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Resilience: Helping Clients Navigate the Heroic Journey to Personal Transformation
Digital Seminar
$189.99 USD
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Digital Seminar
Vyne Education
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Learn the heroic framework for thriving through life's challenges, rites of passage, trauma, and grief which has been utilized by cultures and spiritual traditions around the globe

Learn how sacred and healthy secular rituals and common archetypes may assist rites of passage and promote healing from emotional pain

Recognize the four primary stages of the timeless and universal framework for resilience known as the Heroic Journey

Utilize the Heroic Journey within common clinical approaches, including Cognitive-Behavioral, Solution-Focused, and expressive therapies, for diverse populations

Identify new methods to help clients work through trauma, grief, loss, life and career transitions, addiction, and other difficult issues

Discover a multitude of resources to teach the Heroic framework to clients, including literature, stories, movies, games, and spiritual, and religious teachings

Building the Foundation of Change—Resilience, Transformation, and the Heroic Journey

u          Theories of transformation—Jung, Campbell, Pearson, Seligman, Pearsall, Brock, and more

u          Archetypes of transformation, assessments, and change—identify, educate, and support

u          Four primary stages of the Heroic Journey—recurring themes in traditional stories, literature, spiritual texts, and myths which demonstrate resilience

            -           separation from the known—the call to change, grow, or heal

            -           into the unknown—beginning the journey toward change

            -           the "initiation"—the road of trials and lessons of life challenges

            -           the "return"—transformation and continued learning

u          How the framework of the Heroic Journey has been used in different cultures throughout history to promote courage and facilitate change

u          The innate desire for heroes—identifying and developing healthy role models

u          How to utilize the natural attraction to elements of popular culture which model resilience—stories, movies, video games, music, art, etc.

u          How sacred and secular rituals in a community can promote resilience during change


Stage 1: Separation from the Known—the Call to Change or Heal

u          The transformative crisis—identifying, understanding, and answering "the call"

u          Dealing with resistance and refusal to change and the cognitive beliefs which sabotage resilience in individuals and family or business systems

u          Cognitive therapy—looking at the beliefs that keep us stuck

u          Identifying the mentor voices within

u          The emotional stages of all change—voluntary vs. involuntary change

u          Dealing with the discomfort of change—somatic and emotional processing

u          What's in the backpack—identifying "tools" for the journey


Stage 2: Into the Unknown—Beginning the Journey toward Change

u          The "sonic boom"—breaking through the barriers that keep us from the transformation

u          Appropriate resources to use during the second stage—for clinicians and educators

            -           movies and inspirational stories

            -           journaling and narrative work

            -           identifying life successes and the lessons that come from them

            -           mindfulness, meditation, prayer, centering, and other grounding practices

            -           music and the arts

u          The success of "failure"

u          The honeymoon period of change

u          Identifying and building support—mentors, teachers, clinicians, and more


Stage 3: The Initiation—the Road of Trials and Lessons of Life Challenges

u          Moving through "the dark night of the soul"

u          Identifying and using the gifts and lessons of initiation

u          Making transpersonal meaning out of life's pain

u          Keeping the courage and momentum

u          Performance enhancement techniques that empower individuals to thrive  

u          Identifying who you are becoming

u          What Finding Nemo has to teach us about initiation and transformation




MELISSA (MISSY) BRADLEY-BALL, MS, NCC, BCETS, FAAETS, is a nationally recognized clinical educator, corporate consultant, domestic mediator and author with over 30 years of experience as a psychotherapist providing individual, group, and family therapy. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Counseling Psychology from the University of Tennessee. Her extensive EMDR training (Level I, II, and specialized protocols) helped her become a trailblazer in the field of sexual trauma through a resilience and Post-traumatic Growth model and she often trains personnel at medical/mental health agencies, universities, school systems, and Veteran’s Administration facilities. She has recently served on a five-person subject matters expert panel for the Pentagon’s programs on sexual harassment, assault and resilience. A former Child Sexual Abuse Investigator and expert court witness, Mrs. Bradley-Ball has also delivered seminars to more than 200,000 medical, behavioral health, law enforcement, educators, clergy, and military professionals, as well as the general public, in all 50 states, Canada, and Central America. She was a primary speaker for the first National Conference on Post-Traumatic Growth in 2011.

Her frequent keynote addresses at regional and national conferences—as well as television and radio news broadcasts—have won her the Scripps Howard Award for Broadcasting Excellence, the Edward R. Murrow Award, and numerous other accolades. She just completed a PBS special about the heroic journey of children healing from divorce. More about Bradley-Ball can be found on her website 
Financial: Receives a speaking honorarium from Vyne Education
Nonfinancial: No relevant nonfinancial relationship exists

Continuing Education Credits
Continuing Education Information
This educational offering is designed to qualify for continuing education for many professionals in every state.

Materials that are included in this course could include interventions and modalities that are beyond the authorized practice for your profession. As a licensed professional, you are responsible for reviewing the scope of practice, including activities that are defined in law as beyond the boundaries of practice in accordance with and in compliance with your professions standards.

Listed below are the continuing education credit(s) currently available for this educational offering. Please note, your state licensing board dictates what is an acceptable form of continuing education. Please refer to your state rules and regulations. If your profession is not listed, please contact your licensing board to determine your continuing education requirements and check for reciprocal approval. For other credit inquiries not specified below, please contact or 800-397-0180.

CE information is based on 100% attendance.

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Engrossing and inspiring, Melissa Bradley-Ball's presentation speaks to her dedicated work in the field of trauma. Her seminars are important for therapists and trauma survivors alike.
Steven Levenkron, Psychotherapist, Lecturer and Best-Selling Author

Missy Bradley-Ball is an energetic, knowledgeable, personable, and compelling presenter. During my 30-year career as a psychologist, I have experienced only a couple of presenters who have enhanced my clinical knowledge as effectively as Mrs. Bradley-Ball has. I look forward to future workshops with her.
Randall Robinson, PhD
Fresno, CA

The seminar was absolutely wonderful and inspiring! I would attend any seminar Missy Bradley-Ball teaches.
Catherine Joseph-Ashton, Department of Psychiatry
Chicago, IL

I am leaving with practical information I can apply to the real world.
Lorna Adams, RN, MA
Colorado Springs, CO