Being developed and coming soon!
I have three series of webinars that are in development, below are overviews as well as some general information.
These webinar series will be offered through Dr. Yardley’s darrellyardley.com/workshops. Unlike your more traditional 6-hour CE credit, these will be offered as “series” because each segment of each series will be for variable credits depending on the number of continuing education hours required to cover the topic. Anticipated from 1.5 to 2 hrs each.
These webinars are directed not only for you, as therapists, for your own inner peace, personal growth, and more effective therapy; but also, that you can teach to your clients for their own use. I am a strong believer in giving fellow therapists and clients effective tools to use in their lives and practice.
CE credits will be offered through Mustang Medicine Works, LLC (MMW), a permanent provider for SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors and Psychoeducational Specialists. Additionally, applications will be submitted to the National Board of Certified Counselor, National Association of Social Workers, and South Carolina Nurses Association, all of which MMW and Dr. Yardley workshops have been credentialed before. This page will be updated as these additional associations approval is granted.
To sign up for email notification updates about these webinars, go to our signup page (above, right) and select the CE Workshops option.
Series I: Darwin, Jung, Prigogine, and Basho: Evolutionary, Neurobiological, Complexity, and Higher Consciousness on the Path to Personal Growth and Inner Peace
“A science-based webinar series exploring the evolutionary, neurobiological, and dynamic system foundations of higher consciousness, personal growth, and inner peace. What do Darwin, Jung, Prigogine, and Basho have to do with higher consciousness, personal growth, and inner peace? We will find, a lot.
For Charles Darwin natural selection was the primary driver of the evolutionary process. For Carl Jung, the subconscious was the driver on much of our psychic landscape. For Illy Prigogine, it was chaos, now more technically referred to as dynamical systems complexity, that drove many of the processes in nature. And for Matsuo Basho (1664-1694), a Zen Buddhist monk and one of Japan’s greatest writers, suffering was the underlying driving force for much of humanity’s misery. We will find that these forces, natural selection, the subconscious, complexity, and suffering, are all interrelated in our quest for higher consciousness, personal growth, and inner peace.
Starting with Darwin’s DNA we will look first at genes and epigenetics processes. Then to the selfish and unselfish DNA’s, and eusocial and cultural evolution. Next, to the driving forces of the evolutionary process, the premier being natural selection. There are other forces that also drive the evolutionary process, namely, mutation, migration, and random genetic drift. A brief word will be said about these other forces. From here we will look at adaptive landscapes and Darwinian fitness as a prelude for understanding spiritual fitness and spiritual adaptive landscapes, based on suffering, which, like natural selection, drives our quest for spiritual and personal growth, and which we will come back to in a later segment.
From here we next turn to Jungian psychology and a better understanding of consciousness, the subconscious, autonomous psychic complexes, and archetypes. With only about 5% of our brain devoted to consciousness, most of what goes on in our brains occurs at the subconscious level. The great challenge for us in our quests is diving into and dealing with the vast subconscious, i.e., making the subconscious, conscious. Much of the aim of psychotherapy is in attending to our autonomous complexes which dwell in the subconscious and in lowering their associated psychic energy and impact. We will explore this interconnection. Then there is Shadow, a hybrid between an autonomous complex and an archetype. Archetypes, autonomous complexes, and shadow, along with enlightenment and inner peace, can be understood as basins of attraction in the minds dynamical system of self-organization.
Our brain and its processes, along with consciousness, can be understood as a psychic landscape with valleys and peaks; and our psyche, like a ball rolling around on that landscape, attracted here and there by various basins of attraction that pull it toward or into their basins. Like the adaptive landscapes of evolutionary biology, this psychic landscape shifts with changes in our internal and external environments.
From Basho we will learn about suffering and higher levels of consciousness associated with enlightenment. Buddha taught about suffering, the cause of suffering, and the end of suffering. The Buddhist concept of suffering is more accurately translated as “dissatisfaction” but covers the range from the extreme to just a sense of dissatisfaction, such as boredom or restless. Grounded in mindfulness, we will find that in addition to our “ordinary” states of consciousness in our daily lives, experienced meditators can reach much greater heights of consciousness of which there are several levels. We will look at these levels and how one obtains them. The key to this is the egocentric-Self. The process of enlightenment, known as kensho and satorie, is about dissolving this egocentric-Self for a greater allo (other)-Self. Down this path lies inner peace and personal growth. We will explore the similarities between adaptive landscapes from evolutionary biology and the psychic landscape in terms of suffering.”
Series II: Meeting and Working with Your Personal Archetypes
In this webinar series you will have an opportunity to meet your own personal archetypes and learn a little about how to work with them. In my own spiritual path toward inner peace and personal growth, my archetypes played an important role. They could also in your’s and your clients/patients.
We will start with a better understanding of what Jung meant by “archetypes,” then move on to an update on their underlying evolutionary origins, genetics, and neurobiology.
Closely linked to our instincts and emotional neurocircuitry, we will find their origins were laid down in other vertebrates or before, long before humans appeared on the evolutionary scene. While we don’t have a gene for this or that specific archetype, we have genes for their potentials, as shown by imprinting and attachments. These take place at the epigenetic level and the resulting neurocircuitry that is laid down in our brains. Mostly, the archetypes do their work at the subconscious, i.e., subcortical level, but, will manifest themselves (constellate) in our dreams and other altered states of consciousness, often as images and symbols, when their psychic energy becomes strong enough. We are especially prone to these constellations during times of transition or change. As it turns out, ancient and indigenous healers and shamans were onto something. What they termed as spirit guides or allies, we can reframe in a more contemporary, scientific terminology as archetypes.
From this introduction, we will move on to experientials in which you will actually have the opportunity to experience your personal power place of safety, peace, and calm. From there, you will be invited to meet your own Power Animal and Teacher archetypes. Then, we will move on to how you and your clients/patients can work with your archetypes to use and incorporate them consciously into your life and to help you gain insights and deeper understandings of yourselves and whatever issues you are facing from their perspectives.
Series III: Meeting and Working with Your Shadow
Are you familiar with your Shadow? Working with your Shadow can be dicey and a challenge as it is very personal and linked to our deepest parts of ourselves that we want to keep hidden from others usually. Shadow embodies our deepest desires and instincts. What we show to others is our Persona, that face of ourselves we project to others, or try to, is how we protect ourselves “out there” in public. It is how we keep ourselves safe, or try to. Shadow is that part of ourselves we try to keep hidden, even from ourselves often. To know your Shadow is to really know yourself.
My personal Shadow, I call Bandido. He has a sidekick, Chaos, the dragon. She guards the inner sanctum, cave if you will, where lies my deepest issues: fears/anxiety, shame, and loneliness. I write about these two hombres in my new Guru book.
In this webinar, you will have a chance to meet your own Shadow and to work begin to with it, to make it more of an ally rather than to be denied. This is not a webinar for the faint of heart.