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Mother’s Day Brunch 2014

This year’s Mother’s Day brunch was a huge success!!

Special thanks to Brett who donated his catering services, all of our fantastic performers, and many community supporters who donated items, time and services.

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International Women’s Day–How Healing Happens Panel

As part of this year’s International Women’s Day celebration, we will be presenting How Healing Happens: Trauma, the Body, and Integrative Healing. We are excited to have three panelists who are trained to work with individuals recovering from trauma. We’d like to take a moment to introduce you to our three panelists; Laurie Monroe MSW, Ellen Searle Lebel MFT, and Jacqueline Mayrand MFT.

laurieLaurie Monroe MSW, LCSW holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Humboldt State University, a Master’s of Social Work with an emphasis in Child and Family Services from Sacramento State University, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Laurie is a psychotherapist in private practice in Eureka, California. Her theoretical orientation is eclectic, holistic, feminist, solution-focused, strength-based and centered on the family therapy model. Laurie believes that her role as a therapist is to assist others to increase awareness of their own power to heal, sustain, and grow in response to life challenges. Areas of specialty include: sexual abuse/assault, child abuse/neglect, domestic violence, grief and loss, divorce, PTSD, anxiety, depression, and alcohol/chemical dependency.



ellen sl _1Ellen Searle LeBel, MFT, BC-DMT, CST is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Arcata.  She is also certified in both Dance/Movement Therapy and Sandplay Therapy®, two non-verbal approaches that help people of all ages heal from various forms of trauma. She presented dance/movement therapy methods for healing at the International Trauma Conference in 2010 and this year will offer a case study in treating trauma at …the National Conference of Sandplay Therapists of America. Ellen has also offered trainings for helping professionals and supervisors to prevent secondary traumatization. In addition to seeing individuals and couples in her private practice, Ellen is a past clinical faculty member at HSU’s Counseling and Psychological Services, offers clinical consultation to helping professionals, is a published author and teaches continuing education courses locally and elsewhere. Her website offers more information about her therapy practice and teaching:
Image 9Jacqueline Mayrand is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist working in both private practice and at the local County Mental Health psychiatric facility. She has completed the Level I training from the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute in Affect Dysregulation, Survival Defenses, and Traumatic Memory (generally referred to as Sensorimotor Psychotherapy). This body based appro…ach to psychotherapy has been very effective in working with and healing trauma, and she has found it invaluable in her work. Jacqueline received her MA from the Pacifica Graduate Institute in Depth Psychology. She is originally from Montreal, Quebec and has lived in Humboldt County for over twenty years. We are excited to learn from Jacqueline!
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VDay 2014

We are thrilled to announce that The Emma Center will be the beneficiary of the 2014 Humboldt VDay Events.

OBR One Billion Rising for Justice

When: February 14, 1:00-3:30pm, “Flash mob dance” at 2:14 pm

Where: Arcata Plaza

Cost: FREE

Make a statement through movement that you won’t tolerate any more violence against women or girls in our local community or around the world. No previous dance experience needed, you can make a statement Just by being present and showing support in numbers.


SelfDefenseWomen’s Self Defence Class

When: February 16th, 11:00am-1:30pm

Where: North Coast Self-Defense Academy, 820 N St, Arcata

Cost: $5 suggested donation

This class is for women and teens who are interested in learning self defense skills. Betsy Roberts and Justin Gaffney, as well as the North Coast Self Defense Team, will instruct the class, providing knowledge and tools to deal with the potential of a dangerous attack. Participants are asked to wear  comfortable clothes or sports attire.

MonologuesThe Vagina Monologues

When: February 21, 22, 23, 8:00pm

Where: North Coast Repertory Theater, 300 5th St, Eureka

Cost:  $15 at the door, $12 online pre-sales, $10 seniors and students

The award winning play by Eve Ensler will be directed by Megan Johnson. This play is based on V-Day Founder/ playwright Eve Ensler’s interviews with more than 200 women. With humor and grace the piece celebrates women’s sexuality and strength. Through this play and the liberation of this one word, countless women throughout the world have taken control of their bodies and their lives. For more than twelve years, The Vagina Monologues has given voice to experiences and feelings not previously exposed in public.


International Women’s Day Celebration

When: Saturday, March 8th, 1:30-5:30 PM

Where: Arcata Playhouse

Cost: FREE

Open to all even featuring: “How Healing Happens: a panel on trauma, the body, and integrative healing”, followed by The Raging Grannies, awarding of the 2014 the Edilith Eckert Peace Scholarship, a presentation on International Women’s Day around the world, music by Sarah Torres, and performances by Ya Habibi belly dancing troupe, the Philippine Ladies Dancing Ensemble, and Hoopdance of Humboldt

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