DCPA Wellness Series:
As mental health professionals, we know all too well the impact of persistent stress, burnout, and compassion fatigue, especially during the pandemic these last two years. We also are often the first to neglect our own self-care. The DC Psychological Association would like to honor the work that you have been doing for our community by investing a small-token of appreciation in return for your work with this Wellness Series.
DCPA is providing the following wellness sessions in March and April: Vinyasa and Yin Yoga (3/21), Morning Meditation (4/5), Evening Yoga Nidra (4/18). These sessions are FREE for DCPA members as well as open to the public at a minimal rate. We encourage all mental health providers to join us, as we create a safe and compassionate space that will be shared with fellow healers.
Susan will guide us in a meditation to help bring us to a deeper state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, called yoga nidra. This meditation does not involve movement or yoga poses. It is done laying down or sitting comfortably. Please wear comfortable clothing, and bring a blanket or pillow if you wish.
The practice draws our attention inwards, where our body finds its natural state of equilibrium (homeostasis). This session will help you get into a deeper state of relaxation, find "blissful awareness", and prepare you for a good night's sleep.Yoga nidra has been found to soothe the nervous system, reduce fatigue, lower high cholesterol and blood pressure levels, strengthen immunity, improve quality of sleep, reduce pain and depression, boost concentration levels, support brain function and boost creativity.
Instructor: Susan Fackler
Susan Fackler is a licensed Clinical Social Worker, certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor, and was the co-chair of Ela Coalition Against Youth Substance Abuse and active member of Stand-Up Task Force, which also addresses youth substance abuse. She has training as a mindfulness teacher and is a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance.
Susan was the Director of Family Services at Ela Township Community in Lake Zurich for almost two decades. There she provided therapeutic groups for grief, mental health and stress reduction. Her services include crisis intervention, case management, grief counseling and group work. She also worked with the Lake Zurich Police Department. Susan received the Director of the Year award in 2019 from the Association of Illinois Township Committees on Youth (AITCOY).
Currently, she runs three free meditation and yoga nidra groups a week for anyone who is interested. She also will be teaching yoga at a local cancer center. Advocating and giving back to the community has been Susan's lifelong mission, and she has loved every part of it.