SoulCollage® Community Update
May 2019
Loving Old Folks: SoulCollage® with Elders and My Own Maturing Soul 
 By Gina Maguire
  

A test of a people is how it behaves toward the old. It is easy to love children. Even tyrants and dictators make a point of being fond of children. But the affection and care for the old, the incurable, the helpless are the true gold mines of a culture.

~ Rabbi Abraham Heschel


Did you know that May is National Older American's Month? And that each year there is a new theme? May 2019's theme is Connect, Create, Contribute, and it speaks to my soul; I am a social worker, a gerontologist, and a SoulCollage® Facilitator - what a perfect blend!

Some may call me an old soul, because of my passion for being with older adults. When I was born, my parents were young (20 and 23 years old); this meant that my grandparents were also quite young. I was lucky to spend a lot of time with them, and built close relationships with them well into my adulthood. I learned the "old ways" of doing things, the respect every human being desires and requires, and most importantly, family stories and recipes. Little did I know then that many of my conversations were a form of Reminiscence and Life Review for my grandparents - a therapeutic concept I didn't know until graduate school!
 
In My Time (Community Suit)
by Gina Maguire

I Am One Who has lived through much, decades and decades. I have lots to share with a willing ear.  Do not marginalize me. In my time, I was a young vibrant woman, and I am still worthy.  Learn from my life, hear my story, enrich your life.

Erik Erikson's last two stages of development, Generativity vs Stagnation (ages 40-65) and Ego Integrity vs Despair (ages 65 and up) are quite important for each person. Successfully navigating Generativity vs Stagnation means creating a legacy or making positive contributions to something that will benefit others after the individual has passed on. The goal of the life stage Erikson calls Ego Integrity vs Despair is to reminisce about one's life and come to accept it as having had its own coherence and wholeness. Meeting these goals successfully is necessary if we are to feel satisfied with our lives, and SoulCollage® is a wonderful, creative way to achieve them.

Creating and discovering your Neters, your members of each suit can assist in successfully navigating the years beyond 40 - I speak as one who's already there! The two suits that stand out in this process for me are the Committee and Community Suits.

Discovering the members of your Committee is important to represent your many roles in life - and, I'm guessing, the many gifts you offer to your family, friends, and the world. My Inner Writer card helps me discover the world around me and allows me to touch others' lives through my writing. My Time Management Superhero card speaks to my ability to "run our family like a well-oiled machine - that sometimes takes detours," according to my family. My Crafter card allows me to share my creativity and love of arts and crafts, passed down through the generations of my family and learned from friends.

Time Management Superhero (Committee Suit) by Gina Maguire

I Am One Who is the family manager, the home manager. I Am Wonder Woman. I ensure that our family and home run like a well-oiled machine. I keep track of everything, including the traditions of our ancestors and the needs of our youngest. I Am the overseer, the programmer, the heart of our lives. 


My Community Suit is full of those who are, or were, important in my life. Creating and working with these Neters assists me in reminiscing on our time together, on the lessons they have taught me, and sometimes, in making peace with the relationship. The special cards that I have worked with lately are my Grandmother card and SoulCollage® Trainer Kat Kirby's card. My grandmother passed away unexpectedly in 2006, while I was in Germany with her. She died within a mile of where she was born. I often ask her for support, encouragement, and advice, just as I did so many years ago. She was my rock, and maybe still is.
 
Kat (Community Suit)
by Gina Maguire

I Am One Who encourages creativity, honesty, and openness.

 
Kat Kirby was my SoulCollage® Trainer. She is an art therapist and an overall creative and nourishing soul. She may not be aware of this, but my Training happened a month after my brother passed away unexpectedly. I spent my first weekend without an anxiety attack with her and a wonderful group of women in Pennsylvania. I credit Kat with helping me to find my creative soul again. As a bonus, by doing so, I am able to share the magic of SoulCollage® with others.

My work at the Stockton Center on Successful Aging at Stockton University allows me to plan and facilitate groups with older adults. Our monthly SoulCollage® group includes some of the most creative, prolific, deep-thinking, and welcoming women I have ever met. They each feel that SoulCollage® is an important part of their lives, and we spend the days before our sessions and the days after our sessions talking about our sessions! Our group connects with each other and our Neters; we create new cards and energies, and each person contributes to the group - sometimes by sharing supplies, sometimes sharing thoughts, but always sharing our creativity and love.

 
Gina Maguire, MSW, LSW, a SoulCollage® Facilitator since 2017, is a Professional Services Specialist at the Stockton Center for Successful Aging and a Gerontology Adjunct Professor at Stockton University in Galloway, NJ. This is not Gina's first stab at writing. In 2017, she published a book about her grandfather, It Was Fate - A War, A Massacre, A Romance: The World War II Memoir of Nick Venturella.



This is a powerful program to facilitate your personal practice of SoulCollage®. Have your SoulCollage® cards always with you to share and to do readings anytime.

Kat Kirby, M.Ed., ATR, with Audrey Chowdhury, M.S., ATR-BC introduce SoulCollage® to art therapists by describing the basic structure and principles of the process , and share stories of how this powerful process has proven to be beneficial in grief work, addiction recovery, eating disorders, stress and anxiety, relationship issues, "shadow" work, community-building; and with adolescents, the disabled, the elderly, and men.

