Held at Unity Village in Jackson County, Missouri – located just 15 miles from downtown Kansas City, Missouri


 Teaching the 4th R at Work or School:


An experiential workshop for educational and healthcare professionals who work with children

Children’s brains are not available for learning or therapy, when there is anxiety flowing in their bodies. Science tells us that the neurochemicals of stress affect learning, memory, thinking, and most notably, attention and focus. YOU can create an energy of calmness in your classroom or clinic room—not by putting a lid on emotions, but by creating a safe container where anxiety and stress are dispelled from the body.

Beth Haessig, PhDChild psychologist Beth L. Haessig, Psy.D., specializing in Body-Centered Psychology teaches clients simple relaxation activities that can be incorporated within daily life, lessons, or sessions. Best of all, teaching these skills allows teachers and therapists themselves to become the “queens and kings of Calm” in their own lives. Based in New Jersey, she works in an urban hospital, consults to schools, and has a private practice.

Come ready to move, relax and have fun.

Beth L. Haessig. Psy.D. is a licensed psychologist, body-centered psychotherapist, and a certified yoga teacher. After her doctorate she trained for 6 years in body-centered, integrative modalities to treat conditions which manifest in the body such as trauma, anxiety, depression and eating problems. As current president of the United States Association for Body Psychotherapy her mission is to bring awareness-building skills and mind/body techniques into schools, hospitals, and other organizations.


Supporting Press: Using Meditation to Help Close the Achievement Gap


Offered Saturday, March 4th: 9 – 3 OR Sunday, March 5th: 9 – 3

COST: $ 98.00




Healing Hungry Hearts

Hidden Meaning Beneath Eating Disorders

An experiential workshop for educational and healthcare professionals

This experiential workshop will explore in action the physical, emotional, and spiritual cravings that underlie disordered eating. Participants will learn a variety of action structures as well as poetry, music, and art to discover and express the often hidden meaning beneath disordered eating. Some theory , discussion, vignettes included with applications in individual and group settings. Using Morenoean methods from psychodrama, group psychotherapy and sociometry participants will explore the disguised fears, longings, and act hungers of disordered eating. These may have their origins in attachment disruption, trauma and/or a variety of factors contributing to unmet physical, mental, emotional spiritual needs. The techniques of sililoquy, doubling, mirroring, and role reversal will be used based on JL Moreno’s developmental theory to reveal the connections between food, feelings and relationships. The workshop will include warm-up, action, sharing, and processing with didactic interludes.

  • Participants will be able to identify at least two psycho­ spiritual factors underlying the development of eating disorders.
  • Participants will be able to select at least two action methods to reveal the often hidden connections between eating disorder behaviors and underlying unmet psycho-spiritual needs.
  • Participants will be able to name two Action Techniques connected to Developmental Theory.


linda-croppedLinda Ciotola is a Certified TEP: trainer-educator-practitioner of psychodrama, group psychotherapy, and sociometry, and a Certified Health Education Specialist with 40 years experience in education, group facilitation, and lifestyle counseling. She is an American Council on Exercise Gold Certified Personal Trainer and ACE Certified Fitness Instructor with Specialty Recognitions in Nutrition and additional certifications in Yoga, indoor cycling, and Zumba. Linda is an ACE Gold Certified Health Coach, as well as a Certified Post-Rehab Fitness Specialist, and IDEA Master Trainer. Linda is a Certified Usui Reiki Master Teacher and Certified Lightarian Reiki Master Practitioner. Her areas of expertise include nutrition, exercise, stress management, trauma, eating disorders, women’s health, body image, and mindbody wellness. Linda is an ACE Certified MINDBODY Specialist.

She has designed and taught health and fitness classes at the college level, facilitated eating disorders support groups, and worked in academic, hospital, and community settings as well as private practice. She has presented widely at regional, national and international conferences.

Linda is a master member of I.D.E.A., (The Association of Fitness Professionals), International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals, The American Counseling Association, The National Eating Disorders Association, The American Society of Group Psychotherapy and Psychodrama and The United States Association of Body Psychotherapists. She is a certified trainer-educator-practitioner of group psychotherapy, sociometry, and psychodrama and is an accredited Certified Trainer in the Therapeutic Spiral Model ™ of psychodrama used specifically for working with trauma survivors, and is Co-Leader and Developer of the Therapeutic Spiral Bodyworkshop specifically designed for healing body-based trauma issues, and she is the founder of the Eating Disorders Resource Network.

Co-Author Healing Eating Disorders with Psychodrama and Other Action Methods, Jessica Kingsley, London, 2013; Co-Author Teamwork and Trauma Recovery, Journal of Psychodrama, Sociometry, and Group Psychotherapy, Vol62, Number 1, Spring 2014

Area of Expertise: Trauma, Eating Disorders, Spirituality as a resource for recovery


More Information about Linda: www.Healing-Bridges.com


2 – Day Training Saturday, March 4th: 9 – 3 and Sunday, March 5th: 8 – 1

COST:  $ 198.00