergetic Play Therapy Institute, and host of the Lessons from the Playroom podcast. She is the author of Aggression in Play Therapy: A Neurobiological Approach for Integrating Intensity and is the 2015 recipient of the Association for Play Therapy’s Professional Education and Training Award of Excellence.
Instructor: Jen Taylor, LCSW-C, RPT-S
Jennifer Taylor, LCSW-C, RPT-S is in private practice in Baltimore, Maryland. She is an Adjunct Instructor at the University of Maryland. She is the creator of the Play Therapy Summit and School Safety Summit and the organizer of the Hawaii Play Therapy retreat: Pilina in the Playroom.Jennifer is a contributing author to several play therapy books.
We are happy to make accomodations to support your ADA needs. Please email Jen Taylor at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 850-529-8057 to discuss.
THIS WEEKEND HAS BEEN DESIGNED TO CREATE AN ANCHOR TO YOUR SOUL.
As the world continues to be on a merry-go-round, we have yearned for stability, for peace, for connection. We have experienced so much isolation and fear these last 18 months as our world has changed in ways we never imagined. Jen, Lisa, and I have been dreaming of ways to find a quiet space where we can just push pause, breathe, and pull back all the pieces of ourselves that have been scattered as we have navigated this global pandemic and it’s many challenges. Each of us have been looking for our anchor - and it is through connection that we find it.This weekend has been designed to create an anchor to your soul for each one of us. I hope you will join us!