Each Pack contains:
12 - 8"x5" quality blank mat board cards,
24-pack of Clear Card Sleeves,
a Pioneer glue stick,
a SoulCollage® logo pen
and a SoulCollage® mini-frame.
Mariabruna Sirabella talks about how SoulCollage® helps her remember what matters the most.
Watch this video!
 From the SCU Archives
Facilitator Marybeth Webster, who came to SoulCollage® at age 81, knows firsthand the rich rewards to be found through SoulCollage® in our later years. In this two-part interview with Colleen Haggerty, Marybeth shares how she was inspired, comforted and healed as she built her personal deck of cards. If you think you might be too old to become a Facilitator, we bet Marybeth's story will change your mind!

'I Didn't Know I Knew That!' - What SoulCollage® Has Done for this 87-Year-Old  (6/1/2017)

SoulCollage® My Life In Review at 88 Years Old  (2/1/18)

 
Want to take the Facilitator Training?


Purchase and download this recorded video course  - - Fundamentals of SoulCollage® with Kat Kirby - - to start your SoulCollage® deck or to prepare for the Facilitator's Training.

You will receive an overview of SoulCollage®: the Suits, Transpersonal Cards, history of the process, and examples and discussions. A 16-page handout to be used for your own SoulCollage® practice is included as well as two videos and two audio files of the interactive course. The Fundamentals of SoulCollage® course is a pre-requisite for the SoulCollage® Training.
if a Training is listed as " FULL", please connect with the Trainer to  be put on  
the waiting list for a particular Training or a mailing list for future Trainings.
  
May 23-26, 2019 - Bronwyn Shaunessy
AUSTRALIA NSW (Rutherford)  in English -    INFO & REGISTRATION
BRAZIL Camaragibe, Pernambuco in Portuguese - INFO & REGISTRATION  
June 11-14, 2019 - Kellie McComb
CANADA Guelph, Ontario St. Brigid's in English  - INFO & REGISTRATION 
June 12-16, 2019 - Linda Woolfson
UK England in English -  INFO & REGISTRATION 
June 19-23, 2019 - Marcia Chadly
USA Colorado  (Westminster) Creative Life Center in English - INFO & REGISTRATION  THIS TRAINING IS FULL.  WAITING LIST AVAILABLE. 
June 27-30, 2019 - Kat Kirby, M.Ed., ATR-BC
USA Arizona  (Carefree) in English - 2KatStudios - INFO & REGISTRATION  
July 3-7, 2019 - Jennifer Boire
CANADA  Montreal, Quebec Pierrefonds  (Villa St. Martin) in English 2KatStudios - EMAIL FOR INFO  
August 5-9, 2019 - Marcia Chadly
USA  Colorado (Estes Park) Dao House in English  - INFO & REGISTRATION  
August 18-22, 2019 - Mariabruna Sirabella, MFT
ITALY  Tuscania in English  - INFO & REGISTRATION  
August 22-25, 2019 - Alexandra Raffin-Koopman
FRANCE Paris (au Manoir du menillet) en Francais  - INFO & Inscription  
September 5-8, 2019 - Catherine Anderson
USA North Carolina (Stoneville) in English  - INFO & REGISTRATION  
September 5-8, 2019 - Amy Rogers, MFT, ATR-BC
USA New York (Stony Point) in English  - INFO & REGISTRATION  
October 6-11, 2019 - Andrea Thuler
GERMANY  Allgua (Uttenhofen) in German  - INFO & REGISTRATION  
October 17-20, 2019 - Catherine Anderson
USA North Carolina (Stoneville) in English  - INFO & REGISTRATION  
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*No degrees or certificates are required to attend the SoulCollage® Training. The purpose of the Training is to prepare people to share SoulCollage® with others. The pre-requisites for  the SoulCollage® Facilitator Training are your own active practice of SoulCollage® and your enthusiasm for sharing it with others, as well as taking at least one introductory SoulCollage® course, reading SoulCollage® Evolving by Seena B. Frost and listening to her CDs: Introduction to SoulCollage® and  Facilitating SoulCollage® in Groups.

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INFORMATION FOR THERAPISTS

CEs (up to 24) may be available
 for the SoulCollage® Facilitator Training 

Information on SoulCollage® as a therapeutic method:


Some SoulCollage® Facilitator Training events may be able to award CEs to LMFTs, MSWs, LPCs, nurses and psychologists  in many states (but if so, only by pre-arrangement with your SoulCollage® Trainer.) Please inquire about the availability of CEs for a particular Training or a particular license or a particular state by writing to your Trainer. Most Trainings offer them, but not all.
Before attending a Training, we want you to read SoulCollage® Evolving by Seena B. Frost, to have a SoulCollage® basic workshop experience with a trained SoulCollage® Facilitator or listen to a recorded class  Fundamentals of SoulCollage®, make some cards, do the exercise, " I Am One Who...", with your cards and do some SoulCollage® Readings, letting your cards answer at least one of your questions.
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