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Holiday Survival #1 - Understanding the Hurts of the Holidays

discover your anticipation to the holidays and special days through the year

Understanding Your Hurts of the Holidays provides education, art based interactive activities and further exploration to help you gain insight to why the holidays and special days are so tough.

Get your drawing materials ready. You will gain knowledge about how you experience stress in your body as well as how to identify you are increasing your emotional intensity.

If you have experienced a loss or going through personal struggles, this course is a great tool for you.


Your Instructor


Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC,ATR
Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC,ATR

Let me introduce myself... Hello, I'm Julie.

I created these artful courses for YOU! I know the importance of quality information when you are searching for understanding within your current situation. Unfortunately, the internet is full of discussion groups that give misinformation, are a collection of personal experiences, or simply opinion. That may distract you from your own growth and empowerment.

You may be looking for some self-help tools. These courses can guide you through.

On the other hand, you may not have resources in your area OR you may not want to participate in groups or workshops due to the private nature of your situation. Please note: these courses are not a replacement for professional counseling if you are in need. You are welcome regardless of where you live. Within the courses, it is encouraged you share your experiences as you feel comfortable with other course participants. I hope you find useful information and tools to help you now.

I share my experiences from a personal and professional perspective... giving you what has worked in my life as well as for my clients so you don't have to try to figure it out all on your own. I have had my own personal experience with infertility, grief and a unique experience of parenting. My husband and I were able to became parents through foster care adoption and we ended our foster parenting journey when we moved out of Illinois. I'm here to tell you, there is hope. Life may seem uncertain right now. After significant deaths, my life was different. After infertility treatment, my life was different. After becoming a foster & adoptive parent, my life was different yet again. I have and will continue to grow and deepen my relationship with my spirit through these experiences.

Art Therapy and Counseling are a second career for me that began In 2009. Interestingly, my first career was in broadcast communication. I decided to make a necessary and rewarding change to counseling and art therapy after caregiving for my own mother-in-law. I am a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor and a Registered Art Therapist. I have presented in throughout Illinois and have traveled in the US to present regarding art therapy, grief, and coping. Learn more about my experience and professional memberships.



Class Curriculum


  Welcome
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  The Holiday Experience
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  How Are You Doing? Really...
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  The Temperature is Rising!
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Frequently Asked Questions


When does the course start and finish?
Once you purchase the course it's for you to complete at your own pace - you decide when you start and when you finish. This course is offered in October, November and December to enroll.
How long do I have access to the course?
How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like - across any and all devices you own.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 15 days and we will give you a full refund.
Is this course group counseling?
Not at all. All of Chartreuse Learning courses are intended to be psycho educational, self-help, mindful, and art interactive based courses. These courses are not intended to be therapy, though can nicely compliment any therapy work you may do. Please seek counseling support as needed.

This course is only offered in October, November and December. You will have the opportunity to participate in other Chartreuse Learning programs that accompany this course. Additionally, other programs are offered throughout the year to offer on-going, artful learning. You will truly benefit from understanding your emotions and integrate the information through artful engagement.

This course is not open for enrollment.