Upcoming Events

Breaking the Stress Cycle from Childhood to Adulthood

The U.S. is experiencing a widespread and growing stress epidemic. Stress related disorders and diseases have been on the rise for decades according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. National surveys that assess how stressed and anxious we feel show a very similar pattern. And it shows up in our bodies, even before we get sick: the “physiological stress load” that tracks key biological markers shows similar increases, and is getting worse as each new age group enters adulthood. More children and youth may also be experiencing greater stress dysregulation and difficulties in coping, owing to the lifelong impact of early life adversity that is tied biologically and psychologically to this epidemic.

Join Dr. Daniel P. Keating for a fascinating evening as he discusses that research shows how we can break this cycle, both for individuals and families at every stage of development, and for society more generally.

Dr. Keating is currently Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Pediatrics, and Research Professor in the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan. His current research focuses on the impact of early life adversity on child and youth development, and on the neurodevelopmental pathways in adolescent risk behavior. His most recent book is Born Anxious: The Lifelong Impact of Early Life Adversity – and How to Break the Cycle.

This program is part of the "Exploring the Mind" series and is a partnership with The University of Michigan Department of Psychology

Self-Care Through Movement, Mindfulness, and Meditation: Switching Perspectives, From Outside to Inside

Brian Truskowski of BMT Wellness returns with a new spin on his self-care classes.

This class will offer an invitation to go deeper into yourself, maybe deeper than you’ve ever been. It will invite you to explore love and seasons, learning to practice pulling back to see yourself from the outside, while looking inward.

This self-empowerment class is for people who want to go deeper in their lives, connect with a part of themselves they may not know, and do it in a safe space. This monthly series will run through November. The classes will build upon each other, but each class stands on its own, so attendees may join any time.

Brian is a licensed Bodyworker and Massage Therapist in Ann Arbor and a member of the ManKind Project, whose mission is to raise the consciousness of the planet.

Overcoming Anxiety: Practical Techniques to Help Yourself or a Loved One

Anxiety and stress are normal parts of life, though excessive anxiety causes needless suffering and can prevent one from achieving their potential.

This program will provide information about the underlying causes of anxiety within biological, psychological, and social contexts. Participants will learn about evidence-based, cognitive behavioral strategies to decrease physiological arousal, improve sleep, manage self-defeating thinking, and to keep the mind focused and under control. The skills learned in this program are basic steps to leading a healthier, balanced life in the face of anxiety.

Donald Zaksek, Psy.D., L.P., from Integrative Psychology of Ann Arbor, is a licensed psychologist with expertise in cognitive behavioral therapy.

Sensation Stations

Drop in for sensory fun!

Young children can engage their senses by scooping, pouring, shaking, and sorting a variety of materials, and will learn about colors, shapes, textures, and sounds!

Alzheimer's Association: Legal and Financial Planning for the Future

Katie Peil, LLMSW and Program Coordinator for Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter, and Attorney Lisa Beatty, from the Nawrocki Law Center for Elder Law, Special Needs, and Disability Planning, will present and answer questions on the topic of legal and financial planning for the future.

A diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease can change plans that families have for the future. This program will cover important legal and financial information to consider as the disease progresses and plans are made for the future. Participants will learn more about what legal and financial issues to consider and how to put plans in place.

This event is in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association, Michigan Great Lakes Chapter.

Guided Meditation for Kids

Whether it's stress, anxiety or the occasional moodiness kids can benefit from quieting their mind as much as adults.

Local massage therapist and meditation leader Amy Tarrant, will lead kids through a series of guided meditations to encourage calmness and more.

Meditation at a young age plants the seed for a lifelong tool to deal with stress or hard situations. At the end of the session children will have a chance to process what they experienced through artistic expression.

Attendees are welcome to bring a pillow or blanket with them for added comfort. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Still Mountain Meditation

This half-day workshop will offer a brief, step-by-step introduction to beginning insight meditation.

Insight meditation is a simple and direct practice of moment-to-moment investigation of mind/body processes through calm, focused attention. In meditation and mindfulness practices we cultivate our ability to be present in each moment and to be aware of and more comfortable with our thoughts, emotions, and physical being.

Although historically the techniques come from Buddhist traditions, this workshop has no religious content and will approach the practices from a down-to-earth, secular perspective. This introduction is intended mainly for persons with no previous meditation experience, but all are welcome.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte Sugar Scrub

Not enough Pumpkin Spice in your life?

Come to the Library to make some Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub that is perfect for fall!

Grief Matters for the Holidays

The Holidays are an especially difficult time for someone who is grieving. This workshop, by Arbor Hospice Grief Support Services, will give you helpful tips for coping with the upcoming holidays.

Find comfort in sharing with others during this time.

Arbor Hospice is a community resource that provides grief support services to any member of our community who has experienced a loss through death. In addition to providing support services to family members who have utilized Arbor Hospice’s services, programs are open to any member of the community who has experienced a loss.

Bright Nights Community Forum: Self-Compassion as a Resilience Factor in Mental Health

A fast-growing body of research suggests that self-compassion is strongly linked to mental health. Self-compassion has been consistently associated with lower levels of depression and anxiety, perfectionism, fear of failure, and rumination. Self-compassion is also associated with psychological strengths such as happiness, optimism, wisdom, altruism, and healthy interpersonal relationships. Further, self-compassion has been shown to lead to self-improvement motivation in the face of personal weaknesses, failure, and past moral transgressions. Self-compassion is associated with resilience and adaptive emotion regulation in the general population, and in specific populations, including major depressive disorder, adolescents and young adults, elderly residents in a retirement community, adults with spina bifida, and health care providers. Fortunately, interventions to increase self-compassion have been shown to be effective in both normal and clinical populations.

Self-compassion consists of three components: mindfulness, common humanity, and self-kindness. Mindfulness refers to the ability to observe one’s suffering so that one can be can be kind and supportive of oneself, rather than being harshly self-critical. Common humanity promotes the understanding that all human beings are imperfect, and that failure, rejection and adversity in life are part of being human.

Ricks Warren, PhD, Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan will give a brief overview presentation outlining the current research, including how mental health can be improved through self-compassion, and strategies for building self-compassion. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts including Kate Baker, MD, Clinical Instructor, U-M Department of Psychiatry; Paulette Grotrian, MA, Mindful Self-Compassion and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher; Mika Handelman, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Michigan Psychological Clinic.

This event is a partnership with the U-M Depression Center. For more information on the Center, visit their website or contact Stephanie Salazar, 232-0330, or sawaters@umich.edu