Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Integrating Yoga into Mental Health Care - Event 4/26

The worlds of yoga and mental health continue to overlap. Yoga is being used as an adjunctive treatment for anxiety, depression, and eating disorders as well as an overall wellness and stress management practice. Trauma-sensitive yoga is currently being offered at Womencare Counseling Center. To learn more about trauma-sensitive yoga and other ways yoga is being used as mental health treatment, come to this event sponsored by the Socially Engaged Yoga Network (SEYN).

Integrating Yoga into Mental Health Care
Date: April 26th, 2014
Time: 5pm-8pm

Please join us at the home of Marty Clemons, 1101 N. Damen Ave., Chicago (773-680-7778) for a potluck dinner, networking, and discussion of "Integrating Yoga Into Mental Health Care" featuring SEYN members Livia Budrys, Rachel Sherron, and Alissa Catiis.

Please bring a dish to share, as well as business cards (or the equivalent) for efficient networking. RSVP to Marty at or via SEYN's Facebook Page Invite.  Please share this invitation with interested friends & colleagues.

You do not need to be a yoga teacher or practitioner to attend - all welcome!

Image Credits: Naz.Edu

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Alissa Catiis Inducted Into NaFFAA's Circle of Empowered Women

Womencare Counseling Center is proud to announce that Alissa Catiis, LCSW was inducted into the NaFFA’s Circle of Empowered Women on March 30, 2014! NaFFAA is the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, and its mission is to promote the welfare and well-being of all Filipinos and Filipino Americans by fostering unity and empowerment. 

Every year, NaFFAA Illinois commemorates International Women’s History Month in March, and the international theme this year was “Inspiring Change.” Alissa's recognition acknowledges her individual achievements, leadership, community involvement and contributions to the empowerment of women. It is quite an honor, and one that Alissa richly deserves.

The Womencare community has always appreciated Alissa’s passion for learning and for social justice, and we are thrilled to see her recognized in this way. Please check out the pictures below, from the event where Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White presented Alissa with her honorary plaque. 

Great job Alissa! 
Feel free to leave Alissa some congratulations in the comments below!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

When Kids Say "No"

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There are many ways for parents to teach their children to be safe in the world, and to cultivate confidence, empowerment and resiliency.

This article in the Huffington Post illustrates one of those ways: Allowing and respecting our kids when they say ‘no’ to things that make them feel uncomfortable or scared.

Womencare is offering a workshop this Sunday, April 6th, for moms who are survivors of childhood abuse, trauma and/or neglect. Teaching safety without fear and offering a way of parenting that fosters the child’s feelings, voice and setting of boundaries are some of the topics we will be exploring.

Check out the Huffington Post Article Here:

For more information about the workshop on April 6th, click here.