• March 16, 2019
  • 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 03/16/2019 10:00 am 03/16/2019 5:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Self-care for Highly Sensitive People Self-care for Highly Sensitive People, A Workshop with Elaine Aron California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
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Registration - $195
Members - $156

6 Continuing Education Credits Available for California licensed LCSWs, LPCCs, LEPs, and LMFTs. See below for details.


Do you have a keen imagination? Do you think deeply, feel strongly, and have unusual empathy? Have you been told that you are shy or overly sensitive? If so, you might be a Highly Sensitive Person or HSP—20% of us are—including introverts and extroverts.

Having high sensitivity is a valuable trait belonging to many artists and thinkers. HSPs are generally very conscientious and intuitive individuals who possess greater emotional responsiveness and an ability to process deeply.

While there are benefits to being a Highly Sensitive Person, the downsides include being easily overstimulated and affected by a troubled past as well as present stressors. As a result, HSPs are prone more than others to depression, anxiety, and shyness.

Elaine Aron began studying the positive and negative impacts of high sensitivity in 1990, and is now the foremost researcher on the topic. Join her for this workshop to learn about the latest research on high sensitivity and the five basic needs of HSPs, including practical suggestions for self-care, boundaries, and dealing with overstimulation. Elaine is also joined by Alane Freund for a discussion of the particular needs of highly sensitive children and teens as well as consideration of the trait in relation to various disorders such as Sensory Processing Disorder, Autism Spectrum, and PTSD. 

Although 20% of our population is highly sensitive, many more of us have students, patients, children, life partners, employees, and friends who are. This workshop is open to highly sensitive individuals, clinicians, and those who would like to be more supportive to the HSPs in their lives.

Continuing Education Credits (available for an additional $30): 6 CEs Available

• The California Board of Behavioral Sciences accepts CE credits for LCSW, LPCC, LEP, and LMFT licenses

• For questions about CE or receiving your Certificate of Attendance, contact CIIS Public Programs at publicprograms@ciis.edu

• LCSWs and MFTs from states other than California need to check with their state licensing board for approval.

Elaine Aron

Elaine N. Aron, PhD is psychologist living in Marin. She has been studying high sensitivity since 1990. Besides her research, published in the leading scientific journals of her field, she has published five books, including The Highly Sensitive Person (in 20 languages), The Highly Sensitive Child, and Psychotherapy and the Highly Sensitive Person. She and her husband Arthur Aron are also well known for their study of love and close relationships.

Alane Freund

Alane Freund, MS, MA, LMFT has helped youth and families focus on solutions through psychotherapy and consultation in two and a half decades as a therapist. Working closely with Dr. Elaine Aron, Alane has developed and implemented programs for highly sensitive people, children, families, and clinicians who serve them in her California therapy and team building practice, Heart and Mind Equine. With Masters’ degrees in clinical psychology and school counseling, she specializes in family therapy with highly sensitive people, including LGBTQ+ families. A skilled facilitator and therapist, an HSP herself, and the parent of a teen HSB, she teaches workshops and leads groups and retreats, including the HSPs & Horses retreats in northern California with Elaine Aron, PhD. Ms. Freund is on faculty at Kripalu in Massachusetts and 1440 Multiversity in California as well as teaching at California Institute for Psychotherapy in San Rafael, CA.

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